Prince Andrew will be visiting East Yorkshire on Thursday, but his visit will be more commercial than cultural. He will be visiting Brough to open the refurbished Humber Enterprise Park, the park has been built on the site of a former BAe site and it is perhaps appropriate for the Prince to attend as in the past his work with the UK Trade & Investment, part of the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, helped secure contracts for Bae.
It was designated an Enterprise site in 2015, and over the last couple of years has received a major investment of around £6million to transform part of the former BAe site, from developers Citivale and their partner LRE Capital. The 79-acre site now boasts a mixture of units for office or high-grade production or storage use. These can either be used by stand-alone existing companies or people who are just moving out of working from their house or garage and need an “incubator” unit to start and hopefully grow to a flourishing business.
This will be pleasing to the Prince, as it has been said that despite no longer having a defined role within business investment he has continued to support young start-up entrepreneurs by bringing them together with successful businesses at networking and showcasing events.
James Appleton-Metcalfe, managing director of Citivale, was quoted in the local press saying “We are delighted to welcome His Royal Highness to Humber Enterprise Park.
“This is an exciting new chapter for the site, which is steeped in local history. In refurbishing the site, we have sought to emulate the original vision of its founder, Robert Blackburn, to create a facility that can accommodate entrepreneurial, embryonic and international corporate businesses side by side; this will be a community where business can thrive.”
The Prince will be presented with a history of the site, as well as having a chance to meet staff both the developers and those tenants who have already moved onto the site. The visit comes soon after a visit of Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall to Hull city centre, as reported on Royal Central.