Alan Murray-Rust Alan Murray-Rust

Businesses based in Enterprise Zones in the Northern Powerhouse have created over 8,000 jobs in the past four years, according to government figures.

The government claims the region's Enterprise Zones - which provide tax breaks and support for new and growing businesses - have created an average eight jobs every day since 2012 and generated £1 million worth of investment.

In the final three months of 2015 alone, more than 1,220 jobs were created, 18% more than in the previous quarter.

There are now 14 Enterprise Zones across the Northern Powerhouse. Each one offers up to £275,000 worth of business rates relief over a five year period, tax relief for those investing in machinery. And the Local Enterprise Partnership retains all of the business rates generated, allowing it to reinvest the funds into the Enterprise Zone.

Northern Powerhouse minister, Andrew Percy said: "From Siemens in East Yorkshire to GE on Tyneside, the Northern Powerhouse is attracting some of the world’s leading businesses to locate here and offer skilled jobs.

"Today’s figures make clear the real appetite to invest and do business in the North, with over 8,000 jobs over the last 4 years, thanks in no small part to the high quality local support on offer to new and growing companies.

"So I am especially pleased that Barclays has become our latest Northern Powerhouse Partner, and would urge all companies across the Northern Powerhouse to do all they can to promote our area as a place where businesses can thrive and grow."