Posted on June 12, 2014
Category: News

The Humber LEP is inviting businesses and organisations to join them for a review of progress over the last 18 months and a look forward to what’s next for the Humber.

The breakfast event on Friday June 20 at Willerby Manor Hotel starts at 8am for a breakfast roll and tea or coffee and networking. Speakers – Lord Haskins, Paul Sewell, Kishor Tailor and Sam Whitaker – will start from 8.30am followed by a Q&A session.

With the LEP’s role and responsibilities changing as Government devolves more power to the local level, the event offers the chance to find out more about the LEP’s work and discuss the challenges ahead with Board members.

The business-led partnership with local authorities and education is currently negotiating with Government to secure funding from the Local Growth Fund to support its economic strategy.  Projects under discussion include transport schemes, college improvements and flood defences.  The outcome is expected in July.

The work builds on the Hull & Humber City Deal, which secured extra financial resources and “freedoms and flexibilities” on accelerating development and improving further education.

Meanwhile a new plan to boost the area’s skills and help people into work is being finalised, over 80 businesses are being supported with grants to create an estimated 1500 jobs, and the LEP is launching a Growth Hub to improve access to business support.

Speakers at the event will update delegates on these issues and some of the LEP’s other key work:

  • LEP Chair Lord Haskins will look back over the past 18months and set the scene for the future direction for the Humber LEP and the challenges ahead
  • Paul Sewell, the chair of our Business Development Board, will talk about supporting businesses to succeed and invest in the region and how they can interact with the Humber LEP.
  • Chief Executive Kishor Tailor will introduce the work of the Investment and Regulation Board on infrastructure issues such as transport, flooding and development land.
  • Sam Whitaker Employment and Skills Board member will talk about the programmes driving the creation a skilled and productive workforce that meets the needs of business.  

The event will be chaired by LEP Forum Chair Richard Tuplin.  LEP staff will also be on hand to speak to businesses interested in its grant, loan, skills and business support programmes.

Lord Haskins, chair of the Humber LEP said: “There has been encouraging momentum in the Humber over the past 18 months and we’ll take a look back at some of the progress.

“The successes have come from great partnership work across the Humber and will continue to do so as we move to deliver the investment and policy wins we are securing from Government.

“There is lots more hard work to do to make sure the Humber reaches is economic potential and we hope businesses and stakeholders will attend the event not just to find out what help they can get but also to see how they can contribute to the success of the region.”

LEP Forum Chair Richard Tuplin said: “With the growing importance of the LEP, now more than ever it is important that businesses are aware of what is going on, how to get involved and how to shape the future direction of the Humber.  This event is an ideal opportunity to find out more and talk to the people involved.”

This will be the first in a series of re-launched Humber LEP Forum events and we will be asking those who attend what they would like to hear at future events.

To book a free place online at http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/humber-lep-3457996713