The Northern Powerhouse is a concept devised by the government to boost the northern economy, enabling it to compete with London and the South East’s dominance. The idea revolves around the North’s major cities: Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle. Plans include improved transport links and devolution.
As a growing, northern business, Recycling Lives has an important role to play in the Northern Powerhouse, and fully supports the idea.
We sustain social endeavours through commercial services. Boosting the northern economy will enhance our commercial activity, and therefore further our social reach, helping more people. It will also increase our employment capabilities. Employing people is one of the cornerstones of Recycling Lives’ ethos – we want to help as many people as possible to live independently. This, along with our Food Distribution Centre, social welfare charity, and HMP Work Academies, are at the core of our business, and a Northern Powerhouse will enhance our potential to deliver social output.
William Fletcher, the Managing Director of Recycling Lives, underlined the importance of a powerful North:
‘After attending the Lancashire Boost Conference and listening to the Leader of Manchester City Council, Sir Richard Leese, discuss Lancashire’s role in the Northern Powerhouse, it is clear to me that this concept is something we need to support.
It is important for the northern economy to at least be on par to that of the South, in order for businesses like ours to prosper.’
The Lancashire Boost Conference was an event held to explore key business themes in the area, including the Northern Powerhouse.