Within minutes of arriving at Leeds’ Royal Armouries and New Dock, one thing is clear – if you work in property, investment, planning or infrastructure, UKREiiF is the place to be.

With over 10,000 attendees, 700 speakers across 30 stages and more than 150 exhibitors, there’s a buzz and an energy which stretches to all corners of the conference.

For Humber Freeport, UKREiiF is a unique chance to showcase the breadth of investment opportunities we have across the region, and the Humber’s expertise in green energy, advanced manufacturing, logistics and so much more.

Our CEO, Simon Green, and board member, Jo Barnes, took to the stage today to share insights into Humber Freeport’s unique offering and the transformative potential of freeports in the UK.

The pair discussed how Humber Freeport is poised to become a pivotal hub for trade and investment, leveraging its strategic location and tailored economic regulations to foster growth and innovation.

Collaboration is key, bringing together both public and private sectors to create a sustainable, prosperous future for the Humber.

Humber Freeport is attending UKREiiF alongside public and private sector organisations from across the region.

Speaking in the morning on a panel focused on ports and driving sustainable growth, Mr Green said: “Humber Freeport has aligned itself closely to the region’s energy and advanced manufacturing sectors. What we now need to do is look to develop an even more integrated cluster which provides both breadth and depth.

“The energy sector is stable, and is growing at a remarkable pace. Last year, that growth was mapped at nine per cent. You will not find many industries which are evolving at that pace.

“To capitalise on that growth, several years ago the Humber Energy Board was launched to bring together dozens of major private sector businesses, with expertise in offshore wind, carbon capture and storage, hydrogen energy and more.

“As a result of that, we are seeing collaboration right across the energy sector, and a clear alignment of what we need to achieve – a transition to a low carbon economy.”

UKREiiF is taking place over three days in Leeds this week.

UKREiiF also provides a platform for Humber Freeport to connect with a diverse array of industry leaders, investors and key stakeholders, all keen to learn more about what we have to offer.

From in-depth discussions on infrastructure development to exploring cutting-edge sustainability practices, the sessions have been both inspiring and informative.

As we navigate through day two tomorrow, we’re excited to continue exploring new partnerships and investment opportunities that will drive the growth of Humber Freeport.

The collaborative spirit here is incredible, and it’s clear that UKREiiF is the perfect platform to showcase our vision for the region.

And we’re not alone at UKREiiF. We’re joined at the conference by all four of our region’s local authorities, alongside private sector representation from ABP, Sewell Group, Wykeland Group, CATCH and many more.

Together, we form a compelling and powerful voice for the Humber.

We’ve got some Humber Freeport cards on the Invest Hull stand, in the exhibition hall – make sure to grab one if you’re passing!


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