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The Humber LEP is organising a new event for Humber Business Week 2016 – Humber Northern Powerhouse Business Summit – that aims to help define the Humber’s role in the Northern Powerhouse.

The summit is a business-led event to discuss the Humber’s role in the Northern Powerhouse, and to agree the actions to make the most of this opportunity.

It is one of more than 50 events at the Humber Festival of Business that seek to inspire, inform and educate, which also include the Humber LEP’s Powerhouse Breakfast and AGM and a skills conference we are supporting organised by CIPD Humber called Transforming the Humber.

The Summit will consider the contribution Humber can make to the development of the Northern Powerhouse covering issues such as transport/connectivity, infrastructure, business opportunities (including trade and investment), skills and creating wealth by making the most of our assets and talent.

Our facilitator renowned business journalist Declan Curry will introduce speakers including Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council; John Cridland, Chair of Transport for the North; Ed Cox, Director of IPPR North; Andy Koss, CEO of Drax Power; Lord Prescott; Simon Bird, ABP Director Humber; and Anita Pace, Chair of Bondholders.

The event is hosted by the University of Hull with headline sponsor Andrew Jackson and with support from Bondholders – Marketing the Humber and

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber, LEP said:

“In the spirit of Business Week – sharing the good, addressing the challenges and showcasing innovative ideas – we need to amplify the voice of business and celebrate and champion the key role the Humber plays in the Northern Powerhouse.

“The Humber already plays a crucial part in the northern economy – without us, the lights would go out and some of the UK’s key trading links would be cut – but in the past we have undersold ourselves and our potential.

“But there’s an issue – the North, including the Humber, is underperforming. It’s time we put that right and talked about what more we could achieve by working together across the North.”

The event which opens at 8.45am for refreshments for 9.15am start and runs until 12.30pm is preluded by the Humber LEP’s Powerhouse breakfast and AGM which runs from 7.45-9am on Friday 10 June.

The AGM will showcase the LEP’s work over the past year, working in partnership with businesses, local authorities and education and training providers to grow the Humber economy. The session will set out the performance of Humber’s economy and future developments plans for the region. To book for one or both events you can visit

We are also supporting a skills conference hosted by CIPD Humber that looks at how business engages with our education and training providers to create a work-ready, well informed and inspired future workforce that will maximise the economic investments in the Humber on Tuesday 7 June from 9am-1pm at Forest Pines Hotel, Scunthorpe.

The event will include an address from our Chief Executive Kishor Tailor and a workshop run by the Humber LEP’s Executive Director for Skills Teresa Chalmers sand DWP’s Gill Dillon on the a joint approach to 50 + Employment and Talent Retention in the region. For more information or to book visit