Episodes will feature guests from across the North’s political and business spectrum Transport for the North (TfN) has today (14 January) launched a new podcast series to showcase the region’s business sector and highlight the importance of transport investment to enable growth and boost productivity. Through conversations with business and political leaders, the ‘Business Matters’ series aims to shine a light on the North of England’s successes and ambitions, and outline how improved transport and digital connectivity can support the region in realising its economic potential. The first episode is out now and features an interview with Peter Kennan, TfN Board Member for South Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Private Sector Co-Chair of the Transport & Environment Board at South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority. He highlights the key assets of South Yorkshire and the North of England in attracting businesses to set up shop or expand their operations, noting the impressive talent pool that organisations can tap into, and the attraction of lower cost of living, better quality of life, and strong sense of community for the people who live and work here. The episode also covers Peter’s thoughts on the national policies that will support economic growth in the region, offers his insight on the opportunities for doing business differently through the Covid-19 pandemic, and talks about the role of TfN in bringing the region together to speak with one voice. “Transport is a true facilitator of growth and productivity, and it’s so important that we continue to invest in it for our people and businesses,” Peter said. “In our Strategic Economic Plan for a fairer, greener South Yorkshire we want to unlock the potential of people, business and places and grow our economy. To make the most of the opportunities ahead of us we need a world-class transport network across all modes.” The first ‘Business Matters’ podcast, and all previous episodes, are available at: www.transportforthenorth.com/news/podcast/ and can also be found directly on Soundcloud and Spotify. The next episode of the series will be out soon and features Cllr Charlie Edwards, TfN Vice-Chair and Member for Highways and Transport for Lancashire County Council. Guests lined up for future episodes include further TfN Board Members, Northern MPs, and business experts.