PRLog - Sep. 17, 2012 - HULL, U.K. -- The main theme of the day was to discuss ways growing businesses might take advantage of the E20 route and expand into neighbouring markets, the combined economy of which is estimated at some £120 billion. Of particular interest are the emerging markets in Estonia and Russia. A delegation of Estonian civic and commercial business leaders from the Estonian Purchasing and Supply Chain Management Association and the Estonian Logistics Cluster were present as VIP guests, timing their fact-finding visit to the region to coincide with the conference.
E20 Estonian visitors with Lord Haskins
The aim of the conference, opened by Humber LEP Chair, Lord Haskins of Skidby, was to identify innovative ways of stimulating economic growth, in particular, through logistics, across the six countries the 1,880km-long E20 route passes through.
It was particularly relevant that the Leeds-based E20 group chose Hull for their first international conference, it being the start of the route the E20 takes from mainland Europe across the UK. Furthermore, the Humber port complex, extending from the city of Hull across the Humber estuary, is not only the UK’s largest port complex by tonnage, but the fourth largest in Europe.
onian Logistics Cluster were present as VIP guests, timing their fact-finding visit to the region to coincide with the conference.
Professor David Grant, Director of the Logistics Institute said:
“It was interesting that in these harsh economic times, the Estonian business people made it abundantly clear that they are keen to do business with the region.
“The live debate we held with Eoghan Prendergast, manager of Shannon Development in Limerick Ireland, Ben Greenwood, Deputy Consul general at the British Consulate in St Petersburg, Russia and Aivars Taurins, chairman of the Latvian Logistics Association in Riga, representing, as they did, business and commerce at both ends of the E20 route, demonstrated the central part logistics will play in acting as a catalyst for growth in Northern Europe.
“The party toured the Humber ports to see the excellent existing portage facilities as well as the potential development opportunities available in the Enterprise Zones.
“I am confident that the local stakeholders, in particular the LEP, International Trade Centre and local council will seize all opportunities to encourage Estonian inward investment in the Humber. And we will continue to support them by providing a stream of highly-trained logistics and business graduates.”
Further information on the E20 route can be found at www.e20route.eu, and details of courses in logistics and business management can be found at www2.hull.ac.uk/
o Photo Caption: (l to r) Aleksei Shuba, Director, Alekon Cargo, Estonia; (back) Margus Sitsa, Business Manager, General Cargo, Port of Tallinn, Estonia; Illimar Paul, Development Manager, Estonian Logistics Cluster; Lord Haskins, Chair, Humber LEP; Martin Kivimäe, CEO, Prolog, Estonia; Martin Venning, European Route E20; Tõnis Tamme, Partner, Triniti Attorneys, Tallin
NOTES TO EDITORS:
1. European Route E20 is the UN designated highway which runs from Limerick in South West Ireland to St Petersburg, Russia`s second city, passing through some of Europe’s most dynamic city economies including Dublin, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Hull, Esbjerg, Odense, Copenhagen, Malmo, Gothenburg, Stockholm and Tallinn. It offers the prospect of connecting with the emerging BRIC markets of Russia and the Americas.
2. Of the total 1,880km route the E20 takes from St. Petersburg in Russia to Limerick in Ireland, a 205km stretch traverses the north of England from Hull to Liverpool via the A63/M62.
3. The E20 Conference sponsors were:
Hull University Business School
Hull City Council and the Lord Mayor of Hull
UK Trade and Investment (UKTI)
Associated British Ports
World Trade Centre Hull and Humber
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