LEP chief’s tide of optimism in a critical showcase week

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 11 Sep 2017

HUMBER Local Enterprise Partnership chief executive Kishor Tailor is looking forward to joining business leaders in championing the area on two fronts, home and away, this week.

He is a key speaker at tomorrow’s Humber showcase, an event being held in the capital as part of London International Shipping Week, before steaming back up to the region to lead proceedings at a special executive dinner as part of the Clean Break Summit 2017 on Wednesday evening.

Speaking ahead of a high-profile week for ports and energy – with the latest offshore wind farm competitive auctions for subsidies expected to be released today – Mr Tailor underlined the importance of getting the message out to those that really matter. 

He said: “This is an opportunity to promote the opportunities in the Humber, to a group of people – primarily potential investors – who may not know exactly what the Humber has to offer. We will be raising awareness of the opportunities here, and showcasing what great things are already happening in the Humber.

“We are on the radar for the sector, in London and elsewhere, and this is a further extension of the work we have been doing. We have a good line-up, lots of good speakers, and this is something we are trying to do as a place, work together for clear objectives, and ensuring we are all together promoting the Humber.”

ABP’s Humber ports director Simon Bird will also make dual appearances, with Team Humber Marine Alliance organising tomorrow, and North East Lincolnshire working with market intelligence specialist DragonGate on Clean Break, as previewed last week.

Of the invite-only dinner, hosted by Wilkin Chapman solicitors at Humber Royal Hotel, Mr Tailor said he was keen to hear the views and needs of regional businesses to influence key discussions at central Government level. 

“Our aim is to continue the engagement and consultation with local businesses, and further bolster the region’s reputation as the UK’s Energy Estuary,” Mr Tailor said. 

“Having secured a number of new investments in the energy sector, the Humber Estuary is gaining in momentum. At the

Humber LEP we are working to shape the Industrial Strategy with ‘energy sector’ at the forefront of our proposal.”

Lawyers from the town-headquartered firm will join industry and government stakeholders. Wilkin Chapman chief executive Des Mannion said: “The region, with its particular sector strengths in agriculture, renewable energy, ports and logistics, has been the catalyst to our success, and we are very much aligned to the aspirations of the region.”



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