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The Northern Powerhouse: Ready to Roar

By S Wilson, Mar 25 2017 02:00PM

The North of England has a proud history, with a cultural and industrial heritage second to none. Wool, cotton and silk are woven into the landscape of much of Yorkshire. The legacy of textile manufacturing can be easily seen in the grand factory buildings in many great northern towns and cities.

The heavy industries, including coal and steel, and textiles which dominated the region’s economy in the past, have given way to a new and exciting mix of engineering, business and retail, attracting start-ups and SMEs.

Some places, like Bradford, Halifax and Huddersfield, which once were centres of wool milling, suffered a decline in their economy following the collapse of the old industry. But, today, many of those beautiful old Mill buildings have been put to good use and converted into thriving business centres and serviced offices, containing art galleries, restaurants and much more.

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