March E-Newsletter 2017

March 24, 2017

Read the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) E-Newsletter for March here.

Springboard Programme & Skills Pledge Celebration Event

March 21, 2017

Together with the Humber’s four localities, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is hosting an event to showcase the work of the Springboard programme, celebrating its inception two years ago.

The event will take place on Thursday 23rd March at Willerby Manor, Willerby and will highlight the successes of the programme, including the many young people who have benefitted from it.

The Springboard programme builds on existing mainstream employment initiatives, including the Humber LEP’s Skills Pledge and works with young people between

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Call for Projects – European Structural and Investment Funds

March 21, 2017

Organisations are invited to apply for funding from European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) by responding to a number of Calls for projects that will provide support to businesses across the Humber.

There are two calls for projects that have been launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government that can benefit from funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  The Calls for projects are now open until 13 May for the following activities:

PA2 ICT Call – Seeking a programme of

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LEP calls for businesses to help shape Government’s industrial strategy

March 15, 2017

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is asking businesses to help it make the region’s case as the Government develops a new Industrial Strategy for the country.

The Government is consulting on what should be in the new Industrial Strategy, covering areas such as infrastructure, skills and investment.  The LEP wants to ensure that the new strategy works for the Humber, and is working with local authorities, business membership organisations and individual businesses to make the case for the region’s interests.

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A63 Garrison Road in Hull to benefit from £6.3m scheme

March 10, 2017

The Department for Transport has announced today that the A63 Garrison Road in Hull will be one of the schemes to benefit from new funding for improving congested junctions.

The £6.3m scheme will save more than half a million hours of delays in the first year alone.

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said:

“We welcome the improvement which will relieve congestion and enable future growth – something we have been lobbying for with Hull City Council and Hull

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Humber LEP sponsor The Business Day event

March 9, 2017

The Humber LEP is supporting a new event which will act as a fitting finale for this year’s Humber Business Week.  The Business Day will feature high-profile speakers and networking opportunities at Bridlington Spa on Friday 9th June.

The LEP is one of the main sponsors for the event, alongside East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, the University of Hull, KCOM, Welcome to Yorkshire and the Sewell Group.

As the final event of Humber Business Week, keynote speakers Baroness Brady

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Surge in Volunteers to Support Careers Education in Schools and Colleges

March 8, 2017

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership area now has Enterprise Coordinators on the North and South Bank of the Humber, supporting schools, academies, and colleges with their careers through dedicated Enterprise Advisers.

Enterprise Coordinators Kerrie Jaquest and Jen Vincent, are promoting the Enterprise Network, working with 23 schools across the area currently. The first academy on the South Bank partnered with an Enterprise Adviser, on the first day of National Careers Week.

Oasis Academy Wintringham have been keen to receive support from an

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Registration open for online apprenticeship service

February 27, 2017

On behalf of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) we would like our partners to be aware of:

The Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are from today (13 February 2017) encouraging large employers to sign up and register for the apprenticeship service, in readiness for the launch of the apprenticeship levy on 6 April 2017.

The apprenticeship service is an online digital system (similar to online banking) that has been set up to support the apprenticeship levy.

The levy will

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Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund Launches in the Humber

February 21, 2017

The British Business Bank together with the Local Enterprise Partnerships is holding a series of regional briefing events to tell local partners about the new £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) and how to access it.

An event will take place in each of the 10 Local Enterprise Partnership areas within the NPIF region between the 01 and 17 March 2017, with the first event taking place on 1st March at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull.

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

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Humber LEP to recruit new Board members

February 20, 2017

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is seeking additional private sector members to join its Board.

The LEP, a Government-backed partnership between business, local authorities and education, leads efforts to grow the Humber economy.

Its work includes securing investment in infrastructure projects (such as last month’s announcement of a further £27.9m Growth Deal funding), encouraging the upskilling of the region’s workforce and putting in place measures to support business growth.

The LEP’s Board is responsible for setting the direction of the LEP and

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Humber LEP at the UK Northern Powerhouse Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017

February 17, 2017

The Humber LEP will be flying the flag for the region at the UK Northern Powerhouse Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017, Manchester, next week (21 and 22 February).

As part of the ‘LEP Zone’ at the Exhibition, the Humber LEP will be promoting the Humber and its growing reputation as the UK’s ‘Energy Estuary’. The LEP will be seeking to highlight the opportunities for investment in the area and tell the story of positive change in the region.

Andrew Percy MP, Northern

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Over £600,000 available for food and tourism projects in the Humber

February 1, 2017

Over £600,000 worth of grants are available now to grow food and rural tourism businesses and support the development of tourism infrastructure projects in the Humber through the government’s £120m Rural Development Programme for England.  This investment is part of the Humber’s European Structural and Investment Fund allocation.

Grants are available for investments in:

Tourism infrastructure
Business development (tourism businesses)
Food processing

Neighbouring LEPs in Greater Lincolnshire and York, North Yorkshire, East Riding are also issuing calls for these grants, so applicants in the overlapping

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Humber showcased at Parliamentary Reception

January 31, 2017

The Humber LEP hosted a Parliamentary Reception at Westminster earlier today, in partnership with Humber business organisations Bondholders, Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA) and the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.

The Reception, sponsored by Martin Vickers MP, gathered political leaders and local authorities from the Humber region, alongside national Government and current and potential investors, including Andrew Percy MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse.

Stephen Savage, Vice Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership said:

“The aim of today’s Parliamentary Reception was

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Festival of Learning 2017

January 30, 2017

The Humber LEP Skills team are ongoing in their involvement with the Festival of Learning (previously Adult Learners’ Week), which is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England.

The Festival celebrates the remarkable achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives and highlights how lifelong learning benefits society and the economy, whilst inspiring others to discover the power of learning.

Nominations for the Festival of Learning 2017 awards are open from 1 February until 31 March. Categories include individual learners, employers, tutors and projects/provision.

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Northern Powerhouse minister, Andrew Percy announces third Growth Deal in Hull

January 23, 2017

Northern Powerhouse minister, Andrew Percy, visited Hull today to announce the third instalment of Growth Deal Funding secured by the Humber LEP.

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, and Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council and LEP Board member, were in attendance for the announcement on Scale Lane Bridge, Hull.

The minister saw how the funding will be used to enable new commercial and residential development and improve flood defences along the River Hull.  He also heard about how

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Humber LEP secures third Growth Deal investment

January 23, 2017

The Humber LEP has secured an investment of £27.9m for the area from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through a third Growth Deal, the Government announced today.

The funding will support a total of eight projects across the region, including city and town centre developments, enterprise zone sites and grants for businesses.  Funding will also go to developing skills and training facilities, and for improving flood defences.

The projects were selected by the LEP through an open competitive process, and were prioritised

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Humber LEP appoints new Small Business Champion

January 17, 2017

The Humber LEP is pleased to announce the appointment of current Board member, Graham Cross, as its new Small Business Champion.

Graham has sat on the Humber LEP’s Board since May 2015, as a representative of the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce.

The role of Small Business Champion is to represent small businesses on the Humber LEP Board, and ensure that their needs are considered in the decision making of the LEP.

Graham is the founder and Managing Director of GXD Logistics

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Humber LEP host Parliamentary Reception at Westminster on 31st January

January 16, 2017

The Humber LEP is hosting a Parliamentary Reception on 31st January, in partnership with Humber business organisations including Bondholders, Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA) and the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.

The event, sponsored by Martin Vickers MP, aims to bring together political leaders and investors from the Humber region with national Government and influencers from across the Northern Powerhouse to celebrate the Humber’s success in attracting more that £1bn private sector investment and to explore the region’s contribution to

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Potential skills capital projects sought

January 16, 2017

The Humber LEP’s Employment & Skills Board has decided to open a call for further skills capital projects to join the LEP’s project pipeline.  The LEP is currently seeking Expressions of Interest from potential projects.  Further information is available on the skills capital project pipeline page.

Responses are invited to the call by 4pm on Monday 13th February 2017.

Malet Lambert to host Humber LEP Skills Network event for region’s business and education partners

January 16, 2017

A presentation sharing ideas on how to develop career awareness and develop employability skills in secondary schools is taking place on Tuesday, January 17th.

East Hull-based Malet Lambert School, an establishment focused on arming pupils with the skills to succeed in employment through enterprise and business initiatives, will be hosting the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Skills Network meeting as part of the school’s commitment to the Humber Skills Pledge.

The pledge was designed to bring businesses and educational establishments together to

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Esh Communities 2016 Grant: Applications Now Open

January 5, 2017

As part of Added Value community initiatives Esh Group, supported by the Esh Charitable Trust, is offering grants of up to £1,000 to local any community group, charity or good cause based in Yorkshire, Leeds and The Humber.

All applications are made online via Esh Group’s website, applicant details, a short description of the project, how the money will be used and the likely outcome.

The application window opened on Friday 9th December 2016 and closes on Friday 27th January 2017, money

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Hull College student success at EuroSkills Gothenburg 2016

December 30, 2016

Humber LEP are delighted to announce that a young apprentice from Geo Houlton and Sons, trained by Hull College, has achieved a Medallion of Excellence as part of Team UK’s best ever performance in EuroSkills. We wish josh every success going forward.

EuroSkills 2016 took place in Gothenburg from 1 to 3 December and saw more than 500 competitors from 28 nations across the continent come together to compete in over 35 different skill areas ranging from engineering and construction through to creative

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Progress in The Humber Report 2016

December 21, 2016

Our Growth Hub team have commissioned an Economic Report of Progress in The Humber, from September 2016.

Read the PDF document here; Progress in The Humber Report 2016

A word on ESIF – Isobel Mills CBE, Chair of the Humber ESIF Committee:

December 21, 2016

“The Humber’s European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF) allocation allows for innovation within our priority sectors. These calls for projects come at a time when we must provide as much assistance as possible for SMEs and larger businesses within our region – so naturally, we at the Humber ESIF Committee and the Humber LEP are all excited.

“The significant funding represents opportunity in this part of the country, and we are looking to involve providers who can engage with local businesses.

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December E-Newsletter 2016

December 20, 2016

Read the latest news from the Humber LEP, including European Structural & Investment Funds (ESIF), along with our Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 Report. READ>

Low Carbon innovation centre

December 16, 2016

Call for projects – European Structural & Investment Funds

The Government has today published new calls for projects to seek funding from the Humber’s European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) allocation.

There are four calls for projects across the Humber, York, North Yorkshire and East Riding (YNYER) and Greater Lincolnshire LEP areas, amounting to up to £16.56m:

– Low Carbon innovation centre: call in the Humber – https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/low-carbon-innovation-centre-call-in-humber-oc18r16p0481

– Low Carbon / Decarbonisation of the food supply chain: call in the Humber, York, North

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New East Coast Community Fund to provide £9.3m boost for coastal areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk

December 15, 2016

A new fund launched by DONG Energy will make available up to £9.3 million for community and environmental projects in coastal areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk.

The East Coast Community Fund is part of the community engagement programme for DONG Energy’s Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore wind farms, which are located off the Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk coast.

Each year, for the next 20 years, approximately £390,000 will be available from the main fund to support a

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Apprenticeship Success at East Riding College

December 13, 2016

Hemingway Bailey ltd apprentices Evie Molloy and Ruby Magson truly are Ambassadors for Apprenticeships in the Humber, studying with East Riding College, the apprentices have been supported through their journeys to become qualified Accountants at the Beverley firm.

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While working with Hemingway Bailey, Evie now studies for her CIMA (Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) qualification after qualifying as an accounting technician with East Riding College in Beverley. The college have supported her throughout her time as a student and apprentice

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016 Report

December 6, 2016

The thirteenth year of Enterprise Week / Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Hull and East Riding once again celebrated enterprise and entrepreneurial spirit across the city.

The Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership said ‘It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to this report on Hull’s Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016, the thirteenth year the event has been held in our great city.’

Hull’s 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Week Report features an outline of each day that was run in Hull and East Riding

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Turning the Tables at Hull Springboard

December 1, 2016

As an employer recruiting, how many times have you asked a candidate what they are good at, and they say; ‘working as part of a team’, ‘communication’, ‘working on own initiative’ and all of the other ‘buzz’ phrases, but then cannot come up with an instance of this? We know that young people have amazing ideas, are born digital, and can bring a new, innovative dimension to a team, so why are they not telling us about it?

Springboard (Hull) contacted

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Behind the Scenes with Howarth Timber Group: The only time you stop training is when you leave the company

November 30, 2016

Howarth Windows & Doors, Arborforest and The Dock, based in Hew Holland, North Lincolnshire (part of the Howarth Timber Group) may appear at first glance to be a typical builder’s merchant with its own manufacturing divisions but behind the scenes, there’s a lot more going on that you may expect.

The Howarth Timber Group website states that customers are at the heart of everything they do but having visited them for an update on all things Skills Pledge, we can most

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Autumn Statement 2016: Humber announcements

November 23, 2016

The Chancellor made his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons today.

The specific announcements related to the Humber LEP are summarised below.

Growth Deals

The Government is allocating £556m from the Local Growth Fund to the 11 LEPs in the Northern Powerhouse through a third round of Growth Deals.  Details of the individual LEP allocations will be announced at a later date.  Information on the Humber’s bid can be found here.

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The Government is providing funding to develop a business

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Supporting Apprenticeship Growth in the Humber

November 22, 2016

The Humber has seen huge recent economic changes with significant inward investment of the wind and renewables industries, and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership Employment and Skills Board (ESB) are encouraged by the new opportunities this could bring, especially for businesses wanting to expand and young people looking for work based learning.

As part of the Humber LEP’s commitment to create and support a skilled and productive workforce, and building on the recommendations from the Humber LEP’s Skills Commission http://www.humberlep.org/skills/skills-commission/ the

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Skills Pledge Good News Story Nightel and Hampton by Hilton at Humberside Airport

November 21, 2016

 

As a new sign-up to the Skills Pledge, Samantha Cook, Sales Manager at Nightel and the new Hampton by Hilton at Humberside Airport, was keen to engage further with the Skills Pledge.

Sam is currently working with Scunthorpe Jobcentre and North Lindsey College to up-skill unemployed people in hospitality, using the sector based work academy model, to enable a group of 10 to undertake ‘World Host’ training.

Nightel was established in 2007 with the unique focus of providing dedicated accommodation to renewable,

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Make your voice heard and be part of Tech Nation 2017!

November 21, 2016

Tech Nation 2016 provided the most detailed analysis to date of how the digital sector is driving economic growth, showcasing the innovation and energy of tech hubs across the UK.

In 2017 Tech City UK will take an even more in-depth look at how the digital economy is evolving, giving a greater voice to the UK’s tech communities and highlighting the considerable progress they are making.

The Humber LEP is working with Tech City UK to give the Humber tech community a

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Comment on Hull-Selby rail electrification

November 17, 2016

Humber LEP Chair Lord Haskins has reacted to the news that the Department for Transport has decided not to proceed with the Hull-Selby rail electrification scheme.  The news came in a letter to Lord Haskins and local MPs.

Lord Haskins said:

“Hull should never have been missed off the TransPennine electrification, which is why local partners had to step in, but it was always going to be difficult to make Hull-Selby stack up in isolation.

“We will continue to push for Hull’s inclusion

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Area Based Reviews

November 16, 2016

Area Based Reviews

Area Based Reviews are a government lead process, managed by the Joint Area Review Development Unit (JARDU) to review post 16 provision in FE and Sixth Form colleges.  Schools are not directly included in the review; however the Regional Schools Commissioner is part of the steering group.  Independent Training Providers are not part of the scope for the Reviews.

Further details about the Area Based Review can found from, the following links: www.gov.uk/government/publications/post-16-education-and-training-institutions-review

www.gov.uk/government/publications/post-16-education-and-training-institutions-area-based-reviews

The Humber LEP is involved in two

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100 Pledges in 100 Days on Estuary TV

November 9, 2016

As part of the 100 Pledges in 100 Days campaign, Jen Vincent and Ann Newlove appeared on Estuary TV to promote the benefits of signing the Skills Pledge.

