The 11th Roberts Lecture: What next for cities and the Northern Powerhouse? by Lord Jim O’Neill

Students sat in park overlooking the Sheffield skyline

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Wednesday 24 February 2016


Lord O’Neill, who is championing the Northern Powerhouse in his role as Commercial Secretary to the Treasury, studied at our University in the 1970s and is perhaps best known for for coining the term BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) during his time at Goldman Sachs to acknowledge the new powers in the world’s economy.

The lecture addressed the questions:

  • What progress on devolution and the Northern Powerhouse have local leaders and Whitehall achieved together so far?
  • How can we ensure that the Northern Powerhouse is more than a sum of its parts?
  • What direction should future policy in this space take and what will it take for city regions to succeed?
  • What steps do we now need to take to meet our long-term ambitions for the economy?

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