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The Humber LEP Board has endorsed Hull’s City of Culture 2017 bid and 10-year City Plan.

Hull’s City of Culture bid, which was shortlisted in June and is one of four candidate cities waiting to hear if it will win in November, was presented to the board at its last meeting.

Board members heard how the 2017 Hull bid, which includes 1500 events, 25 festivals, 12 artist residencies, and projects that reach into streets throughout the city, had received great feedback from judges.

They also heard how the bid is part of the visitor destination strand of Hull’s 10-year City Plan to help ensure Hull will be known across the UK and beyond for its unique heritage and culture and to help triple visitor numbers to the city.

Led by Hull’s City Leadership board, the City Plan is an ambition to create 7,500 more employment opportunities for local people, underpinned by projects aimed at removing barriers such as food or fuel poverty, poor health, low skill attainment and families getting the timely support they need.

The City Plan also links in with the wider Humber’s plans for renewable energy, to Harness all of Hull’s assets to become the leading UK Energy City, as part of the Humber’s Energy Estuary.

Humber LEP Chair Lord Haskins said:

“I endorse the 2017 Hull City of Culture bid and the City Plan both of which could have a big effect on Hull’s fortunes and positive knock-on effects for the wider Humber as a place people wish to invest, visit and do business.”