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The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced the speakers for a key event next week where it will launch its blueprint for the next phase of the development of the Energy Estuary and the wider Humber economy.

The LEP is developing an Industrial Strategy for the region, which will set out how the Humber can grow key industry sectors.  It will build on the successful development of the Humber’s offshore wind cluster, and the potential for SMEs in sectors like engineering and digital tech to “scale up”.  It will also stress the importance of the positive business environment for supporting growth in all sectors.

Speakers at the Future Summit include Benj Sykes, Ørsted Vice President and co-chair of the Offshore Wind Industry Council, who will talk about the “Sector Deal” the industry is proposing to Government.  This would see offshore wind capacity more than double to 30GW by 2030 – a huge opportunity for the Humber.

Alan Johnson, the former Hull MP and Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, will speak about the progress the region has made over recent years and the importance of local leadership in dealing with future challenges.

Lee Hopley, the Engineering Employers Federation’s Chief Economist, will provide a national perspective on the outlook for the economy and the role of manufacturing.

They will be joined on stage by other local and northern industry figures.

The LEP’s Blueprint for a Humber Industrial Strategy has been developed through discussions with businesses over the last few months.  Its launch marks the start of formal consultation on the proposals, which will run over the summer, and the LEP’s bid for Government backing for the ideas.  The detailed strategy will be developed later in the year.

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, said:

“The Humber has made a lot of progress over the last few years, but there is a lot more we can achieve and this strategy will be about taking us on to the next level.

“We have had some excellent ideas from businesspeople and our partners so far, and we now want to put out our initial thinking for wider comment.  This will be a very business-like plan, designed by businesspeople to ensure they have the things they need to make our economy thrive, so it is very important that people get involved.

“We have a great line-up of industry speakers for this kick-off event, which I think shows how important the Humber is to industry, so I am looking forward to hearing what they have to say.”

The Government published its Industrial Strategy at the end of last year.  To date three areas (Greater Manchester, the West Midlands and Oxfordshire) are working with Government on local industrial strategies.  The LEP wants the Humber to be one of the next in line.

The event is being held at the Doubletree by Hilton in Hull on Thursday 7 June as part of Humber Business Week.  Places are free and can be booked at here.

Speakers for The Future Summit will include:

– Lord Haskins, Chair Humber LEP
– Lee Hopley, Chief Economist, EEF
– Alan Johnson
– Benj Sykes, Vice President, Head of Programme Asset Management and UK Country Manager, Ørsted
– Clark MacFarlane, UK Managing Director, Siemens Gamesa
– Darren Cunningham, Lead Executive UK & General Manager Humber Refinery, Phillips 66
– Paul Martin, Deputy Chief Executive, British Steel
– Jay Brooks, Site Director Industrial Parks, PX Group
– Professor Susan Lea, Vice Chancellor, University of Hull
– Nigel Brewster, Vice Chair, Sheffield City Region LEP
– Henri Murison, Director, Northern Powerhouse Partnership