The last few months of 2013 have seen the Humber gather momentum at a pace never before seen in the region.
We have been able to congratulate Hull on being named City of Culture 2017, hail strike prices confirmed in the Autumn Statement giving more confidence to invest in offshore wind, sign the landmark Hull and Humber City Deal and welcome planning permission for the 4,000-job Able Marine Energy Park all of which improve the area’s competitiveness as a place to invest.
Additionally our assisted areas negotiations are likely to see significant new areas added to our map which will help to support growth and attract investment.
Building on key research on skills and competitiveness and consultation in 2013, the hard work will continue to with our partners in 2014 to support businesses, people and the sustainable development of the Energy Estuary.
We will be busy delivering our City Deal programmes, finalising our strategy for European spend and continued consultation on our Strategic Economic Plan – part of our Growth Deal to bid for further funding and flexibilities from Government.
All the pieces of the jigsaw are falling into place to drive the region forward and we will continue to lobby and bid for the things that region needs to succeed, such as a better road and rail infrastructure.
Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year from the Humber LEP
Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP
Kishor Tailor, Chief Executive of the Humber LEP