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A business desk is set to open in Denmark this week, to help establish and strengthen networks across Europe between companies involved in the renewable energy sector supply chain.

Green Port Hull, working in partnership with the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce, will launch the business desk in Copenhagen on Tuesday 22nd September 2015.  The business desk will be run by the British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark. The chambers will engage with both Danish and UK businesses and act as a signpost for those that want to access supply chain opportunities with Green Port Hull.

The partnership will promote inward investment opportunities for Danish businesses at Green Port Hull and present potential joint venture and supply chain opportunities for businesses in Denmark and in Hull and the East Riding. The objective is to capitalise on the current high profile investments in Green Port Hull including £310m by Siemens and Associated British Ports.

A delegation from Hull, including civic leaders from both Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire Councils and local businesses representatives, will attend a dinner in Copenhagen to mark the launch of the business desk.

Councillor Anita Harrison, The Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull and Admiral of the Humber, said:

“I am delighted to be opening this business desk in Denmark this week and I hope this move will encourage businesses in Denmark to take an active interest in investing into the growing Green Port brand and the Humber’s renewables sector.

“We, as a city, have a long-term vision to establish Hull and the East Riding as a world-class leader in green energy and people are starting to recognise both nationally and internationally the critical role Hull is playing in its growth strategy for economic prosperity.

“The Humber is fast becoming established as the UK’s energy estuary and the desk will allow us to capitalise on potential inward investment opportunities.”

Councillor Peter Turner, Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said:

“I am delighted to be representing the East Riding of Yorkshire Council in jointly launching the Green Port Hull Business Desk in Denmark with my colleague the Lord Mayor of Hull.  This joint venture marks another milestone in steps towards economic growth as a result of the emerging renewable energy sector developments in our region. Partnerships and collaboration are critical if we are all to maximise on this opportunity.  I will take great pleasure in being part of welcoming our Danish partners to this initiative.”

The Green Port Hull desk in Denmark will be the initial point of contact for Danish businesses while the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce will handle enquiries from UK businesses. Together they will evaluate the requests and manage the delivery process.

Pauline Wade, Director of International Trade at the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce, comments:

“The aim of the desk is to facilitate relationships and encourage partnerships between businesses here in the UK and in Europe through European Chambers. We will be an initial point of contact and will manage the signposting process. Not only will this partnership attract inward investment to the Humber region but it will also support UK businesses.

“Denmark and Germany have been active in the renewables energy sector for years and the knowledge, expertise and standards achieved in these countries can be beneficial to businesses in the Humber and in the UK. Our renewable energy industry is still in its infancy and there is a lot to be gained from those who have experience in this sector.”

The desk will be officially launched by the Lord Mayor of Hull, Councillor Anita Harrison, and Councillor Peter Turner, Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and will be managed by Mariano Davies, CEO of the British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark (BCCD-BIU). The BCCD-BIU is a bilateral Chamber for British and Danish business people in Denmark.

To contact the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce regarding Green Port Hull opportunities, email greenporthull@hhchamber.co.uk