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Hull’s year as City of Culture 2017 will bring a welcome boost, raising the profile of the Humber nationally

Steve Eastwood,

President, Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce

Ports are key drivers of economic growth, helping to provide British businesses with essential access to global markets. Ports can help drive economic growth as centres for new manufacturing, as well as by providing essential gateways for trade. The Humber is the UK's busiest trading estuary and last year our ports handled more than 60 million tonnes of cargo

Simon Bird,

Director of Humber Ports Group, APB

Andrew Jackson has always been at the heart of the business sector in this region and it has been fantastic to see the city region continue to thrive and grow alongside us over recent years. The Marina is a beautiful location for our head office and there is a palpable excitement amongst our clients and the city as we watch cranes on the sky line, with new facilities and new businesses coming into the space around us. It genuinely feels as if there has never been a better time to be located here.

Mark Pearson-Kendall,

Managing Partner, Andrew Jackson Solicitors

Being based in Hull is so economically viable, we have a skilled workforce on our doorstep and overheads are so much lower than our competitors based in London. It’s also crucial that we are based so close to the Ports and P&O Ferries which is perfect for the Marine side of our business as we can get the ferry to mainland Europe and often be on-site within 24 hour.

James Ward,

Managing Director, Electric String

The Humber’s position in close proximity to the UK’s largest offshore wind farms is a key advantage for the region, putting the estuary at the forefront of the UK’s transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy

Finbarr Dowling,

Project Director, Siemens Hull

We have invested heavily in our plant facility and equipment in the last few years and we will continue to do so to ensure our product remains market leading. “I see a positive future for businesses in the Humber region. Attracting new businesses to the area will become easier with the enhancement of infrastructure and transport links and it could also encourage existing businesses to develop further.

James Turner,

Managing Director, Swift Group

BP has world-class expertise and operations at Saltend Chemicals Park in Hull, in research, innovation and manufacturing of chemicals that are used in everyday life around the world. We have attracted world-class talent from around the UK, Europe and the globally to come and work on site. They have built their careers here because the work is challenging and rewarding and there is an opportunity for a lifestyle that is very hard to replicate elsewhere. Living here, people enjoy a great combination of professional fulfilment, high quality of life and low living cost.

Dr Chris Bowlas,

Director of Strategy and Transformation, BP Chemicals

The Humber has great opportunities for businesses with ‘The Northern Powerhouse’ offering exciting developments. 2015 saw the World Seafood Congress descend upon Grimsby, the offshore wind sector continues to develop and business as a whole appears very buoyant

Des Mannion,

Chief Executive, Wilkin Chapman Solicitors

The Humber region has proved to be the ideal location for Vivergo Fuels’ world-scale bio-refinery and we are proud to be leading biofuels here. Vivergo Fuels are a champion for the Humber region, its economy and its aspiration to be the UK’s ‘energy estuary’

Rick Taylor,

Commercial Director, Vivergo Fuels

Even when we were planning the significant investment in our new premises on Humber Quays it was on a backdrop of enhanced prominence for the whole Hull and Humber region in the UK landscape. The amazing City of Culture title will only add to this, bringing positive impacts from across the country.

Jonathan Thompson,

Regional Director, Santander


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