The Humber’s Blueprint for an Industrial Strategy groups the Humber’s sector specialisms into interrelated areas which will drive the growth of the region’s economy:
The Humber is now one of the world’s leading hubs for offshore wind and we believe it has the potential to go further.
The Sector Deal proposed by the industry would deliver 30GW of capacity by 2030 – more than double the 13GW deployed or contracted today, a £48bn investment.
With the land, port facilities and skills in closest proximity, we can play a leading part in enabling the sector to scale up and innovate – creating more local jobs and supply chain opportunities.
We also have strengths in other parts of the energy mix, including biofuels and energy from waste, and new opportunities in energy storage.
A ‘smart grid’ for the Humber would help us capture more of the benefits of clean, low cost, reliable energy for businesses and consumers.
Energy-intensive & continuous process industries
The Humber hosts one of the largest clusters of energy-intensive and continuous process industries in the UK, with strategically-important national assets including two refineries and an integrated steelworks.
Our aim is to support them to decarbonise, act on new opportunities and become more efficient – securing their future in the Humber for the UK.
We believe the Humber can become a global exemplar of a decarbonised, high-growth, resource-optimised manufacturing region, supported by clean energy generation.
To achieve this we will need to support new industry collaborations, step up R&D and ensure we have the skills to adapt to new manufacturing technology.
Engineering & assembly
Our region has a long tradition of engineering and assembly, such as in caravans, aerospace and the marine sector.
These skills, and our ports and development land, mean we are well-positioned for new opportunities like train manufacturing and the latest developments in modular building and off-site construction.
As our energy and processing sectors expand and adapt for the future, there will also be new supply chain opportunities.
Building from this strong base will depend on adopting new manufacturing technology and business models, supporting SMEs to enter supply chains and ensuring we have a sufficient supply of STEM skills.
Ports & logistics
The Humber ports are the UK’s largest by tonnage and they can play an even bigger role post-Brexit.
We want to use our ports to secure more value-added activity, like offshore wind, and support increased exports.
Resolving connectivity issues, both local and across the Pennines, building collaborations and ensuring competitiveness will be key.
Digital & professional
Our region’s fast-growing digital sector and areas of niche expertise in business and professional services will be crucial for supporting the development of our economy – helping businesses adapt to the fourth industrial revolution, and respond to the new trading environment post-Brexit.
We want to ensure these sectors can continue to thrive in the Humber.