Bold plans for future of Humber 'Energy Estuary' to be unveiled next month
The plans will be unveiled next month (Image: Richard Howlett)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 14 May 2018
Plans for how the Humber will continue to grow as the UK’s ‘Energy Estuary’ will be revealed by business leaders next month.
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will unveil its proposals at a special event during the region’s Business Week on Thursday, June 7.
The new plans are expected to include details on how the Humber area will build on its position as the centre of the UK’s offshore wind industry, and back industrial sectors around the region to grow and become more productive.
Lord Haskins, chair of the Humber LEP, said: “The Humber Energy Estuary has become a UK success story over the last few years, after a series of major investments by multinational companies and our home-grown businesses.
“We are now coming from a position of strength, but we cannot be complacent – there are still issues that need resolving to close the gap.
“There are also many new opportunities that businesses have identified in our initial discussions. Our job at the LEP is to get behind them and make sure they have what they need to succeed, here in the Humber.”
The LEP has been consulting with businesses in recent months to listen to their views on what the new strategy should look like.
The group’s board of businesses, council and education leaders met earlier this month to review the feedback, and put the plans together.
They will be unveiled to the business community during the Humber Business Week, which will showcase the region’s talent between June 4 and June 8.
“This new industrial strategy will set out what we can achieve together by collaborating as a region and the small number of things where, with Government backing, we could do something significant for the UK as a whole,” Lord Haskins said.
“This is one of the most important things the LEP has taken on, so the enthusiasm we have had so far from our business community, councils and other partners is very welcome and will be essential for it to succeed.”
The LEP believes that the Humber can play a leading part in responding to the “Clean Growth” Grand Challenge set by the Government in its Industrial Strategy for the UK – not only in low carbon energy generation, goods and services, but also in the more efficient use of energy and resources by industry.
With two refineries and strengths in steel, chemicals and process industries, the Humber has one of the largest concentrations of energy intensive industries in the country.
A new local energy strategy will also investigate energy infrastructure and costs for industry, commercial users and local residents, including what the area will need to do to support the roll-out of new technology, such as battery storage and electric vehicles.
The LEP’s initial proposals will be unveiled for consultation at a special event on June 7.
Leading industry figures will be discussing the key opportunities that have been identified and asking for delegates’ views on their priorities.
Businesses can register for a place at www.humberlep.org/bizweek .