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Following the success of a Danish trade mission in November more than 20 businesses from Grenaa, in Denmark, visited Hull this week to encourage businesses in the renewables supply chain to invest in Green Port Hull.

From left: Henrik Joergensen, from the Carl Stahl Group, and Tom Towne, from Towne Lifting & Testing, at the trade networking event.

During the visit on April 18th and 19th, delegates were taken on a tour of the Port of Hull visiting the Green Port Hull site at Alexandra Dock before heading to a networking dinner for companies involved in the renewables sector. They also took part in a business-to-business event, followed by a luncheon hosted by Councillor Anita Harrison, The Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull and Admiral of the Humber.

The visit was organised by Green Port Hull, working in partnership with the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce.

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

“In terms of renewables, Denmark is leading the way globally, with many businesses there already engaged in the supply chain. We chose to invite businesses to Hull from Danish town Grenaa as it’s home to a busy port serving the energy sector. We want to introduce them to Green Port Hull and the partnership opportunities that can benefit businesses here.

“This visit supports our existing inward investment efforts which have included the launch of a business desk in Copenhagen and a trade mission in November. We are making steady progress with valuable networks being established. We hope these will come to fruition in the near future.”

In September 2015 Green Port Hull launched a business desk in Copenhagen which is run by the British Chamber of Commerce in Denmark. The Chamber engages with both Danish and UK businesses and acts as a signpost for companies wanting to access supply chain opportunities with Green Port Hull.

One of the delegates was Henrik Joergensen, from the Carl Stahl Group, a global company specialising in innovative lifting solutions. He met with Tom Towne, of Hull-based Towne Lifting & Testing, manufacturers, suppliers and installers of quality lifting and securing equipment.

Mr Joergensen said:

“The visit was a fantastic way for us to learn more about the opportunities at Green Port Hull and how we can support similar businesses to ours here in the UK.”

Mr Towne added:

“The wind energy industry in Denmark is about three years ahead of the UK, so it was great to meet Henrik and find out how the Carl Stahl Group has capitalised on opportunities. Moving forward, it will be great to work with Danish companies and share their knowledge and expertise in this sector.”

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

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