A consortium from across the Humber will be submitting a bid for UK Freeport status.
With the deadline for submitting bids being this Friday, 5 February, the two LEPs of Greater Lincolnshire and the Humber, along with the four local authorities of Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire have formed a partnership with businesses from across the region to assemble a bid for Freeport Status.
The region is home to the UK’s busiest port complex including the four major Associated British Ports’ ports of Hull, Goole, Immingham and Grimsby, which combined handle around 17% of the nation’s trade. This includes materials that supply 10% of the nation’s energy, 25% of the UK’s fuel for vehicles, almost a third of national timber supply and goods that underpin the farming, food, retail, construction, automotive and pharmaceutical sectors across the UK, but especially the Midlands and the North of England.
“As the region producing the largest amount of the UK’s carbon, the Humber has a unique opportunity to blaze a trail for de-carbonising our economy as well as build on the area’s status as the most exciting place for growth in green energy,” stated the consortium.
“In addition to hosting the largest hub for the operations and maintenance of offshore wind in the World and the offshore wind catapult in the Port of Grimsby and the blossoming manufacture of offshore wind blades in the Siemens Gamesa plant in Green Port Hull, all across the Humber there are projects for boosting green energy and de-carbonisation.
“The opportunity to secure Freeport status for the Humber will act a catalyst to accelerate growth in all of these endeavours.
“In Goole, Immingham, Hull and Grimsby there are communities with high levels of deprivation and large potential workforce who with the right skills investment will and opportunities can help to transform the economy of the area.”