HULL CITY PLAN
Since the launch of the City Plan in 2013, Hull has seen significant economic benefits with thousands of jobs been created for local people and unprecedented levels of investment; a rapid growth scenario that many cities can only aspire to.
The plan is overseen by the Business Leadership Board (BLB), a ‘guiding coalition’ of the leaders of the private, public, voluntary and community sectors, charged with helping to shape the city’s long-term future direction. By bringing expertise, drive and leadership credentials, BLB provide the focus for pursuing projects on a citywide scale and impact; projects that will make a tangible and lasting difference. Acting as city-ambassadors, BLB Members bring creativity, resources and presence to an already rich pool of expertise helping to ensure that the city can play a full and meaningful role in a UK and international context.
The ambitions of the City Plan continue to cover the themes of:
Delivering Economic Growth
Hull, through its prime economic and geographic location on the Humber energy estuary, has placed the city firmly at the heart of the UK hub for new and emerging industries focusing on renewable energy and the transition to a low carbon economy. Green Port Hull, which delivered Siemens Gamesa, Europe’s largest wind turbine production and installation facilities at Alexandra Dock, is just the first step. Capitalising on the initial Siemens’ investment, the Green Port Hub programme has delivered a local co-located value chain, establishing Hull, and the Humber, as a world class centre for renewable energy, delivering a capable workforce to meet the challenges of the new industry. Thereby, this project is making a major contribution to the ambitions of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, underpinning a new plan for the next phase of growing the UK’s Energy Estuary, critical to any future Local Industrial Strategy for the Humber and the benefit of our residents.
Hull, a gateway to Yorkshire, the UK and to Europe, which as UK City of Culture 2017, delivered the wider Destination Hull capital programme of major cultural and transport infrastructure projects, firmly grasped this once-in-a-generation opportunity to create a sustainable thriving visitor economy; building on its rich heritage, culture and diversity, whilst embracing the future and the opportunities that it will bring.
Putting Hull on the map provided opportunities for all our residents, communities and businesses not seen for generations whilst refocusing the city towards the legacy of building on what has been achieved and sustained. That legacy focus is the key to the future, building on the physical, cultural and social steps forward that have been achieved, not least, by our residents.
The Government has stated its desire to grow and ‘rebalance’ the economy, recognising that whilst many people, places and businesses are thriving, opportunities and growth continues to be spread unevenly across the country.