Partnership aims to boost economy

PLANS to use local businesses and natural resources to boost the region’s economy were unveiled at a forum meeting.

Lord Haskins, Humber Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) chairman, set out the five-year plan earlier in October.

The LEP thinks the Humber estuary can power regional and national economies as the UK’s largest ports complex and as an attractive site for offshore wind farms.

A major part of the plan focuses on developing an energy super cluster centred on offshore wind, and also promotes supporting local companies to trade internationally.

Lord Haskins said: “Our Plan for the Humber is grounded in reality and deliverable.

“The LEP is now looking to deliver these objectives with local and national partners. Close working relationships both locally and with government are essential.

“The Humber’s offer for ports and energy leads the UK so we want to continue our excellent relationships with government departments to ensure that we reach our potential and play our part in the economic recovery.”

Michael Fallon MP, Minister for Business and Enterprise, said: “The Humber LEP’s plan builds on its strengths in leadership and local business knowledge, and will use the relationships it has with civic leaders and local firms to implement its ambitions.

“I look forward to seeing the partnership deliver this growth plan and make a real difference across the Humber.”

The plan can be accessed online at www.humberlep.org.