The growth of the Humber region’s economy is continuing at a positive rate. The region has the lowest level of unemployment for decades and the highest level of employment.
This is partly due to the Humber LEPs investment and collaboration with partners in the public and private sector, with major investments supporting local businesses and infrastructure developments.
In the last year the Humber LEP has invested in infrastructure, skills and business support programmes, with aid from the Local Growth Deal programme and
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
Buildings in Hull’s historic High Street are being given a new lease of life thanks to an investment of £250,000 from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.
The Humber LEP’s Board approved the funding, which was secured by the LEP through its Growth Deals with Government.
The investment supports a £1.2m scheme undertaken by Allenby Commercial to renovate and develop Danish Buildings to provide new, modern and accessible managed workspace for small businesses.
The development will help business start-ups and businesses looking to grow.
Works on phase 1 of a three stage programme of road and cycle improvements in North East Lincolnshire will start soon, thanks to a contribution of more than £2m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund.
The Humber LEP’s Board approved the funding, which was secured by the LEP through its Growth Deals with Government.
The scheme will address capacity constraints for traffic accessing this route into the Port of Grimsby as well as the approach into Grimsby and Cleethorpes town centres. It
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The Humber LEP wishes to develop a call for a skills capital programme for construction and civil engineering across the region.
This will attract up to approximately £2.5m capital investment to deliver a collaborative resource solution to support training delivery that meets employer need and would need to be delivered by March 2021 latest.
The LEP will host an event at Bishop Burton College, on Thursday 29th November starting at 1pm, to invite businesses from across the region into discussions.
The LEP is
The largest port in the country is getting a boost thanks to a £15m upgrade to the Humber’s rail infrastructure.
The Port of Immingham handles more tonnes of freight than any other port in the UK. Container volumes have also risen from 68,000 in 2013 to 182,000 in 2017, but restrictions on the railway between Immingham and Doncaster mean the largest “hi cube” containers require special waggons to be transported to and from the port by rail. Hi cube containers are
There’s never been a better time to be a small business in the Humber Region.
With the launch of the Humber Business Growth Hub’s #GrowMySME programme, finding the right advice, support and funding for start-ups and small to medium businesses ready to grow is now as easy as dialling a number.
Words by Jo Smedley, Small Business Champion for the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
This November saw the launch of the Humber LEP’s Growth Hub #GrowMySME programme; a new initiative seeking to
During week commencing the 5th November the Humber Business Growth Hub successfully delivered a series of launch events for growing SMEs across the region, and businesses were invited to learn more about how to access more than £6million of business support funded from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
With events in Hull, Brigg, Grimsby, Driffield and South Cave, SMEs from across the Humber region were able to meet with representatives of the Growth Hub, including its business advisors and partners,
Work on a major bridge project which will help shape the future of Hull and connect key sites across the city officially started today.
Princes Quay Bridge will help link the city’s marina with the southern end of Princes Dock. The bridge will improve access and make it easier for pedestrians, cyclists and disabled users to cross the busy A63.
This £12 million Highways England project is being part funded with a £4m contribution from the Humber LEP’s Local Growth Fund programme,
Two calls for projects have gone live in the Humber, with approximately £1million from the European Social Fund (ESF) being made available to organisations in the region.
Ex-Offenders in the Humber
Approximately £500,000 of funding is available through the ESF, with this call to run a project to pilot activity which will broker opportunities to encourage and increase work experience, work placements, traineeships, apprenticeships and employment opportunities for ex-offenders, particularly within SMEs.
Applications are encouraged from consortia or other similar types of
HETA has welcomed record numbers of young women onto its latest apprenticeship courses and is hoping they will help to attract more women into industry.
Iain Elliott, Chief Executive of HETA, said the increase in the numbers of female apprentice engineers is a reward for the company’s efforts in getting a powerful message across in schools, colleges and at careers events.
He added that the recruitment campaign for young women and men has been boosted by the opening of HETA’s new £4.5
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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
As announced earlier in the year the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is developing 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
The Humber LEP continues to work in partnership with The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC), to support residents throughout the Humber in gaining access to the high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance to impact positively on career choices.
The Humber has recently gained the opportunity to pilot one of twenty national CEC ‘Career Hubs’ that will further drive collaboration between the twenty-six education providers who are part of the Hub.
This builds on the Humber LEPs strategic priority to ensure
The Government’s review of LEPs, published in July, set out several proposals for strengthening LEPs in preparation for leading local industrial strategy and future funding post-Brexit.
As part of this, Government has decided that LEP “overlaps” will end. In the Humber, East Riding of Yorkshire is also covered by the York, North Yorkshire & East Riding LEP; and North & North East Lincolnshire are also covered by the Greater Lincolnshire LEP.
