Major energy summit heading for Hull could cost up to £330,000 to stage
Wind turbine blades made at the Siemens Gamesa factory in Hull (Image: Scunthorpe Live)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 24 Apr 2019
A three-day energy conference being planned for Hull later this year is expected to cost up to £330,000 - with most of the bill likely to be picked up by the taxpayer.
The Northern Powerhouse Energy Leaders' Summit is set to take place in November.
Hosted by Local Enterprise Partnership, it will showcase the development potential of sectors working across the north in the fields of energy, decarbonisation and so-called "clean growth" businesses and industries.
A proposed programme includes an invitation-only VIP dinner for up to 300 guests as well as a conference, exhibition and potential study tours to local firms.
A government minister is also expected to speak at the event.
While the summit is expected to attract some private sector sponsorship, a new council report reveals taxpayers are likely to end up footing most of the bill.
Clark MacFarlane MD of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, at the Hull site. (Image: Hull Daily Mail)
Both of the region's councils are investing in the event.
According to a decision record report, Hull City Council has set aside a £120,000 budget to hire a specialist events organisation company to co-ordinate everything.
The successful firm chosen after a tendering process will be responsible for putting together a programme for the three days, identifying and engaging with potential speakers and inviting delegates and exhibitors.
The report says: "The supplier shall be required to have a recognised brand and a proven track record with high level contacts and networks in the energy sector with the capability to deliver high profile international industrial and political conferences and events."
The same report also reveals East Riding Council has already agreed to allocate £150,000 towards the event while the LEP has secured £30,000 from the government-funded Northern Powerhouse board.
That funding is expected to cover the cost of hiring a specialist audio visual venue firm and a suitable venue.
The report suggests the Bonus Arena is the current favourite depending on final confirmation of dates for the summit.
The Humber is at the heart of the country's renewable energy ambitions (Image: Daily Mirror)
It adds: "The event will be an opportunity to showcase the Humber’s role as a flagship region for energy, decarbonisation and clean growth within the Northern Powerhouse and as a destination for such corporate events."