Powerhouse Minister pays visit to Port of Hull on inaugural tour of the North

July 28, 2016

Andrew Percy (2nd left) signs the Growth Deal as (l-r) Cllr Stephen Brady, Leader, Hull City Council; Lord Haskins, Chair, Humber LEP and ABP Port Manager for Hull & Goole Mark Frith look on.

Andrew Percy MP, the new Minister for the Northern Powerhouse, paid a visit to the Port of Hull yesterday (27 July) as he embarked on his first official tour of the North following his appointment.

During the visit Mr Percy hailed the Humber community as 'hugely important' to the economy of the north.

He said: “Our core cities are really important to the Northern Powerhouse but actually whether it’s Sunderland, whether it’s Beverley, whether it’s Manchester, all of those communities are equally important.

“The economy of the Humber is hugely important, you only have to look at the port structures around here and how much business and trade that takes place in the North starts here.”

ABP Port Manager Hull & Goole Mark Frith was clear about what ABP’s priorities were for the new Minister.

He said: “If you don’t have the proper infrastructure in place it’s going to impact customer expectations and ultimately our business as well.

“Transport links – road and rail – into the Humber and the North are going to be absolutely crucial”

During his visit Mr Percy also met with representatives of ABP, Hull City Council and the Humber LEP to sign an £11 million Growth Deal which will see six Humber projects benefit from £11.5 million of Government money.

The projects, which have been approved by the Humber LEP Board and the Humber Leadership Board will support the region’s visitor economy, energy sector, transport infrastructure and reduce the risk from flooding with some of the money going to offshore wind developments at ABP’s Port of Grimsby. The initiatives will create 75 direct jobs, support 404 indirect jobs and will generate 279 construction jobs.