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Major companies SSE Thermal and Arco have cemented their support for Marketing Humber by joining as Principal Partners to promote the Humber on the national and international stage.

The top regional employers join 28 Principal and Major Partners and circa 200 businesses from the area who have already committed their support. 

SSE Thermal and Arco join a group of other leading businesses which have united behind a powerful drive to establish the Humber as a leader in meeting the critical challenge of global climate change, and are the latest organisations to pledge their support for Marketing Humber and its work to position the region as a world leader in the transition to low-carbon economies.

SSE Thermal is part of FTSE-listed SSE plc, one of the principal partners to COP26, and comprises the business’ flexible generation and energy storage activities. Following its £350m investment in Keadby 2 Power Station in North Lincolnshire, SSE Thermal is currently developing Keadby 3, which could become the UK’s first power station equipped with carbon capture and storage technology by the mid-2020s. As part of its commitment to a net zero emissions future, the business has a core focus on decarbonising its energy generation and is at the forefront of pioneering carbon capture(CCS) and hydrogen solutions.

Stephen Wheeler, Managing Director of SSE Thermal said: “We are delighted to be working closely with the other Principal and Major partners who are clearly as passionate and committed to improving the economic prosperity of the Humber region.

 “In SSE Thermal, we are aiming to deliver a clean power hub for the region at Keadby in North Lincolnshire, using the carbon capture and hydrogen infrastructure being developed through the Zero Carbon Humber partnership. As we emerge from the impact of coronavirus, we have a clear opportunity to build a cleaner, more sustainable economy for the future, tackling climate change and securing the future of our industrial heartlands at the same time. As the UK’s largest industrial region, it’s crucial we maximise the benefits of a green recovery in the Humber, supporting the local economy by delivering the investment and high-quality jobs on which our communities rely.”

Bill Walker, Chair of Marketing Humber said: “SSE Thermal is an important partner in helping to raise the profile of the Humber region as a global leader in decarbonisation.

“SSE Thermal and other prominent Principal Partners including VPI Immingham (who joined as a Principal Partner last summer), Drax and Yorkshire Water all play a key role in amplifying that message, so we are delighted they have committed to working with us at the highest level. I look forward to us, together, achieving even greater success and recognition in the years ahead as the Humber continues to lead the way in the timely transition to a Low Carbon economy.”  

Health and Safety authority, Arco, has also become a Principal Partner with Marketing Humber. With Head Offices and its National Distribution Centre (NDC) in Hull, Arco is the UK’s leading supplier of safety products and services. Widely recognised as experts in safety by the 230,000 companies it serves, Arco offers comprehensive safety solutions for businesses in every market sector.

Following a £30m investment Arco opened its NDC extension in 2020, which facilitated the company’s response to the COVID19 pandemic. Arco has supplied PPE to front line responders and key industries throughout the Covid-19 crisis, responding at pace to the increased demand and delivering on its commitment to keep people safe.

As the world’s first PPE manufacturer and distributor to become a signatory for the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), Arco is focussing on ways it can adapt its clothing and own label product range to support a circular economy. Arco is working within Textiles 2030, a ground-breaking, expert-led initiative from Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The company is also helping to develop the Business in the Community’s (BITC) Circular Economy campaign, which seeks to tackle the climate emergency by making the Circular Economy a mainstream business priority.

With over 135 years of heritage in the region, Arco is embedded in the Humber community through both its commercial and philanthropic activity, playing a key role in Hull’s year as City of Culture as well as the Wilberforce World Freedom Summit where key leaders spoke on tackling modern day slavery. The company is committed to supplying low-environmental impact solutions for its customers, many of which work in sustainable energy solutions. Arco brings its supply chain and ethical and sustainable sourcing expertise to the table as part of the newly formed partnership with Marketing Humber. 

Arco’s Managing Director, David Evison, said: “The problem of climate change is one we must all address. As a Principal Partner with Marketing Humber, we look forward to working alongside other businesses to help form part of the solution and promoting the work done in our region to drive positive change.”

Bill Walker, Chair of Marketing Humber said: “I am thrilled that Arco has decided to provide the highest level of support to Marketing Humber by becoming a Principal Partner. Arco is a globally recognised brand with its roots firmly, loyally and steadfastly in Hull. I know how passionate they are about the city, its workforce and the community at large. They already are great advocates for this area and their presence will add considerably to the compelling collaborative voice that Marketing Humber takes to the wider world.”

As part of an ambitious new strategy, the Humber’s place marketing company joined with the University of Hull to launch a powerful, long-term campaign, called The Waterline, to develop new economic models that deliver environmental sustainability and economic growth through decarbonisation.

The campaign recognises that the Humber is among the coastal regions around the world listed as at high risk due to rising sea levels and increasing flood threat caused by climate change. It also builds on the Humber’s status as a major industrial cluster and ever-growing reputation as the UK’s leading centre for renewable energy generation.

SSE Thermal played a key role in The Waterline Summit 2020, sponsoring International Business Day, which saw Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey join the conversation and a webinar with speakers from all of earth’s continents focusing on the Humber.

SSE is also a principal partner for COP26 and is gearing up for a year of climate action ahead of the flagship summit in Glasgow, where world leaders will be seeking a more ambitious climate change agreement. The business was among the first Principal Partners to work with government and other stakeholders to support the delivery of a successful and impactful COP this November.

More opportunities are available to support and be part of Marketing Humber’s work. To get involved contact the Engagement & Stakeholder Manager, Leahann Barnes, on

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