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The Humber LEP is urging the Secretary of State for Transport to keep and improve links between the Humber and Manchester.   The LEP added its voice to keep the direct train service from Cleethorpes to Manchester as part of the Transpennine and Northern franchise consultations in a letter to the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP.   Also raised is the need for a direct service between Hull and Manchester Airport to be restored. If a half hourly service was agreed it would be worth £5.3m to our economy and relieve congestion on the roads.
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Two strategic agreements by Neill & Brown Global Logistics have seen an increase in the company’s international trade, staff numbers and job vacancies.   Import and export trade to Europe, particularly Germany, has risen after exclusive agreements with northern German logistics provider Nellen & Quack The Green Line and the UK Pallets network for the Hull and East Yorkshire region.   Carl Andrew, logistics director, said: “We are currently seeing shipment increases across the board, particularly German pallet-related imports and exports.   “Since the tie-up with The Green Line, the number of pallet jobs has risen, which has also had a big impact on our UK Pallets distribution.”
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SMS Towage has formally named the latest tugboat in its growing fleet.   The £3.5m Yorkshireman, built in Turkey to a classic Canadian design, arrived in the Humber in March this year. She was blessed at Albert Dock, Hull, by the Rev Canon Neal Barnes of Holy Trinity and named by four-year-old Annabelle Escreet Writer.   It was another landmark occasion for Hessle-based SMS, which has experienced rapid growth in the last two years, starting operations in the Bristol Channel and Belfast Harbour to complement its services on the Humber.
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One of the country’s leading power system suppliers is targeting the Humber because of the region’s increasing importance as a renewable energy hub.   Dale Power Solutions of Scarborough, which makes and services uninterrupted power systems and generators, is the latest company to join Team Humber Marine Alliance (THMA).
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Henderson Insurance Brokers has become one of the UK’s market leaders in risk management and training with the acquisition of Staffordshire-based Corporate Risk Systems Ltd (CRS).   CRS, which provides health and safety training and consultancy services, has been merged with Henderson Risk Management, creating a new enlarged business with headquarters in Leeds and trading under the CRS brand.   As risk managers, CRS provides a wide array of services to brokers, insurers and their clients including retained adviser services, renewal surveys and project management  
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There’s just over a week left for local businesses to apply for their share of government grants from the Regional Growth Fund supported Humber Local Enterprise Partnership.   Since this round of funding opened, more than 100 companies have been awarded over £15.5m million government cash, with many more projects currently being considered. Grants so far awarded range from as little as just over £5,000 to million pound plus awards to help companies grow. 
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The Humber LEP welcomes 5 news board members who will bring business experience and ethics to contribute to the LEP’s strategic role.   The new members were chosen because of their specialist expertise and leadership skills they can bring to make a meaningful contribution to our economic development working alongside our public sector partners.   The new board members are joining the Humber LEP at an exciting time where we are moving into a delivery phase with City Deal projects, European Funds strategy and most recently the £103.7m Growth Deal.  
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Beverley residents and others visiting the medieval market town this summer can stay connected thanks to free high-speed WiFi access installed by KC throughout the town centre.
Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to Beverley’s festivals over the summer months. And with its thriving town centre with restaurants, bars and cafes, Beverley Town Council wanted to ensure that residents and visitors alike can get online and stay connected.   The high-speed WiFi delivered by KC is available across the town centre, from the North Bar down through Toll Gavel and Butcher Row.

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