LEPs were required to submit proposals for their future geographies to
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The Humber Careers Hub education providers will meet for the first time tomorrow at the ERGO Centre, at Bridgehead Business Park, to discuss the careers strategy for the Hub with the LEP.
The Humber Careers Hub recognises the challenges and opportunities schools face in meeting all Gatsby Benchmarks and will provide an expert support service using a collaborative approach, a strong network of delivery partners and the sharing of good practice across the region.
Working in partnership with the Careers and Enterprise
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Healing School, a Science Academy in North East Lincolnshire, contacted Careers and Enterprise, Humber LEP for assistance with a work placement for one of their students. This irregular placement would mean the student working in Oxfordshire for a week. This exciting opportunity was not one to be missed.
Charlotte from Healing Academy took the initiative to contact HAAS formula one for a work experience opportunity. As a successful formula one team HAAS agreed to take charlotte on for the week.
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is appointing a new Small Business Champion to ensure that the needs and interests of small businesses are taken into account throughout the LEP’s decision-making.
Jo Smedley, Managing Director of Red Herring Games in Grimsby, will take up the role in September after being successful in an open recruitment process.
Jo has been an advocate of small businesses in Northern Lincolnshire and the Humber, since 2007 when she established her firm Red Herring Games, which supplies
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
The Government has published the findings of its review into Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs).
The review sets out the approach taken by Government to strengthen LEPs, revealing how LEPs and Government will work together to strengthen leadership and capability, improve accountability and manage risk, and provide clarity on geography.
Words by Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
Last week Government published its review of Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), setting out plans to strengthen the work that these organisations do.
Phil Glover (left) being presented the Certificate in Quantitative Risk Management (CQRM) by Chris Page, Risk Consultant at OSL Risk Management.
Phil Glover, Business Development Manager for the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has become the first in the UK Local Enterprise Partnership network to pass the Certification in Quantitative Risk Management (CQRM).
CQRM is internationally recognised by the IIPER awarding body and provides the expertise to quantify and manage complex risk scenarios.
The course was delivered in person by Jonathan Munn, a world
Three new infrastructure development projects are set to get underway in the Humber thanks to a total allocation of more than £8m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund (LGF) secured by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership through the Humber’s Growth Deals. The decision was made by the LEP’s Board of business and council leaders.
The allocations, which are subject to a final business case, come shortly after the announcement of investment in a programme of road and cycle improvements to the
The Government has today published the findings of its review into Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). The review announces plans to strengthen LEPs, with increased dialogue with Government (including through the new Council of LEP Chairs chaired by the Prime Minister), stronger governance and additional capacity.
The review also confirms that LEP overlaps – where a local authority can be a member of more than one LEP – will end. In the Humber, East Riding of Yorkshire Council is also a member
A £5.2million tidal defence scheme aimed at reducing the risk of flooding to properties in Paull, on the north bank of the Humber Estuary, is now complete.
A total of 2,700 tonnes of rock armour has been placed, new flood gates have been installed and the existing embankment has been raised in the second stage of the Hull and Holderness Flood Alleviation Scheme (HaHFAS).
The first stage saw the creation of a 520m glass tidal wall along Paull’s embankment, which was completed
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The Humber is to become one of 20 ‘Careers Hubs’ around England to help transform careers education for young people.
The Humber Careers Hubs will be made up of 26 local schools and colleges working together with universities, training providers, employers and career professionals to improve careers education.
Careers Hubs are a central part of the Government’s Careers Strategy, published in December. The strategy aims to improve careers education and help prepare young people for the world of work.
The Government asked The
Over 8,800 new jobs and nearly 10,000 new homes will be delivered in Greater Grimsby thanks to a new, ground-breaking Stage 1 Town Deal worth £67 million, the government announced 5th July 2018.
Local Growth Minister, Jake Berry MP and Business Minister, Lord Henley, unveiled the new Stage 1 Town Deal partnership with the Greater Grimsby Project Board while visiting the Marine Operating Centre in Grimsby and seeing first-hand some of the transformative projects the Deal will help deliver.
The Stage 1
Many Humber education and training providers offer their students an opportunity to record their additional employability skills using a ‘passport’ that can be shared with future employers.
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has developed a bespoke framework to support regional organisations to develop a consistent approach to their Employability Passports. This framework supports the CBI seven employability skills.
Words by Stephen Savage, Chair of the Humber LEP Employment and Skills Board
As part of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) commitment to
Organisations are invited to apply for funding from European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) by responding to a Call for projects that will support the development of technical skills in the agricultural sector.
