Greater collaboration between city regions and combined authorities could see a collective Northern Powerhouse region in the UK.
The latest instalment of our CITIE research (from Nesta, Accenture and Future Cities Catapult) finds that greater collaboration between city regions and combined authorities could see a collective Northern Powerhouse region in the UK join the top tier of global destinations for tech business and entrepreneurship.
The research focuses on the performance, potential for innovation, and entrepreneurship in the context of devolution in the Northern Powerhouse region. It assesses the entrepreneurial ecosystem in six cities and combined authority regions in the North of England.
Within the Northern Powerhouse analysis, the team worked closely with multidisciplinary practitioners, to go beyond the analysis of the current perspective, to set out 16 definitive and actionable recommendations to the city regions to support them in accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship, and raise their game in this global competition.
The six key recommendations highlighted below, speak to where the city regions in the Northern Powerhouse, are collectively performing below average, and have the opportunity to collaborate in the development of solutions and make a step change in performance.
The Northern Powerhouse region as a whole has best practice to rival that of the 40 global leading cities from the 2015 CITIE analysis. The six cities are on a par with many European cities, and whilst they trail a number of their North American counterparts, they are often not far behind, and could emulate their performance with a concerted push to prioritise innovation and entrepreneurship. By cities actioning policy tweaks and amplifying existing initiatives on an individual basis, and by recognising where important opportunities exist for collaboration across the region, Northern Cities can lead the UK and the world in their innovation capability.
Read the full Northern Powerhouse analysis.