I published the following post a couple of weeks ago asking the question of why the Northern Powerhouse had dropped off the radar. Fast forward to today and the visit to Manchester of Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to reinvigorate the Northern Powerhouse concept through a number of deals promising investment into the region.
So will this dose of Chinese medicine be what is needed to kickstart the Northern Powerhouse? As with the talk before the election, it will be interesting to see what happens after the state visit ends and to see if the investment that is promised happen and for these projects to be delivered.
The health of the Northern Powerhouse
I have confession to make. I wrote the first draft of this blog back in April ahead of the election, but life being life in a busy and successful agency the draft sat on my desktop as v0.9 waiting for some time to polish it off and punch up the adjectives.
If you cast your mind back to 5 months the country was in full election swing and politicians of all persuasions were falling over themselves to offer businesses a bright and cheery vision of life in the coming months and years.
One phrase in particular was a constant whenever senior government figures appeared at a photocall in a power station, call centre or railway station north of Birmingham