Marketing Humber celebrates double-signing of new principal partners SSE Thermal and Arco

29th Mar

Major companies SSE Thermal and Arco have cemented their support for Marketing Humber by joining as principal partners to promote the Humber on the national and international stage.

The top regional employers join 28 principal and major partners and about 200 businesses from the area that have already committed their support. 

SSE Thermal and Arco join a group of other leading businesses that have united behind a powerful drive to establish the Humber as a leader in meeting the critical challenge of global climate change, and are the latest organisations to pledge their support for Marketing Humber and its work to position the region as a world leader in the transition to low-carbon economies.

SSE Thermal is part of FTSE-listed SSE plc, one of the principal partners to COP26, and comprises the business’s flexible generation and energy storage activities. Following its £350 million investment in Keadby 2 Power Station in North Lincolnshire, SSE Thermal is currently developing Keadby 3, which could become the UK’s first power station equipped with carbon capture and storage technology by the mid-2020s. As part of its commitment to a net-zero emissions future, the business has a core focus on decarbonising its energy generation and is at the forefront of pioneering carbon capture and hydrogen solutions.

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Stephen Wheeler, managing director of SSE Thermal (left), said: “We are delighted to be working closely with the other principal and major partners who are clearly as passionate and committed to improving the economic prosperity of the Humber region.

 “In SSE Thermal, we are aiming to deliver a clean power hub for the region at Keadby in North Lincolnshire, using the carbon capture and hydrogen infrastructure being developed through the Zero Carbon Humber partnership. As we emerge from the impact of coronavirus, we have a clear opportunity to build a cleaner, more sustainable economy for the future, tackling climate change and securing the future of our industrial heartlands at the same time. As the UK’s largest industrial region, it’s crucial we maximise the benefits of a green recovery in the Humber, supporting the local economy by delivering the investment and high-quality jobs on which our communities rely.”

Bill Walker, chairman of Marketing Humber, said: “SSE Thermal is an important partner in helping to raise the profile of the Humber region as a global leader in decarbonisation.

“SSE Thermal and other prominent principal partners including VPI Immingham (who joined as a principal partner last summer), Drax and Yorkshire Water all play a key role in amplifying that message, so we are delighted they have committed to working with us at the highest level. I look forward to us, together, achieving even greater success and recognition in the years ahead as the Humber continues to lead the way in the timely transition to a low-carbon economy.”  

Health and safety authority, Arco, has also become a principal partner with Marketing Humber. With head offices and its national distribution centre in Hull, Arco is the UK’s leading supplier of safety products and services. Widely recognised as an expert in safety by the 230,000 companies it serves, Arco offers comprehensive safety solutions for businesses in every market sector.

Following a £30 million investment Arco opened an extension to its distribution centre in 2020, which facilitated the company’s response to the pandemic. Arco has supplied PPE to front-line responders and key industries throughout the Covid-19 crisis, responding at pace to the increased demand and delivering on its commitment to keep people safe.

As the world’s first PPE manufacturer and distributor to become a signatory for the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), Arco is focusing on ways it can adapt its clothing and own label product range to support a circular economy. Arco is working within Textiles 2030, a ground-breaking, expert-led initiative from the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP). The company is also helping to develop the Business in the Community’s (BITC) Circular Economy campaign, which seeks to tackle the climate emergency by making the Circular Economy a mainstream business priority.

Arco’s managing director, David Evison (main picture), said: “The problem of climate change is one we must all address. As a principal partner with Marketing Humber, we look forward to working alongside other businesses to help form part of the solution and promoting the work done in our region to drive positive change.”

More opportunities are available to support and be part of Marketing Humber’s work. To get involved, contact the engagement and stakeholder manager, Leahann Barnes, at

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