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Last week saw the 2019 Annual Business Summit taking place, with leaders from the Humber LEP and the business community come together to assess the past 12 months – while looking forward towards future development in the Humber.

Over 200 delegates from across all sectors – from local government, business, education and skills – attended the event at the Forest Pines Hotel near Scunthorpe.

Not only did we release our Annual Review, we also unveiled our Industrial Strategy proposals and prospectus – giving our guests the first look at our exciting plans to continue the economic development of the Humber region.

Our Chief Executive Kishor Tailor opened the event by presenting the ‘State of the Humber’ – discussing what the LEP partnerships have achieved in the past year – as well as highlighting what we still need to work on in the future.

We also saw a video from Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry MP, which you can view below:

Following on from this, LEP Board member and Small Business Champion Jo Smedley discussed business updates from the past year, while Employment and Skills Board Chair Stephen Savage discussed the skills agenda, before Stephen Parnaby OBE discussed infrastructure projects.

After a panel discussion, with members of the audience given the chance to question the speakers, the second half of the conference focused on our Industrial Strategy proposals.

Simon Rennie of Siemens Mobility gave the audience a presentation on how the company plans to recruit and train staff at the proposed Goole train manufacturing plant.

Following on, Richard Gregory OBE discussed how the Humber Challenge Panel had aided the development of the strategy through examining the evidence base and scrutinising potential proposals – ensuring the Humber was making the most of its strengths will addressing its weaknesses.

After a video explaining what the Industrial Strategy will encompass created by the Humber LEP, which you can view below, Chair Lord Haskins gave his keynote address, discussing the areas we need to address going forward – including no longer relying on coal power, how people can help lower emissions as well as business, how the Government can help us achieve our ambitious targets and why working together is the key to success.

Finally, a panel discussion saw Simon Bird of ABP, Darren Cunningham of Phillips 66, Emma Toulson of Orsted and Maggie McGowan of the University of Hull discuss the future of the Humber, including topics such as clean energy development, business innovation, development of the Ports and leading the way on new research and development projects.

To read more about our Industrial Strategy proposals, click here.