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Aura Innovation Centre

March 8, 2018 - February 28, 2021

The Aura Innovation Centre (AIC) will create a facility focused on proactively promoting and supporting research and innovation in low carbon technologies as well as their adoption through the commercialisation of new and innovative low carbon products and services.

By providing the focal point for interactions between the knowledge base and business, the AIC will create a conducive environment for the strengthening of commercial links between research institutions and industry as well as helping to change small business attitudes towards innovation.


Government Urged to Examine the Benefits to the Humber Economy as it Considers Future of E10 Petrol

May 18, 2020

The Humber LEP has urged the Government to consider the benefits to our region as it examines whether to introduce E10 petrol on UK forecourts.

The Government announced in March that the Department for Transport was to open a consultation into the future use of the bioethanol fuels commercially in the UK as part of its drive to reach net zero by 2050.

The Humber LEP has now responded formally to this consultation, advising the Department for Transport that the increased use

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Humber LEP and CATCH Win Joint Bid to Launch Decarbonisation Roadmap for the Humber

April 16, 2020

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and membership organisation CATCH have secured Government funding to start work on a roadmap to support the Humber’s plans to decarbonise the region, it has been announced today.

The joint bid for funding from Innovate UK will enable the first phase of work on a detailed decarbonisation delivery plan for the region’s major industrial cluster, which will aim to protect important jobs and industries while reducing carbon emissions.

The Humber’s bid was awarded £96,000 to develop

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Yorkshire Post Column: November 2019

November 25, 2019

By Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP

In early November the Humber welcomed 800 delegates to Hull for the Energy and Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse conference.

As the conference began, I set out one important question for the attendees to take into consideration as they listened to the speakers over the two days – how can we address climate change while maintaining economic growth?

The conference saw the publication of the NP11’s report into clean growth for the Northern Powerhouse,

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Inaugural Energy and Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse conference was the biggest of its kind

November 8, 2019

The first ever Energy and Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse conference and exhibition attracted over 800 delegates across the two days – making it the biggest event of its kind to take place in the UK.

Over 130 speakers from across all aspects of the energy sector travelled to Hull for the two day conference on November 5th and 6th – attracting people from all corners of the UK and beyond.

The conference was hailed as a “huge success” by both

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Humber LEP launches vision for Clean Growth ahead of major Energy Conference

November 4, 2019

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has set out its vision for clean growth in the region ahead of a landmark event.

Read the full report here: Humber Clean Growth White Paper.

The ambitious plan aims to put the Energy Estuary at the forefront of what LEP Chair Lord Haskins called “the biggest global question today”: addressing climate change while maintaining economic growth.

The publication comes as hundreds of business, academic and political leaders from across the North of England prepare to visit the

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Only one week to go until the Energy and Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse Conference and Exhibition

October 29, 2019

LEPs from across the North are uniting behind future energy and clean growth opportunities for the region at a major conference in Hull next week. 


The North of England is already home to innovative projects and solutions for achieving Net Zero and the NP11 Energy & Clean Growth conference and exhibition will bring leading businesses and local authorities together to showcase this.

The NP11, a collaboration of the eleven Northern LEPs, which cover 76 local authorities, is holding this conference to showcase

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Yorkshire Post Column July 2019: How the Humber’s Industrial Strategy will utilise the Humber Ports to encourage growth in the region

July 3, 2019

By Simon Bird, Director, ABP Humber and Humber LEP Board member:

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has recently produced a Prospectus for an Industrial Strategy for the region which seeks to grow the economy of the area by playing to the strengths of the Humber Estuary. Focussing on energy, skills and the ports and logistics sector, the strategy is a masterclass in the co-creation of economic strategy between the public sector and the private businesses that drive growth and lead

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Northern Powerhouse 11 join forces for Energy and Clean Growth Conference

July 3, 2019

A ground-breaking conference later this year is set to showcase the achievements and opportunities for energy, clean growth and decarbonisation in the North of England.

The ‘Energy and Clean Growth in the Northern Powerhouse’ conference is the first time an event of this scale has been co-ordinated by all 11 Northern Powerhouse Local Enterprise Partnerships – the ‘NP11’ LEPs  – with over 1,000 people expected to attend across two days of keynote speeches, panel discussions and seminars. It will also feature a

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Enterprise Zone site targeted for the UK’s first commercial scale waste-to-jet-fuel plant

December 19, 2018

Velocys, a UK renewable fuels company, has secured the option to acquire a site near Immingham on our Humber Enterprise Zone, where it plans to develop the country’s first commercial scale waste-to-jet-fuel project.

Another potential major boost for the local economy and the ‘Energy Estuary’, the site of approximately 80 acres near Immingham, would generate hundreds of local jobs during the construction phase.

Once complete this would be between 50 and 100 direct full-time jobs.

Development of the site is subject to planning consent; the formal planning

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Humber LEP Yorkshire Post Column – Energy is at the forefront of the Humber offer, but that’s not all

October 24, 2018

The Humber is marketed as the ‘Energy Estuary’ for good reason. Home to a large number of energy producers and manufacturers of fuels, the Humber continues to attract investors in the energy sector.

A third of the country’s coal is imported through our ports, a fifth of the natural gas and we produce 20% of the UK’s power. With energy on tap the area is equally attractive to large energy users particularly in the process, manufacturing and chemical sectors.

Built on a

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Humber LEP calls for new infrastructure, skills and energy projects

July 31, 2018

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has launched four new calls for projects for potential future funding.

The LEP is seeking to refresh its pipeline of future projects, as well as identify potential projects that might be brought forward for funding.

