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UK consortium to launch Humber Freeport bid

‘The Humber has a unique opportunity to blaze a trail for decarbonising our economy as well as build on the area’s status as the most exciting place for growth in green energy,’ say the consortium’s members.

The bid for Freeport status will be submitted to the UK government this week by the two Local Enterprise Partnerships of Greater Lincolnshire and the Humber, along with the four local authorities of Hull, East Riding, North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire.

The region is home to the UK’s busiest port complex including the four ports of Hull, Goole, Immingham and Grimsby, operated by ABP Humber, which combined handle around 17% of the UK’s trade.

As the region producing the largest amount of the UK’s carbon, the consortium partners are highlighted its potential for decarbonisation and green energy projects. The region hosts the largest hub in the world for the operation and maintenance of offshore wind and the Siemens Gamesa plant in Green Port Hull manufactures offshore wind blades.

The Freeport bid will include three new tax sites on both banks of the River Humber that will incentivise growth in new manufacturing, research and development and green energy jobs.

Lesley Bankes-Hughes

Lesley Bankes-Hughes