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A new £2.6m business park has been approved (10 October) by North East Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee as part of the SHIIP programme designed to improve the economy in the area.
Strategically located at the junction of the A180 and the A1173, it has good access to the Ports of Immingham and Grimsby, and has ready access to the strategic highway network.
The site has been allocated for employment purposes in the Local Plan and is also a designated Humber LEP Enterprise Zone.
The work at Stallingborough Interchange Business Park will include:
·       Creation of a new roundabout on the A1173 to provide access to the site, and associated other highways works
·       Build new access roads within the site
·       Build substations, pumping stations
·       Provide drainage infrastructure
·       Landscaping
Once complete, the new 106 acre (43-hectare) park will give the potential for approximately 1.6million square feet (150,000m2) of business space (around 20 units) and up to 2672 national standard jobs. The space will be allocated for research and development, general industry and storage and distribution units.
Councillor Peter Wheatley, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “The availability of good quality employment land within North East Lincolnshire is currently very limited and this is the first steps in addressing this. Additionally, recent evidence has shown that there is real potential for employment growth over the next 10-20 years. This is a key milestone in the South Humber Industrial Investment Plan, and one I’m delighted has progressed.”
Plans have already been approved for the creation of the South Humber Bank Link Road, which will link Grimsby and Stallingborough on a parallel road to the A180 and help movement between the ports.
Funding for the Stallingborough Interchange Business Park scheme has come from  North East Lincolnshire Council (£13.4m) and is match funded with £2.6m funds from the Humber LEP. Work is due to start on site in early 2019, with the project completed by mid 2020.

Energy Institute chief executive Louise Kingham OBE has described the Humber’s ‘Energy Estuary’ slogan as “not just a concept or PR headline, but a real-world jewel of the UK energy system”.
The senior figure at the helm of the professional chartered organisation was addressing the first joint Energy Institute and Catch Energy Conference, held at the Stallingborough base of the member organisation.
More than 50 delegates heard her describe the Humber LEP’s Blueprint for an Industrial Strategy as “an ambitious, but realistic, claim for this region to be central to the UK’s future economic success,” praising the response to the Clean Growth ‘grand challenge’ set by the Government – not only in low carbon energy generation, goods and services, but also in the more efficient use of energy and resources by industry.

“I believe the collaboration we see in our industry here in Humber promises to deliver for the region and the UK,” she said. “The region as a whole is pulling together, with our industry at its heart.”

It came ahead of the Humber branch’s annual dinner at Humber Royal Hotel, Grimsby, and saw the launch of a refreshed new Energy Estuary map from Bondholders.
“The Humber’s role in the UK’s energy system really does take some beating,” Mrs Kingham said, listing how it is responsible for one third of the UK’s coal imports, one third of the UK’s fuel, one fifth of the natural gas landed and one sixth of electricity generated.
“With two refineries and strengths in steel, chemicals and process industries, the Humber has one of the largest concentrations of energy intensive industries in the country. The banks of the Humber – the ports of Immingham, Hull, Grimsby, Trent, Goole – are home to established and still flourishing industries.


When:  Tuesday 2nd October
Where:  Grimsby Auditorium
10am – 6.30pm
Book now at www.businesshive.live
This year we have a great variety of local speakers covering current, engaging topics and 2 Keynote talks that will be nothing short of inspirational.
We have over 60 exhibitors just waiting for you to come and talk to them at their stands and see if business can be done together.
Plus, we have our own pop up restaurant, The Lincolnshire Kitchen serving a delicious lunch menu courtesy of The Lincolnshire Chef and free tea and coffee all day.
This isn’t your average business expo, this is Business Hive Live 2018.

Ctrl Hub are adding real value to Northern Gas Networks in supporting their drive towards industry best practice, productivity improvement and cost reduction.
Northern Gas Network (NGN) have been using Ctrl Hub as their operational management platform since January 2017.  The implementation of the digital cloud-based system has transformed several key business areas for NGN including:

  • Health and safety compliance
  • Governance of supply chain risk
  • Operational efficiency
  • Business risk reduction
  • Regulatory reporting

NGN operate the gas transmission assets for 2.7 million homes and businesses across the North East, Northern Cumbria and much of Yorkshire.  To support their standing as industry leaders in network performance and customer service they are focused on driving forward innovation, efficiency and best practice in the industry.  With an aging network and ever-increasing pressures to deliver improvements in performance for less cost to the consumer, NGN identified that continuing to operate in the traditional fashion was not sustainable.  There was a clear need for change.  This is where Ctrl Hub came in.
With a diverse supply chain, operating across multiple locations and usually working in close proximity to the public, it was both difficult and essential that risk was managed at all times.  Ctrl Hub provided the opportunity to achieve this.

