Bondholders Business Week Launch - Global Humber: Local Opportunities

Bondholders Business Week Launch - Global Humber: Local Opportunities

What freeport status means for the Humber.

Following the game changing freeport status announcement, Marketing Humber in partnership with headline sponsor Associated British Ports (ABP) will explore the transformative opportunities that lay ahead for the region and what they mean for our businesses and the local community.

The Humber freeport, one of only 8 in the UK is set to boost our economy to the tune of £3.5bn in investment and 7,000 high quality new jobs.

Guest speakers will discuss the impact freeports will have on the region and the role it will play in supporting the economic recovery including new supply chain opportunities and the creation of high-quality local jobs.

Simon Bird, ABP Humber Director and chair of the Humber Freeport Steerco, hopes the freeport will be up and running before the year is over and bringing in new jobs from 2022.

The Humber’s bid was the biggest alongside Teesside and will cover an area with a 45km radius taking in the ports of Hull, Grimsby, Immingham and Goole.

MEET THE SPEAKERS

  • Dafydd Williams, Head of Policy, Communications & Economic Development, ABP - Dafydd will set the scene for freeport status in the Humber and UK, highlighting the impact it will have in supporting the economic recovery including new supply chain opportunities and the creation of high-quality local jobs.
  • Lewis Atter, Managing Director, KPMG - Lewis will shine a light on the broader impact and evolving benefits freeport status will bring to the region. Presenting global examples of coordinated strategies which lead to whole place prosperity, revealing how freeports drive economic growth and provide a platform for businesses who are both inside and outside of the tax and custom zones.
  • Neil Etherington, Business Development Director, Able UK - Neil will bring a regional business view to freeport status in the Humber, detailing the development of the bespoke facility whose primary activities will cover the manufacture, storage and installation of offshore wind components within an anticipated new ‘world-scale’ industrial cluster. It is estimated that 1,500 direct on-site jobs will be created by 2030, along with a further 1,500 in the immediate supply chain. 
  • Paul Atherley, Chairman, Pensana Plc - Well timed to the freeport impact on inward investment into the region, Pensana Plc plans a £100m investment by way of a rare earth separation facility at Saltend. The facility will generate 100 jobs and create a world-first sustainable supply chain for critical magnet metals used in electric vehicles and offshore wind turbines.

Q&A Panellists

  • David Gwynne Bid Director, Humber Freeport
  • Dafydd Williams, Head of Policy, Communications & Economic Development (Humber), Associated British Ports
  • Lewis Atter, Managing Director, KPMG
  • Neil Etherington. Business Development Director, Able UK
  • Paul Atherley, Chairman, Pensana Plc

Event Details

Date/Time

07 June 2021 09:00 - 10:30

Who is it aimed at

All businesses throughout the Humber region

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