Business North is a leaders’ network representing the voice of business in the north of England on issues of economic growth.

Firms of all sectors and sizes are welcome to join as well as representative bodies and national organisations that have significant interests in the North.

The group provides thought leadership on issues affecting the North and will challenge and support the government on issues of pan-northern economic importance.

Join Business North and be part of a united business voice to support economic growth across northern England.

Call for Evidence: Education and Skills

A region’s biggest asset is its workforce, and investment in the north needs to focus on skills as well as connectivity. This was stressed in the 2016 report of the National Infrastructure Commission and the same theme has been taken up by experts in both education and economic development.

An analysis by the OECD found that improving skills levels across the population, particularly among those with ‘low or no’ qualifications, was a priority for regional growth in the north of England.

For this reason, Business North has launched a new Call for Evidence.

The call is open until 31 December 2017. However, submissions sent before the end of October 2017 will be collated for a short statement ahead of the Autumn Budget. Submissions of no more than 3,000 words, can be made in writing and sent to north@ippr.org.

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