By Amy MacDonnell on 01 December 2017

Delegates gathered in Sheffield on Thursday 23rd November to hear from Humber business leaders about the opportunity to utilise the Humber Port as a gateway for trade, to build relationships between Sheffield and the Humber and strengthen their respective positions in the Northern Powerhouse.

The event was held at Sheffield United Football Club and key stakeholders from the region were informed on what the Humber, the UK’s Energy Estuary, has to offer as a critical transport hub, with unrivalled connectivity to Europe and beyond. The event marked the first meeting focussed on the Humber as a Gateway for Sheffield, with more events intended for 2018 to continue the momentum and build relationships between the two regions.

Delegates were welcomed to the event by Nigel Brewster, Vice Chair at Sheffield City Region LEP, who discussed the importance of Sheffield forging relationships with the Humber and how businesses in the North should use the assets at our disposal, such as the Humber Port, to build local connections and grow our economy.

Following on from Nigel, Kishor Tailor, Chief Executive at Humber LEP, took to the stage to set the scene for delegates in terms of the Humber’s location, connectivity and strengths. Kishor joined Nigel Brewster in emphasising the importance of the Humber and Sheffield working together to build relationships.

Simon Dwyer, CEO at Seafox Management Consultants, was the keynote speaker and provided delegates with an international perspective and insight into the challenges businesses face with the physical movement of goods within the supply chain and related costs. Simon showcased the capabilities and expertise of the Humber Port, demonstrating how businesses in Sheffield can benefit from operating through the port.

“The Humber Port has the infrastructure and support network to handle Sheffield’s import and exports, as well as the network locally to access worldwide markets”, emphasised Simon.

He continued to demonstrate the strength of the Humber Port in terms of shipping movements and frequencies, with circa 400,000 shipping movements operating per annum, made up of daily, weekly and fortnightly sailings.

Simon highlighted the Humber’s links to Europe with over 100 services operating per week, handling every type of cargo including chemicals, oil, automotive, steel, and food. Nationals operating through the Humber Port include Tesco, Amazon, Next, Ikea and Argos, to name but a few.

“Fast market access from the Humber enables businesses to reduce transport costs, delivery times and carbon emissions” explained Simon, with journey time from Sheffield to the Humber 1.5hrs maximum, compared with a 4hr journey to the Port of Southampton.

Simon then invited a panel of industry experts to the stage and welcomed questions from the audience on logistics, Humber Port capabilities and improving productivity. The panel included; Paul Hickling, Managing Director of East Trans ; Colin Moody, Managing Director, Neill & Brown Global Logistics ; Darren Southwell, Managing Director, Relay Port Agency and John Prescott, House of Lords, who later closed the event.

This event was proudly sponsored by TDL Wind, Danbrit Shipping Ltd and Thor Shipping.

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