You can watch the full video here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbkSi-ozg0E

Shield Security Services Skills Pledge Support

October 27, 2016

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Shield Security Services (Yorkshire) Ltd have been a supporter of the Skills Pledge since June 2015, supporting employability, work experience and apprenticeships.

Managing Director David Frank says;

“I personally did not do very well at school.  I had always wanted to join the army but didn’t have anything else I could do and luckily I managed to join the army.  During a weekend’s assessment course at Sutton Coldfield I was able to convince a panel of army recruiters to give me a

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Great British High Street

October 26, 2016

Seaview Street in Cleethorpes has got to the finals of “Great British High Street”. This is an extremely prestigious award, and is the only High Street in the Humber to have got through.

More information can be sought through North East Lincs Council; https://www.nelincs.gov.uk/sea-view-street-needs-vote-britains-best-high-street/

 

Working Together We Can Boost Business Success

October 26, 2016

Small and medium enterprises and start-up businesses drive our region – they are its lifeblood. The number of businesses is on the up and they deserve the best possible chance to succeed. By being proactive and working together, we can help start-ups and small businesses in the region to grow and prosper.

There is little doubt that this is a region facing challenges. We remain low in the national leagues in terms of business survival rates, with only 37% of business

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Abigail’s Springboard Story

October 21, 2016

The 4 Springboard teams across the Humber help young people aged 18-24 to move forward. Here is an excellent example of the hard work the advisers do each day to engage young people.

“Lorraine from Springboard found me as they were looking for Graduates that were unemployed to help them to get into work or internships.
Before Springboard I was being placed into different work experiences with the Job Centre and I had found one of the Graduate placements myself.
Springboard helped me

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The Careers & Enterprise Company Your Future student event

October 21, 2016

The Humber LEP working in partnership with the Careers & Enterprise Company Coordinator for Hull & East Riding held the Your Future student event on Tuesday 11th of October at the KCOM Stadium.

Around 400 students, predominately aged 16 to 18 from secondary schools and sixth form colleges from across the Hull & East Riding attended to learn about the real career opportunities available to them within the Humber key priority sectors (Health, Ports & Logistics, and Digital).

The event was lively but

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Ability IT’s long term commitment to Work Experience

October 21, 2016

 

With over 15 years’ experience in the IT support services industry in Hull, Ability IT have gained a strong reputation for IT service, IT consultancy and managed IT in Hull since 2000.  They’ve also gained a strong reputation for providing quality, engaging work experience opportunities to young people throughout the area.

Work experience, or at the very least the opportunity to engage with employers plays a huge role in shaping what a young person does next.  It provides real life careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and is

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This Ability and Disability Confident

October 20, 2016

An event held at the Hull Truck theatre, bringing together the partners with local business from the Humber was seen as an outstanding success, with speakers from the local community, Channel 4 television, Youth Employment UK, and a panel of local businesses led by Alan Johnson MP.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XnzhHtPLjg
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is supporting the #ThisAbility campaign in the Humber, a local campaign which is designed to improve employer confidence when supporting or considering recruiting disabled people. The Employment and Skills

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Second Round of ESF Community Grants – Now Open for Applications

October 18, 2016

Humber Learning Consortium have successfully been awarded the ESF Community Grants Programme 2016-2018 and are pleased to announce the launch of the second round of funding.

ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.  The programme is benefitting from investment through the Humber

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Job opportunity: Communications and Engagement Officer

October 14, 2016

The LEP is seeking a talented communications professional to join its small and dynamic team, working with public and private sector organisations across the area.

This is an ideal role for a creative person seeking to build a career in PR/communications, giving you the opportunity to use your skills and experience to deliver high-profile and effective communications.

You will be responsible for the LEP’s media and public relations activity across a range of projects and issues, manage our relationships with local, national

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Jordan talks about his apprenticeship with the Skills Pledge Employer ‘On Marketing’

October 12, 2016

Jordan talks about his apprenticeship with the Skills Pledge Employer ‘On Marketing’

‘I’m Jordan, an 18 year old Digital Marketing Apprentice working at ON Marketing based in Scunthorpe. ON Marketing is a rapidly growing full service marketing agency carrying out a broad spectrum of marketing services for regional and national clients.

I originally enrolled into college studying business and IT and soon realised that college wasn’t for me. I didn’t feel challenged in my subjects and working a part time job on

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HCUK Training Awarded £6 million ESIF Skills Support for the Workforce Contract

October 6, 2016

HCUK Training (part of Hull College Group) has been awarded the £6m Humber Skills Support for the Workforce and Redundancy contract. Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF), and co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency, the project will deliver responsive workplace learning courses across the Humber region and will aim to enhance employee skills and career prospects as well as reducing the risk of long-term unemployment. This investment forms part of the Humber LEP’s European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF)

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100 Pledges in 100 Days Campaign Launch

October 3, 2016

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100 Pledges in 100 Days Campaign Launch

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) introduced The Skills Pledge in 2013, aiming to provide employers with a one stop shop when it comes to supporting their current and future workforce.  Since its inception, a total of 373 organisations from across the Humber have supported the campaign which won national acclaim at last years Adult Learners Week awards.

Monday October 3rd marks the launch of a new campaign, with the aim of signing up 100

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Humber LEP Launches 100 Pledges in 100 Days Campaign

October 3, 2016

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) introduced The Skills Pledge in 2013, aiming to provide employers with a one stop shop when it comes to supporting their current and future workforce.  Since its inception, a total of 373 organisations from across the Humber have supported the campaign which won national acclaim at last years Adult Learners Week awards.

Monday October 3rd marks the launch of a new campaign, with the aim of signing up 100 additional supporters to this already successful

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‘The Cultural Change towards Hidden Disabilities to be Embraced by Business in the Humber’

September 26, 2016

 

Written by Gill Dillon, Humber LEP Employment and Skills Board member and Employer and Partnership Manager for Department for Work and Pensions.

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is supporting the #ThisAbility campaign in the Humber, a local campaign which is designed to improve employer confidence when supporting or considering recruiting disabled people. The Employment and Skills Team are investing in the disability agenda, as part of the Skills Pledge campaign. The Skills Pledge is signed by volunteer employers in the Humber to

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BBC Education and Springboard

September 15, 2016

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BBC Education and Springboard

BBC News were so impressed with the Springboard and Skills Pledge Campaign, they came to North East Lincolnshire to film young people attending a Job Club to find out a little more about the valuable work done in the area.
Branwen Jeffreys, Education Correspondent, was looking at a story about Grammar Schools, and the effect of the new Government initiative to bring them back, with Lincolnshire still having Grammar Schools, how does this work? They went on to

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University SME Innovation Survey – Deadline Extended

September 13, 2016

The University of Hull has been invited by Government to submit full applications for European Regional Development Funding to support SMEs in the Humber, York and North Yorkshire to become more innovative.

The programmes have been developed in response to calls for projects through the Humber and York, North Yorkshire East Riding European Structural and Investment Funds that will provide innovation support, innovation vouchers and grants for research and development.

SMEs are invited to complete a short survey by 19 September 2016, to help shape

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LEP welcomes Triton Knoll Electrical System consent

September 6, 2016

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed today’s news that development consent for the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm’s electrical system has been granted, meaning that the project is now fully consented..

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, said: “This is a very welcome step forward on another large energy infrastructure project taking place close to the Humber, creating the potential for more jobs and investment on the Energy Estuary.  We look forward to continuing to work with the Triton Knoll

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ESF Community Grants – First Round Launch

September 6, 2016

ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) Programme which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.  The fund was commissioned through the Skills Funding Agency and is a key investment that supports the delivery of the Humber ESIF Strategy.

Humber Learning Consortium have successfully been awarded the ESF Community Grants Programme

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post Column: Humber Businesses claim their share of £4m to support growth

August 30, 2016

At a time of uncertainty, when we hear in the news that many businesses are delaying investment, it is reassuring to know that small and medium businesses in the Humber are making investments to grow and creating jobs.

In some part this is thanks to the availability of Growing the Humber, a £4m grant programme using money secured by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

The £4m programme continues the success of a £30m Regional Growth Fund

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Humber Businesses claim their share of £4m to support growth

August 26, 2016

A £4m programme to help Humber businesses to grow is now fully committed and set to create 400 jobs in the area.

The Humber LEP’s Growing the Humber programme reopened last year using the Government’s Local Growth Fund. The programme has offered business investment grants of between £5,000 and £200,000 to 75 small and medium enterprises and continues the success of a £30m Regional Growth Fund programme.

Grant applications for projects such as buying equipment or refurbishing premises were assessed by an

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University of Hull launches SME survey for ERDF Innovation Grant Programme

August 25, 2016

The University of Hull has been invited by Government to submit full applications for European Regional Development Funding to support SMEs in the Humber, York and North Yorkshire to become more innovative.

The programmes have been developed in response to calls for projects through the Humber and York, North Yorkshire East Riding European Structural and Investment Funds that will provide innovation support, innovation vouchers and grants for research and development.

SMEs are invited to complete a short survey by 10 September 2016, to help shape

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World’s largest offshore windfarm approved off the Humber

August 16, 2016

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed the news that Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, has approved Hornsea Project 2 – the world’s largest offshore windfarm.

LEP Chairman Lord Haskins said: “This is a massive construction project which will create a substantial number of jobs – both in construction and in operations and maintenance for the long term.  With the world’s largest wind farm now approved on our doorstep, it is a

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Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, Statement regarding recent announcement by DONG Energy

August 11, 2016

“The ‘Strategic Review of UK East Coast Staging and Construction Facilities’ appears to indicate that sufficient capacity exists for the manufacture of anticipated facility requirements.

The Humber has established three key locations for engagement in offshore wind development. The first, Greenport Hull, is progressing well and will shortly commence the manufacture of blades. The second, Grimsby, is heavily engaged in the maintenance of the expanding wind energy facilities in the North Sea. However, the third site, AMEP at Killingholme, will be

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Inspiring day to get girls thinking about their future in engineering!

August 10, 2016

10/08/2016

Inspiring day to get girls thinking about their future in engineering!

The annual ‘Girls into Engineering’ Day organised at Wilberforce Sixth Form College, in partnership with UKSTEM and Withernsea High School, was even bigger and better than in previous years, with more pupils and companies in attendance than ever before. Sixty girls in years nine and ten from seven different schools including Malet Lambert, Archbishop Sentamu Academy, Bridlington Headlands School, Kelvin Hall and Withernsea High School attended this inspiring, fun and

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Humber LEP submits £49.5m round three Growth Deal bid

August 3, 2016

The Humber LEP has submitted its bid for the next round of Government funding through the Growth Deal.

Under the Growth Deals round 3, England’s 39 Local Enterprise Partnerships are competing for a share of £1.8bn to support projects in their areas that boost local economic growth and create jobs. The money forms part of the Government’s £12bn Local Growth Fund.

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Another Apprentice gets to Work

August 1, 2016

27/6/16

Another Apprentice gets to Work

After receiving a very positive enquiry regarding an apprenticeship, M B Roche & Sons Ltd  contacted the candidate to arrange a very informal interview to assess his suitability.  Following the interview it was decided to offer Louis a two week work experience placement arranged through CITB and bconstructive.  This was to see if civil engineering and construction was for him but equally to see how he would fit into our family run business.

Following an extremely successful

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LEP pays tribute to work of outgoing skills chair

August 1, 2016

Our Vice Chair and Chair of the Employment and Skills Board (ESB) Mike Parker OBE is stepping down from the LEP at the end of July.

Mike, who has chaired the ESB since it was established in 2013 to lead, develop and oversee the implementation of the Humber Employment and Skills strategy, has driven action that will deliver LEP’s strategic aim of a Skilled and Productive Humber workforce.

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Minister welcomes six new Humber Growth Deal projects

July 27, 2016

Parliamentary Minister for Local Growth and the Northern Powerhouse Andrew Percy welcome the approval of six new Humber Growth Deal projects and signed the Humber Enterprise Zone (EZ) MOU on his first visit to the Humber LEP since taking on his government role on July 27.

The Growth Deal projects have been approved by the Humber LEP Board and the Humber Leadership Board will support the region’s visitor economy, energy sector, transport infrastructure and reduce the risk from flooding.

The six projects

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Trail-blazing Hull College Group programme sets standard for employability

July 25, 2016

A trail-blazing Hull College Group programme to produce work-ready young people to support the growth of the region’s economy has become the first to receive a prestigious accolade.

The Hull College Group Employability Passport has become the first scheme of its kind to be validated by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

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Statement from the Humber LEP Board – Brexit

July 8, 2016

“We are committed to improving the economic success of the Humber and hence the UK, and will lead in ensuring that government are aware of the issues concerning the Humber and Humber businesses.  We will be working with our partners over the coming weeks and months to understand the issues and using our links with Government to ensure these are fed in and are taken account of in the decisions they make.  We want to hear feedback on problems, and indeed opportunities, as

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Yorkshire Post LEP column: We must work even harder to find Humber ‘one voice’ for powerhouse

July 5, 2016

Just two Fridays before the Brexit vote, as part of Humber Business Week 2016, more than 300 representatives from businesses and organisations in the Humber listened to speakers and debated as part of panel discussions how the Humber should define its role in the Northern Powerhouse.

Businesses want ‘one voice’, a plan with a strong vision that builds on the Humber’s strengths outlining our proposition in the north, and to agree a ‘list of asks’ to help make it happen.

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LEP vows to build on momentum from Humber Summit

June 30, 2016

We need ‘one voice’, a plan with a strong vision that builds on the Humber’s strengths outlining our proposition in the north and a ‘list of asks’ to help make it happen was the resounding message from the Humber Northern Powerhouse Business Summit.

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Skills Pledge Campaign scoops National Award – One Year On

June 16, 2016

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Skills Pledge Campaign scoops National Award – One Year On

One year ago, the Humber LEP was awarded the NIACE President’s Award for it’s Skills Pledge Campaign at an event to celebrate Adult Learners Week.

Whilst members of the team and the wider partnership were there to receive the award, it was done on behalf of each and every one of our Skills Pledge sign-ups, our network of partners and our community and residents as a whole.

Since receiving the award, the Skills Pledge campaign has

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Investments on track to add £1.42bn to Humber economy by end of Parliament

June 10, 2016

Projects and programmes invested in by the Humber LEP and delivered by partners are on track to add £1.42bn to the Humber economy by the end of 2019/20 – a return of £5 GVA benefit for every £1 invested.

As part of this 12,050 gross FTE jobs will be created, 600 safeguarded and 62,228 properties will have reduced flood risk.

An impact assessment which forms part of the LEP’s Annual Review 2015/16 – launched on Friday 10 June – shows investments to

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Employers acting on apprenticeships to build for the future

June 8, 2016

08/06/2016

Employers acting on apprenticeships to build for the future

Martyn Cray and Lisa Hall of Swift Group with candidate Tom Pearson of Sutton, Hull.

Leading employers throughout the Humber region are waking up to the opportunities offered by apprenticeships when it comes to replacing their aging workforces.

Major businesses from both sides of the Humber set out to recruit around 100 young people as Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) held open days in Hull and Scunthorpe for young people who leave school

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Siemens chief and more panellists add their voice to Humber Summit

June 3, 2016

One the region’s largest recent investors will speak at the Humber Northern Powerhouse Business Summit on Friday 10 June at the University of Hull.

Juergen Maier, Chief Executive, Siemens UK, will speak to introduce the themed discussion of trade, investment and creating wealth at the event which will look at the Humber’s role in the Northern Powerhouse.

Organised by the Humber LEP with headline sponsor Andrew Jackson and support from Bondholders and Humberbusiness.com, the event will see our facilitator renowned business journalist

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Success in the Kitchen

May 27, 2016

27/5/16

Success in the Kitchen

Thursday 26th May saw 50+ guests from the business world enjoy an evening of devilish delight at the Holiday Inn, Hull Marina.

16 young people on the Springboard programme, a programme linked to the Humber LEP went head to head in a true Hull versus East Riding battle. All in the name of the Smile Foundation a local charity whose aim is to see other charities and projects in Hull and East Yorkshire become more successful.