Applicants can benefit from funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) to deliver a project which supports both individuals and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to increase their skills levels and take full advantage of technological changes in the sector.
The detailed call document is available at https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/agri-tech-skills-project-call-in-york-north-yorkshire-east-riding-and-humber-lep-areas-oc50s18p1128
The deadline for
A Hull healthtech start-up which has developed an award-winning device to enhance mental wellbeing has secured a £200,000 investment from NPIF-Mercia Equity Finance, which is managed by Mercia Fund Managers and is part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund.
Moodbeam’s wearable device allows users to log their mood and monitor their emotional wellbeing – or that of their children, students, patients or employees. The device, which links to an online and mobile platform, gives insights into how moods change over time,
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Our Chair, Lord Haskins joins fellow LEP Chairs outside 10 Downing Street in London.
The Prime Minister met with the leaders of England’s Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) today to celebrate their achievements to date and to map out key areas for cooperation under the UK’s Modern Industrial Strategy.
This marks the first meeting of the Prime Minister’s Council of LEP Chairs, made up of business leaders representing the 38 Partnerships.
Talks focussed on where LEPs carry maximum impact: delivering the objectives of
The Humber LEP is delighted to announce the new chair and vice chair roles have been filled following a nomination and interview process by Employment and Skills Board members and stakeholder colleagues.
The new chair is Daniel Brett, Assistant Principal at Bishop Burton College and the new vice-chair is Sharon Gamble, Apprenticeship and Business Lead Manager, Hull Training and Adult Education.
Daniel and Sharon will lead the further development of the Network building on the considerable success of former chair and vice
Ergo, a new £4 million business centre, officially opens its doors on Tuesday, 5 June as part of Humber Business Week.
The centre is situated at the heart of the Energy Estuary, in a prime location on the Bridghead business park, in Hessle.
Operated by East Riding of Yorkshire Council, in partnership with the University of Hull, ergo provides flexible and modern office space and conference facilities with on-site parking. It is set to quickly establish itself as the region’s premier office
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
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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
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and its Growth Hub works with a number of partners to provide support for businesses in the region.
There are some excellent examples of how different types of funding and support have allowed businesses of different sizes and sector the opportunity to grow.
Recently, working with partners the Humber LEP has been able to guide and fund the growth of businesses in a number of sectors, with a particular focus on equity funding.
Words by Kishor Tailor,
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The Humber branch of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) is once again working in partnership with the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to deliver their annual conference during Humber Business Week (week commencing 4th June 2018).
Named ‘Transforming the Humber 2018 – thriving in a candidate-led market’, this stimulating and informative event will focus on how we can grow a sustainable and skilled workforce in the region by attracting talent, exploring alternative retention practices and sharing research and
The Government has committed to a long term national Industrial Strategy to create an economy that boosts productivity and competitiveness.
To support this, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has continued to work with projects and partners such as the ‘This-Ability’ Partnership to aid businesses in creating a more inclusive workplace, and to provide vital experience for learners and potential employees of all abilities.
The This-Ability Partnership will host an evening dinner and exciting awards ceremony to recognise and celebrate the great strides
On Thursday 10th May 2018 the This-Ability Partnership will host an evening dinner and awards ceremony at the KCOM Stadium, to recognise and celebrate the great strides local employers have taken to access ability.
Special guest Broadcaster and Journalist Alex Brooker will be giving a humorous talk on the subject of disability. Along with local and national ambassadors of disability equality.
Employers from across the Humber region have been exploring different ways to recruit and retain disabled talent with great success. The
Hull City Council is looking for high quality Community Led Local Development (CLLD) projects that support unemployed and economically inactive participants and enterprise development in 4 Hub Areas of Hull.
The Hull CLLD programme has received £4.79million of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) funding through the Humber ESIF Programme.
Hull City Council initially developed a CLLD Strategy using funding from the ESIF programme. This stage of the programme is focused on seeking projects that will directly support
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Calls for project’s promoting climate change adaptation, risk prevention and management in the Humber have been published on the gov.uk website.
A morning event will be held on Tuesday 20th March at Market Weighton Business Centre, to provide attendees with details of current opportunities for applying for ERDF funding in the Humber and YNYER LEP areas.
Please use the eventbrite link below for more details and to book a place.
ERDF Calls Launch and Application Workshop
Registration from 9 am, workshop to start at
The Humber Local Enterprise (LEP) is working to improve infrastructure throughout the Humber region, to allow for sustainable growth and prolonged opportunities for businesses.
Our strategy remains to work with local authorities, Government and with private sector investment in a number of sectors.
Transport and connectivity within the Humber and throughout the UK must be functional and capable of facilitating our growth plans, and our work with various national bodies is set to continue.
