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North Wales Boost With Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme

by Jamie Adrankone

North Wales Boost With Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme

Four North Wales-based organisations have joined the government’s Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme.

The initiative was set up by the UK government to maximise economic growth in the north of England and North Wales, and realise the potential for businesses and other organisations in this part of the country.

Almost 200 businesses and other organisations, such as universities, have already joined the partnership, and now four more are getting on board from North Wales.

Glyndŵr University and Coleg Cambria are the latest education partners to sign up, while Zip World and Wrexham Mineral Cables are the two businesses that have most recently joined the partnership.

Raytheon and North Wales Mersey Dee Business Council are among the other organisations from the region that have already joined the government initiative.

Jake Berry MP, northern powerhouse minister, explained that the aim of the programme is to bring various stakeholders together to ensure there are the modern transport links and high-value jobs in place to support the northern economy, while increasing investment.

He welcomed the new organisations to the programme, commenting: “By working more closely together we can ensure that our economic ambitions are realised in North Wales and across the whole of the northern powerhouse.”

Nigel Adams, UK government minister for Wales, said that bringing new partners into the scheme will have a number of benefits.

“Together with partners from across the border and UK government support, they will create good jobs for local people and improve the capacity of our national infrastructure to better connect our communities,” he asserted.

Meanwhile, Andrew Hudson, from Zip World, said that his organisation is looking forward to promoting tourism in North Wales, and to see the impact of that filtering through into local communities.

He said that the impact of Zip World as a tourist destination is already being felt, explaining that three quarters of those who visit the attraction stay at least one night in the area, which means there has already been a boost to local hospitality venues and accommodation providers.

Nathan Cook, from Wrexham Mineral Cables, said that his business hopes to promote the northern powerhouse region around the world as its exporting activity increases.

Of course, this is far from the only way in which North Wales is helping local businesses and providing a boost to the local economy.

The Leader recently highlighted an event set to be hosted in Wrexham, which is designed specifically to support local women in business in Wales.

Attendees can hear from guest speakers from Lloyds Banking Group, and there will be an opportunity for networking following the presentations.

The aim is to help female entrepreneurs thrive, and to make them aware of the tailored support that’s being offered as part of the recently launched initiative: An approach to supporting entrepreneurial women in Wales.

By working with business support organisations around the country, the initiative hopes to make sure that female entrepreneurs receive better support that helps them deal with any specific challenges they’re facing.

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