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These are the most exciting times we have seen for the Humber for 50 years. The North is firmly on the political agenda and there is the promise of more devolved powers and investment. We are starting to see tangible achievements to create a more prosperous economic environment in the Humber, which is competitive and productive. We are poised to take advantage of initiatives aimed at rebalancing the UK economy and maximising our area’s potential.

The Humber Estuary is a national asset established firmly as the UK’s energy estuary, and the LEP is encouraging investment in business, skills and infrastructure to capitalise on that.

This Annual Review highlights some of our recent achievements and progress which wouldn’t have been made without the strong partnership developed between businesses large and small, the four local councils, the University of Hull and education and training providers. I want to acknowledge everyone’s support, enthusiasm and time given voluntarily over the last year to help us achieve our collective ambitions. We have made significant progress, but there is still much to do.

Lord Haskins