AIA is a proud partner of the Northern Powerhouse, which brings together 300 organisations with the shared goal of boosting the Northern economy by investing in skills, innovation, transport and culture. 

Being a Northern Powerhouse partner means AIA works directly with ministers and other partners to influence government policy, supporting innovation and growth, alongside a thriving private sector and a highly skilled population. AIA members are trusted finance professionals with specialist skills in the SME sector, well placed to spot and grasp the opportunities available to all businesses in the Northern economy, whether they are start-ups, expanding, exporting or evolving.

AIA’s engagement with the Northern Powerhouse means that AIA were fortunate to attend the launch of the Northern Asian Power group, supporting Power Up the North and pledging the Asian Business communities' commitment to support the Northern Powerhouse. The event, hosted by The Rt Hon Baroness Warsi, was followed by the India and the Northern Powerhouse Roundtable, recognising the strong connection between the UK and India. Guests included Jake Berry, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, Virendra Sharma, Chair of the Indo-British AAPG and Ammar Mirza CBE, of the Federation of Asian Businesses and AIA was pleased to share its experiences of exporting services to India and developing global links.