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Why Humber

The Humber, encompassing the city of Hull; 2017’s UK City of Culture, the East Riding of Yorkshire, North and North East Lincolnshire is a world-class destination which offers people a great place to live, work invest and visit. Home to a population of circa one million and around 40,000 businesses, the Humber has an incredible talent pool of people, its ports and transport infrastructure compete on a global level and boast a diverse and high-quality portfolio of businesses located here.

Located midway between London and Edinburgh on the East Coast of the UK, facing Northern Europe, the Humber is one of the best-connected regions in the country, giving easy access to the capital, Europe and beyond. 

A stream of big-ticket investments, from both UK and multinational organisations, as well as major public sector spending over the past five years, has regenerated and transformed the Humber. The recent volume of investment is helping to create a dynamic commercial, residential and cultural landscape - pivotal to shaping the Humber’s long-term future.

Home to the UK’s largest Enterprise Zone (EZ), the Humber offers substantial room to grow, with development sites across the region to suit a wide range of businesses. Incentives are available to businesses locating onto an EZ including business rate relief and enhanced capital allowance, and many of the available sites are located within close proximity to the ports.

With land costs 30% more competitive than similar UK regions, low operating costs-per-head, coupled with the unrivalled low-cost-of-living, businesses have the opportunity to save on operational costs and offer a better quality of life for their employees. These credentials highlight why the Humber is an attractive place to invest, relocate and grow your business.

Through our trade partnerships we are committed to creating more jobs, boosting exports and raising prosperity across the whole of northern England.        

The Humber is open for business and has a vital role to play in the Northern Powerhouse.


Thanks to our location the Humber Estuary offers unrivalled access to norther UK markets and is the gateway for access from Asia to USA and beyond, through the northern industrial corridor. 


The Humber is one of the best-connected regions in the UK with exceptional and unrivalled connectivity across Britain Humberside International Airport provides fast connections to more than 800 destinations worldwide via KLM’s daily flights to Amsterdam Schiphol. The Humber ports are at the centre of the trade and communication network links. Connecting people, places and businesses; the ports are the UK’s vital trade gateway to Europe and beyond for exports from the Northern Powerhouse where a market of over 170m people can be reached within 24 hours drive. The Port of Immingham accounts for over 25% of UK rail freight movements, serving major energy and manufacturing facilities. W12 rail gauge improvements will increase local freight capacity.


The Humber offers a high quality workforce of over 400,000 people it’s no wonder the Humber is recognised as a leading business destination across a number of industries.

The region’s main university the University of Hull offers world-class education to over 16,000 students. It continuously produces an attractive pipeline of talent ensuring recruitment and retention of high quality staff is guaranteed.

With the low-operating costs coupled with the unrivalled low-cost-of-living and the access to a skilled workforce the Humber is the ideal location for any business.


In addition to this, the region is home to top education providers including the University of Hull offering world-class education to over 16,000 students, each one of them with the potential to shape the future of businesses within the region.

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Home to the UK’s largest Enterprise Zone (EZ) the Humber is exceeded by only the scale of opportunity here. The regions EZ comprises of more than 40 sites, within individual locations of up to 290ha located close to four main ports: Goole, Grimsby, Hull and Immingham.  As well as its unrivalled location, incentives are offered to businesses that locate onto an EZ including business rate relief or enhanced capital allowance making it the ideal place to relocate and grow your business.


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