To deliver government’s ambitions for levelling-up and global Britain, the UK needs a national engine of growth at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse that can drive its economy in the same way that London does for the South East, and play a full role in the UK’s aspiration to be a science superpower, where Research & Development (R&D) and innovation lead to broad based national prosperity.
Greater Manchester (GM) has the critical attributes needed to play this role, including:
- Distinctive and leading-edge R&D assets, aligned with major pan-Northern industrial clusters with international growth potential.
- The size, scale and location to have an impact on the North and UK. 7m people are within an hour’s travel time of the city region, the largest travel to work area in the UK outside London.
- A shared evidence base and strategic approach, supported by stable and robust public-private networks, partnerships, governance and leadership.
- A track-record of working with government to successfully deliver transformational programmes for growth and public service reform.
But Greater Manchester cannot become the engine of the North with a business as usual approach. We need to do things differently. Innovation Greater Manchester is an ambitious plan to create a new place-based partnership, led by businesses and entrepreneurs, to build on locally rooted R&D assets and local delivery capacity to drive innovation-led growth in our towns, cities and in technology parks across Greater Manchester.