Words by Kishor Tailor, Chief Executive of Humber Local
Siemens have announced plans to establish a new state-of-the-art factory to manufacture and commission trains on one of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Enterprise Zones at Junction 36, Goole.
These plans, which could mean an investment of up to £200m, could see an addition of 700 jobs for the Humber region, in skilled engineering and manufacturing roles.
A further 250 possible jobs could also come about during the construction phase of this development; with approximately 1,500 indirect jobs expected to be
At the start of National Careers Week, The Careers & Enterprise Company and Humber LEP is calling out to employers across all sectors and industries in the Humber region to help make a real difference to the lives of young people.
By providing encounters with their work place, businesses and enterprises, both large and small, can bring the world of work to life for young people.
It is a critical aspect of the support young people need – by connecting them to
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The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is working with its partners, local authorities and education providers in the Humber region to provide opportunities to residents of all ages.
With more people in employment and our levels of unemployment reducing rapidly, it is imperative that we ensure that we maximise the potential of all our residents.
In this article we provide examples of initiatives that help people return to work and focus on apprenticeship and Returneeship programmes that help employees to upgrade their
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is seeking a new small business representative to join its Board.
The LEP is a business-led partnership with the four Humber local authorities, the University of Hull and education providers, which works with Government to lead local economic growth strategy and attract investment.
The LEP has a designated place on its Board for a Small Business Champion, who liaises with local membership organisations and SMEs to help shape the LEP’s policies and support initiatives, and acts
An upcoming workshop will help ensure local businesses don’t miss out on current EU funding opportunities.
On Wednesday 21 February, a free workshop will take place in Driffield showcasing European funding opportunities for micro, small and medium-sized rural businesses in the Humber.
Among the funding programmes to be discussed is the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development, which is making in excess of £2 million available for projects focused on food processing, rural business development and rural tourism infrastructure (including tourism accommodation)
In January’s newsletter we include a number of news stories, with a word from our CEO Kishor Tailor and more.
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Now that the success of 2017 is behind us, the Humber region can expect further growth and commitment to increasing its positive contribution to the UK economy throughout the next twelve months.
There is little doubt that Hull’s reign as the UK City of Culture will leave a lasting impression on our region, with a legacy that promises continued optimism and potential success in a number of sectors.
For its legacy to be successful, we must all continue to communicate effectively, be
Frederick Gough School recently celebrated a visit by Nic Dakin MP, Claudia Harris, CEO of the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) and Sarah Yong, Head of Government Relations. This VIP party met with the School’s Head Teacher Ben Lawrance, Careers Lead Jo Roche, and the Enterprise Adviser Helen Lee, Early Years Recruitment Coordinator at British Steel to hear about the work of the school and their impressive approach to delivering careers education, advice and guidance.
The visitors were accompanied by 5
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership has supported one of the South Humber Industrial Investment Programme (SHIIP) projects at Stallingborough Business Park, through the Growth Deal Fund.
Located off the Stallingborough Interchange on Kiln Lane, the proposed 64 hectare site will potentially support up to 3,959 jobs boosting both employment and the local economy. This part of the programme is supported with £2.6million of external funding provided by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.
Stallingborough Business Park key dates:
Planning Submission = early 2018
Around 100 students from the Humber region are hosting a Christmas trade fair to showcase their business prowess at Beverley’s popular Flemingate centre this Sunday.
The Christmas fair will give budding-entrepreneurs the chance to meet customers face-to-face, respond to queries about their products and operate in a real-life working environment.
The students, aged 15-19, are taking part in the Young Enterprise Company Programme which gives young entrepreneurs the opportunity to set up and run their own business over the course of an
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is the first Local Enterprise Partnership in the country to have achieved a national licence as a Licensed Awarding Body for the Quality in Careers Standard.
One of only twelve national holders, the Humber LEP is the only Local Enterprise Partnership out of 38 to have been awarded this status, after submitting an extremely strong application to the Quality and Careers Standard Consortium.
As a result of this licensing award, the 21 schools, colleges and training
As the new year draws ever closer, Kishor Tailor reflects on what has been a momentous year for the Humber region.
Hull’s year as the UK City of Culture has provided the area with many highlights, with prosperity following and a feeling of optimism increasingly apparent amongst locals, visitors and investors.
The legacy of 2017 has been an increasing focus as the turn of the New Year approaches, and many will look to the Humber’s four local authorities and its partners for
Want to find out more about the Growing the Humber scheme?
Our Investment Programme Manager, Karen Oliver-Spry has provided some clear answers on the basics of the grant scheme, in this step-by-step guide.
