THE offshore wind industry’s role in bringing jobs and investment to Yorkshire was highlighted during a visit to the region by the Danish Ambassador to the UK.
Ambassador Claus Grube said he wanted to build on the strong historic links between East Yorkshire, North Lincolnshire and Denmark.
The region has secured huge investment in the offshore wind industry, and it is expected to attract more interest from global firms.
Last year, the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce led a group of delegates who attended a high profile renewable energy event in Aarhus, Denmark, where they met with decision makers from the Danish renewable energy sector.
The ambassador’s visit included a tour of DFDS Seaways’ facilities at Immingham; a reception hosted by the Bondholders marketing organisation at the offices on Hull Marina of engineering business Spencer Group; and a dinner attended by Bondholder companies at the Winteringham Fields restaurant in North Lincolnshire.
The Bondholders events were arranged by Danish-born Peter Aarosin, who is chair of the Bondholders, and also a director and shareholder in several companies that operate in ports and logistics within the Humber, including RMS Group, Danbrit Shipping and EastTrans.
Mr Aarosin said: “The UK is one of Denmark’s longest-established and largest trading partners.
“Ports, logistics, farming and fishing have been the traditional trading areas and now the rapid growth of renewables is acting as a powerful catalyst for a range of joint ventures and shared investments, both in Denmark and on the Humber.
“Our evening with the Danish Ambassador has strengthened further these important and beneficial Danish-Humber links.”
According to Mr Aarosin, the offshore wind industry will also support the development of other types of business.
East Yorkshire also has plenty of land suitable for development, and a geographical position that is second to none, he added.
He said: “We have got to stay close to Europe. We have got to think how important it is in a trade sense.”
Ambassador Grube said Danish-owned companies such as DONG Energy and DFDS Seaways were key players in the Humber estuary, and leading the way in the region’s resurgence.
He added: “My visit to the Humber estuary has given me a very good impression of the dynamic business development which has taken place over the past decade.
“I am very proud that important Danish companies are taking a very active part in this development, in particular in the areas of renewable energy production and sustainable shipping and transport.”
The dinner was also attended by Martin Green, chief executive of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, which has forged an alliance with Aarhus in Denmark, the European Capital of Culture 2017.
Ambassador Grube said he welcomed the close cooperation between the two cities.
The Bondholders is a growing network of 280 businesses and organisations, who work together to raise the profile of the business opportunities around the Humber estuary.
Every member of the scheme makes a financial contribution to the promotion of the area, as well as acting as an “ambassador” for the region.
The Bondholders work with partners to market the region to external audiences, including investors and high-level decision-makers, to stimulate economic growth.
The activity led by the Bondholders has included branding the Humber as the ‘UK’s Energy Estuary’, to help it secure external investment.