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HUMBER LEP (LOCAL ENTERPRISE PARTNERSHIP) PARTNERS


The Humber LEP is a partnership of 16 local businesses, Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce, Humber Chemical Focus, the four Humber councils and the University of Hull. The intensity of the excellent support pledged from the private sector - gathered in less than a week after the LEP’s first Board meeting in June - is thought to be amongst the highest in the country.


ENTERPRISE ZONE STATUS AND FUNDING Since being approved by the Government in June, the LEP successfully bid for one of the largest Enterprise zones in the country, which will create around 5,000 jobs. It has also won £177,000 of Government funding towards its activities after local organisations pledged to contribute £57,500 of their own funds.


AIMS AND ASPIRATIONS One of the LEP’s major pieces of work will be on how to market the Humber as a location for business. This will include developing the “Humber offer” for renewables, aiming to attract more top tier manufacturing companies in the renewable energy sector to invest, as well as helping local companies do more business outside the area and overseas.


It will also look at how to help more people access the thousands of jobs which would be created under these plans for making the area a hub for renewable energy. A key selling point for renewable and the offshore wind companies is that the Humber has the shortest sailing times of any location to the huge Round 3 sites off the east coast.


RAISING SKILLS LEVELS Humber LEP will also be looking at how to raise skills levels, improve the area’s infrastructure and increase the effectiveness of the Humber brand overseas. Skills issues will be addressed through a new Employment and Skills Board, which will bring local training providers and employers together to discuss how to improve skills levels in the area to meet businesses’ needs.


LARGEST ENTERPRISE ZONE The Humber Enterprise zone is the largest announced by the Government to date. Covering 375 hectares on three sites, it is big enough for the assembly of large structures, which between them can accommodate four Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs)


• Green Port Hull (Alexandra Dock) – 1 OEM


• Queen Elizabeth Dock, Hull – 1 OEM • Able Marine Energy Park (southern part), North Lincolnshire – 2 OEMs


By bringing in these OEMs, Humber LEP hopes their supply chains will follow and occupy further sites around the Humber, leading to the development of a renewable energy super cluster unique in the UK complete with an international scale. The LEP believes the Enterprise zone package can tip the balance towards the UK and away from competing sites on continental Europe.


Humber LEP is keen to broaden its reach within the business community and involve more local business leaders. The team is led by Richard Kendall, who has been seconded from Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce where he was Head of Policy and Communications, and he reports to the LEP Board.


Humber LEP www.hull-humber-chamber.co.uk


www.windenergynetwork.co.uk


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