Lord Prescott to speak at Humber Renewables Expo
LAST year, he took to the stage at the Freedom Centre to urge everyone to play their part in making Hull a "green" city.
This year, Lord Prescott will be returning to the Humber Expo to update delegates on plans to transform east Hull into a thriving renewables hub.
In the past, the former deputy prime minister criticised wind farm objectors for "selfishly" ignoring the UK's energy needs. Lord Prescott, who is running for the position of Humberside police and crime commissioner, will be joined at the event by other speakers from the worlds of business and politics.
The expo will run for a week this year, from Monday, November 19, to Friday, November 23.
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The event, "Greener Cities – Dawn Of A New Humber Region", will feature exhibitions and lectures, designed to help businesses succeed in the renewables era.
Geoff Groom, chief executive of the Freedom Centre, helped to organise the event.
He said: "Humber Expo continues to grow and develop every year. 2012 is to be no different.
"We are looking forward to meeting the business leaders as they descend on the Freedom Centre for this series of exciting events designed to bring business and the community together."
Hundreds of delegates are expected at the event, which will see more than 40 organisations exhibiting their expertise and services.
Free seminars and workshops will be offered.
On Tuesday, November 20, Hull and Humber Chamber Of Commerce will host a speed networking session while Mercury Marketing will be sharing tips on raising business profiles in the renewables sector.
The Green Prosperity project, which was recently awarded funding from the Big Lottery, will be the focus of Thursday's events, along with a series of community information sessions.
Confirmed speakers so far include Charlie Spencer, of C Spencer Ltd; Councillor Martin Mancey, of Hull City Council; Graham Ward, of Stockbridge Technology Centre; Sam Pick, of the Renewables Network; Robert Bell, of Archomai; Professor David Gibbs, of the University of Hull; and social entrepreneur Robert Spence.
Representatives from Investors In The Environment will discuss how to reduce energy bills while winning business. Education experts EMS will deliver the specifics on how being green can help business.
Mr Groom said: "We have an excellent selection of informed speakers this year. We expect to be able to celebrate the Humber Expo as being another resounding success.
"We hope those business leaders who are coming are as excited as us about the varied line-up."
To attend, or for further details, call 01482 710100.