Plans for the event began way

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Cooking up a Storm in the Devil’s Kitchen

May 27, 2016

50+ guests from the business world enjoyed an evening of devilish delight at the Holiday Inn, Hull Marina.

16 Young people on the Springboard programme, a programme linked to the Humber LEP went head to head in a true Hull versus East Riding battle. All in the name of the Smile Foundation local charity whose aim is to see other charities and projects in Hull and East Yorkshire become more successful.

Mike Parker, Chair of the Humber LEP Employment and Skills Board

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John Leggott College links with employers over the past academic year continue to remain strong

May 22, 2016

John Leggott College links with employers over the past academic year continue to remain strong, with students completing 45,000 hours of work experience within local businesses and organisations.

The college has links with over 240 employers who offer work experience placements to students, to help increase their employability skills and to ensure they are happy with their chosen career area.

During the 2014-15 academic year, 243 JLC students were involved in work experience with companies such as Jaguar/Landrover, Clugstons, Scunthorpe General and Barclays.

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Unlocking untapped potential of the Humber Prison community

May 20, 2016

According to the Prison and Courts Reform Bill, nationally 47% of the prison community have no formal qualifications on entry into prison, with 13% reporting to never having a job, and 46% of all prisoners re-offending within a year of release.

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is committed to improving these statistics in the region , and building prison/business partnerships, expanding on the successful work, local provider Novus, has delivered to date.

A strong partnership has been created to tackle the need

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Organisations invited to bid into £3m European Skills Funding Pot

May 19, 2016

Organisations are invited to apply for funding from European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) by responding to a number of Calls for projects that will deliver Skills for Growth across the Humber.

There are two calls for projects that can benefit from funding from the European Social Fund (ESF).  The Calls for projects are now open until 13 July 2016 for the following activities:

Pathways to Drive Economic Growth – This call is seeking projects that will: 

Develop and deliver training to support LEP area

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The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is pleased to announce the first three organisations who have been awarded the Humber Gold Standard for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).

May 17, 2016

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is pleased to announce the first three organisations who have been awarded the Humber Gold Standard for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG). The Gold Standard which is jointly funded by Deflog V Q, Trust and the Humber LEP has been designed for 11-19 schools, academies, colleges and providers in the Humber. There are currently 50 organisations working through the assessments to achieve the Gold Standard.

The three organisations to achieve the Gold Standard are;

East

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First three organisations hit Humber Gold with careers support

May 6, 2016

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is pleased to announce the first three organisations awarded the Humber Gold Standard for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG).

East Riding College, Frederick Gough School and Wilberforce Sixth Form College have been through a rigorous assessment process and are delivering the Gold Standard support to help students to make the right choices to support career options.

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European Funding Workshops – places available

May 5, 2016

The Technical Assistance Partnership, supported by the Humber LEP, is running a number of free events designed to assist organisations to bid for funding that will be made available through the Humber European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme.

The following workshops are taking place on 26 May 2016 at the Ropewalk, Maltkin Road, Barton-upon-Humber.

Humber ESF Calls Launch – 9.30am
It is expected that two calls for ESF funding will be launched for the Humber LEP area under Priority Axis 2.1 (Enhancing

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Tender to deliver European funded DWP unemployment programme

May 5, 2016

A major new contract opportunity benefiting from the Humber LEP’s European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) allocation has now gone live.

The programme of support is being commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help those with a history of long term unemployment into work.
The contract will deliver over £5.4m of support to those who are furthest from the labour market and help to tackle barriers to employment in the Humber and Greater Lincolnshire LEP areas.

Humber ESIF Committee

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Proposed Humber Skills Capital Programme

April 22, 2016

As part of the Humber LEP’s role in securing Growth Deal funding from the Government, the Employment & Skills Board has chosen to put forward a skills capital programme for inclusion in the bid. This will ensure that future investment will form part of a holistic package that will complement current investments and further drive the skills profile of the region.

Each LEP will compete nationally to receive funding to achieve the ambitions for growth in regard of investment in infrastructure,

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Businesses invited to bid for £7.8m European Funding Innovation Pot

April 15, 2016

Organisations are invited to apply for funding from European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) by responding to a number of Calls for projects that will encourage innovation and provide information, communications and technology (ICT) support to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

There are five calls for projects across the Humber and York, North Yorkshire and East Riding (YNYER) LEP areas. A total of £6m is available for joint calls across the Humber and YNYER LEP areas, with a further £1.8m

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Skills Centre PLUS and partners deliver during National Apprenticeship Week

April 12, 2016

12/04/2016

Skills Centre PLUS and partners deliver during National Apprenticeship Week

Skills Centre PLUS in partnership with HETA and Stoneacre Motor group put on an exciting mix of activities for Students from The St Lawrence Academy (TSLA) during Apprenticeship week.

Year 10 and 11 Students experienced a taste of Electrical Engineering activities at HETA in Scunthorpe and Stoneacre Motor Group Apprenticeship Academy visited TSLA to talk to Year 11 Students about Apprenticeship opportunities across the Motor group.

The students really enjoyed the practical activities at HETA and gained

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Yorkshire Post Humber LEP column: Humber LEP Zoning in on Humber investment sites

April 5, 2016

For sale – 1,500 football pitches, or 1,820 Rugby League pitches as they might like to say in our region’s city Hull.

Well that’s the challenge – to market and help unlock the equivalent employment land in the Humber located next to ports, motorway routes and rail as part of my role on the Humber LEP’s Investment and Regulation Board. The region’s strong advantages of connectivity to the UK and Europe presents a vital opportunity for new businesses moving to the Humber.

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Second Award in 2 weeks for Care Plus Group Employability Team

March 24, 2016

24/03/2016

Second Award in 2 weeks for Care Plus Group Employability Team

Two members of the Care Plus Group Employability Team were recognised at the Health Education England Talent for Care Awards which took place in Leeds last week. Sharon Stead, Employability Services Manager and Laura Robinson, Trainee Admin Assistant were both highly commended at the awards. The event was held at the Leeds Beckett University hosted by Health Education England on the 18th of March and show cased talent across the

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Partnership invests in Future Workforce

March 24, 2016

Partnership Invests in Future Workforce

Hull based safety experts Arco have been continuing their work with Hull FC Community Foundation, proving that they are both playing a vital part when it comes to the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)’s Skills Pledge Campaign.

The Skills Pledge Campaign encourages organisations to support the current and future workforce with pledges including supporting the development of employability skills, investing in increasing the skills of the workforce and offering Apprenticeships or Traineeships. Arco have been committed to

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Humber to be showcased at historic UK-China summit

March 22, 2016

The Humber is being showcased at the UK-China Regional Leaders Summit in Sheffield with representations made by Humber LEP Chief Executive Kishor Tailor about the investment opportunities linked to renewables, ports and logistics in the Humber, and by East Riding Council leader Stephen Parnaby OBE on Energy in the North.

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Humber Apprenticeship Website Launched

March 17, 2016

Following the success of the Humber Apprentice Support Service pilot that concluded in December 2015, creating over 150 new jobs, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has launched an online resource for people and employers interested in apprenticeships.

 

Mike Parker, Chair of the LEP Employment and Skills Board said; “The apprenticeship micro-site has been developed to enhance the ‘Bridging the Gap’ careers portal, where people can search for courses and look at further training in the local area for anyone aged over

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Partnership Invests in future workforce

March 17, 2016

Hull based safety experts Arco have been continuing their work with Hull FC Community Foundation, proving that they are both playing a vital part when it comes to the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)’s Skills Pledge Campaign.

The Skills Pledge Campaign encourages organisations to support the current and future workforce with pledges including supporting the development of employability skills, investing in increasing the skills of the workforce and offering Apprenticeships or Traineeships. Arco have been committed to the pledge since early

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Care Plus Group’s Employability Services awarded Best Employer support for Apprenticeships

March 16, 2016

16/3/16

Care Plus Group’s Employability Services awarded Best Employer support for Apprenticeships

Care Plus Group’s Employability Services have won the Best Employer Support for Apprenticeships Award at the Skills for Care Accolades awards 2015/2016. The awards, which took place on 10th March in Birmingham, celebrate outstanding organisations that deliver best practices within adult social care. The Best Employer Support for Apprenticeships award shows an employer’s commitment to the apprenticeship programme whilst delivering high quality care and development.

Sharon Stead, Employability Services Manager at

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Humber careers boost as company matches businesses with schools

March 14, 2016

14/3/16

Humber careers boost as company matches businesses with schools

Businesses and senior leadership teams at schools are being matched up to inspire pupil career choices by the Careers and Enterprise Company.

The company acts like a matching agency to help develop a relationship between a school/college and business that will help to inspire young people and help them to prepare for and take control of their futures.

An event for schools and businesses is being held on March 22, from 8.30-10.30am at the

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Malet Lambert does National Careers Week

March 5, 2016

Malet Lambert School in Hull have been huge supporters of National Careers Week (NCW) since it’s inception, with Assistant Head Stephen Logan acting as a Regional Ambassador for the campaign.

NCW is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education.

NCW encourages education providers to bring together students, local employers and advisers

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Full Steam ahead on careers guidance

February 11, 2016

The Humber LEP has supported an event aimed at careers advisers to help them understand the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths in the Humber.

The event hosted by the Humber Education Business Partnership on February 10 saw academic, industry and national speakers including Phil Jones Managing Director Brother UK.

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National Apprenticeship Week 2016

January 29, 2016

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Pledge-o-meter and Events Map live for National Apprenticeship Week 2016

An online tool for businesses to share their apprenticeship and traineeship pledges in the run up to National Apprenticeship Week is now live.

The Pledge-o-meter is designed to record the commitments employers make to take on apprentices and trainees, with commitments pledged from now and until the end of National Apprenticeship Week 2016.

National Apprenticeship Week runs from 14 to 18 March and this year the Week will celebrate how apprenticeships can help

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Princess Royal Training Awards

January 20, 2016

20/1/16

The Princess Royal Training Award is a prestigious new awards programme for employers designed by the City & Guilds Group, a leader in global skills development.

Free to enter, it is the one award that can give organisations of all sizes and from all sectors, recognition for successfully linking skills development needs to business performance.  Unlike other awards, the Princess Royal Training Awards recognise the achievement of a standard of excellence rather than selecting overall winners.  It provides a unique opportunity to

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post article: The year of the apprentice as LEP’s strategy forges ahead

January 19, 2016

For those in the skills world there is no doubt that 2016 is the year of the apprenticeship, with the business voice at the heart of driving demand.

With announcements of a business levy in the autumn spending review and the Government’s vision to increase the quality and quantity of apprenticeships by 2020 launched in December, the role of LEPs is crucial using the networks, partnerships and relationships they have developed to support apprenticeship growth.

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post article: LEP’s role grows ever more crucial to help drive growth

December 8, 2015

As the devolution debate continues it is essential we do not lose the momentum or focus on growing the Humber economy.

Which is why we are pleased to welcome the significant extension to our Enterprise Zone, and our contribution (subject to EU funds) to the £400m Northern Powerhouse that will benefit small businesses through an investment fund, set out by the Chancellor in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement.

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Humber Enterprise Zone to more than double following Spending Review

November 26, 2015

The Humber Enterprise Zone, already the UK’s largest enterprise zone (EZ), is to more than double in size, expanding to include additional employment land in all four areas of the region following a successful bid by the Humber LEP and local authorities.

The Chancellor set out in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement the creation of 26 new or extended Enterprise Zones.

The Humber LEP worked with its local authority partners, and in consultation with neighbouring LEPs, to identify packages of land

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Sirius Career Ready Programme

November 20, 2015

20/11/15

Sirius is launching The College @ Sirius STEM themed Career Ready Programme. The College will be hosting a business networking event on Friday 20 November 2015 at 2.30-3.30pm.

At this event you will meet some of our students studying towards STEM Careers and learn about exciting opportunities of how employers can engage with our students studying STEM subjects.

Career Ready is the national charity that links schools and colleges with employers, providing opportunities for young people to gain the skills attitudes and

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Challenge to businesses to help prepare for over 50’s skills gap

November 18, 2015

Businesses and HR professionals are being challenged to come up with ideas to make sure the Humber addresses an inevitable skills gap at an event on Friday (November 20).

The Humber LEP in partnership with The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and Chapter3, a not for profit organisation set up specifically to support people over 50 to have a fulfilling career, is hosting a discussion event on how to tackle a serious issue facing to the Humber labour market – how to retain, retrain and recruit the over-50s.

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post column: A powerful voice driving the Humber skills agenda

November 10, 2015

When people ask about the Humber LEP Employment and Skills Board, I describe it as the “Business Voice driving the Humber skills agenda”. Through partnership with local authorities, funding agencies, key government departments and education and training providers, our purpose is to achieve a skills system that is better aligned with the current and future needs of the local economy.

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Pioneering Programme for Sixth form Students

October 21, 2015

21/10/15

Students at an Outstanding East Yorkshire Sixth Form College will be given the opportunity to join a pioneering programme which will equip them to progress on to high profile careers. Following the launch of this career focussed pathway that links with a range of industries to give students high level employability skills and business experience alongside their A Level study, students are now signing up to start on this unique programme of study in September 2016.

South Hunsley Sixth Form College

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CR Parrott Consultants Ltd delivering on Work Experience Pledge

October 21, 2015

CR Parrott Consultants Ltd delivering on Work Experience Pledge

James Newton with Senior Project Manager, John Hubble

We have been delighted to host James Newton, a promising engineering student, over a five week period this summer.

Eighteen year old James has recently completed his A Levels at the STEM Centre at North Lindsey College, and will be heading to Newcastle University to study MEng (Hons) Civil and Structural Engineering.

During his time with us, James has been able to assist on a number of

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Tata steel job losses announcement

October 20, 2015

The Humber LEP will join a task force led by North Lincolnshire Council to respond to the announcement of 900 jobs to be lost at Tata Steel’s Scunthorpe site and any other resulting job losses in the industry and supply chain locally.

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Money to Help  Humber Businesses Grow

October 15, 2015

Humber businesses are growing and creating new jobs thanks to a £4m grant programme using money secured by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

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LEP Yorkshire Post Column: Devolved funds deployed to support Humber growth

October 13, 2015

Six months on from the start of our Growth Deal programme, and with the Spending Review approaching, it is a good time to look at how devolved funds are being deployed in the Humber.

With a varied portfolio of projects, the day to day progress of major, multi-year developments may not always be obvious – but partners’ work continues apace.

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Humber delegation communicates region’s offer at Renewable UK exhibition

October 7, 2015

The Humber Renewables team, set up by the Humber LEP, enjoyed a successful first day at the Renewable UK exhibition at the ACC in Liverpool.

As well as representation from the Humber LEP, local authorities and Team Humber Marine Alliance, the following commercial companies are on stand 105 from 6-8 of October with us: ABP (Associated British Ports), Danbrit Shipping, HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association), HFR Solutions/HOTA (Humberside Offshore Training Association), Hughes Sub Surface Engineering, Good Travel Management Limited, REDS (Reach Engineering & Diving Services), Survitec Group and Tata Steel.

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Plans unveiled for UK’s first multimodal logistics training centre

October 1, 2015

Plans for Modal Training, the first organisation in the UK to offer integrated, multimodal logistics training for sea, road, rail and air, as well as a full range of support services, were unveiled on Thursday 1 October at the Humber Royal Hotel in Grimsby.

The new £7million centre of excellence for the ports, energy and logistics sectors is being jointly funded by the Grimsby Institute and the Humber LEP. It will be based in 5,696 m2 of tailor-made facilities, housed in

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Students at The Academy Grimsby (TAG) have been given an insight into working in the healthcare sector

September 15, 2015

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Students at The Academy Grimsby (TAG) have been given an insight into working in the healthcare sector thanks to a partnership with a local care provider.

TAG has teamed up with the Care Plus Group to offer students the opportunity to learn more about roles in the care sector and carry out work experience placements. It’s part of TAG’s focused training pathway, aimed at greatly enhancing young people’s career prospects.

