Stephen Purvis, Chairman of Policy North

Stephen Purvis, Chairman of Policy North

Do you think the North East can be a major part of the Northern Powerhouse?

There can be no true Northern Powerhouse if the North East is not equally represented alongside the North West and M62 corridor.  The North East has a rich talent pool of precision engineering, service sector, technology and energy sector businesses that, if supported correctly, could act as a significant catalyst to an emergent economy in the North of England.  The North East represents the highest return on investment, based on GVA per head, of any region in England and is therefore fiscally critical to the Norther Powerhouse gaining traction and a positive direction of travel. 

Jacqui Miller MBE, Director of Cramlington-based Miller International.

Jacqui Miller MBE, Director of Cramlington-based Miller International.

Do you think the North East can be a major part of the Northern Powerhouse?

Most certainly yes, the North East has some of the most passionate, hardworking and honest people throughout the UK.  Given the ability to take control of our own destiny as a region we can invest in the things that matter most education, infrastructure and training. A ‘can do’ attitude is within our DNA and with a strong leader elected at the helm the sky’s the limit.