Great Danish relations to help local economy

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 Jul 2018

MAINTAINING a strong relationship between the Humber region and Denmark is “important for everyone,” the country’s ambassador has said during a visit to Hull. 

His Excellency Mr Lars Thuesen has pledged to try and strengthen the relationship between the pair, and said 2018 was “the right time to be in the Humber”.

Denmark is currently one of the world’s leaders in renewable energy – a sector which the Humber is at the heart of in the UK.

In just four years’ time, 70 per cent of Denmark’s electricity is expected to come from renewable sources. By 2050, the country aims to run completely fossil fuel-free.

The Danish Ambassador, Lars Thuesen said: “This is the right time to be in the Humber, the UK is our fourth largest trading partner and our economy has grown by more than 70 per cent since the 1980s.

“Maintaining the strongest possible relationship between the Humber and Denmark is important for everyone. We are looking forward to having the Humber as a fervent and reliable trade and investment partner.  

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The Humber and Denmark have many growing business sectors in common, particularly clean-tech and renewables, digital and technology, and pharmaceuticals. We have a great opportunity to learn from each other’s economic reforms, environmental sustainability practices and cutting-edge technology.”

The ambassador visited Hull on Monday, June 18, and met with members from Marketing Humber and key partners including Lord Haskins, chair of the Humber LEP, and Pauline Wade of the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.

The Danish ambassador is an experienced diplomat, with a strong background in the area of trade and investment. 

He presented on the embassy’s role, consular services, trade and investment promotion and key sectors.  

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Andy Parkinson, chair of Marketing Humber, gave the ambassador an overview of the Humber growth sectors.

He said: “Both the Humber and Denmark have increasingly strong economies and the opportunities for further growth are evident. The Humber has had a longstanding link with Denmark since the 1980s and there are many strategic investment alliances to build upon.”

During the ambassador’s visit, Rob Marshall, director of Hull’s Spencer Group, spoke about the pioneering work being carried out by the company.

His talk included the £200m Energy Works, which, when completed in Hull, will be the largest privately funded energy to waste facility of its kind in the UK.

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John Connolly, managing director of the city’s C4DI building, presented on the Humber’s digital and technology sector, using C4DI as a case study example of how the firm incubates and grows digital and technology companies by helping traditional businesses innovate. 

Mr Connolly said: “In 2017 jobs in digital technology in Hull were up by 15 per cent and £133k is the average digital turnover by employee for Hull companies. 

“That figure is the highest level north of London and the reason for the report highlighting Hull as the most cost effective place in the UK to run a tech company.”

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