Following its launch in September 2014, TAG offers a route to Further

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Beverley Building Society Work Experience

August 27, 2015

27/08/15

Beverley Building Society Work Experience

Sam Barber, Beverly Grammar Student on work experience with Beverley Building Society

Beverley Building Society welcomed Sam Barber from Beverley Grammar School for one week work experience. Having enjoyed business studies at school, Sam wanted to gain some valuable experience within accounting and financial services whilst building his knowledge within general business operations and marketing.

Having had the opportunity to job shadow Society staff in a variety of departments, Sam said “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time building

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A day in the life of Phil Glover, Programme Manager, Humber Business Growth Hub

August 20, 2015

My day starts when I meet my LEP colleague Gill Stevenson, who manages the Humber Apprenticeship Support Service. We’re both “South Bankers” so when possible we car share. Connectivity throughout the Humber is improving all the time and today we have a smooth journey into the city centre taking in the magnificent view of the ‘Energy’ Estuary as we cross the iconic Bridge.

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Work Experience with the Humber LEP

August 11, 2015

11.08.15

Work Experience with the Humber LEP

15 year old Alex Piercy who joined the Humber LEP on work experience

During his summer break, work experience student came to experience life at the Humber LEP.  Here’s what he had to say about his experience:

“My name is Alex I’m 15 years old.  I go to Cottingham High School and in the future I hope to go into engineering and start my own business.

To help me do this I came to the World Trade

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Student interns show the benefits of Humber LEP’s Skills Pledge

August 5, 2015

05/08/2015

Student interns show the benefits of Humber LEP’s Skills Pledge

Rachel Bird (right), accounts administrator at HETA, with student interns Alex Wise and Charity Buachie

A company which specialises in training engineers has broadened its focus to embrace other skills through a partnership with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and Hull University Business School.

Humberside Engineering Training Association (HETA) has completed a pilot project to provide opportunities for business student interns. Iain Elliott, Chief Executive of HETA, said the venture was a

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John Leggott College is 300th Skills Pledge Sign-up

August 3, 2015

03/06/2015

John Leggott College is 300th Skills Pledge Sign-up

Humber Local Enterprise Partnership Chair Lord Haskins awarded the 300th Skills Pledge certificate to Scunthorpe’s John Leggott College at the opening of North Lincs Expo at the Baths Hall on Tuesday 2 June at 10.00 am.

The Skills Pledge, set up by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, is a voluntary declaration by an employer to support its workforce in developing vital skills and access to training organisations so that they can make a full contribution

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A Commitment to Improving Employability

July 27, 2015

A Commitment to Improving Employability

Ian Elliott, who chairs the Humber LEP Skills Network and is Chief Executive of HETA, looks at initiatives to improve employability

Whatever your reaction to the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Summer Budget measures to wards up-skilling the UK’s work force, increasing business productivity and competitiveness are intrinsically linked to better training and employability.

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Statement: Development of Policy Proposals for Devolution

July 13, 2015

Statement: Development of policy proposals for devolution

The Humber LEP has released the following statement following a Board meeting on Friday 10 July:

“The Humber plays a vitally important role in the UK economy and is an essential component of the Northern Powerhouse.  All partners around the Humber are committed to working together to realise the potential of the Humber Estuary – the UK’s Energy Estuary – for the benefit of our communities.

“The Board is unanimous in the view that the Humber

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Second Call for Applications for European Growth Programme Funding Applications

June 23, 2015

A second call for applications for grants from the England 2014-15 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) is expected in July. In anticipation of this, and to guide potential applicants through the process the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), through its Humber Technical Assistance Partnership, is hosting workshops in Laceby on 14 July and Hull on 15 July. It is expected that there will be further calls for projects later in the year too.

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Humber LEP Welcomes Northern Powerhouse Minister James Wharton MP to Scunthorpe

June 19, 2015

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) welcomes James Wharton MP, Minister at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) with Responsibility for the Northern Powerhouse, to Scunthorpe. Mr Wharton will meet representatives from the Humber LEP Board, including the four Humber council leaders, receive a presentation about developments relating to the Humber offshore energy industry and view progress with the state-of-the-art Humber University Technical College (UTC) which is due to open in September.

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Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Skills Pledge Scoops National Award

June 16, 2015

Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP’s) Skills Pledge initiative has been awarded the prestigious President’s Award by the National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education (NIACE), the organisation that promotes lifelong learning.
Video link: http://www.alw.org.uk/sites/alw.org.uk/files/downloads/NIACE_Adult Learners Week Awards_Interactive_Awards Brochure_v5.pdf?_cldee=cmhpYW4uc2hvcnRAbmlhY2Uub3JnLnVr&utm_source=ClickDimensions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Adult%20Learners%27%20Week&urlid=1

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Business Investment Grants available to help local businesses grow

June 9, 2015

Growing the Humber is currently open for new applications. If your business has a project for which it is looking for funding and you are interested in applying for a Business Loan, you can find out more by accessing the Humber LEP’s website at www.humberlep.org, calling the Humber LEP on 01482 485260 or emailing funding@humberlep.org

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Videos to Encourage More Young People into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Careers

June 9, 2015

To encourage more young people to study STEM subjects, the Humber LEP has launched an introductory video about the type of job opportunities available locally and four case study videos. The case studies are about people who have qualified in STEM and STEM-related studies and now employed by Phillips 66, one of the UK’s leading chemical companies at Immingham, Scunthorpe engineering company, Bradburys, TATA Steel in Scunthorpe and Centrica on the South Bank.

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Lord Haskins Launches Humber Local Enterprise Partnership Annual Review

June 4, 2015

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) launches the LEP’s 2014-15 Annual Review at its business forum at the KC Stadium, Hull today.

Now in its fourth year of operation, the Humber LEP has reached an important milestone in delivering a step change for the region’s economy with tangible achievements over the year, and demonstrating that the Humber is ready to take its place as part of the Northern Powerhouse.

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Green Technology Vision is now being Realised with the help of Apprentice

May 11, 2015

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Green Technology Vision is now being Realised with the help of Apprentice

Giles Barker was so bitten by the renewable bug, he set up his own company.  The enthusiasm for the green collar continues as the first apprentice joins his fledgling firm and they sign up to the Humber LEP’s Skills Pledge.

Apprentice Laura Birkett and Giles Barker of Flixborough Eco Technologies

Having held a management position within construction giant Keepmoat, he saw the potential in raising efficiencies and lowering carbon footprints,

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South Bank Conference

April 27, 2015

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The link between learning and business as the key to bridging the skills gap was overwhelmingly endorsed by speakers and participants at the recent conference held on the South Bank on 21 April.

Welcomed by Lord Haskins, Humber LEP Chair, delegates heard about the wider work of the Humber LEP in terms of business support via the Growth Hub before focussing on the Humber skills agenda and the work already being done.  With examples given including the huge opportunities in Science,

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Green Futures Greater Grimsby Ltd is the 250th Humber Skills Pledge Signatory

April 27, 2015

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Green Futures Greater Grimsby Ltd is the 250th Humber Skills Pledge Signatory

Carol Prendergast of Green Futures and Mike Parker, Chair of the Humber LEP’s Employment and Skills Board

250 businesses in the Humber area have signed up to the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Skills Pledge.  The 250th, which signed this week, is Green Futures Greater Grimsby Ltd, a community business working with people of all ages in the Greater Grimsby area to create a sustainable, green future for all.

The Skills

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Proof that the Public and Private Marriage Works

March 30, 2015

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is proof that the marriage between the public sector and businesses on both banks of the Estuary works.  We came together with the clear focus of realising the potential of the Humber in terms of providing leadership and a pan-Humber strategic approach to economic growth, which drew on our shared opportunities, knowledge and expertise. Four years since our formation, this collaborative approach has established firm foundations on which we are building a more buoyant

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Make it happen for women in business

March 30, 2015

Anne Laudage, Board Member, considers the progress made by women to break through the glass ceiling to become their own bosses.

Today, it’s inconceivable that women in the UK shouldn’t be paid the same as men for equal work, and since the Ford machinists at Dagenham walked out and their action led to the Equal Pay Act in 1970, there has been a real culture shift towards a more diverse workplace. Women’s representation in middle to senior management roles is around

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European Funding Available for Humber Projects

March 26, 2015

The England 2014-20 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme opened for business on Friday 20th March and further details can be seen on the GOV.UK website.

The ESIF Growth programme brings together European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD), notionally allocating circa £89m to help grow the Humber’s economy.

ESF funding is specifically designed for projects which help people into work by improving their overall employability and to up-skill the

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Humber Local Enterprise Partnership Launches First Annual Business Survey

March 17, 2015

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is inviting businesses across the region to participate in the first, of what will become annual, survey about the local economy.

Introducing the 2015 survey, Humber LEP Chair Lord Haskins said: “It is important that businesses of all sizes operating in our region have a voice and tell us what they require to help meet their needs and aspirations for growing sustainable enterprises.  Input to the survey, based on their practical experience, is vital to

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Matchmaking Success

March 5, 2015

The Humber Apprentice Support Service (HASS) is proving to be a successful local matchmaker, matching people to apprenticeships.  One such success story is Ryan McKenzie, a former student at Kingswood College of Art, who is now working as an apprentice with Kingston Campers Ltd in Hull.

The Humber Apprentice Support Service (HASS) was established by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to increase the number of apprentices being employed by small and medium sized employers.  HASS is not designed to replicate

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What’s Your Big Idea to Help the Humber Thrive?

March 2, 2015

Businesses from across the Humber region are invited to participate in the next Forum organised by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, which is being held on Friday 13 March from 08.00 to 10.30 hrs at the Nuns Corner Campus of Grimsby Institute for Further and Higher Education. The theme for the event is “The Big Idea ……”  The event will take account of findings from the Humber LEP’s first, annual business survey which will be publicised at the Forum.

The survey

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Growth Fund Helps Local Businesses Grow

February 18, 2015

Signing today’s Growth Deal enables the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership to continue offering funding to local businesses through its “Growing the Humber” programme.

The Deal, signed off by Minister for Universities, Science and Cities Rt Hon Greg Clark MP and representatives of the  Humber LEP, provides an additional £4M allocated to help small and medium enterprises in the four Humber local authorities by offering grants to help them develop their operations.

“Growing the Humber” was originally funded through the Government’s Regional Growth

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Calling All Humber Businesses and Graduates ……….. Have You Considered an Internship?

February 16, 2015

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is offering  a “win-win” for businesses and graduates based in the Humber  area, which covers North Lincolnshire, North East Lincolnshire, East Riding of Yorkshire and Hull City Councils.

The Graduate Advancement Programme is encouraging local businesses  to create a  12- week internship opportunity for a graduate who is unemployed or working less than 16 hours a week.  The internship must offer suitable work of graduate status. During the internship the graduate must be paid at least the national minimum wage. In return, for

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Grant growth for Grimsby companies

February 11, 2015

Three Grimsby companies are in line for a windfall after successfully applying to the Growing the Humber grant fund, administered by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership  for cash to help them buy new machinery and equipment.

Collectively, around £65,000 will be granted from the Regional Growth Fund programme towards investment in equipment worth £138,000 and six new jobs. The remaining funds will be found through the companies’ own sources.

Fowler and Holden
Established nearly 100 years ago, Fowler and Holden, based in Grimsby

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MP Visits Award Winning Local Employer

February 9, 2015

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MP Visits Award Winning Local Employer

Photo, from left, Apprentice Evie Molloy, Graham Stuart MP, Director Alan Hemingway and Marketing Manager Rhys Plater

Hemingway Bailey Ltd recently welcomed Graham Stuart MP to their offices in Beverley to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to apprenticeships.

Hemingway Bailey, Chartered Management Accountants, was recently named as a Top 100 Apprenticeship Employer by the National Apprenticeship Service in partnership with City & Guilds for their outstanding achievements as an employer of apprentices.

During the visit, Graham had the

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Growth Deal extended with extra £9.9m coming to the Humber

January 29, 2015

The Humber has been awarded a further £9.9M from the Government’s Local Growth Fund to develop ten major projects on both banks of the Humber, which coupled with the £37M local investment, amounts to just under £47M capital injection into the area. The projects negotiated by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership with Government include: regeneration work in Cleethorpes, Hull and Scunthorpe; infrastructure improvements in Goole, Melton Ross and Stallingborough; commercial development in Hessle, and to support training in skills required

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Grant boost helps fire safety company expand

January 27, 2015

A ten year old Grimsby company has been awarded nearly £20,000 from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Regional Growth Fund Programme to help them expand their business.

Since 2003, Abatis Fire and Security Group Ltd has specialised in the design, installation, maintenance and repair of fire and security systems to commercial and residential premises. But thanks to a refreshed look at the industry, the company realised it needed to change strategy to offer additional services, such as in house servicing

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Growth grant for Grimsby engineering company

January 19, 2015

A new CNC vertical machining centre will form pride of place at Grimsby based Centre Line Machining Ltd thanks to a grant from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Regional Growth Fund’s Growing the Humber programme.

Centre Line Machining Ltd specialises in precision engineering using a range of materials, for a range of industries which currently include food manufacturing, oil and gas, packaging and the freezer industries. Formed in 2008, the company has bucked the trend of decline during the economic

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Getting fit for success

January 19, 2015

The latest grant from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF) has been awarded to a new Grimsby company specialising in bespoke joinery production and installation, Stonelea Interiors Ltd.

The company has identified a growing market in North East Lincolnshire – as business confidence is growing, so is the requirement for fitting out of new or refurbished premises.

Stonelea Interiors plan to invest nearly £80,000 in a new computer controlled CNC machine in order to accelerate the manufacture of

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Grant helps company open the door to growth

January 19, 2015

LJM Design and Management Ltd specialises in manufacturing bespoke windows, doors and joinery items for commercial clients.

The Grimsby company, set up in 2007, also offers design and management services around the construction sector – from drawing up plans and planning applications to construction and project delivery.

LJM applied to the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Regional Growth Fund supported Growing the Humber Programme for a £20,000 grant to support a £60,000 project to help them purchase specialist equipment. The new kit

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A Year of Growing Momentum for the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership

December 23, 2014

A Retrospective View at the end of 2014 by Humber LEP Chair, Lord Haskins

We have ambitious plans for the Humber region and 2014 has marked a year of significant progress by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Since our inception three years ago, business and the public sector have moved closer together and the strength of this collaboration is enabling resources to be targeted on specific areas for growth and raise the Humber’s national and international profile.

The core

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Workshops to Help Access European Union Structural & Investment Funds

December 22, 2014

The Humber LEP successfully bid for £87.67m from the European Commission.  From 2014 to 2020 this money will be allocated to businesses across the Humber to stimulate growth and job creation.

The money is sourced from the European Social Fund (ESF), European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Fund for Agricultural and Rural Development (EAFRD). When the LEP submitted its bid for the funding, it outlined the business areas where the money would be spent.

The LEP submitted our initial strategy for

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UK’s first ever National College for Wind Energy will tackle skills gap and create jobs

December 11, 2014

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and RenewableUK and are today welcoming the announcement by the Business Secretary, Rt Hon Vince Cable, of the development of a National College for Wind Energy. It will be the first National College dedicated to renewable energy in the UK.

The National College, to be based in the Humber area, will provide a ‘hub’ for skills, training and education initiatives. In addition, there will be a network of partners providing education and training across the UK.

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Apprentices Flying High

December 8, 2014

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Apprentices Flying High

Winners at the Cofely Fabricom (GDF SUEZ) Apprentice Engineering Technician & Recognition Awards 2014 were celebrated on the 27th November 2014 and held at the Great Grimsby Town Hall. The event was joined by the The Worshipful Mayor & Mayoress of the Borough of North East Lincolnshire and Squadron Leaders David Montenegro and Harry Raja from the internationally renowned Red Arrows.

