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Established in April 2014 our board supports the development of key business sectors, the co-ordination of business information and financial support to meet the needs of small and medium sized businesses, and oversees the marketing of the Humber to promote international trade and export.

The Business Development Board also developed and oversees the LEP’s Business Engagement Strategy.

The Business Development Board has published its priorities for 2017/18.

The Business Development Board is currently looking for new members. To find out more and how to apply, click here.


The Business Development Board is chaired by Dr Paul Sewell OBE and has 20 members.

Dr Paul Sewell OBE
Councillor J EvisonCouncillor Richard HanniganDavid KilburnDavid TalbotGill AltonJames SweetingJo SmedleyLord Haskins of SkidbyMark WebbRichard StansfieldRob DaysleyTim Rix CBESam CookJoseph RichardsonJason LeePhil BensonRobin PegdenKaty SwabyAndy Rouse


The Business Development Board meets on a bi-monthly basis. The agendas, papers and minutes of its meetings are available to view.