Local firm Vincents Solicitors has become a Northern Powerhouse Partner.
The Lancashire law firm, which has offices in Longridge and Garstang, has joined 129 other businesses in the regional business network.
The network is designed to promote growth and investment in the region.
Vincents Solicitors is the county’s only law firm to have signed up to the initiative.
Vincents’ commercial director Ross Wellman said voicing the priorities of Lancashire businesses will be a key task: “The ambitions of the Northern Powerhouse echo those of most people living and working in the region; a flourishing economy, a well-connected region, a skilled workforce and a healthy, happy community.”
He continued: “Great strides have been made with major infrastructure and regeneration projects, but much of this has been centred on the big cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle. For the Northern Powerhouse ambition to be truly realised, growth and success must also be achieved in the smaller towns and cities of Lancashire, Cheshire, Merseyside, Yorkshire and the North East.
“As a law firm with clients across the county, we have a broad view of the unique advantages of doing business in Lancashire, and the myriad barriers-to-success faced by small and medium sized businesses. We will be working with our clients and other SMEs across the county to articulate these issues and communicate them to government.
Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry, who is also MP for Rossendale and Darwen, added: “It’s great to welcome Vincents Solicitors into the partnership and I look forward to the team’s input. There is just as much ambition and entrepreneurial spirit here as anywhere else in the Powerhouse region and our aim is to identify and support it.”