Coinciding with our 40th anniversary meant that the event needed to be extra special and the leading title

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Humber Local Enterprise Partnership: Working to Reduce the Risk of Flooding

December 5, 2014

A year ago, the Humber region was hit by the largest tidal surge in 60 years. As flood defences were eroded towns, villages, businesses and farmland were badly affected.

Initially, £48m was accessible for remedial work on the Humber. Since then, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) together with MPs, councils and businesses successfully lobbied for further investment, receiving an additional £80m in the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s Autumn Statement on Thursday.

Commenting on how the current allocation was being spent, Lord

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Welcoming the Secretary of State’s decision to retain the direct train service between Grimsby and Manchester

December 4, 2014

Welcoming the Secretary of State’s decision to retain the direct train service between Grimsby and Manchester, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership Lord Haskins said:

“It’s great news. The LEP has lobbied hard for this and it is testimony to the strength of the partnership between our MPs, councils, local businesses and communities working together. Not to have had a direct link from conurbations in the north to a major growth area like the south bank of the Humber would

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Burma Drive is open for business

November 27, 2014

Delivery partners Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (Humber LEP), Hull City Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) launch the marketing of Phase 2 of the Burma Drive Enterprise Zone on Hedon Road, Hull.

Dsplaying the new signage and cutting the first turf will be, Chair of the Humber LEP, Lord Haskins,  Leader of Hull City Council , Councillor Stephen Brady and Rob Pearson, Head of Area for Sheffield City Region and the Humber at HCA.

Burma Drive phase 2 covers 3.54

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Spectrum Faculty – A Hull Firm’s Investment in Skills

November 26, 2014

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Spectrum Faculty – A Hull Firm’s Investment in Skills

IT@Spectrum, a local managed print and document services company has made a huge commitment to staff learning and development by launching the Spectrum Faculty.

The Spectrum Faculty is a completely self-funded in-house training programme which is predominantly aimed at ensuring that its younger members of staff are able to develop their basic business and life skills.  Modules are delivered over a series of terms and include subject areas such as customer care, communication,

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New appointments at Humber LEP to spearhead drive for apprenticeships

November 20, 2014

Bridging the skills gap by getting more young people into apprenticeships is vital to the Humber fulfilling its economic potential. Working towards this, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (Humber LEP) has made three new appointments to support small and medium enterprises which employ, or are seeking to employ, apprentices.

Manager of the newly launched Humber Apprentice Support Service, Gill Stevenson  brings a wealth of experience from JobCentrePlus. Gill is supported  by Employment Liaison Officers Jenny Vincent and David Sullivan, who cover

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Boost for furniture company

November 11, 2014

More than 30 years ago, Adrian Haagensen set up a new company in Grimsby making bespoke furniture for both domestic and business use.

Since then, the company has grown from strength to strength while still retaining its core ideals of providing high quality furniture with a personal service.

However, the company realised that it had reached full production capacity, and that the obstacle to further growth was the machining capability of one of its current CNC machines used in the production

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Grant support for Cleethorpes Jeweller

November 7, 2014

One of Cleethorpes’ leading independent jewellers is looking to grow the business to an international market with help from the Regional Growth Fund. Money was granted from the ‘Growing the Humber Programme’, run by North East Lincolnshire Council on behalf of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership and supported by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF).

Daniella Draper has been producing hand crafted jewellery for the last five years for an exclusive market, but with the turnover increasing each year for the

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Business is GREAT Britain and BT launch competition

November 4, 2014

Business is GREAT Britain and BT launch competition aimed at SMEs with top prize worth £30,000

 

We would like to call on your support in helping us raise awareness of the GREAT Faces of British Business competition

 

Last year, Government’s Small Business:GREAT Ambition paper outlined its commitment to make it easier for small businesses to start and grow.  The success of small businesses is central to the Government’s long term economic plan.  Having motivational case studies on the GREAT business website illustrates

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Grant support to local drainage company

October 31, 2014

A 12 year old Grimsby company looks set to expand its business with the help of a grant from the Regional Growth Fund supported Growing the Humber programme.

Since 2002, Jet Tech Ltd, a small, family run business based in Humberston, has been providing specialist drainage solutions to the private, commercial and public sectors.

A grant of £15,000 will be put towards the purchase of specialist surveying equipment which will be able to survey larger and longer drains than they can at

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Chemical firms £1.3m expansion brings jobs boost

October 20, 2014

A pioneering Hull-based chemical firm is giving manufacturing jobs in the city a boost, following a £1.3m investment assisted by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s Growing the Humber fund.

Nippon Gohsei (UK) Ltd is expanding its manufacturing facility at Marfleet Environmental Technology Park on Hedon Road, following an upsurge in demand for bespoke grades of its world-leading food packaging product Soarnol.

The Japanese owned company has been awarded £125,000 towards the overall expansion cost, from the  £30m allocated to the Humber LEP

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Grant supports streamlined systems for JCS Fish Ltd

October 9, 2014

The latest in the long list of Regional Growth Fund grants from the Growing the Humber Programme has been awarded to a local Grimsby company seeking to upgrade their IT systems.

For the last 15 years, JCS Fish Ltd has been providing high quality salmon products to the seafood industry, including the award winning Big Fish Brand ready meals. Since starting up, the company has grown and now employs 32 people at its Grimsby site.

The company has now outgrown its current

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Humber LEP collaboration is going for gold to inspire careers

October 7, 2014

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is launching two new initiatives in the region for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at an event on Friday 24 October.

The event will be opened by Local MP and head of the Education Select Committee, Graham Stuart, who is a champion for the work being led by the Humber LEP. It will see the launch of a new CEIAG Gold Standard for schools, academies and education providers that support young people aged

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Grimsby company nets £90K grant

October 6, 2014

The latest grant from the Growing the Humber programme has been awarded to Grimsby’s Renco Nets, a manufacturer and supplier of netting, twine and rope nets used predominantly in the indoor and outdoor play industries.

The company was set up more than two decades ago, initially supplying nets to the local and national fishing industry, but now provides recreational nets for indoor and outdoor playgrounds and sports fields, netting for construction use, and also for agricultural use to stop pests and

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Global business leader to view Hull WTC’s claim to host major international conference

September 29, 2014

Hull’s status as an international business destination is coming under the spotlight.

Eric R. Dahl, chief executive of the New York-based World Trade Centers Association, will meet business leaders and members of the City of Culture team on Monday (September 29) to assess the city as a potential venue for his organisation’s main annual event, the General Assembly.

The assembly, held in Mumbai and Bucharest in the last two years, attracts hundreds of delegates from more than 90 countries, and World Trade

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NIACE expands national traineeship programme with the Humber LEP

September 22, 2014

NIACE is delighted to announce a new working partnership with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to show how Traineeships – the Government’s flagship training programme for young people – in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) will help prevent future skills shortages and skills gaps in the region. 

This latest work follows NIACE’s successful STEM work with the Dorset LEP.

The Humber LEP demonstration pilot project will raise awareness of Traineeships, help the LEP create better contacts with more employers and

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Saltend Chemicals Park hosts debate on future of industry in Europe

September 17, 2014

Leading figures from the European chemicals industry are to meet to debate its future at a major event being held at Saltend Chemicals Park.

The BP-managed Saltend site, east of Hull, which this year is celebrating 100 years of industrial operations on the north bank of the Humber, is hosting the annual gathering of an organisation that promotes Europe as location for chemicals investment.

Members of the European Chemical Site Promotion Platform (ECSPP) include chemicals clusters operators and leading businesses in the

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Speakers announced for Humber LEP Forum on September 19

September 12, 2014

The Humber LEP is hosting its second re-launched Humber LEP Forum on September 19 from 8am to 10am at Forest Pines Hotel.

Businesses, partners and those with an interest in the Humber LEP are welcome to join us at 8am for coffee and networking, followed by speakers from 8.30am to 9.30am and a question and answer session which will finish no later than 10am.

Approximately 200 people attended the last event in June and views were captured to see what people would

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Humber formalises connections with Malaysia delegation

September 11, 2014

The Humber LEP and its local authority partner North East Lincolnshire Council have signed an MOU with Halal Penang to explore new market opportunities.

There have been a number of conversations and visits between the Humber region and Halal Penang, the Penang State Government agency of Malaysia responsible for promotion, facilitation and development of the halal industries in Penang.

The agreement formalises how the three parties will support each other in exploring opportunities that could provide economic benefit to both areas.

This will

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Workshops and survey launched to help shape community-led development

September 11, 2014

The Humber LEP and its partners are asking residents, businesses and community organisations to have their say to inform Community Led Local Development.

Those taking part in workshops or a survey can have a say in how European funding is spent at workshops during September and October.

The LEP submitted its strategy for its European Union Structural and Investment Funds (EUSIF) in October last year with £87.67m allocated across 5 strategic programmes in our region to create jobs, give people skills, develop

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Food businesses helped by RGF fund

August 28, 2014

Businesses in one of the Humber’s priority sectors have received a boost from the Growing the Humber Fund.

Food companies from across the region have benefited from the programme including Chaucer Foods, Hider Foods, Burgess Pet Care, Atom Beers, Napier Brown, Cranswick Foods and Riva Foods, with others in the pipeline.

The seven companies have drawn down at total of £1.4m of the RGF money to invest a total of £12.7m on business growth projects, creating 222 jobs.

Chaucer Foods UK Ltd (“Chaucer”),

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Grant helps company lever benefits for agriculture home and away

August 28, 2014

Liquid Lever Irrigation Ltd is one of the latest companies to go into contract with the Growing the Humber RGF programme. 

The company’s project to research and develop revolutionary drip irrigation hoses and fittings for the horticultural sector and setting up the manufacturing process is well underway.

The investment of £138k from the Growing the Humber Fund is part of the company’s £310k project, which aims to create up to 11 jobs in the next two years.

The team at Liquid Lever Irrigation

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Growth for Grimsby safety kit company

August 20, 2014

The latest Regional Growth Fund (RGF) grant for a North East Lincolnshire company has been awarded to ICF Grimsby, a family run company that has been producing reflective newsbags and safety products for more than three decades.

The company plans to expand the business to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the renewables sector, specifically in the provision of offshore kit and shuttle bags and bespoke industrial covers for plant and machinery. Other items will include high visibility (PPE) clothing

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LEP calls for better connectivity in rail franchise consultation

August 19, 2014

The Humber LEP is urging the Secretary of State for Transport to keep and improve links between the Humber and Manchester.

The LEP added its voice to keep the direct train service from Cleethorpes to Manchester as part of the Transpennine and Northern franchise consultations in a letter to the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP.

Also raised is the need for a direct service between Hull and Manchester Airport to be restored. If a half hourly service was agreed it would be

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Eric Pickles marks start of preparation work for £450m Marine Energy Park

August 4, 2014

In a major step forward in establishing the Humber as a world-class centre for the renewable energy industries, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles has marked the start of work in preparation for the development of the Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP). 

Below is press release from North Lincolnshire Council and Able UK:

The infrastructure programme is being supported through Mr Pickles’ department with a £15m grant provided through the Enterprise Zone Foundations for Growth Capital Grant Fund

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Lord Baker witnesses work starting on new £9.5m UTC

August 4, 2014

Chair of the Humber LEP’s Employment and Skills Board Mike Parker joined a delegation that welcomed Rt Hon Lord Baker to witness the start of work to build the Humber University Technical College (UTC).

A release from North Lincolnshire Council follows:

The Rt Hon Lord Baker (Baker Dearing Trust) witnessed the start of work to build the new £9.5m Humber University Technical College– the first of its kind in the Yorkshire and Humber region – that will create 600 student places and

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Times running out to claim business growth money

July 31, 2014

There’s just over a week left for local businesses to express an interest in government grants from the Regional Growth Fund supported Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.

Since this round of funding opened, more than 100 companies have been awarded over £15.5m million government cash, with many more projects currently being considered. Grants so far awarded range from as little as just over £5,000 to million pound plus awards to help companies grow.

Eligible companies are able to apply for money to help

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LEP board welcomes 5 new members

July 29, 2014

The Humber LEP welcomes 5 news board members who will bring business experience and ethics to contribute to the LEP’s strategic role.

The new members were chosen because of their specialist expertise and leadership skills they can bring to make a meaningful contribution to our economic development working alongside our public sector partners.

The new board members are joining the Humber LEP at an exciting time where we are moving into a delivery phase with City Deal projects, European Funds strategy and

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Housing and transport Growth Deal projects to drive the region forward

July 9, 2014

An additional £12.98m has been secured for transport projects as part of the Humber LEP’s Growth Deal negotiations on top of the £15.9m already allocated.

£10m has been allocated to continuing housing market regeneration in both east and west Hull which will see a further 1,500 homes built and a further 4,500 homes refurbished, while over £13m will support flood defences to enable the building of 6,000 new homes as part of the Lincolnshire Lakes development. A loan of £8.5m will

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Growth Deal will support over 2,000 extra learners in the Humber

July 9, 2014

A further 2,030 learners will be supported in the region as part of the Humber LEP’s Growth Deal over the next 6 years.

The deal gave a further boost to the work the Humber LEP’s Employment and Skills Board is doing to support the growth of a skilled Humber workforce.

To build on the projects secured as part of the City Deal, £4.5m was awarded for skills projects in the Humber as part of the Growth Deal which will see three education

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Growth Deal funds continuation of business support programmes

July 9, 2014

The successful Growing the Humber grant programme will now be extended beyond its 2014/15 end date after £4m was secured in the Humber LEP’s Growth Deal.

The £30m Growing the Humber RGF programme has helped more than 80 businesses to expand in the past year with more than 1300 jobs created and more projects in the pipeline. The fund’s investment of £15m has leveraged a further £78m in private sector investment in the region which has had a positive knock-on effect

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Growth Deal offers £48m support to reduce flood risk

July 9, 2014

The Humber LEP’s Growth Deal will see 62,228 properties and 251,485 of commercial floorspace with reduced flood risk across the Humber.

Protecting the region from flooding is one the main priorities with almost £48m LGF secured.

Flood defences will be improved at Albert Dock in Hull, which was affected by the December 2013 tidal surge, using £3m Growth Deal money with work starting in 2015/16. The move will safeguard more than 3,000 jobs.

In Hull and Holderness £3m has been allocated to support

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Humber LEP negotiates £366m investment package to support growth

July 7, 2014

The Government is today announcing a Growth Deal with the Humber LEP, which includes an investment package worth £366m and new devolution from national policy.

A total of £103.7m has been secured from the Local Growth Fund which will help alleviate flooding and support housing, transport, skills and business.

As well as a pre-allocation covering three projects, the Humber LEP negotiated to get 12 additional proposals funded, put forward by businesses, local authorities and education providers as part of

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Join LEP for forum – review and future plans for the Humber 2014

June 12, 2014

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

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Humber Renewables teams up with regions businesses and investors at exhibition

June 10, 2014

The Humber Renewables team and eight Humber businesses will join Siemens, ABP, Dong Energy, Vestas and Res Offshore at the Global Offshore wind exhibition in Glasgow tomorrow and Thursday.

The Renewable UK Offshore Wind 2014 – an annual conference and exhibition that showcases world-class developments and gathers leading players in the UK’s offshore wind market – is being held at one of the most exciting times for the sector in our region.

This event is the first dedicated ‘offshore wind’ event the

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Growth Hub launches smaller grants and beta website

June 2, 2014

Businesses can now apply for smaller Growing the Humber Grants after an extra £1m was added to the fund as part of the Humber LEP Growth Hub.

The funding, which is part of £2.5m that was awarded by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund for the Growth Hub as part of a bidding process run by Lancaster University, formed part of the Hull and Humber City Deal.

Businesses can now bid for amounts between £5k and £2.5m. Previously, the Growing the Humber funding

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Humber makes further assisted area gains

May 29, 2014

The Humber LEP has had success in negotiating more areas to become Assisted Areas for 2014-2020, which will help the area to further improve its competitiveness for major investments.

The negotiations have seen the Humber Assisted Area map add areas along its waterfront, which has seen gains of large areas in North Lincolnshire including Scunthorpe, across the river in Brough and now Goole’s Capitol Park has also been added. The Humber’s assisted areas were agreed by the EU on Friday.

