‘East-west divide’ sees Manchester pull ahead in Northern Powerhouse enterprise race

28 February 2020

• A new Enterprise Research Centre report 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 Enterprise Research Centre’s 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.