Press Release | 08 Dec 2016



Vodafone UK CEO, Nick Jeffery, has signed a Partner Memorandum (MoU) for the Government’s Northern Powerhouse scheme to help the North achieve its full potential.

As part of the Northern Powerhouse partnership programme, Vodafone UK joins a network of leaders committed to promoting development across the region.

Vodafone’s Northern Regional Business teams already partner with thousands of businesses and organisations, from start-ups and small businesses to the largest corporates and public sector bodies. Spread across the North, with regional headquarters in Leeds and Manchester, the teams provide their customers with business communications transformation expertise and a range of voice and data services including: secure communications infrastructure; fixed and call centre capability; and unified communications.

Vodafone has invested hundreds of millions of pounds in its network and services across the North over the last few years.  Thanks to that investment Vodafone has brought 4G coverage to hundreds of Northern cities and towns, as well as 3G coverage to 13 rural “notspots”. Vodafone employs around 2,000 people across the region and will continue to invest significantly in its network, infrastructure and employees in the North as part of its expected £2 billion investment in the UK over the next three years.

Nick Jeffery, Vodafone UK CEO, said, “We are very proud to have signed up to the Northern Powerhouse. We have a high regard for the innovative energy of our thousands of Enterprise customers across the region as well as a strong belief in the benefits our local approach to business can bring.  We are committed to continuing our massive investment on our network and strategic hubs in the North and we look forward to making the region a powerhouse for the UK economy once again. ”

Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy MP, said: “With more than one million businesses, seven of the UK’s top tech hubs and four of the world’s top universities, having a digitally connected North is essential to building the Northern Powerhouse.  That’s why I’m pleased we can now call on Vodafone as an official Partner to help get the great towns and cities of the North firing on all cylinders.”

The Government’s press release can be found here.

About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed line connections, home and office broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT).

Having made the UK’s first mobile phone call and sent the first text message, Vodafone has a history as a tech pioneer. In 2018 we made the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G, and were first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. We now have 5G in more places than anyone else, with multiple locations now live across the UK and the rest of Europe.

Today we serve more than 18 million mobile and fixed line customers in the UK, with 4G network coverage at 99%.  Our customers voted us the UK’s Best Mobile Network at the 2018 Trusted Reviews Awards – for the second year in a row. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 15 UK towns and cities through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach.

Connectivity is at the heart of what we do as it gives us a huge opportunity for good. We are using our network, products, talents and technology to help society prosper and respond to significant social and environmental issues.  Our free Digital Parenting magazine is helping families and schools across the UK to navigate the online world safely. Meanwhile, the Vodafone Foundation’s work with researchers at Imperial College is developing personalised cancer treatment using the processing power of smartphones.

We are part of Vodafone Group, one of the world’s largest technology communications companies, with mobile operations in 26 countries, partnerships with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 19 markets.  As of 30 September 2019, Vodafone Group had approximately 625 million mobile customers, 27 million fixed broadband customers, and 22 million TV customers – including all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates.

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