In this our 20th Anniversary year, and Medilink’s first ever North of England E-News, Jake Berry MP – Minister for the Northern Powerhouse discusses boosting growth across the North of England.
"The Northern Powerhouse is our long term plan to boost growth across the North. It is comprehensive, from tackling inequality in our education system to strengthening trade and investment, and, importantly, supporting science and innovation.
“Health Innovation is a prime growth opportunity for the region, which has a wealth of expertise and assets in this field. The North is home to 20 universities and research institutions, and we must support them if we’re going to create a sustainable economy for the future.
“Across the region, we’ve made significant investments so far including a £20 million boost to Health North and investing £14 million at the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre in Sheffield. From awarding £20 million for a Manchester & Cheshire Life Sciences Fund to supporting the Accelerator Building, a life science hub in Liverpool city centre, we’ve demonstrated our firm commitment.
“On my first ministerial visit since taking on the role of Northern Powerhouse Minister, I chose to see the STEM Laboratories at the University of Cumbria, which has been backed by more than three quarters of a million pounds of government funding. I was impressed by how these bespoke teaching and research facilities have been created in direct response to the increased need for biosciences graduates in Cumbria and across the North, reflecting an increase in demand from Sellafield and other businesses for analytical scientists.
“These type of projects are crucial to the success of the Northern Powerhouse. They’re making sure we’re giving people the skills they need to thrive in a flourishing industry. Now, we’re turning to our Northern Powerhouse Partners to help reinforce our work in the sector. We’ll build on progress to date to encourage a thriving private sector and train highly-skilled workers who can make the most of the opportunities on offer. I look forward to working with Medilink to advance this work even further.”