Why Invest In Hull …

The Humber has powered the UK economy for decades, bringing everything from food to freight, coal to cars, passengers to petroleum. As the UK's busiest port, the Humber is one of the UK's most important assets.

Today, businesses continue to invest and thrive in the Humber because of our strategic UK coastal location and global connectivity - from marine engineering and logistics companies, to chemicals and food manufacturers and it provides the biggest opportunity for growth through renewable energy.

Our biggest opportunities for growth lie in ports & logistics, renewable energy and chemicals. We are also supporting growth in existing businesses, including healthcare, food, digital and engineering and manufacturing.

Port and logistics

One of the UK’s leading foreign-trading ports, The Port of Hull handles in excess of 12m tonnes of cargo each year. It forms part of the Humber Ports complex which ranks fourth largest in Northern Europe.

Each year nearly one million passengers take advantage of P&O Ferries nightly sailings from Hull to Rotterdam and Zeebrugge.
Regular short sea services operate from the general cargo port to Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic States and the port also benefits from worldwide deep sea connections.

Hull is the UK’s leading softwood timber-handling port regularly handling more than 1.5m cubic metres of timber.

More importantly around 16,000 jobs in the city relate in some way to port activity which makes the port of Hull a key economic driver.

The port of Hull is owned and operated by Associated British Ports (ABP).

Food and drink

Hull’s strong maritime history has firmly established food and drink as the largest sector in Hull.

The Hull and Humber sub-region is recognised as a national food centre and continues to attract a diverse range of businesses, providing employment for around 45,000 people.

Despite the decline of the fishing industry, fish processing is still prominent in Hull and we have more cold storage facilities than anywhere else in the country. This accounts for approximately 70 per cent of the UK’s fish processing economy. The processing sector is supported by the only British Retail Consortium accredited fish market in the UK.

Major food related employers include Cranswick plc, Greencore cakes and desserts, Aunt Bessies, Chaucer Foods, AAK, Mauri and Jacksons. The support and supply chains are well established with leading companies in advanced engineering, print and packaging, logistics and electronic tagging / bar-coding.

If you are looking to start-up or grow your food business in Hull, we have a variety of modern food grade units available on Malmo Food Park at Sutton Fields Industrial Estate. Available on flexible terms, there are units of various sizes, complete with a test kitchen facility.

We are also home to the University of Hull, which has significant expertise in food product research and development. The HONEI (Humber Obesity, Nutrition, Education and Innovation) project is currently being developed. A key focus of the project is to help the local food industry develop healthy new products.