Cisco has announced that it has officially joined the Northern Powerhouse Partnership Programme.

The Northern Powerhouse brings together the cities, towns and rural communities of the North of England and Wales to create a powerhouse for the UK economy. It forms part of the government’s Industrial Strategy to help businesses up and down the country prosper.

The partnership programme is an essential part of creating the Northern Powerhouse, building a network of partners who believe in the economic potential of the North.

Cisco has a long-established presence in the North, with customers, partners and employees across the region. In the past two years the company has led a number of collaborative initiatives to help solve challenges and opportunities facing the region, including its Mi-IDEA Innovation Centre and CityVerve in Manchester and the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle.

Scot Gardner, chief executive, Cisco UK & Ireland, said: “The Northern Powerhouse has an essential role to play in creating a prosperous nation that works for everyone.

“We are excited to be officially joining forces with the Northern Powerhouse. The partnership is a fantastic example of the collaboration needed between government and business for the UK to cement itself as a global digital leader.”