In total

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Humber LEP seeks business leaders for board

May 16, 2014

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is seeking business leaders from across the Humber region to join its board.

We are looking for experienced business leaders to act as non-executive board members who can bring business ethics, provide additional knowledge, specialist expertise and leadership skills to make a meaningful contribution to our economic development work alongside our public sector partners.

Natural movement in job roles means that some people who sat on the board have now moved on, with a portion of

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Nominate fledgling business people to join LEP at YIBC

May 16, 2014

The Humber LEP is inviting nominations for up to five people from the Humber region to join it at the Yorkshire International Business Convention.

We are looking for organisations or mentors to nominate people – whether a young person or someone changing career direction who has set up their own business or an aspiring young business manager – who would benefit from being part of the day hearing inspirational speakers with the chance to network.

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Growth accelerates for vehicle bodybuilding firm

May 14, 2014

Vehicle body manufacturer Martin Williams Ltd has taken on 25 staff over 6 months as part of an expansion project – months earlier than expected.

The company has invested £1m to increase capacity and efficiency by doubling the size of their facility room from 25,000 to 50,000 sqft, to accommodate the creation of two 23-metre energy efficient spray booths and a new mechanical department workshop.

The project, which has been supported a £130k grant from the Humber LEP’s Growing the Humber programme,

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Business can join Humber Renewables team in Glasgow

May 12, 2014

Businesses still have the chance to join the Humber Renewables stand at the Renewable UK Offshore Wind 2014 Glasgow on 11-12 June – at one of the most exciting times for the sector in our region.

This is the first dedicated ‘offshore wind’ event the Humber Renewables team and businesses will be attending since Siemens announced its £310m deal with ABP to bring a wind turbine assembly and shipping facility and blade manufacturing factory to Hull and East Riding Enterprise Zones.

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Humber ready to negotiate for slice of £2bn Local Growth Fund

April 7, 2014

Negotiations will soon begin between the Humber LEP and the Government on the Humber’s Growth Deal proposals to get its share of the £2bn Local Growth Fund (LGF) for 2015/16.

The LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan (SEP), which aims to maximise the potential economic activity surrounding the Humber Estuary, was submitted to Government last week and builds on the ‘Plan for the Humber’ we published in 2012 and other work the LEP has done in partnership  since then.

The SEP is accompanied by the LEP’s

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Businesses are growing thanks to council grants

April 4, 2014

North East Lincolnshire Council has awarded a £74,250 grant to an innovative recycling business that will see it expand its market and create new jobs.

A release from North East Lincolnshire Council follows:

Lynx Recycling and Recovery Ltd will put the money towards a £247,500 project to set up a specialist polythene recycling facility at its factory in Grimsby. At least four new jobs will be created as a result with more expected once production increases. 

Grant funding has been made available

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Yorkshire and Humber organisations help HETA make a Big Bang

April 3, 2014

More than 1,400 school pupils have already signed up to make a Big Bang in Yorkshire and the Humber.

Now the push is on to get 2,500 pupils to the interactive Big Bang Fair Yorkshire and Humber in June, which aims to engage young learners in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.

HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association) has won a three-year contract to deliver The Big Bang Near Me programme for Yorkshire & Humber and was supported by a number of Yorkshire andHumberorganisations

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Last chance for businesses to access Growing the Humber Regional Growth Fund Programme

March 27, 2014

Time and money are running out for businesses to take advantage of the Growing the Humber Regional Growth Fund Programme.

However, SMEs and larger businesses still have time to apply for  a grant to support their business growth project.

The programme which has already hit its jobs target through the 50 projects it has in contract, are projected to create more than 1500 jobs, still has room for more expressions of interest for the next deadline of April 4.

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Siemens investment supported by Humber skills programmes

March 25, 2014

Jobs will be at the foremost of many people’s minds after the news of £310m investment by Siemens and ABP.

The effort to make sure that both direct jobs and those in the supply chain go to local people and that we create a local workforce that will help to attract even more investment is underway.

Strong partnerships with local authorities, the University, FE and Sixth form colleges, training providers, employers and agencies such as Jobcentre Plus and Skills Funding Agency have

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Siemens investment boost to the Energy Estuary

March 25, 2014

Today’s announcement by Siemens to invest £160m on two of the enterprise zone sites in the Humber is a huge boost to the region and a catalyst for more investment.

Combined with the £150m being invested by Associated British Ports (ABP) in Green Port Hull a total of £310m will be invested creating up to 1,000 direct jobs, with many extra jobs to be created during construction and indirectly in the supply chain.

The announcement adds to the confidence in the offshore

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Humber LEP delighted over electrification backing

March 20, 2014

The Humber LEP welcomes the backing of the Hull to Selby rail electrification bid by Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin in the House of Commons today (Thursday 20 March).

Lord Haskins, chairman of the Humber LEP, said:

“This is excellent news. We have been working with First Hull Trains, Hull City Council and MPs on a way forward for this project and we are delighted that the Secretary of State has found the money to develop the scheme to the point where it

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Humber LEP welcomes budget announcement on Enterprise Zone incentives

March 19, 2014

The Humber LEP welcomes the news in the Chancellor’s Budget that incentives on its Enterprise Zones will be extended for a further three years.

Originally enhanced capital allowances which are available on four of our enterprise zone sites – Green Port Hull, Queen Elizabeth Dock, Paull and Able Marine Energy Park – allowed businesses to deduct the costs of qualifying plant and machinery to a maximum of £100m to offset against corporation tax if the investment is made before April 2017. 

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Barcelona exhibition first in series to promote energy estuary

March 11, 2014

Representatives from the Humber Renewables partnership, led by the Humber LEP, alongside six local businesses showcased the region in Barcelona this month (March).

The delegation, including businesses Team Humber Marine Alliance, ABP, P & O Ferries, J R Rix Sea Shuttle, University of Hull and Wind Power Support have had a great start to the exhibition with a steady flow of visitors to the stand including from Denmark, France and Germany, with plans to stay in touch to explore business opportunities.

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Humber LEP statement on ABP petition against Able UK development

February 28, 2014

The Humber LEP Board today unanimously agreed the following position:

“Renewables and the development of the Energy Estuary have been the primary focus of the Humber LEP since we began and we have had strong support from Government to help us secure our ambitions.

“We have supported the Able Marine Energy Park since the inception of the Humber LEP, making it the largest of our Enterprise Zone sites and speaking in favour of it at the public inquiry.  Most recently we supported

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Barcelona! Chance to book your place at energy event

February 10, 2014

The Humber Renewables team is inviting businesses to use its exhibition stand at the EWEA, Europe’s premier Wind Energy event in Barcelona.

With just one month to go until the team takes a small stand at the event, which runs from the 10 -13 of March, it is making a last call for Humber businesses to sign up to use the stand at the event to meet investors.

Companies that wish to sign up to attend the event may qualify for getting

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Humber LEP secures £14.9m EZ grant for Able Marine Energy Park

January 28, 2014

Humber LEP is celebrating successfully working with Able Marine Energy Park (AMEP) and North Lincolnshire Council to secure the project £14.9m from the Enterprise Zone Capital Grant Fund.

The Humber was one of 12 Local Enterprise Partnerships to successfully bid for a slice of the £100m Enterprise Zone Capital Grant Fund from the Department for Communities and Local Government.

The AMEP scheme, which was granted planning permission on December 18, is of national significance offering a bespoke facility for the manufacture, storage

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Humber hopes to take advantage of Reshore UK

January 27, 2014

The Humber LEP welcomes the creation of a new service to help companies bring production back to the UK.

The Humber feels it has a competitive advantage to attract companies wanting UK-based production to the Energy Estuary where the combination of connectivity, availability of land, workforce and low cost base is hard to beat.

The Humber LEP and its partners already work closely with the organisations running the Reshore UK project – UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and the Manufacturing Advisory Service

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New recruiter’s forum to address skills shortage across the region

January 23, 2014

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is looking to address the shortage of skills across the region with the launch of a new recruiter’s forum.

The forum, which saw its inaugural meeting in December, seeks to provide real-time updates to the LEP on the skills most needed by employers, to help guide the organisation’s funding decisions.

Established by Kate van der Sluis from Welton-based recruitment agency Emmerson Kitney, the forum consists of senior HR managers from some of the region’s top companies

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Third sector urged to sign up to Humber LEP skills campaign

January 13, 2014

The Humber LEP’s campaign to boost investment in training and skills is seeking backing from not-for-profit organisations with its latest set of breakfast events.

The Humber Skills Campaign, launched in April 2013, was set up to help create jobs, boost company productivity, improve the region’s economy and address the growing skills gap which threatens many UK companies today.

More than 120 companies from across the region actively support the scheme but the LEP is keen to build relationships with voluntary and community

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First Growing the Humber grants support £10m of investment

January 8, 2014

The first 12 projects from the Growing the Humber fund are now contracted, drawing down £2.2m grant which contributes a total investment of more than £10m and creates 158 jobs in the region.

The £30m Growing theHumberfund was set up after a successful bid by the Humber LEP and the accountable body North East Lincolnshire Council to the Government’s £3.2bn Regional Growth Fund.

Dozens more projects will be going into contract over the next few months.

The jobs being created are in a

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Humber colleges unite to become Centre of Excellence for Energy Skills

January 7, 2014

Five Humber Colleges have come together with the Humber LEP to build on their current offer to create a Humber Energy Skills Centre of Excellence.

Bishop Burton College, East Riding College, Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education, Hull College Group and North Lindsey College are working with the Humber LEP through the Hull and Humber City Deal process to develop the Humber Campus.

The project will utilise existing facilities and expand them to present a joint offer to the energy sector

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A year to celebrate and build on

December 23, 2013

The last few months of 2013 have seen the Humber gather momentum at a pace never before seen in the region.

We have been able to congratulate Hull on being named City of Culture 2017, hail strike prices confirmed in the Autumn Statement giving more confidence to invest in offshore wind, sign the landmark Hull and Humber City Deal and welcome planning permission for the 4,000-job Able Marine Energy Park all of which improve the area’s competitiveness as a place to invest.

Additionally our assisted areas negotiations are likely to see significant

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Humber set to gain following successful negotiations on Assisted Areas

December 20, 2013

The Humber LEP has welcomed the progress made in negotiations with Government on Assisted Areas for 2014-2020, which will help the area to improve its competitiveness for major investments.

The second stage of the consultation has seen the Humber Assisted Area map add areas along its waterfront adding in large areas in North Lincolnshire including Scunthorpe as well as across the river in Brough.

In total 8 additional wards in the Humber – two on the North Bank and six on the

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Humber LEP hails planning approval for Able Marine Energy Park

December 18, 2013

The Humber LEP welcomes the decision to approve planning for the Able Marine Energy Park hailing it as the unlocking of the potential to improve the competitiveness of the estuary in the offshore wind sector.

The site in Immingham is part of the UK’s largest Enterprise Zone with the potential to create up to 4,000 jobs.

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, said:

“We have supported the project throughout the planning process and are delighted that it has been approved.  This decision

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Humber LEP secures £2.5m for City Deal growth programme

December 17, 2013

The Humber LEP will be launching a business Growth Hub in 2014 after being awarded £2.5m as part of the Hull & Humber City Deal.

The Growth Hub will create new business support advisers, located with partners around the Humber, who will be tasked with helping businesses to find the advice and funding they require.

The programme, which has recently been part of the consultation for the Humber Strategic Economic Plan, will also include provide a web portal which will bring together

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Hull and Humber signs up to landmark City Deal

December 13, 2013

The Humber LEP and its four local authority partners signed up to the landmark Hull and Humber City Deal on Friday, 13 December.

The partners met with Cities Minister Rt Hon Greg Clark MP to officially sign up to the deal that will help the region will maximise the opportunities linked to the growth in the offshore wind and green energy sectors through programmes in skills, business support and accelerating development.

As part of the deal the bid team have negotiated freedoms

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Business urged to join major skills development programme

December 12, 2013

Businesses are being urged to join a major programme of training to equip the Humber’s workforce with the skills to maximise the region’s economic opportunities.

The Skills Support for the Workforce programme will provide bespoke training to boost the skills of workers in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) up to July 2015. Up to 3,000 workers are expected to benefit from relevant training under the initiative, led by Hull College Group and delivered in partnership with other colleges and specialist training

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Humber welcomes boost to offshore wind in Autumn Statement

December 4, 2013

The Humber LEP welcomes the announcement that strike prices for offshore wind have increased to encourage long term investment.

The announcements linked to the Government’s Autumn Statement have seen offshore wind prioritised as needing more support, which will help to give more confidence for the industry in the UK.

Humber LEP Chair Lord Haskins met with Energy Secretary Ed Davey this week ahead of the Autumn Statement and was assured that positive news for the industry was on the horizon.

With strike prices

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Congratulations Hull – City of Culture 2017

November 20, 2013

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership wants to say a huge congratulations to the city of Hull and the team behind the 2017 City of Culture bid.

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, said: 

“Hull winning the city of culture is a triumph in partnership work demonstrating the city’s ambition and how it can deliver to improve the economic climate in the city and beyond.

“The Humber LEP endorsed Hull’s bid recognising the big effect on the city and wider Humber region that

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Humber LEP seeks input for €˜Growth Deal strategic economic plan

November 15, 2013

Businesses are being asked to help draw up an ambitious plan for growing the Humber economy, to help the area to win its share of £12bn of Government funding to support it.

The Humber LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan, which will sit at the heart of economic regeneration for the region for the next 7 years, needs input from representatives in the region.

Two workshops will be held with one full morning session in Hull on 26 November and one in Grimsby on

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Humber Renewables makes its mark at industry exhibition

November 15, 2013

The Humber Renewables team, set up by the Humber LEP, enjoyed a successful time on their stand at the 35th renewable UK event in Birmingham.

Of the 10 businesses on the stand, all said they would join up with the stand in the future, or had already booked to do so.

The partnership, which brings together inward investment officers from the four local authorities – Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire – together with the Humber LEP, talked to

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Business Loan Fund reopens

November 14, 2013

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is launching the next round of applications for its Business Loan Fund, today (November 14).

There is up to £4m to bid for by businesses for capital projects that deliver critical infrastructure to unblock stalled schemes to deliver significant economic benefit.

Expressions of Interest can be submitted for applications for funding of between £100,000 and £1,000,000, although projects outside this range could be considered if they deliver exceptional outputs or value for money.

The Humber Business Loan Fund

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Humber showcases renewables offer at flagship UK event

November 6, 2013

The Humber Renewables partnership, set up by the Humber LEP, is exhibiting at Renewable UK with 10 Humber businesses.

The representatives from the Humber have joined 5,000 participants to be one of the 300 exhibiting companies at the 35th Renewable UK exhibition and conference in Birmingham.

The partnership, which brings together inward investment officers from the four local authorities – Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire – together with the Humber LEP aims to communicate the Humber’s strong offshore-wind and

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Humber businesses invited to Regional Growth Fund 5 launch

October 22, 2013

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is urging businesses seeking over £1m or more for high quality projects to attend a funding launch.

Businesses from the Yorkshire and the Humber are invited to the launch of Regional Growth Fund Round 5 launch this week.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is hosting the event, which will feature a presentation on how to make a successful bid, offer businesses the opportunity to pose questions to speakers and will include a networking lunch, at

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Strategy submitted for Humbers EU spend

October 8, 2013

The Humber LEP has submitted the draft strategy for how to deploy the Humber’s European Union Structural and Investment Funds (EUSIF) for 2014-2020.

More than 100 individuals from the private and public sector including educationalists, third sector stakeholders, renaissance partnerships and European programme experts have given their time to help shape the strategy.

The strategy outlines how the Humber can deploy the £87.67m to generate economic, social and environmental benefits to the Humber that build on the region’s existing strengths and addresses

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Bankers tell LEP ‘we’re open for business’

October 1, 2013

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has been told by bankers in the region that they are “open for business”.