The LEP is inviting organisations to put forward their proposals for projects that cover:

Innovation facilities, managed workspace and incubation space
Infrastructure and housing, including transport, regeneration, site preparations and flood defences
Skills capital, refurbishment and enhancement
Energy projects contributing to the delivery of wider

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LEP launches Blueprint for future of the Energy Estuary

June 7, 2018

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) this morning launched its Blueprint for a Humber Industrial Strategy at a major Business Week event attended by leaders from business, councils and education.

The document kicks off the region’s bid to build on the progress it has made as the Energy Estuary over recent years, as it seeks to attract new investment in low carbon industries and support existing industries to reduce their emissions and become more efficient.

“Clean growth” is one of the four

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LEP to lead development of new plan for next phase of the Energy Estuary

May 11, 2018

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has announced the development of a new plan for the next phase of growing the UK’s Energy Estuary.

The new Industrial Strategy for the Humber will map out how the region will build on its position as the centre of the UK’s offshore wind industry, and back industrial sectors around the region to grow and become more productive.

The LEP believes that the Humber can play a leading part in responding to the “Clean Growth” Grand

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Greenpower Education Trust showcased as students meet the Queen at Siemens

November 27, 2017

Her Majesty is shown one of the Greenpower cars at Siemens, Hull.

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) along with Airco and a number of key partners are supporting Greenpower Education Trust, to deliver a project to aid young people in gaining an interest in engineering.

Funded by the Careers & Enterprise Company and Siemens Gamesa the project gained national coverage when a handful of students participating in the project had the chance to meet the Queen, upon Her Majesty’s

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ORE Catapult and the University of Hull drive forward UK’s offshore wind industry

October 4, 2017

A £2 million collaboration between the Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult and the University of Hull will see the launch of an offshore wind Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Centre of Excellence in the Humber region.

The five-year partnership will see a series of research and innovation projects developed to improve the way that offshore wind farms are operated and maintained, building on the region’s energy heritage, location and experience of servicing UK offshore wind farms.

Chris Hill, ORE Catapult’s Operational Performance Director,

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Double boost for Humber Energy Estuary

September 12, 2017

Two offshore wind projects out of the Humber Estuary have today been granted subsidy support. Triton Knoll and Hornsea Project Two have both won Contracts for Difference to generate green energy in a multi-billion pound wind farm windfall for the area and the industry.

Hornsea will be the fourth offshore wind farm from DONG Energy in the Southern North Sea and will be operated from Grimsby.  It will deliver 1,386 MW of new capacity supplying around 1.3 million homes with renewable power

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Lord Haskins takes tour of Ron Dearing UTC and Energy Works

August 8, 2017

Lord Haskins (left) takes a tour of the £200m Energy Works power plant currently under construction in Hull.

Lord Haskins, Chair of Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) was part of a special access visit hosted by Spencer Group to Ron Dearing UTC and Energy Works, two of Hull’s most significant developments.

Those in attendance alongside Lord Haskins included Alan Johnson, former Hull West and Hessle MP, who championed the cause of establishing Hull’s first UTC, Finbarr Dowling, former Hull Project Director for another UTC

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Humber showcased at Parliamentary Reception

January 31, 2017

The Humber LEP hosted a Parliamentary Reception at Westminster earlier today, in partnership with Humber business organisations Bondholders, Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA) and the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.

The Reception, sponsored by Martin Vickers MP, gathered political leaders and local authorities from the Humber region, alongside national Government and current and potential investors, including Andrew Percy MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse.

Stephen Savage, Vice Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership said:

“The aim of today’s Parliamentary Reception was

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Humber LEP host Parliamentary Reception at Westminster on 31st January

January 16, 2017

The Humber LEP is hosting a Parliamentary Reception on 31st January, in partnership with Humber business organisations including Bondholders, Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA) and the Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce.

The event, sponsored by Martin Vickers MP, aims to bring together political leaders and investors from the Humber region with national Government and influencers from across the Northern Powerhouse to celebrate the Humber’s success in attracting more that £1bn private sector investment and to explore the region’s contribution to

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LEP welcomes Triton Knoll Electrical System consent

September 6, 2016

The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has welcomed today’s news that development consent for the Triton Knoll offshore wind farm’s electrical system has been granted, meaning that the project is now fully consented..

Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, said: “This is a very welcome step forward on another large energy infrastructure project taking place close to the Humber, creating the potential for more jobs and investment on the Energy Estuary.  We look forward to continuing to work with the Triton Knoll

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Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, Statement regarding recent announcement by DONG Energy

August 11, 2016

“The ‘Strategic Review of UK East Coast Staging and Construction Facilities’ appears to indicate that sufficient capacity exists for the manufacture of anticipated facility requirements.

The Humber has established three key locations for engagement in offshore wind development. The first, Greenport Hull, is progressing well and will shortly commence the manufacture of blades. The second, Grimsby, is heavily engaged in the maintenance of the expanding wind energy facilities in the North Sea. However, the third site, AMEP at Killingholme, will be

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Statement from the Humber LEP Board – Brexit

July 8, 2016

“We are committed to improving the economic success of the Humber and hence the UK, and will lead in ensuring that government are aware of the issues concerning the Humber and Humber businesses.  We will be working with our partners over the coming weeks and months to understand the issues and using our links with Government to ensure these are fed in and are taken account of in the decisions they make.  We want to hear feedback on problems, and indeed opportunities, as

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Humber Enterprise Zone to more than double following Spending Review

November 26, 2015

The Humber Enterprise Zone, already the UK’s largest enterprise zone (EZ), is to more than double in size, expanding to include additional employment land in all four areas of the region following a successful bid by the Humber LEP and local authorities.

The Chancellor set out in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement the creation of 26 new or extended Enterprise Zones.

The Humber LEP worked with its local authority partners, and in consultation with neighbouring LEPs, to identify packages of land

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