24 January, 2008 – North West Experts meeting in Salford to strengthen research
The Northern Way has launched a consultation on its policy and research programme for 2008-11.
The £6 million research programme, jointly funded by the three northern Regional Development Agencies and the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, will help strengthen the North’s influence over economic policy.
Experts from across the North will meet at the Lowry Gallery, Salford Quays, today (24th January) to share their own knowledge and suggest potential knowledge gaps that could be addressed by further research and analysis to benefit the North.
The results of the consultation will form the basis of a new three year programme of research by the Northern Way focusing on issues affecting the entire North, including transport, innovation in industry and private sector investment.
The research programme will be used to gather stronger evidence on these and other issues to allow the North to influence national policy.
Richard Baker, Policy and Research Manager for the Northern Way, said: "This consultation will enable us to create a leading policy research programme for the North.
"Our research programme will aim to uncover the evidence needed across the economic agenda and prepare the ground for the next stage of our economic development."
To get involved with the consultation, visit www.thenorthernway.co.uk.
Source: Northern Way press release