'Seize the day' call to businesses to help champion Grimsby's regeneration

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 25 May 2018

DRIVING forward Grimsby’s regeneration agenda was the theme of a high-powered dinner attended by senior business figures with leaders of the town's partnership board.

Held at Healing Manor Hotel, leaders of the regeneration push there included Grimsby’s top entrepreneur, David Ross, who chairs the board, as well as Lord Bob Kerslake, former head of the Civil Service, North East Lincolnshire Council leader Cllr Ray Oxby and chief executive Rob Walsh.

Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce chief executive Dr Ian Kelly, who hosted the event, highlighted how Mr Ross’ grandfather, Carl Ross, had been chamber president in 1948 and was also, like David, a deeply committed business leader to the town’s regeneration.

Attendees agreed the need for a multi-pronged approach to Grimsby’s regeneration which included the requirements for closer education links into business and a stronger “brand” offer from the town to inward investors. It was noted that the current regeneration proposals hinged on winning a £36.9 million bid from the Treasury which would act as a catalyst and multiplier for further private sector inward investments to come.

It dovetails into the Heritage Action Zone work on the Kazbah to the north of the town centre, improving the core area between there and the Riverhead, where a new cinema is to emerge, including Victoria Mills and surrounding waterfronts.

Business leaders from ABP, Phillips 66, Seachill and the Humber LEP were among those attending, who felt there was now a strong consensus for the town to “seize the day” and keep the renewables momentum going forward with this new regeneration proposal to Government.

Dr Kelly said: “David Ross and Ray Oxby were clear that the regeneration board needed to take its message and ideas out to business and that has now been successfully done.

“I received a note from Lord Lamont who also sits on the board and is strongly championing the current Grimsby regeneration agenda. With key high-powered supporters also advocating the town we should all now try and do our bit to promote Great Grimsby’s great opportunity for a better future.”

The evening closed with Steve Bennett and Charlotte Hay giving members an insight into their own regeneration project as joint managing directors of Healing Manor Hotel.

Members wished them well and the hotel every success, having initially joined as consultants last August

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