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The Humber has powered the UK economy for decades, bringing everything
from food to freight, coal to cars, passengers to petroleum.


As the UK’s busiest port, the Humber is one of the UK’s most important assets. Today, businesses continue to invest and thrive in the
Humber because of our strategic UK coastal location and global connectivity - from marine engineering and logistics companies,
to chemicals and food manufacturers and it provides the biggest opportunity for growth through renewable energy.



Sustainable Energy

Hull and the Humber region is currently positioning itself as the Energy Estuary of the UK; with sustainable energy being the focus of local policy and business development we're seeing some exciting changes related to this sector. Entitled by the UK government as a ‘Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy’, The Humber is leading the UK renewables sector with over 700,000,000 Pounds being invested through Siemens, Able, ABP and the development of Greenport Hull. This is allowing Hull to play an important role in the nation’s advances in renewable energy and research on tidal technologies, biomass and biofuels.

As the city at the heart of the UK’s biggest port complex and home to Europe’s biggest wind turbine manufacturing plant, Hull is Capitalising on the UK target of achieving 15 per cent of renewable energy by 2020 and on its way to becoming a leading hub for renewable energy industries.


The Humber is No 1 in the UK for
biofuel production

The scale of our energy industry means demand is
high for engineering support and top talent

Turbines made in the Humber means a wider supply chain of
manufacturers; repair and maintenance contractors will be located
in the area which will lead to a cluster of renewable companies
in the Humber

The Humber region is home to innovative tidal
and wave technology

Due to an aging population Health & Social Care is
one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK

Smith & Nephew first set up in Hull in 1856

The partnership between the University of Hull and Smith & Nephew
creates one of the world’s largest wound care research clusters.

Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals

Healthcare remains one of Hull’s key growth sectors with a fully developed supply chain and world leading clinical research at the University of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals Trust. The University’s health research is already a major strength, helping to address critical health issues in our region and beyond, with 87% of the University’s research classed as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent'.

World leaders Reckitt Benckiser and Smith and Nephew started in Hull and have a rich history of innovation and growth in healthcare. Reckitt Benckiser now has one of their largest research and development centres here in Hull and Smith & Nephew have their Advanced Wound Management Global Headquarters here, helping clinicians and health system managers reduce the human and economic cost of wounds through effective combination of pharmaceutical and wound products.

Ports & Logistics
Hull is a traditional maritime city located on the Humber Estuary which, today, is the busiest trading estuary in the Country and forms part of the Humber Ports complex which ranks the fifth largest in Europe. As one of the UK’s leading foreign-trading ports, The Port of Hull handles in excess of 12m tonnes of cargo each year. Each year nearly one million passengers take advantage of P&O Ferries’ nightly sailings from Hull to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge. Regular short sea services also operate from the general cargo port to Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic States whilst the port also benefits from worldwide deep sea connections.
Just as importantly, around 16,000 jobs in the city relate in some way to port activity which makes the port of Hull a key economic driver.


The Port of Hull has been in existence since the 12th century.

The Humber is the UK’s busiest trading estuary and
the 5th busiest in Europe.

Connectivity is well served with Humberside airport 40km
away, connections to passenger rail only 4km away and close
connections to motorway and inland waterway networks.


 Aunt Bessie’s factory in Hull produces over 2 million Yorkshire
Puddings every day.

Following a £30 million investment Greencore Cakes & Desserts
produce market leading cakes and chilled non-dairy desserts
at a 13 acre site in Hull.

Aarhus Karlshamn’s $1 billion business in Hull supplies oils,
fats and foods to a variety of global players in the food industry
including Tesco, Mars, Burger King and Morrisons.

Cranswick Plc is a leading supplier of fresh pork and gourmet
sausages to the UK’s food retail and manufacturing sector.

There are more than 15,000 companies in Yorkshires food
and drink sector - the largest concentration in the UK

Food & Drink
The food and drink sector in Yorkshire and the Humber Region is one of the largest and fastest growing markets in Europe. Worth an estimated £22.8 billion, Yorkshire and the Humber is the country’s largest food producing region and is recognised as the food capital of the United Kingdom, attracting global players across the supply chain.

Despite the decline of the fishing industry, fish processing is still prominent in Hull and we have more cold storage facilities than anywhere else in the country. This accounts for approximately 70 per cent of the UK’s fish processing economy. The processing sector is supported by the only British Retail Consortium accredited fish market in the UK.
The Hull and Humber Region is home to the largest concentration of food industries in the UK, with over 500 companies employing around 48,000 people. Major food related employers include Cranswick plc, Greencore cakes and desserts, Aunt Bessies, Chaucer Foods, AAK, Mauri and Jacksons. The region is also home to a large concentration of breweries, producing almost a third of the UK's beer.


Speak to the Hull and East
Yorkshire (HEY) Conferences
team about holding a conference,
meeting, gala dinner, or event.
Call +44 (0)1482 391535 or email