With George Osborne now a distant memory in Whitehall, there was some worry that his vision of driving industry throughout the north would pale into insignificance.

Based on a couple of recent seminars I have been to and articles read, local authorities / borough councils seem to be working together throughout the north.  

In fact I read last week that the North East (yes, the North Powerhouse spreads wider than Manchester) is likely to become the UK's technology hub over the coming years, with mass investment from private and government funding.