What is the purpose of the programme?
Growing the Humber is a business investment scheme which aims to stimulate business growth, investment and job creation around the Humber.
The £8m Local Growth Fund programme builds on the previous £30m Regional Growth Fund and £4m Local Growth Fund programmes to offer grants
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 visit
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A Hull company which provides construction services to the social housing sector has secured £100,000 funding for expansion from NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).
Westlinks Joiners and Locksmiths Ltd undertake major renovation, maintenance and adaptation work for a wide variety of commercial and public sector clients, housing associations and charities. The company has undertaken various major projects including a significant role in the Building Schools for the Future programme. Established in 2007 by
Education and Training Providers are likely to be aware of the government call for registration of interest for the Institutes of Technology funding.
As part of the bid all LEPs are asked to provide evidence of economic need and fit the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is asking for an early conversation regarding any potential bids in the area.
If you are planning to develop such a bid please contact Teresa Chalmers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01482 485266.
See the Department for Education’s Institutes
Organisations are invited to apply for funding from European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) by responding to a Call for projects that will deliver Skills for Growth across the Humber through a Graduate Internship programme.
Applicants can benefit from funding from the European Social Fund (ESF) to deliver a project which supports Small and Medium Sized Enterprises to provide additional Higher and Further Education student and graduate placements, internships and graduate level employment opportunities.
The detailed call document is available https://www.gov.uk/european-structural-investment-funds/humber-graduate-internship-programme-oc18s17p0908
The deadline for
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Never has the time been better to invest in the Humber. That’s the message being communicated to inward investors and local companies as the area rides on the back of significant investments made to benefit its key sectors.
The Humber is in the midst of an economic resurgence, with the estuary very much a key asset in driving that growth. Key sectors in energy and offshore wind have resulted in the region being recognised at the forefront of worldwide wind energy
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,
Phil Glover, Humber Growth Hub Programme Manager (fourth from left) with delegates from Qingdao, China at Modal Training Centre, Immingham
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) welcomed a delegation of government officials from Qingdao, China as part of a UK and China marine company mission.
Delegates were greeted at the Guildhall in Hull, before heading to Modal Training Centre in Immingham on Tuesday 19th September, where the guests were shown around the facility and its state-of-the-art training simulators in ports, offshore
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
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is asking local organisations to get involved in work to understand the impact the loss of EU funding will have on the Humber.
This survey forms part of the research by the Humber LEP looking at how EU structural funds have been used in the past, the pros and cons of the funding’s objectives and rules, and lessons learned.
The results will be used as part of the case for the Humber to have replacement funding
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A further £4.1m of European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) has now been made available for applications. Organisations are invited to apply for ESIF funding by responding to a number of Calls for projects that will provide Innovation and business support infrastructure in the Humber.
Four calls for projects have been launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government utilising funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Calls for projects are now open until 10 November for the following activities:
An award-winning Hull-based video advertising start-up has secured funding from NPIF – Enterprise Ventures Equity Finance.
Ash TV, a Tech North Northern Star 2016 award winner, will use the investment to hire additional staff to support its ambitious growth plans. It is the first investment in Humber by NPIF – Enterprise Ventures Equity Finance.
The company was founded in 2014 by Ash Lewis, who has a background in programming and over 10 years’ experience working in online advertising for some of the UK’s largest consumer
Electric String, the Hull-based audio-visual systems specialist, has secured a £100k loan from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF). This is the first investment in Humber by the NPIF – Enterprise Ventures Debt Finance.
The investment follows a number of new contract wins at Electric String, which designs and installs bespoke systems for homes, corporate spaces and luxury yachts.
The company now plans to expand its 17-strong team with the appointment of an engineer and business development manager. Founded in 2010 by
The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) has facilitated £250,000 worth of debt funding to Humber-based engineering firm Allied Protek Engineering Solutions.
Based in Grimsby, Allied Protek is an engineering specialist, providing a full project management package including design, engineering, installation and maintenance for clients in the food, drink, fine chemicals and pharma sectors.
The investment was made by NPIF – Enterprise Ventures Debt Finance, an NPIF product fund-managed by Enterprise Ventures, and will provide Allied Protek with the working capital to support
Jake Berry, Minister for Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth (fourth from right) meets with Humber LEP Board and representatives from the four Humber local authorities at C4Di, Hull.
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) hosted Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, Jake Berry at the Centre for Digital Innovation (C4Di), Hull this morning.