The LEP regularly meets with Humber bankers to exchange information and understand the business environment, as a barometer to what is happening in the local economy.

At September’s meeting it was overwhelmingly reported by the banks that in line with national growth indicators there was a greater confidence from businesses in the region, which had seen an increase in organisations making decisions

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LEP delight over success of skills campaign

September 27, 2013

More than 100 companies are actively investing in skills and training thanks to a campaign aimed at boosting the region’s economy.

The Humber Skills Pledge, launched in April this year by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), is helping to create jobs and address the very real and growing skills gap which threatens many UK companies today.

The LEP Board is delighted that the campaign has received major interest with businesses, large and small, all fulfilling at least one of the six

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Final chance to join Humber stand at Renewable UK event

September 24, 2013

The Humber Renewables partnership, set up by the Humber LEP, is offering its final place to join them on their exhibition stand at Renewable UK 2013 in November.

SMEs can get support to cover half the cost of being part of the stand, which runs from November 5-7 in Birmingham, to join 5,000 participants and be one of the 300 exhibiting companies at the 35th Renewable UK exhibition and conference.

The partnership, which brings together inward investment officers from the four local

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LEP lobbies government for EU funds to help cut youth unemployment

September 5, 2013

The Humber LEP is asking the government to consider its case after EU stats used to calculate allocation of Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) saw the region ruled out of funding, despite having youth unemployment blackspots.

The Humber LEP is lobbying government to receive some of the £16.4m (19.4m Euros of 194m Euros) of the YEI fund the UK Government is able to allocate outside the areas predefined by the Commission.

The Commission’s use of Eurostat statistics to allocate Youth Employment Initiative funding

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LEP chair urges Humber SMEs to take advantage of £3.5 million Humber training boost

August 22, 2013

Humber LEP Chair Lord Haskins is urging SMEs to take advantage of a £3.5 million fund for workplace training courses after Hull College secured the money from the European Social Fund ESF.

Below is a release from Hull College:

Hull College has secured a contract for £3.5 million to deliver the Skills Support for the Workforce (SSW) and Local Response Fund (LRF). The project is funded by the European Social Fund ESF. The focus for the funding will be to deliver workplace

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£1.1m grant for energy giant set to deliver hundreds of jobs

August 14, 2013

The Humber LEP is delighted that its Investment Board has awarded up to  £1.1m from the ‘Growing the Humber’ Regional Growth Fund to DONG Energy to support project with potential to create hundreds of new jobs in North East Lincolnshire.

Below is a release from North East Lincolnshire council:

Hundreds of new jobs are set to be created in North East Lincolnshire after Danish utility giant DONG Energy was awarded up to  £1.1m from the ‘Growing the Humber’ Regional Growth Fund.

The fund is run by the

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LEP chair welcomes Wren’s invesment in the Humber

August 9, 2013

The Humber LEP Chair Lord Haskins has welcomed Wren kitchen’s decision to take on the old Kimberly Clark Barton-on-Humber site.

Humber LEP Chair Lord Haskins said:

“We are delighted to hear the former Kimberly Clark site will be re-energised and once again play an important part in the region.

“Wren’s commitment to keeping its manufacturing in the UK and making a further investment in the Humber is great news for the local economy and testament to good relationships with the local authority and

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Humber LEP Board endorses Hull’s 2017 culture bid and City Plan

August 5, 2013

The Humber LEP Board has endorsed Hull’s City of Culture 2017 bid and 10-year City Plan.

Hull’s City of Culture bid, which was shortlisted in June and is one of four candidate cities waiting to hear if it will win in November, was presented to the board at its last meeting.

Board members heard how the 2017 Hull bid, which includes 1500 events, 25 festivals, 12 artist residencies, and projects that reach into streets throughout the city, had received great feedback from

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Humber LEP welcomes Governments offshore wind strategy

August 1, 2013

The Humber LEP welcomes the publication of the Government’s offshore wind strategy today.

The strategy formalises and brings together the key strands of sector for the industry to strengthen theUK’s position, where there is already more wind operation than the rest of the world combined.

The Humber is well placed to create a large proportion of the 30,000 jobs linked to offshore wind expected to be create in theUK, as well as gaining a slice of the £7bn expected to be created in the economy.

The strategy should

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£5 million laser technology project in Hull beamed into action

July 8, 2013

Vince Cable announces more than £1 million funding for the laser technology company Rofin-Sinar, creating nearly 60 new highly skilled jobs.

Business Secretary Vince Cable is visiting Hull today (Monday 8 July) to announce more than £1 million funding for the laser technology company Rofin-Sinar, creating nearly 60 new highly skilled jobs.

The government money is being provided through the Regional Growth Fund (RGF). Funding through the RGF supports private investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment outside of London. Rofin-Sinar’s

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Port businesses bid to raise Humber profile

July 4, 2013

Humber businesses are planning to build on the success of a trade mission to one of the world’s biggest ports. 

Organised by Hull City Council and HumberPort (a collaboration of leading ports-based businesses), the delegation visited the Port of Rotterdam to develop short sea shipping trade and promote the Humber’s profile as the UK’s Energy Estuary.

Cultural links were also strengthened aligned to the recently launched Hull City Plan and City of Culture bid.

It was the first time the region had been

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The Humber showcases its offer at Renewable UK Offshore wind 2013

June 12, 2013

The Humber’s competitive advantages for offshore wind are being showcased to visitors to a major offshore wind conference and exhibition this week.  The Humber LEP has brought together businesses and local authorities to sell the area for trade and investment on a dedicated Humber Renewables exhibition stand, the fourth joint presence it has organised at a major event in the last year.

The Humber’s strength in the burgeoning Renewables sector was well documented in The Times Humber supplement, initially published in

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South Bank Engineering Apprenticeship scheme open to businesses

June 10, 2013

The “Growing the Humber” scheme, backed by the Government’s Regional Growth Fund (RGF), has launched a South Bank Engineering Apprenticeship programme, available to businesses in both North and North East Lincolnshire. The programme offers a grant of £6,000 towards the first year wage costs of a new level three engineering apprentice.

The scheme is part of a wider job creation programme delivered through the RGF “Growing the Humber” Programme which is managed by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and North

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Former Leicestershire Economic Partnership leader appointed as new Humber LEP Chief Executive

June 5, 2013

 Kishor Tailor, former Economic Development Director for Partnership for Urban South Hampshire and Chief Executive of Leicestershire Economic Partnership, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.

 Lord Haskins, Chair of Humber LEP, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to appoint Kishor to this role. He joins us at a critical time in the Humber’s growth. Kishor’s vast experience in the economic development field, his extensive knowledge and background is pivotal in ensuring we capture the

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Banking on Success – get a head start

May 22, 2013

Discover how your business can get a real head start or develop further at the Banking on Success event at the Baths Hall.

Entrepreneur, David Fishwick, is the key note speaker at the event. He is the largest supplier of minibuses in the UK and opened Burnley Savings and Loans Ltd officially in September 2011 under the slogan ‘Bank of Dave’ from the Channel 4 series.

Businesses from across the Humber will share their success stories and provide inspiration to those looking

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Humber LEP appoints new board to help drive growth in the region

May 21, 2013

The Humber LEP has today announced it has refreshed the private sector members of its board to help drive economic growth in the region. The restructure has been made in response to the LEP’s expanding role, with new responsibilities and funding being channelled through it by Government.

Two new Vice Chairs, Mike Parker of Grimsby Institute and Tim Rix of JR Rix and Sons, join Chair Lord Haskins to lead the new Humber LEP board.

Further appointments have been made to lead

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Humber LEP seeks businesspeople to help drive growth in the region

April 9, 2013

The Humber’s most passionate and enterprising business people are being sought to help drive economic growth in the region.

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has today announced it is to refresh the private sector members of its Board, including the appointment of two Vice Chairs, and form new sub-groups responsible for delivering key parts of its growth agenda. The restructure is being made in response to the LEP’s expanding role, with new responsibilities and funding being channelled through it by Government.

The

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LEP launches skills investment campaign

April 4, 2013

Businesses across the Humber are being encouraged to support a project set to boost local economy after research showed more investment is needed to develop people’s skills.

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership hopes to encourage companies to back its Humber Skills Pledge campaign in light of local and national research which found one fifth of UK economic growth is due to improvements in skills and training.

The pledge aims to get more of the 47,800 unemployed people aged 16 to 64

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More than 100 responses received to access a slice of £30 million RGF Growing the Humber scheme

March 27, 2013

The first deadline for the RGF “Growing the Humber” Expression of Interest forms has now passed and the team have been delighted with the response, receiving more than 100 Expressions of Interest through from across the Humber.

The £30 million RGF programme was launched in February and the “Growing the Humber” grant can be accessed for a range of projects such as; capital investment in land, buildings and machinery, research and development projects and workforce development.

However, don’t worry

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Humber LEP welcomes response to Heseltine report

March 18, 2013

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed the Government response to Lord Heseltine’s Review, No Stone Unturned In Pursuit of Growth.

Lord Haskins, Chairman of the Humber LEP, said:

“Lord Heseltine proposed a major shift in powers and funding to local leaders, and I am delighted that the Government has accepted every one of the key recommendations. 

“The Humber LEP will be at the forefront of implementing these changes, with support from Lord Heseltine, and we are well placed to do so because

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Growing the Humber Expression of Interest Deadline 15th March

March 12, 2013

Regional Growth Fund “Growing the Humber scheme” generating interest across both sides of the Humber

Businesses across the Humber have until midnight on Friday 15 March to submit their expressions of interest to meet the first of the “Growing the Humber” Regional Growth Fund (RGF) deadlines.

The Humber’s £30 million RGF programme was launched in February and the “Growing the Humber”  grant  can be accessed for a range of projects such as; capital investment in land, buildings and machinery, research

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City Deal status progresses for Hull and Humber

February 19, 2013

The Hull and Humber region is one of twenty areas to be granted approval to begin necessary steps to negotiate City Deal status; it has been confirmed in an announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg.

The second wave of City Deals will accelerate the pace of decentralisation and unlock new and innovative ways to drive growth and locally is the result of a joint bid by the four Humber authorities, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, North

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Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP to launch Humbers £30m fund to boost growth

January 30, 2013

Businesses are being invited to bid for a share of the new £30 million Regional Growth Fund available in the Humber to help bring forward growth plans and build on the Humber’s position as the UK’s energy estuary.

Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP, Minister of State for Business & Enterprise will launch the new fund to businesses across the Humber on Friday 8th February at The Baths Hall in Scunthorpe.

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP said:

“This is a huge boost

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Humber LEP chairman hails achievements of first year

January 23, 2013

The chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)  today  acknowledged the strides made by the organisation in its first year and  called for continued cohesive action to help build the Humber into the UK’s ‘Energy Estuary’.

Lord Haskins was speaking a year since the board of directors was formally appointed, with the LEP revealing an impressive list of achievements as part of the Review 2011-12 which is published today (Wednesday, January 23).

He said: “In our first year we have really started to

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Humber submits landmark City Deal bid

January 15, 2013

Business and council leaders around the Humber have submitted a landmark proposal to Government that would accelerate the area’s development as an offshore wind cluster.

The proposed Hull & Humber City Deal has been drawn up by the four Humber local authorities and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), following an invitation from Cities Minister Greg Clark MP in November.

City Deals are transactions between Government and local areas to drive economic growth.  They allow cities and their wider areas to do

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The Economic of Low Carbon Cities – A Mini-Stern Review for the Humber

January 9, 2013

Report sets out Humber’s economic potential from cutting carbon

A new report for the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, launched at the University of Hull tonight (Jan 8th), shows the potential economic benefit to the area of reducing carbon emissions.

The research calculated that the energy bill for the Humber’s £14 billion economy is £2.45 billion a year, but forecast this to grow to £2.86 billion by 2022 – a £410m cost increase to businesses and households.

However, the Humber could insulate itself against

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Humber LEP to recruit Chief Executive

December 17, 2012

The Humber LEP is to recruit a Chief Executive following the launch of its five-year plan for growth that focuses on realising the potential of the Humber Estuary. 

The move to recruit a Chief Executive builds on momentum over the last year as the Humber LEP has secured the largest Enterprise Zone in the country, £30m of Regional Growth Funding and an £8m business loan fund to unlock development projects.

The post is one of several appointments that will be made over

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Humber Enterprise Zone agrees first tenant

December 4, 2012

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is delighted to announce the first business to move to the Humber Enterprise Zone. Cablescan will relocate its UK operations to the BAE Systems site at Brough later this month, and in doing so will become one of the first occupants of any Enterprise Zone in the UK.

The move from their Beverley facility to the Enterprise Zone will enable Cablescan, who employ 40 people manufacturing and developing high performance electrical cable assemblies and control panels

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Employer Ownership of Skills Pilot: Round 2 Now Open

November 30, 2012

What is the Employer Ownership of Skills pilot?

The Employer Ownership of Skills pilot is a competitive fund open to employers to raise skills, create jobs and invest in their current and future workforce in England. Government is committing up to £150 million of public funding, to co-invest with employers in more ambitious and further reaching projects.

For more detailed information on the UK Commission’s vision for employer ownership of skills, click here.

Round 2 – now open!

Round 2 of the pilot is

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Growing Interest in LEP Loan Scheme Aimed at Boosting Humber Jobs

November 21, 2012

Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is fast approaching the first major deadline for companies bidding for a share of its £7m-plus business development loan fund.

The final date for applications is this Friday (November 23) after which there will be eligibility checks followed by appraisals. The LEP is expecting dozens of approaches from businesses that believe loan support will enable them to go ahead with job-boosting projects that would otherwise stall.

Firms on both sides of the estuary are showing interest in the

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German Offshore Wind Supply Chain Opportunities Beckon

November 7, 2012

Shortages in key areas of the German offshore wind supply chain will be the focus of a high profile seminar in Grimsby later this month.

The German offshore wind market is set to grow from a current 200MW to 25,000MW in 2030, with forecasts of installed offshore output of between 7,000MW and 12,000MW by 2020. Manufacturers and suppliers are currently investing hundreds of millions of Euros in production plants for wind turbines, foundations, cables, installation ships and harbour logistics at coastal locations.

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Humber showcased at Renewables UK 2012

November 1, 2012

The Humber is showcasing its offer to 5000 delegates from the renewable energy industry this week at Renewables UK 2012, one of the UK’s largest renewable energy events.

The Humber’s strength in this sector was recognised in The Times yesterday as ‘an example of an emerging cluster of marine and engineering excellence’ in its wind and energy supplement which is being distributed at the conference.

Visitors to the stand will hear how the Humber is progressing to create one of the world’s

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SMEs home in on Humber LEP loan fund

October 30, 2012

High quality applicants are aiming to create hundreds of jobs through Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s £7m-plus business loan fund.

The LEP’s investment board has so far fielded more than 30 enquiries with three weeks to go before the November 23 closing date for expressions of interest.

“They are mainly looking for loans in the range of £250,000 to £500,00 and we have had one approach for around a million,” said David Kilburn, chair of the Humber LEP Investment Board and executive chairman

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The Humber Skills Commission €“ ‘Call for Evidence’ Survey

October 29, 2012

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has launched a major piece of work looking at the future skills needs of the Humber Economy.
 
The Commission, chaired by Nic Dakin MP on behalf of the LEP, includes Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, and representatives of major local employers, key agencies and representatives of schools and colleges, wants to hear from you.  We want to hear from local businesses, education and training providers and organisations that support 
people into education, training and work.

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£30 million RGF funding win to create 1,500 jobs in Humber

October 19, 2012

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed today’s announcement that its bid to Round 3 of the Government’s Regional Growth Fund has been successful.

The £30 million “Growing the Humber” bid was drawn up by the LEP and North East Lincolnshire Council with support from business leaders and the other Humber local authorities.

It includes a £10 million programme to support the renewable energy sector on the South Bank of the Humber, with grants to support new investment, skills and research

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LEP Forum Event – Friday 12th October

October 15, 2012

On Friday 12th October the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership hosted its second LEP Forum event at The Forest Pines Hotel in Scunthorpe. The Forum event is held twice yearly in order to bring together businesspeople from across the Humber, to allow them to network and find out about various priorities and development projects in the region.

