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Businesspeople with a passion for growing the Humber economy are being sought to join the Board of the new Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The LEP is a business-led partnership between local companies, councils and the University of Hull with the task of leading economic growth in the Humber.  The recruitment process for the Board is being launched today.

Since being approved by the Government in June, the LEP has successfully bid for one of the largest Enterprise Zones in the country which will create around 5,000 jobs.  It has also won £177,000 of Government fundingtowards its activities after local organisations pledged to contribute £57,500 of their own funds.

Over the coming months the LEP will be developing the “Humber offer” for renewables, with the aim of attracting more major companies to invest here.  This will include looking at how to raise skills levels, improve the area’s infrastructure and co-ordinating new marketing and promotional activity to increase the effectiveness of the Humber brand overseas.

Since June the LEP has been run by an interim Board, but it is now seeking to appoint a permanent Chair and private sector Board members to drive the organisation’s work over the next few years.  A total of 15 senior private sector representatives are being sought: eight for the LEP Board, which operates across the Humber, and seven for the North Bank Sub Board which addresses issues affecting Hull, the East Riding and Scarborough.  This includes private sector chairs for both the Board and the Sub Board.

Details on how to apply for the Board places can be found here.  The deadline is 23 September.

Interim Chair John Clugston said: “The Humber LEP has had two major successes in its first two months.  We pushed the boundaries of what the Government said it had to offer LEPs and we got everything we asked for.  We may have started later than most LEPs, but in the last two months with the interim Board’s guidance we have caught up and now we are pressing ahead.  This is a partnership that is doing things and has momentum.

“The LEP needs our most passionate and creative businesspeople to lead it through the next few years and ensure that the Humber rises to the challenge.  I want to encourage all of our top business leaders who want to make a difference and see this area succeed to put themselves forward to contribute to the LEP’s work.”

Howard O’Neill, President of Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce, said: “This is the partnership business wanted and it is already achieving things.  We need our best businesspeople to step up and contribute their ideas and leadership to help the Humber reach its potential.”

Richard Tuplin, Chair of the Institute of Directors Hull & East Yorkshire, said: “This is a Private Sector led initiative and it’s so important we remember this. The LEP’s role in the sub regional and regional economy is vital and those people who feel they can add value and really want to have an input and steer the strategic view of the LEP, must apply.”