Humber LEP legacy to be explored at event to mark a decade of delivery

A celebration of Humber Local Enterprise Partnership’s achievements is to be held this week.

The reflection of a decade supporting economic growth in East Yorkshire, Hull, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire will take place, highlighting various projects backed while the organisation was in operation.

As extensively reported, government insistence on single LEP representation for local authorities saw it dissolved as South Bank councils opted to join Greater Lincolnshire. The decision spawned the creation of the Hull and East Yorkshire LEP, while pledges have been made by leaders around the Humber to continue to work collaboratively and push key priorities for the economic entity.

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The Humber LEP Legacy Event will be opened by former chair, Stephen Parnaby OBE, with a return to the public eye for Lord Chris Haskins, his long-serving predecessor, who will join him for a panel discussion on what the organisation brought between 2011 and 2021. They will be joined by former board members Stephen Savage and Jo Smedley.

Attendees will be given the chance to ask questions, while the LEP’s final annual review document will also be unveiled.

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Mr Parnaby, now deputy chair of the HEY LEP, said: “Over the course of a decade Humber LEP secured almost £350 million in funding for projects, programmes and initiatives that not only supported businesses to grow, but also saw new homes and roads built, flood defences constructed, and strides made to not only bring clean growth industries to the region but to decarbonise our existing industries.”

What’s next for the region will also be discussed, with chair of the North Bank successor, James Newman OBE to detail what the LEP is set out to achieve for Hull and East Yorkshire in its Economic Growth and Workforce Wellbeing Strategy.

The event will take place at the Country Park Hotel, Hessle on Wednesday, between 9am and 10.30am.

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