First-class labour force and its supply of high-quality development land will make all the difference, according to leading Yorkshire developers Sterling Capitol.
The Humber Ports bid, encompassing ports of Grimsby, Immingham, Hull and Goole, was brought forward by Associated British Ports (ABP), the Humber LEP and the Greater Lincolnshire LEP.
It was backed by the Humber Unitary Leaders Group of Hull City Council, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, North Lincolnshire, Siemens and North East Lincolnshire councils.
“There is no doubt that Goole is perfectly positioned, both geographically and economically, to take advantage of a freeport status for the Humber region,” said Mike Heydecke, chief executive of Sterling Capitol.
“We have already worked closely with East Riding of Yorkshire Council to build a link road from the M62 to the port and free up access to the town, which is now undergoing a real renaissance. Tech giants such as Siemens and big supermarket chains such as Tesco, plus Croda International, have taken huge chunks of space in the Capitol Park area and more companies, like Beal Homes, are following suit.”
“Sterling Capitol has invested in the region since 2003, when we first opened Capitol Park Goole by Junction 36 of the M62. The park, which sits within an enterprise zone, currently has outline planning consent for an employment unit of up to 550,000 sq ft with an unparalleled presence next to the motorway.”