The Renewable Industry Could Destroy Hull
The Renewable Industry Could Destroy Hull
At the moment all we are hearing is about it how great Siemens and the wind turbine project is for the city of Hull. When I spoke to Sam Pick, director of The Renewables Network, he described it as ‘an opportunity of a life time for this region.’ I agree that it certainly is the case, but if Hull is not careful the economic boost from this multi-billion pound industry will all go offshore. If this happens it could destroy the town’s opportunity for long-term business growth, leaving its tattered remains on the side of the bank of the Humber. Looking out to sea at Green Port Hull and The Enterprise Zone wishing they could have been a part of it all and wondering what on earth happened.
Did you know that the Siemens part of this project is the third phase of the project and that the first two phases have come and gone with locals getting very little of the business from it? Phase three is by far the biggest part of this wind farm project but what I’m asking is ‘what are you doing differently compared to phases one and two to benefit from it?’ Do you want your business to grow and be financially comfortable for years to come or do you want to be left complaining that you never got a fair go, which is what happened with the other projects in the North Sea in the 70’s and 90’s?
I am an Australian living in Hull so I can give an outsiders view on what I see going on. What I see is a group of European businesses coming over here and stealing the profits and livelihoods of the hard-working business people of Hull. Green Port Hull is the manufacturing and export facility of offshore wind turbines set up by Siemens. On their website they’ve said that Green Port Hull has the potential to be the single biggest influence on Hull’s economy for generations. The key word there is ‘potential’ and that means nothing unless you change how you think and feel about taking advantage of the opportunity that is available. I say this because even though our government and our local council have given 30 million pounds to Siemens to build the thing here, most of the business is currently going to other countries in Europe.
It sickens me to see this great town, that is steeped in history and that I now call my home, getting treated in this way. We have a chance of making the most of this fantastic opportunity but first we need to change the negative attitudes as I have witnessed in the average person in Hull. So many people are lacking pride in our city, they have limiting beliefs that this success is possible, they feel hard done by, and they feel that they are owed for the loss of the fishing industry as well as the lack of support after the bombings in World War 2.
Do you know anyone who shares some or all of these beliefs? If you do then I have something to let you know. If things don’t change then what we have seen in phases one and two will continue to happen in phase three. The Europeans, mainly the Danish, will come across the water on their Viking ships and they will steal from you once again. You will be as helpless as before to do anything about this unless you arm yourself with the right mindset, the right tools and the courage to fight for what is rightly yours!
It is my passion to help this picturesque city with its white carved fountains on the roundabouts, the majestic structure of the Humber Bridge and the fabulous KC stadium. In this sporting year I am teaching the business people of Hull to develop and train their mind muscles to go the extra mile, to train when others aren’t, and to get ready for the race of their life. To be ready so that when that gun goes off they will have the culture and capacity to out bid, out work and outperform the European threats to win their own gold medals for their town and country!
There are old businesses in Hull that have stopped growing and have gone stale. There are new businesses that are struggling to get going. There are also businesses who just don’t know what to do next to survive. Are you one of those businesses? Are you wondering what it is you need to do turn things around? Are you desperate for a bit of good fortune to get your business through these tough economic times?
Well the age of The Renewable Industry is among us and this wind turbine project can give this previously unlucky city the bit of luck it has been waiting for. I’m ready to help anybody who wants it or needs it. The Renewable Industry could destroy Hull but it is up to people like you and me to stop that from happening. The real question is ‘are you ready to do what it takes to grow your business and reap the financial rewards for many years to come?’