Lord Haskins, Chair of Humber LEP along with members of the LEP Board, sub boards and our four local authorities were present to discuss the Humber’s
Managing Director Paul Hickling in front of the new 40,000 sq ft warehouse with East Trans colleagues and partners who have supported the investment, from left, Chris Parrott from CR Parrott Consultants; Nick Spencer, of NatWest Bank; Tony Robinson; Peter Aarosin; Andrew Wright; Kevin Scrimshaw; Maggie Campbell, of North East Lincolnshire Council; and Andy Knowles, from PK Construction.
Fast-growing logistics operator East Trans has made a £1.6m investment in a new, high-quality warehousing facility to capitalise on the rapid growth
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 Founding
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) would like to thank Estuary TV and GIFHE for the work carried out, filming our Annual General Review July 2017.
To see what went on at the Humber LEP AGM, click the link here.
Read the latest news from the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) in the E-Newsletter for August 2017.
August E-Newsletter 2017.
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Hull 20:20 have teamed up to launch a new leadership programme for senior leaders in the Humber region.
Delivered by Common Purpose, the programme is an intensive short course for senior leaders who want to understand the Humber area, where they live and work.
After a successful pilot in Hull last year, a Humber-wide programme will run in the autumn and is now open for private sector applicants.
Specifically catered for people in established leadership roles
Bill Walker (left), Scott Yates, Lord Haskins, Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, Stephen Hudson and Nigel Weatherall (right) at the ERGO Centre at Bridgehead in Hessle.
Work on a new multi-million-pound business centre, aimed at the growing renewable energy and environmental technology sectors, is now underway at Bridgehead business park in Hessle.
The £3.9 million Ergo Centre project is being developed by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in conjunction with the Wykeland Group and, once built, will be operated via an exciting
Read the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) E-Newsletter for July here.
Read the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) E-Newsletter for April here.
Organisations are invited to apply for funding from European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) by responding to a number of Calls for projects that will provide support to businesses across the Humber.
There are two calls for projects that have been launched by the Department for Communities and Local Government that can benefit from funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The Calls for projects are now open until 8th September 2017 for the following activities:
PA3 SME Competitiveness Call – Seeking a
Stephen Savage, Vice Chair of Humber LEP (left), Karen Oliver-Spry, Programme Officer, Humber LEP (centre) and David Sinclair, Curator, Humber Street Gallery (right).
The Humber LEP’s Business Loan Fund is helping businesses in the Humber undertake investment, unlock stalled projects and bring forward development.
The £8.1m revolving fund uses the Humber’s allocation of Growing Places Funding to support capital projects that benefit the local economy and reinvests returns into future projects. The Humber Business Loan Fund will support capital development projects,
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) would like to congratulate all those involved in the organisation and delivery of another successful Humber Business Week.
Over the course of the week the Humber region’s business community enjoyed a range of events aimed at all levels of business and enterprise, allowing entrepreneurs, educators and professionals the chance to share knowledge and expertise with one another and celebrate the region’s business strengths.
The Humber LEP’s own Humber Business Growth Hub ‘Growth Hub Live’ events were
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Careers & Enterprise Company are delighted to host the Summer Schools Conference on Friday 30th June.
The event will commence at 9:00am (refreshments from 8.30am) at The Humber Bridge Hotel, Far Ings Lane, Barton Upon Humber DN18 5RG.
The conference will showcase the latest developments and the range of support available to young people within the education and skills arena locally and nationally. It will focus on the career landscape, apprenticeship reforms and the
Our Partners at Transport for the North are developing a Strategic Transport Plan and accompanying TfN Investment Programme to connect the North of England. The Plan will have a wide ranging and ambitious scope, setting out connectivity priorities right across the North that will help transform economic performance up to 2050.
Building on local plans and strategies, TfN has produced two new and important pieces of evidence, the Major Roads Report and Integrated Rail Report. These reports will look at the
The Humber Business Growth Hub has pulled together a fantastic programme of speakers for the ‘Growth Hub Live’ events during Humber Business Week, for which three more have been added.
The two events during Humber Business Week will take place at Hull University, Canham Turner Building on June 6th and at Forest Pines Hotel, North Lincolnshire on June 8th.
The three speakers added the Charter Institute of Marketing sessions are:
– Dr Nadine Waehning, Marketing Lecturer at York St John University (University of
Tracey Millard (left) Natalie Anfield (right)
St Hugh’s School is an outstanding special school for students between the ages of 11 and 19 years, who have a range of learning difficulties, including moderate and severe learning difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, profound and complex needs, in North Lincolnshire.
Principal Tracy Millard, has welcomed the support from The Careers and Enterprise Company, and wants to develop the support on offer with their new Enterprise Adviser partnered with the school.
Natalie Anfield, Make a Difference
The Humber Business Growth Hub is to host two exciting events during Humber Business Week, which will bring together a range of key organisations that can help support business to expand and grow.
