The Association of International Accountants (AIA) is delighted to be named as the latest organisation to join the government’s Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme.

As part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy, the Northern Powerhouse Partners Programme is a coalition of business that aim to promote economic growth across the region. It achieves this by bringing together a range of businesses and institutions which are intrinsically invested in the success of the north of England and Wales and share the ambitions of Government to develop the region’s cities, towns and rural communities to become a powerhouse for the UK economy. 

From its base in the North East, AIA has demonstrated that being located outside London is no barrier to the global market and we actively export the benefits of a UK regulated qualification and working with the wider financial and professional services industry to support the development of talent within the Northern Powerhouse. AIA’s particular focus is in on building skills, improving social mobility and developing practical skills to enable life-long learning amongst its 14,000 members.

Announcing the news, Northern Powerhouse Minister, Jake Berry MP, said: “Our Northern Powerhouse Partner Programme brings together a rapidly growing coalition of private and public sector organisations who proudly champion the strengths of our region. I am delighted to welcome the Association of International Accountants (AIA) as our latest partner and I look forward to working with them as they equip the next generation with the opportunities and training they need to succeed in a globally competitive economy.” 

AIA’s vast experience in education and skills training across the financial sector through links with universities and academic institutions, alongside a network of trusted business advisers, means we are well placed to support the ambitious objectives of the government’s Northern Powerhouse strategy.

AIA President, Les Bradley added: “I am delighted that AIA has been approved as a Northern Powerhouse Partner and I am looking forward to working with like-minded organisations to promote financial skills education and support business growth in the region.”