Main industry sectors in the East Riding
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Renewable energy cluster
With a pivotal role in the UK energy sector, the Humber has established strong credentials in the chemical and energy industry, as well as offshore and marine engineering.
You can find out about the energy sector opportunities by visiting:
The Humber - Energy (external website)
The link below shows a map of the Humber’s UK Energy Estuary:
The Humber - UK's Energy Estuary Map (pdf opens in new window)
Ports and logistics
The Humber port is the UK’s busiest port complex and fourth busiest in Europe, handling every type of cargo from cars to containers, food to freight, passengers to petroleum. To find out more about what the Humber Port has to offer visit:
The Humber - Port-related manufacturing and logistics (external website)
Associated British Ports - Humber (external website)
Founded in 2005, the Logistics Institute, located at the University of Hull, is a world-class centre of excellence in global logistics and supply chain management. The institute is unique in offering logistics degree courses, research, business consultancy and training and community engagement.
University of Hull - Logistics Institute (external website)
The Humber hosts a major cluster of chemical manufacturers and chemistry-using industries involved in the production of bulk and speciality chemicals, energy, fibres, paints and coatings, pharmaceutical ingredients personal and household care – all markets with an increasing need for innovation and sustainable feedstocks. Find out more about the chemical sector opportunities:
The Humber - Chemicals (external website)
Saltend Chemicals Park is a cluster of world-class chemicals and renewable energy businesses at the heart of the UK’s 'energy estuary'. To find out more visit:
Saltend chemicals park (external website)
HCF CATCH Ltd run capital, business and economic support programmes, network groups, skills programmes and events aimed at encouraging best practice, collaborative projects and knowledge and intelligence exchange. Visit their website to find out more:
HCF CATCH (external website)
Agriculture and food production
The area’s strong agricultural base and fishing heritage have led to the evolution of a sophisticated food manufacturing and processing sector in recent years. Further information on the food sector can be found here:
The Humber - Food manufacturing (external website)
The Humber - Britain's Kitchen Map (pdf opens in new window)
Information on the food manufacturing sector proposition for Hull and East Riding can be found in the document:
Hull and East Riding of Yorkshire Investment - Food Manufacturing Sector Proposition (word 50kb opens in new window)
National Agri-Food Innovation Campus (NAFIC)
The NAFIC Campus is an 80-acre parkland site a few miles north of York that offers a unique scientific environment which can help drive local growth within the bio-economy. NAFIC is home to a lively mix of private and public sector science-based organisations such as Fera Science Ltd which is leading the global challenge of food security and supply chain integrity, Animal Plant Health Agency (APHA) and a leading centre for Agri-Food research.
A leading sector in East Yorkshire, 90% of the static caravan and lodge manufacturing undertaken in the UK is carried out in Hull and the East Riding. Major manufacturers include the Swift Group, Willerby Holiday Homes and ABI (UK).
Swift Group (external website)
Willerby Holiday Homes (external website)
ABI (UK) (external website)
Fertile soils support intensive arable farming in the East Riding, which is home to over 2,000 agriculture and food manufacturing businesses employing over 8,000 people.
Drax Power Station is the UK’s largest single producer of electricity, 70% of which is generated from biomass fuels which is driving related investments in the region. In total, Drax generates 7% of the nation’s electricity and supports 4,500 jobs.
Drax Power Station (external website)
Bridlington is the largest shellfish port in the UK with a multi-million-pound export market.
The visitor economy was worth an estimated £750 million to East Yorkshire in 2015 supporting over 12,000 jobs.
Chemical and pharmaceutical
The chemical and pharmaceutical industry is worth over £1 billion to the Humber economy.
Saltend Chemicals Park is a cluster of world-class chemical and renewable energy operations and has received £500 million of investment in recent years and offers a reliable and adaptable environment for major 'blue-chip' companies.
Gas and gas caverns
The Langeled Pipeline runs 725 miles under the North Sea from Norway to the Easington Gas Terminal. The annual capacity of the Langeled Pipeline is 25.5 billion cubic metres (900 billion cubic feet) which equates to approximately 30% of Britain’s peak gas demand.
SSE’s gas storage sites at Aldbrough and Hornsea (Atwick) are hollowed out of a huge salt-deposit and have combined capacity of over 500 million cubic metres (mcm). The sites are an important part of the UK gas storage network, accounting for around 30 per cent of the UK’s storage.
Offshore wind technology
A joint investment of £310 million from ABP and Siemens in turbine blade manufacturing at Alexandra Dock is set to support the Green Port Hull vision of establishing the Humber as a world-class centre in offshore wind technology.