The Humber Renewables team, set up by the Humber LEP, enjoyed a successful time on their stand at the 35th renewable UK event in Birmingham.
Of the 10 businesses on the stand, all said they would join up with the stand in the future, or had already booked to do so.
The partnership, which brings together inward investment officers from the four local authorities – Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire – together with the Humber LEP, talked to people from across the globe, government as well as business contacts from Europe and the UK.
Joined by ABP, GBA Group, HETA (Humberside Engineering Training Association), P&O, MRT (Marine Rescue Technologies), Tata Steel and Grimsby Fish Dock Enterprises, WindPower Support, Dalby Offshore and Rix Seashuttle the Humber Renewables stand attended the event to raise awareness of the Humber offer and generate leads for their businesses and the Humber area.
Dong Energy’s Duncan Clark, Project Manager for the Westernmost Rough wind farm, gave a speech about his experience of a “warm welcome from the Humber” when they decided to invest in their Grimsby operations and maintenance base during a networking event, where officers gathered in business cards from those who were interested in talking about doing business in the Humber in the future.
Visitors to the stand, which is coordinated by THMA on behalf of the partnership, included Charles Hendry – MP former Minister for Energy and Climate Change and chair of Forewind – and Julie Elliot MP – Shadow minister for Energy and Climate Change – as well as delegations on fact finding missions from Virginia USA, Chicago and Boston.
From closer to home representatives from the stand met with businesses from Germany and the UK to discuss the Humber supply chain and location opportunities, while THMA met with more than 20 people linked to the renewables industry at the stand.
Humber LEP Manager Richard Kendall said:
“It is promising that the Humber Renewables stall was well attended and that all of the participants were able to create some good leads and contacts.
“The Humber renewables offer, in particular offshore wind, is one of the Humber’s strongest offers so making these contacts is important to help attract investment and support growth.
“We have carefully selected a small number of national and international conferences to communicate the Humber Renewables offer and make key contacts over the next 18 months, for which we hope to replicate this success.”
The next events to have a Humber Renewables presence, including the All Energy event in Aberdeen in May 2014, and the Offshore Wind conference and exhibition in Glasgow in June 2014, to share good practice and attract investment to the Humber region linked to renewables and in particular off-shore wind.