Ideal Modular Homes has been confirmed as a Northern Powerhouse Partner (NPP).
The modular housing specialist has officially joined the Northern Powerhouse partner programme, which aims to boost the economic impact of the north of England.
The NPH’s partner programme is seen as a crucial part of the Northern Powerhouse agenda, bringing together innovative businesses seeking to unlock the economic potential of the north.
Modular homes – subsumed under the larger umbrella of Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) – are widely considered as an eco-friendly, accessible, and more cost-efficient alternative to conventional construction methods.
Ideal has developed advanced and innovative modular-home manufacturing facilities, and since its inception, Ideal says helping build the northern economy has been at the centre of its ethos.
Ideal is due to open up a second northern-based factory in late 2020, taking the company’s total output to 2,000 modular homes per year.
The coming year will also see the launch of Ideal’s Learning to Work programme, an apprenticeship scheme designed to provide training and qualifications for young people struggling with employment while also helping build the Northern Powerhouse and the north’s offsite construction industry.
The company is working with students at the University of Liverpool, applying a hands-on learning experience for students looking to work in the industry.
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“Magnet for business”
Luke Barnes, CEO of Ideal Modular Homes, said: “We are committed to growing our business in partnership with the Northern Powerhouse initiative.
“Sharing an ambition to invest in the supply and quality of the north’s housing offer, while also supporting other members to create great places to live, we want the North to become a magnet for new business and talented people.
“This exciting new collaboration will help us to ensure housing plays an important role in the Northern Powerhouse agenda and help improve the lives, living standards, power, and voice of the north and its residents.”