On Friday 12th October the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership hosted its second LEP Forum event at The Forest Pines Hotel in Scunthorpe. The Forum event is held twice yearly in order to bring together businesspeople from across the Humber, to allow them to network and find out about various priorities and development projects in the region.
The Forum breakfast meeting, which was attended by nearly 200 businesspeople, was hosted by Richard Tuplin, Chair of the Humber LEP Forum, and speakers included: Nic Dakin, MP for Scunthorpe and Chair of the Humber LEP Skills Commission; Stephen Savage of the Humber LEP Investment Board, and Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP. Each spoke on a different local subject matter, yet all expressed that the Humber is an area which has much potential that needs to be unlocked. This notion was best articulated by Nic Dakin when he referred to the Humber as ‘a sleeping giant’
As Chair of the Skills Commission Nic Dakin spoke about the issues of education in the region, quoting such statistics as: there are currently approximately 30,000 job seekers across the Humber, and of those that are in work, 1 in 5 have numeracy skills worse than that of a 14 year old and 1 in 5 have literacy skills worse than an 11 year old. His emphasis was on the need to bring together businesses and education providers in order to ensure we have a skilled workforce ready to meet employers’ needs.
Stephen Savage launched the LEP’s new £7 million Business Loan Fund, which will be allocated by the LEP Investment Board members. He called for all businesses, small or large, to take advantage of this money and apply for the Fund in order to support their growth plans. Stephen reiterated that the ultimate goal of the Fund is to boost employment and accelerate economic growth in the Humber. The closing date for expressions of interest is 23 November. More information about the Business Loan Fund can be found on the Humber LEP website.
Lord Haskins launched the LEP’s Plan for the Humber in his speech, and spoke about the LEP’s priorities and current activities. He highlighted key opportunities in trade and renewable energy, citing the Humber as a ‘cornerstone of renewable energy’. The LEP would be working to capitalise on a hugely under utilised natural asset for the UK: the Humber Estuary.
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