The Humber is synonymous with its estuary – a waterscape that has shaped its rich maritime history and driven the economic landscape. It has created beautiful coastal paths that frame its countryside and has rooted diverse communities in thriving market towns, villages and vibrant City settings.

The Humber has powered the UK economy for decades, bringing everything from food to freight, coal to cars, passengers to petroleum and is home to the UK’s busiest port complex. Not only does it face Northern Europe, but its strategic position at the centre of the UK - 200 miles from London, Edinburgh and Rotterdam, also makes it an important hub for trade and industry.

Today, the Humber’s location and ports connectivity continues to drive some serious investments and innovation. Coined as ‘The Energy Estuary’, it now boasts a wide range of knowledge economy sectors from renewables and bio-mass energy to engineering, chemicals, food processing and digital industries - taking raw materials and inventing products and services used around the world 24-7.

The Humber will take centre stage in 2017 as Hull celebrates it's reign as UK City of Culture – a title which has brought a new sense of confidence and ambition. This too is acting as a natural catalyst for investment in hotels, conference venues, public realm and leisure facilities as well as world class creative talent contributing to the UK’s City of Culture programme.

The resurgence of the Humber has in turn leant to a thirst for fresh talent and new energy to secure its legacy. The foundations in which to build long term careers across a variety of industry sectors has therefore never been stronger. This, coupled with the Humber’s location, connectivity, educational excellence, work-life balance and emerging cultural offer, makes it a truly attractive place in which to live, work and invest.


The Humber’s industrial sectors are thriving and ever evolving, covering a diverse range of specialisms that support the development of global economy.



From engineering, to science and manufacturing to digital, the knowledge and expertise of our region’s professionals is being sought the world over.


Cost Base

Whether you’re an organisation or professional looking to relocate, the Humber benefits from a lower than average cost base making it a great place to live, work and invest.



Strategically positioned at the heart of the UK, the Humber is an important hub for trade and industry and offers access to 40m people within a 4 hour drive.


Land & Enterprise

The Humber is significant areas of land ‘ready to go’ and is home to the UK’s largest Enterprise Zone, standing at over 484 hectares.



From picturesque villages and bustling market towns, to city-living and life by the coast - Whatever a great quality of life means to you, we’re sure you’ll find it here.


City of Culture

As UK City of Culture for 2017, Hull is developing an exciting £190m cultural capital programme that will see the city become a world-class visitor destination.



Don’t just take our word for it – hear from our Bondholders and global ambassadors flying the flag for the Humber region.



The progressive nature of public and private sector investments being seen across the Humber are testament to the confidence and sense of energy in the region.