Energy Estuary to be given push at northern capital

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 20 Feb 2017

THE Energy Estuary's role in the Northern Powerhouse is to be given another high-profile billing following a highly successful Westminster reception.

Humber Local Enterprise Partnership will be flying the flag for the region this week at the UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference and Exhibition in Manchester.

It comes on the back of the huge statement of intent made in the Houses of Parliament, which attracted Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark, along with key ministers.

Now as part of the "LEP Zone" at the exhibition, the same team will be promoting the region and its growing reputation as the UK's "Energy Estuary".

Key figures will be seeking to highlight the opportunities for investment in the area and tell the story of positive change in the region.

Andrew Percy, Northern Powerhouse Minister and Brigg and Goole MP and Matt Jukes, the former ABP port boss who is now chief executive of Hull City Council, will also be among the speakers at the event.

An audience of around 3,000 business leaders, council representatives and Government officials are expected in the city over two days, starting tomorrow.

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Lord Haskins, chairman of Humber LEP, said: "We at the Humber LEP realise the importance of staying connected with the business community in the North.

"It is important that we join with our local authorities and neighbouring LEPs in representing our regions at events such as this. "The Northern Powerhouse provides business opportunity and a network of contacts that benefit our economy and its growth.

"Not only is it a great opportunity for us to share ideas, contacts and to see the ambitions of the Northern Powerhouse, the exhibition provides us with an excellent platform on which to showcase the Humber to a wider Northern network – we must continue to push our reputation forward."

Martin Venning, director of UK Northern Powerhouse International Conference and Exhibition, was another attendee at the Westminster bash last month. Impressed by the ambassadorial spirit of the public and private sector together, he underlined the need for the Humber to keep banging the drum, telling the representatives: "When you have a good product you need a good sales team to get it out there. The expertise in the room, if it can be harnessed, is very powerful."

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Grimsby solicitor Stephen Savage, vice-chairman of Humber LEP, welcomed by Cleethorpes MP Martin Vickers, hosted the London bash.

He said: "The Humber is an incredibly valuable region in relation to the UK industrial strategy. We feel it has been really necessary to bring the Humber together as a region. We have the strains of devolution, we have the strains of Brexit and I think we all feel it is a decisive time for the Humber.

"The Humber has had the benefit of real, substantial investment in the last three to four years, particularly in the renewable energy sector.

"If we can properly sell the Humber we can be one of the strongest economic regions in the UK."

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