The Forum breakfast meeting, which was attended by nearly 200 businesspeople, was hosted by Richard Tuplin, Chair of the Humber LEP Forum, and speakers included:

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Humber LEP sets out plan for growth

October 12, 2012

Lord Haskins, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership chairman, will launch a five-year plan for the region’s economic development on Friday 12th October.

The Plan’s main focus is on realising the potential of the Humber Estuary, which the LEP believes can power the regional and national economies.

Described in the Plan as ‘a unique natural asset’, the Estuary is already home to the UK’s largest ports complex and has several major competitive advantages for offshore wind that have led to strong interest from potential investors

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Humber LEP offers loan scheme to unlock development projects

October 10, 2012

Humber businesses are being urged to take advantage of a £7m-plus scheme to get development projects off the drawing board.

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership Business Loan Fund will provide much needed cash injections for projects that have stalled due to lack of investment finance.

The fund has an ultimate goal of boosting employment and accelerating economic growth, and will be allocated by the Humber LEP investment board that comprises private sector business leaders. The closing date for expressions of interest is

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LEP launches major inquiry into Humbers future skills needs

September 21, 2012

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has launched a major piece of work looking at the future skills needs of the Humber economy and how schools, colleges and universities can help to provide the workforce businesses need.

The Humber LEP’s Skills Commission has been tasked with producing recommendations on how education and training provision can ensure the local workforce meets businesses’ needs.

The Commission is being chaired by Nic Dakin MP (Scunthorpe), a former college principal.  Members include Lord Haskins, Chairman of the

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LEP welcomes funding announcement

September 17, 2012

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed today’s announcement that the Government is to provide core funding for LEPs

Lord Haskins, Chairman of the Humber LEP, said: “The funding is welcome and something we have called for.  As with most LEPs, our modest resources to date have limited what we can do.  This additional funding will enable us to increase our capacity to support the LEP’s key priorities.

“The LEP is and will remain a partnership, so the continued strong support

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LEP to lead Humber marketing delegation to Renewable UK Conference

September 12, 2012

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is to lead a Humber-wide presence at one of the UK’s largest renewable energy events.  The LEP, together with businesses and local authorities, will be there under the Humber Renewables banner, promoting the area for trade and investment.

Over 5,000 participants are expected at Renewable UK’s 34th Annual Conference and Exhibition, where delegates are encouraged to share ideas, network and do business with some of the leading companies in renewable energy. 

The Annual Conference and Exhibition,

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Humber LEP Advisory Board announced

July 24, 2012

The membership of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s new Advisory Board has been announced as it met for the first time this morning.

The Advisory Board, which is made up of leading business figures from around the Humber, exists to scrutinise and support the Humber LEP’s activities.  It will act as a “sounding board” for the LEP Board and direct the work of the Humber LEP Forum, which was launched in February to involve the wider business community and stakeholders in

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LEP calls for rail upgrades

July 6, 2012

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has called on the Government to invest in the Humber rail network to support economic growth.

LEP Chairman Lord Haskins has written to the Transport Secretary to call for the investment to be included in the Government’s new five-year plan for the railways, which is due to be published this month.

The LEP says that infrastructure improvements are essential for the Humber to remain competitive. The upgrades proposed would include extending the current trans-Pennine electrification programme, which

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Humber LEP invites comments on draft Plan for the Humber

July 4, 2012

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is asking businesses and local residents to submit their views on its draft Plan for the Humber economy.

The document – “A Plan for the Humber” – has been prepared by the LEP and its partners, with LEP Chairman Lord Haskins leading the work.  The draft was approved by a meeting of the LEP Board on Friday, one year on from the original LEP proposal receiving approval from Ministers.

The ambitious five-year Plan sets out in

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Humber offshore wind marketing steps up a gear

June 11, 2012

The marketing of the Humber to potential investors in offshore wind will step up a gear tomorrow (12 June) with the launch of the new Humber Renewables brand and a major exhibition presence.

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, which is leading the work, will launch the brand and a new brochure promoting the Humber at an exclusive dinner in London.  Sponsored by international law firm Nabarro, it will bring together senior wind industry figures, financiers and local businesses involved in the

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Yorkshire and Humber Local Enterprise Partnerships Skills Research

May 1, 2012

Tell us about your future skills needs…

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has joined up with LEPs across Yorkshire and the Humber for a major new study that is looking at the future skills needs of employers in the region. The research is being funded by the Skills Funding Agency and asks employers to tell them about their training needs and plans, including how well the education and training system will be able to respond to these.

As such, we would

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Recruitment launched for LEPs new Advisory Board

April 13, 2012

Businesspeople from across the Humber are being invited to apply to join the Advisory Board of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Forum.

The Humber LEP Forum exists to involve local businesses and stakeholders in the LEP’s plans and activities.  The Advisory Board will support LEP Forum Chair Richard Tuplin in leading this work and offer advice to the LEP Board.

The Advisory Board will also be responsible for organising the LEP Forum’s open meetings, which will be held several times a

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£200 million boost to Humber economy is launched

April 1, 2012

An economic boost to the Humber economy worth over £200 million came into effect today (Sunday 1 April 2012).

A £150m write-off of debt on the Humber Bridge will enable tolls to be halved for cars, with similar reductions for other vehicles.  On the same day, the Humber LEP’s two Enterprise Zones will come into effect, with a package of incentives worth over £50m to potential investors.

The Humber LEP’s Enterprise Zones cover 16 sites, including Green Port Hull, the Able Marine

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Humber LEP welcomes extra Growing Places Fund allocation

March 26, 2012

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed the announcement in yesterday’s Budget that it will receive an extra £2.8m from the Government’s Growing Places Fund.

Along with other LEPs, the Humber LEP received its first allocation – of £5.9m – in January. The LEP Board decided to use it to start the Humber Infrastructure Fund, and is seeking extra funding to build it up into a larger loan fund. The LEP was one of the first in the country to

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Businesspeople invited to join Humber LEP Forum

March 13, 2012

Businesspeople from across the Humber are being invited to join the new Humber LEP Forum. The LEP Forum was launched on Friday by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, at a breakfast event attended by 250 people.

The LEP Forum exists to involve stakeholders in the LEP’s work. It will hold open events to give businesspeople opportunities to find out about the LEP’s activities and ask questions, as well as workshops and consultations on the LEP’s

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Chief Secretary announces extra tax breaks for offshore wind in the Humber

March 9, 2012

The Rt. Hon. Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, was the guest speaker at the launch of the new Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Forum held in Willerby, Hull, this morning.

Lord Haskins of Skidby, Chair of the Humber LEP; The Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Richard Tuplin, Chair of the Humber LEP Forum

In his speech to an audience of 250 businesspeople, MPs and council leaders, Mr Alexander confirmed that HM Treasury had

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Extra £1billion for businesses from Government for Regional Growth Fund

February 29, 2012

At the recent National Manufacturing Summit hosted by the Government in the Bristol and Bath Science Park, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced a further £1billion of Regional Growth Funding (RGF) available to businesses and public/private partnerships hoping to create new jobs and make a significant impact on their local economies.

Businesses have until 13th June to apply for their share of this £1billion fund. Bids for funding from private bodies and public-private partnerships across England on a challenge basis are

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Could you be an Apprenticeship Ambassador?

February 3, 2012

To coincide with National Apprenticeship Week, being held this year from 6th to 10th of February, the Humber LEP is seeking business leaders interested in becoming advocates for Apprenticeships in the Humber sub-region.

Recent final statistics for apprenticeship starts in the full 2010/11 academic year showed that 457,200 were delivered nationally, a 63.5% increase on 2009/10 figures. And the growth taking place at all levels of learning, for all age groups, and across all sectors and all regions demonstrates the value

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Humber LEP to spend £5.9m on kick-starting stalled developments

February 2, 2012

• Extra £117,000 funding now confirmed • Developers and builders reminded of 10th February deadline for submissions • Expression of Interest form simple to complete

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has today been told that its allocation from the Government’s Growing Places Fund will now be £5,917,641. The allocation is £117,000 more than expected due to amended 2010 figures and less money going to devolved administrations.

The funding will form the first phase of the LEP’s Humber Infrastructure Fund, launched last month,

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The North Bank Partnership €“ the Humber LEPs North Bank sub-Board confirmed

January 30, 2012

The members of the Humber LEP North Bank sub-Board have now been fully-ratified following their first full meeting held on Thursday 19th January.

The private sector-led sub-Board is led by Chair Captain Richard Brough OBE, and has eight business representatives:

Andrew Horncastle (Horncastle Group PLC, South Cave )

Gary Hainsworth (Managing Director, Premier Galvanizing Limited, Hull) Sean Royce (Commercial and Finance Director, KCom, Hull) Margaret Hicks-Clarke (Head of Data, Press Association, Howden) David Dowson (Lloyd Dowson Accountancy, Bridlington) Tim Rix (Managing Director, J

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Lord Haskins gets work under way on the £20m Stallingborough gas plant

January 25, 2012

Lord Haskins, chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, was invited by BOC to turn the first sod with a giant ceremonial spade – alongside BOC’s UK, Ireland and Africa managing director Mike Huggon – for the company’s £20 million specialist gas production plant at Stallingborough, North East Lincolnshire.

BREAKING GROUND: Cutting the turf for the new BOC Dissolved Acetylene Manufacturing Facility at Stallingborough include: branch manager Tony Ogden, Teresa Crampton from Atkins, managing director of BOC Mike Huggon, chairman

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Memorandum of Understanding signed between UK Trade and Investment and the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)

January 19, 2012

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) has shown clear signs of recognising the value of the newly formed Local Enterprise Partnerships by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Humber LEP.

This Memorandum will recognise the Humber LEP as the lead contact for co-coordinating inward investment across the sub region, and hopes to offer a new way of working to direct international projects towards the UK while promoting the resources and incentives available in the Humber Enterprise Zones.

Chairman of the Humber LEP,

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Humber LEP launches £6 million fund to kick-start developments

January 12, 2012

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is today launching the first phase of its Humber Infrastructure Fund, which will fund capital investments to help drive local economic growth across the Humber.

The first tranche of funding, which the LEP hopes to allocate within the first few months of this year, comes from a £5.8m allocation from the Department for Communities and Local Government’s Growing Places Fund.

LEP Chairman Lord Haskins has set up a task force to investigate how to attract more

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Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to help Get Britain Building

December 22, 2011

In support of the Government’s Housing Strategy to “Get Britain Building”, the Humber LEP is encouraging developers in the region with “stalled” sites to submit their expressions of interest to the Get Britain Building Investment Fund.

The £420m Fund, administered by the Homes and Communities Agency, offers support to firms – including smaller and medium sized builders – that are currently not able to access development finance.

The Fund’s priority is to service viable, good value for money schemes of at least

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Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board announced

December 5, 2011

Following a series of interviews, the nine private business members of the Humber LEP Board have been announced and will meet for the first time on the 16th December, joining Chair Lord Christopher Haskins and Vice Chair David Ross (photos attached) for their first full meeting.

The board comprises of 14 members, nine from the private sector and five from the public sector, including three members who originally led the formation of the LEP, John Clugston (former LEP Interim Chair), Matt

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Second Humber Enterprise Zone approved

November 29, 2011

Proposals submitted by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to the Government for a second Enterprise Zone in the Humber sub-region in response to the anticipated job losses at BAE Systems, Brough, have today been approved in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

The Humber Green Port Corridor Enterprise Zone will cover the BAE Systems site at Brough, Queen Elizabeth Dock (north) in Hull, a large undeveloped site near Paull and several small sites in Hull, all of which will be targeted at

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Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) says right to €œfred€

November 14, 2011

Following a competitive tender amongst creative agencies in the Humber region, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has chosen the creative team at “fred”, based at the marina on Wellington Street, Hull, to undertake their branding, stationery and website.

There were twenty four creative agencies who responded to the tender opportunity (ten of whom were invited). It was closely run, ably demonstrating the creativity and professionalism of the region’s design and marketing agencies.

However, in choosing the winner, the tender panel felt

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Humber LEP shares in £500M fund to unlock the potential for economic growth

November 7, 2011

Communities whose ambitions for economic growth have been stuck in the mud could benefit from a multi-million pound boost to help get their building projects off the ground. The £500million Growing Places Fund will be available to help boost economic growth by getting the required infrastructure built to enable the creation of new jobs and homes by getting stalled projects moving again.

The Fund will put local businesses and organisations in the driving seat, with the 38 local enterprise partnerships, including

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Lord Haskins appointed Chair of Humber Local Enterprise Partnership

October 27, 2011

Lord Christopher Haskins, former chairman of Northern Foods and Express Dairies, has been appointed chairman of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership. He is currently a member of the Lords’ Cabinet Office Efficiency and Reform Group Board, Pro-Chancellor of the Open University and a non-executive Director of JSR Farms Ltd.

As a former Board member of Yorkshire Forward Regional Development Agency (1998-2008), he brings a wealth of experience in regional development and regeneration.

Lord Haskins was appointed by an independent selection panel after

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LEP asked to develop additional Enterprise Zone bid

October 5, 2011

In response to the recent announcement by BAE Systems regarding their site in Brough, 12 miles west of Hull city centre, The Chancellor of the Exchequer has invited the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to develop proposals for a new Enterprise Zone in the region.

The Government has committed itself to working closely with the LEP to ensure a strong and viable proposal  is developed to enable the  new zone to be up and running by April 2012.

John Clugston, interim Chair

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Humber LEP backs Humber Bridge toll reduction

September 28, 2011

The Humber LEP has added its voice to calls to reduce the cost of crossing the Humber Bridge.  The LEP Board heard presentations on proposals for the Bridge from both Hull-based chartered surveyor Malcolm Scott and the Humber Bridge Board at its meeting yesterday (21 September).

The LEP has been asked for its views as part of the ongoing Government review into the Humber Bridge and will meet officials from HM Treasury next month.

A report commissioned in 2008 by the four

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Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board Recruitment drive closes

August 28, 2011

The recruitment process for private sector members of the Humber LEP Board and its North Bank Sub Board, which began on 8th September, has closed, with the announcement of the final board membership expected in the coming weeks.

The LEP said it was delighted by the number of highly-qualified local business leaders who applied, all keen to join and help the LEP deliver its agenda for growth across the Humber.

Humber LEP Manager Richard Kendall said:

“We have been overwhelmed by the quality

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Humber LEP launches Board recruitment process

August 24, 2011

Businesspeople with a passion for growing the Humber economy are being sought to join the Board of the new Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The LEP is a business-led partnership between local companies, councils and the University of Hull with the task of leading economic growth in the Humber.  The recruitment process for the Board is being launched today.

Since being approved by the Government in June, the LEP has successfully bid for one of the largest Enterprise Zones in the country

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Humber Enterprise Zone bid successful

August 17, 2011

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed today’s announcement by the Government that its bid for an Enterprise Zone has been successful.

The Humber LEP’s bid aims to attract large top tier manufacturing companies in the renewable energy sector.  By bringing in these Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), the 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 and with international scale.

The bid

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Humber LEP sets out plans after successful funding bid

August 10, 2011

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has begun to set out its plans for the next few months after winning £177,000 of funding from the Government.

The Humber LEP was one of 18 LEPs nationally to be awarded all of what it bid for through the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills LEP Startup Fund.

The £5m fund was made available for LEPs to use towards their startup and initial running costs, such as office rental, staff salaries and marketing.  In order to

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Humber LEP bids to attract renewables manufacturers

June 24, 2011

The new Humber Local Enterprise Partnership agreed the shape of its bid for an Enterprise Zone at its first Board meeting last night.

The LEP Board, which is made up of business leaders, councillors and the University of Hull, decided to focus the Enterprise Zone bid on attracting large top tier manufacturing companies in the renewable energy sector.  By bringing in these Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), the LEP hopes their supply chains will follow and occupy further sites around the Humber.

New

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