Cluster study approach welcomed by the region's chemical sector

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 20 Dec 2016

GOVERNMENT funding is being sought for a cluster study for the region.

The Department for Business, Energy, Innovation and Skills has been approached, delegates at the Humber Strategic Chemical Sector Conference were told.

It followed an update on the Tees Valley Cluster Study from Paul Booth, chairman of Tees Valley Unlimited.

He told how more than 40 key industries had been surveyed and given the area short, medium and longer terms priorities for further cluster development and investment opportunities, as well as identify synergies for energy and process flows between existing companies.

Diana Taylor from Opala Consulting gave a BP Saltend Chemicals Park case study describing the work undertaken by BP in supporting its own cluster of industrial facilities and the potential benefits to the Humber region for undertaking similar work to that completed in Teesside.

Kishor Tailor, chief executive of the Humber LEP and Marcus Walker, assistant director of planning and regeneration North Lincolnshire Council gave an update on the priority sectors for the Humber region. The audience welcomed the news that BEIS funding is being sought to support a Humber Cluster Study.

Brendan Conlan, chairman of host organisation HCF Catch, rounded up the conference with a question and answer session.

For more information about HCF Catch contact Katie Hedges, membership services manager, on 01469 552840.

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