FutureNorth & The Northern Powerhouse


The Voice of Business and Civic Leaders across The North

FutureNorth in The Times have created a unique national media platform offering a unified voice for business and civic leaders across the North. This unique media project is committed to increasing the impact of the North of England to the UK economy, and maintaining the momentum that is essential to socially re-balancing the UK.

The 2020 series of FutureNorth Supplements in The Times will help develop consensus, encourage government, business and civic society to work together, develop innovative thinking and new policy ideas to ensure the North is a place to work, study, live and invest. The series will consider the economic, cultural and social synergies that will stem from greater co-operation between the cities, towns and rural regions of the North of England.

Each FutureNorth Supplement will lead around one of the four prime economic priority areas of Infrastructure & Assets; Education & Skills; International Competitiveness and Leadership and Learning but will include reference to their collective importance and to economic growth.


First Supplement published - Spring 2020

Editorial synopsis

Written and designed by award-winning national newspaper journalists and designers rising above the noise of local media and newspapers.

Leadership and Governance in Transport

Executive profiles of Northern leaders in civic society, business, governance and education; bid to Interview Andy Burnham and/or Ben Houchen; challenging Westminster and other devolved regions to adopt and support NPP and TfN directives; investing in transport for the North’s post-Brexit future; devolving power to TfN; delivering and using City Region Deals to deliver TfN infrastructure projects.

Rail. Road. Aviation. Ports

Introduction to Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) and the proposals for for the flagship rail network; the Strategic Outline Business Case; the importance of HS2 and other Northern Powerhouse Rail projects; what will these mean for the capacity, speed of the existing network, a summary of upgrades and new lines; East West freight super corridor; economic and social impacts.

The importance of global connectivity for delivering the Northern Powerhouse Project (MAG). The need for a high quality and reliable road and rail network to maximise the potential of Manchester Airport and the other six Northern international airports flying direct to 254 destinations.

Northern Ports punching above their weight; Northern Ports Strategy; impact on clusters of economic development around their ports; from road to rail and coastal traffic.

Overview of Road Investment Strategy.

Skills & Education and productive employment

Focus on the skills from schools through colleges to our world-class university sector and the post-graduate business schools that will develop growth in the transport and infrastructure sectors; how transformational transport projects will allow access to skilled jobs and education.


FutureNorth Supplements are distributed within the Times from North Midlands/Wales through to Cumbria and the Borderlands. The distribution footprint of The Times (North) is marked in green and yellow on the map below.


The Times has 313,000 readers in the region; 60% (189,000) of these readers are decision-makers. The Times is read by 20% of all business people within the area, reaching people who do not appear on databases (Source: NRS, BBS).„

Opportunities in FutureNorth

Main Sponsorship Package:

  • ‘In association with’ branding on the front page, with your company logo
  • Double page editorial interview by one of our journalists
  • Front page image
  • Total cost: £11,950.

Double Partner Package:

  • Double page editorial interview by one of our journalists
  • Total cost: £6,750.

Single Partner Package:

  • Single page editorial interview by one of our journalists
  • Total cost: £3,750.

Advertising Rates:

  • Double Page Spread: £5,950
  • Full Page: £2,950
  • Half Page: £1,950.


Guy Griffiths

T: 01333 633171 M: 07735 999037

FutureNorth in The Times, 6 March 2019.
FutureNorth: The Life Sciences Edition, 26 June 2018.

Quality journalism. Expert design. Compelling stories.