The Northern Powerhouse is a fantastic opportunity for the
growth of businesses throughout the north.
The government's appointment of a new Northern Powerhouse
minister, Andrew Percy, is a step towards making this idea a
reality. But to ensure its long-term success, there needs to be
supportive interaction between big businesses and innovative
start-ups. This collaboration will form the final part of an
equation that will enable businesses to evolve from an idea into a
The North West is the perfect place for companies to grow. The
home of the industrial revolution and the first computer boasts a
student population of over 100,000, great transport infrastructure
with fast links to other cities including the capital, and a
supportive ecosystem which facilitates the growth of new
businesses. This is particularly true for the technology sector, as
our TMT hotspots research has revealed year-on-year growth in a
number of clusters in the region. The North West is also a place
were great ideas thrive. This is evident from the emergence of tech
start-ups such as influencer marketing agency Social
Chain, digital agency Degree 53, and online event marketing platform
At Deloitte, we are practicing what we preach by collaborating
with the global training initiative, Start-up Leadership Program (SLP), which offers
support to aspiring CEOs. It is a highly selective, not-for-profit
organisation that uses its global network to aid entrepreneurs,
founders and innovators. Operating in 28 cities around the world,
it has helped more than 1,300 start-ups across many sectors, from
food and BioTech to hardware.
Our London office has supported SLP over the last three years,
and we will now be providing venue space for training and events at
our Manchester branch. SLP participants will be trained over a
six-month period with more than 20 sessions, receiving personalised
support from mentors to help with their growth.
We are committed to supporting the technology industry and the
growth of the next generation of big businesses. Start-ups benefit
massively from a close support network with other companies and we
hope that our collaboration with SLP will help to boost growth
in the region and strengthen the creation of the Northern
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