Trade & Investment

The North’s recognised strengths in global growth industries such as clean energy, life sciences, advanced manufacturing, and digital present huge export opportunities. Equally, its outstanding quality of life and skills base can help the North secure a greater share of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) – particularly as more companies look to relocate as a result of COVID-19. By building on these strengths and developing new ways of working with the Government’s Department for International Trade (DIT), we can grow the North’s economy and create high-value, skilled jobs.

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A New Way of Working

The NP11 and northern partners have been working together, and with Government, for over four years to boost the North’s trade and investment performance. This has deepened partnerships between local and national government, and achieved some important results, but there are gaps that still need to be addressed.

We aim to build a new, partnership-based way of working between the North and DIT. This will ensure that LEPs and northern leaders play a key role in determining trade and investment policy for the North, and that support from DIT complements local support to realise the best outcomes

Our Ambition

We aim to build a new, partnership-based way of working between the North and Government. This will ensure that LEPs and northern leaders play a key role in determining trade and investment policy for the North, and that support from DIT complements local support to realise the best outcomes.

 

Levelling up the North’s trade and investment performance to at least the UK average would help grow our economy and contribute to a strong Global Britain.

Our Trade and Investment Proposition sets out initiatives that would generate a net additional £375 million a year for the North.

Priorities include:

  • Greater emphasis on the North’s net zero and clean energy capabilities, with more place based support programmes
  • Attracting more “Apex” firms to the North andincentivising inward investment in the North
  • Strengthening supply chains in relation to the North’s prime capabilities of clean energy, health and life sciences, advanced manufacturing and digital
  • Improving the overseas investment pipeline with an expanded Northern presence and promotions abroad
  • Involvement of Northern business and civic leaders in Sector and Trade Deals
  • Building a new, partnership-based relationship with DIT
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This NP11 activity is led by Sir Roger Marsh OBE DL, Chair of the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and NP11, and Lou Cordwell, Co-Chair of the Greater Manchester LEP.
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