Team Humber Marine Alliance and Grimsby Renewables Partnership have announced their intention to merge to create one of the UK’s leading renewables and maritime business development organisations.

With a combined membership of almost 300 Humber businesses involved in offshore wind, marine engineering and related sectors, the move will create a powerful and unified force in representing the Humber region’s interests and in generating business opportunities for members.

GRP was formed more than a decade ago by a group of local businesspeople to galvanise stakeholders in the port of Grimsby when offshore wind was in its infancy. It was pivotal in attracting companies such as Centrica and Ørsted and has helped to establish a robust supply chain for the operational support required by the industry.

THMA, established in 1995 and based in Hessle near Hull, supports the wider maritime sector and has played a vital role in the development of offshore wind. It is the host organisation for the annual international Offshore Wind Connections conference, has formed a close working relationship with partners in the East Coast USA and has brought significant new business to member companies.

The deal is expected to complete over the summer before a new brand will be launched.

By Jake Frith