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The Plan for the Humber was our first economic strategy document for the Humber area, published in 2012. In March 2014 it was superseded by our Strategic Economic Plan 2014-2020 which took account of the changing responsibilities for LEPs and the Government’s creation of the Local Growth Fund.

The Plan for the Humber’s main focus was on realising the potential of the Humber Estuary.

Described in the Plan as ‘a unique natural asset’, the Estuary is already home to the UK’s largest ports complex and has several major competitive advantages for offshore wind that have led to strong interest from potential investors in the sector.

The Plan also underlined that the potential of the Estuary is not limited to energy, with capturing a bigger share of trade between Britain and Europe and expanding freight, passenger and cruise services being key objectives.

The Plan for the Humber 2012-2017 identified four key objectives for the region:

  • Tackling the skills deficit and raising awareness of local career opportunities with schools, further education colleges and universities.
  • Working with providers and funders in order to achieve the levels of skills required by existing businesses and inward investors
  • Persuading businesses to invest more heavily in training, and reducing the risk for small businesses in doing so
  • Satisfying the training requirements of would-be investors