A new ERC report published today has highlighted an enterprise divide among Northern Powerhouse regions across a range of growth metrics.

An ‘East/West divide’ has opened up when it comes to business start-ups and firm growth in the Northern Powerhouse area, new research has found.

The  Northern Powerhouse Growth Dashboard found that in the most recent available figures (2018), Greater Manchester’s start-up rate was among the highest in the entire UK (58 per 10,000 population). But while other parts of the North West including Liverpool and Cheshire also displayed healthy start-ups rates, many areas east of the Pennines lagged far behind, with the North East region having the lowest rate of just 19 per 10,000 people.