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The Northern Powerhouse

Can the Northern Powerhouse close the North-South economic gap and attract investment into Britain's northern cities? Evan Davis and guests discuss with an audience in Manchester.

Can the Northern Powerhouse solve Britain's North-South economic divide? For now, the Northern Powerhouse is a concept: an idea that towns and cities in the north can unite, forming their own economic hub to rival London and the south east. So how to turn it into a reality? Evan Davis and guests are with an audience at the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce to discuss what kind of businesses will settle in the north of England and what needs to be done to encourage them to make the move. They'll talk about the frustrations of poor transport links, the joys of green spaces and the reasons why businesses like to cluster.

Guests:
Wayne Hemingway, Designer and entrepreneur, Hemingway Design
Vanda Murray, an Independent Director, Manchester Airports Group
Sir Richard Leese, Leader, Manchester City Council and Chair, Transport for the North
Jo York, co-founder, Reframed TV

Producer: Sally Abrahams.

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