The Growth Hub has pulled together a fantastic programme of speakers for you which are detailed below. Running in parallel will be our Marketplace from 9am to 3pm featuring a wide range of business support exhibitors who will be on hand to offer help and support.
‘Growth Hub Live’ at
The first details have been released about two major new events for this year’s Humber Business Week.
Growth Hub Live will bring together dozens of organisations which can help SMEs grow. In a new format for Business Week, the organisations will combine their efforts on two days at two “hub” venues – ensuring delegates can make the most of their time during the week and increasing the opportunities for networking.
The free events will include a packed programme of speakers and short
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has recruited eight new private sector members to its Board.
After a high number of applications and a competitive interview process, the Humber LEP has chosen eight experienced directors; they will bring expertise in important areas of business and strategic management, to help drive forward the growth of the Humber economy.
The refresh of the Board will bring further representation from local businesses and education and training providers.
Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP said:
Martin Fitzgerald, Partnership Manager at HABS.
A £1m employment scheme that aims to increase apprenticeships in the Humber region by matching SMEs and candidates with the most suitable training providers has gone live.
Intended to boost skills levels and productivity, the free Humber Apprenticeship Brokerage Service (HABS) is spearheaded by the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
The Skills Funding Agency has appointed YH Training Services to manage its delivery until July 2018. It reduces the barriers SMEs face when employing apprentices and
Read the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) E-Newsletter for March here.
The Department for Transport has announced today that the A63 Garrison Road in Hull will be one of the schemes to benefit from new funding for improving congested junctions.
The £6.3m scheme will save more than half a million hours of delays in the first year alone.
Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) said:
“We welcome the improvement which will relieve congestion and enable future growth – something we have been lobbying for with Hull City Council and Hull
The Humber LEP is supporting a new event which will act as a fitting finale for this year’s Humber Business Week. The Business Day will feature high-profile speakers and networking opportunities at Bridlington Spa on Friday 9th June.
The LEP is one of the main sponsors for the event, alongside East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Hull City Council, the University of Hull, KCOM, Welcome to Yorkshire and the Sewell Group.
As the final event of Humber Business Week, keynote speakers Baroness Brady
Read the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) February E-Newsletter here.
On behalf of the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) we would like our partners to be aware of:
The Department for Education and the Skills Funding Agency (SFA) are from today (13 February 2017) encouraging large employers to sign up and register for the apprenticeship service, in readiness for the launch of the apprenticeship levy on 6 April 2017.
The apprenticeship service is an online digital system (similar to online banking) that has been set up to support the apprenticeship levy.
The levy will
The British Business Bank together with the Local Enterprise Partnerships is holding a series of regional briefing events to tell local partners about the new £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) and how to access it.
An event will take place in each of the 10 Local Enterprise Partnership areas within the NPIF region between the 01 and 17 March 2017, with the first event taking place on 1st March at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull.
The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is seeking additional private sector members to join its Board.
The LEP, a Government-backed partnership between business, local authorities and education, leads efforts to grow the Humber economy.
Its work includes securing investment in infrastructure projects (such as last month’s announcement of a further £27.9m Growth Deal funding), encouraging the upskilling of the region’s workforce and putting in place measures to support business growth.
The LEP’s Board is responsible for setting the direction of the LEP and
The Humber LEP will be flying the flag for the region at the UK Northern Powerhouse Annual Conference and Exhibition 2017, Manchester, next week (21 and 22 February).
As part of the ‘LEP Zone’ at the Exhibition, the Humber LEP will be promoting the Humber and its growing reputation as the UK’s ‘Energy Estuary’. The LEP will be seeking to highlight the opportunities for investment in the area and tell the story of positive change in the region.
Andrew Percy MP, Northern
Over £600,000 worth of grants are available now to grow food and rural tourism businesses and support the development of tourism infrastructure projects in the Humber through the government’s £120m Rural Development Programme for England. This investment is part of the Humber’s European Structural and Investment Fund allocation.
Grants are available for investments in:
Business development (tourism businesses)
Neighbouring LEPs in Greater Lincolnshire and York, North Yorkshire, East Riding are also issuing calls for these grants, so applicants in the overlapping
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
The Humber LEP Skills team are ongoing in their involvement with the Festival of Learning (previously Adult Learners’ Week), which is the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in England.
The Festival celebrates the remarkable achievements of adults who have used learning to transform their lives and highlights how lifelong learning benefits society and the economy, whilst inspiring others to discover the power of learning.
Nominations for the Festival of Learning 2017 awards are open from 1 February until 31 March. Categories include individual learners, employers, tutors and projects/provision.
