A group of renewables experts have come together at the country’s leading sustainable development, Greenhouse in support of Leeds City Region’s bid to host the proposed Green Investment Bank (GIB) which the Government plans to capitalise with £3bn in order to stimulate the green economy.
The show of support for Leeds City Region’s GIB bid was attended by Melanie Taylor of Leeds City Region, Mark Goldstone from Leeds, York & North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, Patrick Walton, Managing Director of Yorkshire Bank, Chris Thompson of Citu, Phil Roberts of GMI Renewables, Mark Duncan of Duncan Renewables, Andrew Hudson of G&H Sustainability and Chris Tinson of Veritas Recruitment Solutions and its newly launched subdivision Renewables Recruitment.
The group is planning further events and inviting other industry leaders from the renewables sector to join them.
Chris Tinson, Managing Director of Veritas and Renewables Recruitment, which specialises in recruitment throughout the renewables sector, explains: “Leeds is home to the strongest financial base outside London and the Yorkshire region is establishing a thriving green economy with plans for a number of innovative projects being unveiled recently such as Siemens’ wind turbine factory in Hull and the world’s largest offshore wind farm at Dogger Bank.
“We recruit renewables professionals for many of the country’s leading players and have just launched Renewables Recruitment to specialise in this booming market and continue attracting leading candidates in the industry to the region. It definitely makes sense to base the GIB at the heart of a region that embraces and leads the green economy and bringing together so many professionals demonstrates our support for the bid and hopefully enhances our chances of winning.”
Mark Duncan, Managing Director of Duncan Renewables, added: “The Leeds City Region is centrally positioned and its historic role as a financial hub supporting major banks and building societies makes it the ideal location for hosting the GIB. Yorkshire was the birth place of the industrial revolution and with its leading role in the application of solar and wind technologies, it is already at the heart of the renewable energy revolution.”
Chris Thompson, Managing Director of sustainable property developers, Citu, continued: “The Leeds City Region has always been forward thinking when it comes to renewables which is why we chose Leeds for our landmark project, Greenhouse. The development is a UK first combining energy saving and renewable technologies with a sharp innovative edge, pioneering technology and internet infrastructure.
“After working with the council, local suppliers and members of the local community throughout the development of Greenhouse, and now our future projects, it’s clear that as a region we’re committed to creating a ‘greener’ future. Working in collaboration across the corporate and public sectors, Leeds is already ahead of other cities and has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with businesses securing funding from the GIB.”
This article also appeared in the Yorkshire Times