The Full Monty: Humber’s port opportunities to be bared to the steel city

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 7 Nov 2017

THE Humber ports’ vital role as a gateway for UK manufacturing locations is to be underlined at a special event in South Yorkshire.

A pilot Humber roadshow will hit Sheffield later this month, with former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott – who led a special maritime showcase at London International Shipping Week – again on board to promote the estuary.

Marketing organisation Bondholders, together with Humber LEP, the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, University of Hull and other business leaders are collaborating to provide a single voice to champion the quaysides and river terminals that offer faster connectivity to Europe and beyond for the steel city.

Diana Taylor, Bondholders managing director, said: “We will be representing the Humber as one collaboration, looking to increase the awareness of the combined Humber ports offer and the opportunities for new shipping routes and shared benefits through cost effectiveness and speed of service. 

“We wish to give a picture of the breadth, depth and size of the global import and export market accessible through the Humber and raise awareness of the businesses here ready to connect with the businesses of Sheffield.

“We are looking to connect with businesses working an any industry which deals with import and export, be it manufacturing, key distributor centres, freight forwarding, shipping agents, storage, and any related supply chain businesses. We are also looking to build relationships with organisations and stakeholders interested in building the connectivity into the Northern Powerhouse, connecting for a stronger supply chain and business network.”

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The breakfast event takes place on Thursday, November 23 in the Ambassador Lounge at Bramall Lane, home of Sheffield United Football Club.

It will focus on how the Humber is a critical transport and logistics hub, with unrivalled connectivity, which already makes it the UK’s busiest port complex and the fourth busiest in Europe.

Lord Haskins, chairman of Humber LEP will outline his views on why “now is the time to forge partnerships and strengthen the economy of the Northern Powerhouse” in a “chapter of post-Brexit uncertainty,” with Nigel Brewster, Sheffield City Region LEP vice chairman to welcome him. 

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Logistics specialist Simon Dwyer, of Grimsby-based Seafox Management Consultants, will provide an international perspective and insight into the challenges businesses face with the physical movement of goods within the supply chain and related costs, as well as international trade matters linked to business growth, regional economics and sales planning.

Presentations will be followed by a question and answer session.

The event is open to anyone from the Humber who would like to attend, either as ambassador of the region and sector, or to learn more about the ports and logistics offer.

To register email bondholders@marketinghumber.com

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