For more information visit
Read the latest news from the Humber LEP in our first newsletter of 2017.
Northern Powerhouse minister, Andrew Percy, visited Hull today to announce the third instalment of Growth Deal Funding secured by the Humber LEP.
Lord Haskins, Chair of the Humber LEP, and Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader of Hull City Council and LEP Board member, were in attendance for the announcement on Scale Lane Bridge, Hull.
The minister saw how the funding will be used to enable new commercial and residential development and improve flood defences along the River Hull. He also heard about how
The Humber LEP has secured an investment of £27.9m for the area from the Government’s Local Growth Fund through a third Growth Deal, the Government announced today.
The funding will support a total of eight projects across the region, including city and town centre developments, enterprise zone sites and grants for businesses. Funding will also go to developing skills and training facilities, and for improving flood defences.
The projects were selected by the LEP through an open competitive process, and were prioritised
The Humber LEP is pleased to announce the appointment of current Board member, Graham Cross, as its new Small Business Champion.
Graham has sat on the Humber LEP’s Board since May 2015, as a representative of the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce.
The role of Small Business Champion is to represent small businesses on the Humber LEP Board, and ensure that their needs are considered in the decision making of the LEP.
Graham is the founder and Managing Director of GXD Logistics
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
Our Growth Hub team have commissioned an Economic Report of Progress in The Humber, from September 2016.
Read the PDF document here; Progress in The Humber Report 2016
Humber Learning Consortium have successfully been awarded the ESF Community Grants Programme 2016-2018 and are pleased to announce the launch of the second round of funding.
ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities. The programme is benefitting from investment through the Humber
“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
“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
One the region’s largest recent investors will speak at the Humber Northern Powerhouse Business Summit on Friday 10 June at the University of Hull.
Juergen Maier, Chief Executive, Siemens UK, will speak to introduce the themed discussion of trade, investment and creating wealth at the event which will look at the Humber’s role in the Northern Powerhouse.
Organised by the Humber LEP with headline sponsor Andrew Jackson and support from Bondholders and Humberbusiness.com, the event will see our facilitator renowned business journalist
According to the Prison and Courts Reform Bill, nationally 47% of the prison community have no formal qualifications on entry into prison, with 13% reporting to never having a job, and 46% of all prisoners re-offending within a year of release.
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership is committed to improving these statistics in the region , and building prison/business partnerships, expanding on the successful work, local provider Novus, has delivered to date.
A strong partnership has been created to tackle the need
Organisations are invited to apply for funding from European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) by responding to a number of Calls for projects that will deliver Skills for Growth across the Humber.
There are two calls for projects that can benefit from funding from the European Social Fund (ESF). The Calls for projects are now open until 13 July 2016 for the following activities:
Pathways to Drive Economic Growth – This call is seeking projects that will:
Develop and deliver training to support LEP area
The Technical Assistance Partnership, supported by the Humber LEP, is running a number of free events designed to assist organisations to bid for funding that will be made available through the Humber European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) programme.
The following workshops are taking place on 26 May 2016 at the Ropewalk, Maltkin Road, Barton-upon-Humber.
Humber ESF Calls Launch – 9.30am
It is expected that two calls for ESF funding will be launched for the Humber LEP area under Priority Axis 2.1 (Enhancing
A major new contract opportunity benefiting from the Humber LEP’s European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) allocation has now gone live.
The programme of support is being commissioned by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to help those with a history of long term unemployment into work.
The contract will deliver over £5.4m of support to those who are furthest from the labour market and help to tackle barriers to employment in the Humber and Greater Lincolnshire LEP areas.
Humber ESIF Committee
The Humber LEP welcomes the news that Greybull will take on the Tata Steel UK’s steelworks operations in Scunthorpe.
The Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has welcomed the Government’s announcement that it will agree a further round of Growth Deals with LEPs.
The Humber is being showcased at the UK-China Regional Leaders Summit in Sheffield with representations made by Humber LEP Chief Executive Kishor Tailor about the investment opportunities linked to renewables, ports and logistics in the Humber, and by East Riding Council leader Stephen Parnaby OBE on Energy in the North.
With almost £20m Local Growth Fund (LGF) released for this year and £40m approved for release next year the Humber LEP’s Growth Deal is supporting projects that help to drive the growth of the Humber economy.
As the devolution debate continues it is essential we do not lose the momentum or focus on growing the Humber economy.
Which is why we are pleased to welcome the significant extension to our Enterprise Zone, and our contribution (subject to EU funds) to the £400m Northern Powerhouse that will benefit small businesses through an investment fund, set out by the Chancellor in the Spending Review and Autumn Statement.
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