A Centralised and Secure Management Platform
Created as a joint venture between a construction company and a utilities company Ctrl Hub is designed to securely and efficiently store and share critical operational information.  Traditionally a mixture of paper records, or siloed electronic systems and spreadsheets held much of the key information such as qualifications, certifications, drawings, personnel or fleet records.  There had been little change in how the industry had operated, from an on-site operations perspective, for around 40 years.
By combining competency and training records, fleet and plant maintenance schedules, project drawings, forms and permits onto one electronic platform, Ctrl Hub enables strong governance and visibility over operations and supply chain, accessible via any internet enabled device.
The Ctrl Hub system was customised to fit around the specific operational requirements of NGN.  A joint working group was put together comprising of Ctrl Hub developers and a cross-department team from NGN to work together on the development, roll-out and training aspects.  Ctrl Hub now enables NGN to have, via dashboards and early warning notifications, instant verification that their people, plant, vehicles and equipment are compliant and operating safely.  NGN have over 1,000 direct and indirect staff on the Ctrl Hub system and entries for over 4,000 equipment, vehicles and plant.
“Because of the secure tiered access system, our area managers have live access to the status of every job within their area of responsibility.  Every morning they can view the entire workforce within a map view, and the RAG traffic light coding provides an instant visual check of compliance.  We can literally view, at the click of a mouse or touch of a screen, every single worker operating in our supply chain, to verify that they are qualified, competent and compliant.  The same applies to vehicles, plant and equipment.” Sam Mannion, NGN Business Support Manager.
By providing accurate live data across the supply chain, Ctrl Hub has revolutionised the way NGN manages its business and supply chain risk. Now stakeholders at various levels within multiple organisations are given real time assurance in an efficient manner.
Driving Operational Efficiency and Cost Reduction
But Ctrl Hub hosts more than training, calibration and competency documents.  It also drives operational efficiency and best practice for NGN by providing total operational management.  Using digital forms and best practice processes, Ctrl Hub guides site teams through a variety of workflows, driving compliance at all levels.  Costs are reduced as Ctrl Hub helps significantly reduce the amount of time spent on non-revenue generating tasks such as monitoring, updating and maintaining spreadsheets and downloading, printing and filing paper-based forms.
At each stage of a project stakeholders can check in on the project status.  Site teams are prompted to record progress by taking photos and videos of key elements.  For example, taking images to supplement a site risk assessment, recording how tidy a site is left at the end of the working day, or confirm that components have been tested before they are installed onto live plant.
Electronic forms are completed, stored and are available to be viewed immediately.  They can be accessed instantly in the future, in the event of an incident or claim, searchable by reference to a worker, or a specific job.  This results in huge risk reduction, as well as a reduction in administrative time in storage and accessing of paper forms.  Electronic job packs provide instant access to all the plans, forms and reference materials that operatives need on site to be able to carry out their work.
Due to its modular design and the support provided by the Ctrl Hub implementation team, new functionality has been added to enhance the systems offering even further.  Ctrl Hub is much more than an IT product.  The Ctrl Hub team act as consultants, working with NGN to continually identify and implement business improvement processes.
Looking Forward
As a result of the success during the first year of operation, NGN have renewed their agreement with Ctrl Hub, making it mandatory for all their supply chain partners.  The ongoing relationship gives peace of mind that all sub-contractors have requisite licences and insurances, that all operatives are properly trained and qualified, and that all forms and processes are completed, submitted, approved and stored in a central and secure system.
Ctrl Hub have been working with NGN throughout on developing and enhancing the system further, and is proud to work with clients providing a solution that fits the business – rather than the common situation where a business purchases software and finds that it must then fit around that system.
If you would like to know about Ctrl Hub and how the team can work with your business to drive transformation, improve compliance and reduce risk please get in touch via the details below:
Mark Baty
Business Development Manager
M: 07725348686
E: mark.baty@ctrl-hub.com
W: www.ctrl-hub.com


The Humber Environmental Managers held their annual conference on Wednesday 6 June 2018 at The Ropewalk, Barton.
Tony Edwards, Chairman of the Humber Nature Partnership & CATCH’s Humber Environmental Managers Forum, opened the conference.  At the end of 2017 the Government published its Industrial Strategy and Clean Growth Strategy followed in January 2018 by A Green Future:  Our 25 year plan to improve the Environment.
The conference considered the implications of these documents for the sustainable management of the Humber Estuary and its environs, and hear about practical initiatives that are in progress.  The event was sponsored by Clarke Energy and was held as part of Humber Business Week.
Richard Kendall, Executive Director of the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership gave a presentation on Clean growth and the Humber industrial strategy.  Clean growth will be a priority for the Humber and will need to be business led, ambitious and distinctive to the Humber and our strengths, building on the success of the Energy Estuary.  The LEP have reviewed their current priority sectors and are developing a new approach that recognises the important links between sectors and opportunities for more integration and growth in the Energy Estuary industries.  These ideas have been captured in a new document Blueprint for the Humber, launched in Humber Business Week.  link here
Then followed a presentation on the 25 Year Environment Plan from Adam Stewart, Policy Adviser, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs.  The plan sets out the vision, goals and actions to improve the environment.  The plan includes measures for using and managing land sustainably, increasing resource efficiency, and reducing pollution and waste.  A chemical strategy will be published at the end of this year.
After a networking break delegates heard from Trevor Thompson, Chief Engineer at Integrated Green Energy Solutions about the new development outside Grimsby to  convert end-of life, non-recyclable plastics into road ready fuel.
Marcus Asquith, Partnership Director for Engie with North East Lincolnshire Council gave a presentation on the South Humber Industrial Investment Programme working with the natural environment.
The speakers took questions and the event closed with networking and a buffet lunch.
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