Northern leaders look to assess pandemic impact

21st May 2020

Northern leaders look to assess pandemic impact

Leaders from across the North have met virtually to discuss the impact of the ongoing pandemic on the region's economy and business community.

The NP11-hosted venture heard from the minister for business and industry Nadhim Zahawi MP, together with the minister for regional growth and local government Simon Clarke MP.


Those participating then had the opportunity to put forward questions and comments on how industries across the North could rise to the challenges and prepare for a strong recovery.

Discussion points covered the current application processes for new loans and repayments, the potential for retraining and reskilling employees across key sectors, and options for existing and further devolution of place-based investment models.

Chair of the NP11 and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership Roger Marsh said: “The NP11’s network of northern LEPs have been working tirelessly with the government and our regional partners to accelerate new business support mechanisms, unlock further funding where possible, and ensure that no stone is left unturned for those businesses and sectors that have been hit hardest by this global health crisis.

“Our attention is now increasingly focused on planning for a strong economic recovery.

“Having the ear of the government and the ongoing insight from the North’s business community is vital at this time to help ensure that we play to our strengths and work collaboratively to create new opportunities while rebuilding the northern economy.”

Sacha Lord, night-time economy adviser for Greater Manchester, added: “I thank the ministers for their individual time this morning. I hope that on the next positive call, we can investigate how the government are going to support the hospitality industry, through to full recovery.”

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