New plans to give glimpse into future of Humber's Energy Estuary

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 5 Jun 2018

A blueprint which will provide a glimpse into the possible future of the Humber’s Energy Estuary is to be unveiled this week.

The plans, drawn up by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), will build on the success of the region’s offshore wind industry, and encourage smaller businesses to seize the opportunity and expand.

The LEP’s vision for the Humber will be revealed on Thursday, forming part of the packed-out Humber Business Week.

Lord Haskins, chair of the Humber LEP, said: “The Humber has made a lot of progress over the last few years, but there is a lot more we can achieve and this strategy will be about taking us on to the next level.

Lord Haskins, chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership

“We have had some excellent ideas from business people and our partners so far, and we now want to put out our initial thinking for wider comment.

“This will be a very business-like plan, designed by business people to ensure they have the things they need to make our economy thrive, so it is very important that people get involved.”

Speakers for the event include Benj Sykes, vice president of Ørsted, former Hull MP Alan Johnson and Lee Hopley, the Engineering Employers Federation’s chief economist.

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They will be joined on stage by other local and northern industry figures.

The LEP’s blueprint for a Humber Industrial Strategy has been developed through discussions with businesses over the last few months.

Its launch marks the start of formal consultation on the proposals, which will run over the summer, and the LEP’s bid for Government backing for the ideas.

Alan Johnson will speak at the event in Hull

The detailed strategy will be developed later in the year.

“We have a great line-up of industry speakers for this kick-off event, which I think shows how important the Humber is to industry, so I am looking forward to hearing what they have to say,” Lord Haskins said.

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The government published its Industrial Strategy at the end of last year.

To date three areas - Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and Oxfordshire - are working with the government on local industrial strategies.

The LEP wants the Humber to be one of the next in line.

The blueprint will also stress the importance of having a positive business environment to support growth across all sectors in the Humber.

The event is being held at the Doubletree by Hilton in Hull on Thursday, June 7 as part of Humber Business Week.

Places are free and can be booked at www.humberlep.org/bizweek .



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