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The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is seeking a new small business representative to join its Board.

The LEP is a business-led partnership with the four Humber local authorities, the University of Hull and education providers, which works with Government to lead local economic growth strategy and attract investment.

The LEP has a designated place on its Board for a Small Business Champion, who liaises with local membership organisations and SMEs to help shape the LEP’s policies and support initiatives, and acts as an ambassador for the LEP and the region’s small businesses.

The first person to take the role was Graham Cross of GXD Logistics.

Graham Cross said: “The Humber LEP does a vital job locally and is very well regarded nationally.  Importantly it has always been small business-friendly and has led the way with initiatives like the Growth Hub and Growing the Humber.

“It’s now time for me to hand on the baton to another small business leader who can help take the LEP’s work with small businesses to the next level.  It is an exciting opportunity to make a contribution to our region.  Whoever takes this up will be joining an excellent team which will support them all the way.”

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, said: “Graham has made a valuable contribution to the LEP over the last few years, so these will be big shoes to fill.

“The Humber has many innovative, growing small businesses which are an essential part of the fabric of our economy.  We are looking for a high calibre individual who can champion the needs of small businesses and help shape an environment that enables them to thrive.”

There are 30,400 small and medium sized enterprises in the Humber LEP area (2017 figures), up from 26,175 when the LEP started in 2010.  The LEP provides free impartial business advice through its Growth Hub, and grants to support SME growth through its Growing the Humber programme.

To download the role description, visit our Small Business Champion page.

Interested applicants are invited to apply by letter, setting out their skills and experience, to:

Lord Chris Haskins
Humber LEP
47 Queen Street


For an informal discussion please contact Richard Kendall, Executive Director Strategic Policy & Business Development, on or 01482 485261.

The deadline for applications is Friday 16 March 2018.