‘One Hull of a Christmas’Campaign launches to encourage Hull and East Yorkshire to shop locally this Christmas

Pace Communications has launched ‘One Hull of a Christmas’, a community campaign to encourage the people of Hull and East Yorkshire to shop locally this year. Sparked by the announcement of the second lockdown, Pace – a Hull-based creative communications agency – has created social media platforms for One Hull of a Christmas across Instagram and Facebook, giving small local businesses a spotlight to share their products and services. Anita Pace, MD of Pace, commented:…

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Operation Santa’s Sleigh set to deliver a cracking Christmas for care leavers

A voluntary group is driving a campaign to provide a Christmas to remember for care leavers hit by isolation during a year dominated by the impact of lockdown. Organisations including businesses and charities are being urged to support Operation Santa’s Sleigh and some have already started. Volunteers from Hull City Council are on board in their roles as Room 42 champions for care leavers and backing has also come from a trade union. The team…

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Professor Xudong Zhao elected Fellow of European Academy of Sciences

Professor Xudong Zhao has joined some of the world’s most distinguished scientists in being elected as a Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences. Professor Zhao, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies and Deputy Director at Environment and Energy Institute at the University of Hull, has developed a global reputation in the areas of renewable energy, energy efficiency and sustainable heating, cooling and power systems. At the University, he is currently working on…

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National campaigns urge shoppers to support independent traders at the heart of the local economy

A city centre boutique has survived the impact of lockdown by enhancing a delivery service which dates back to the days of Hull’s infamous orange barriers. A sewing and haberdashery shop is on standby to carry out re-measurements and alterations for brides and grooms across the region who were forced to postpone their weddings – and who might not be the same size when their big day finally arrives. A watch and clock repair business…

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MKM Celebrate 25 Years

Today Saturday 10th October is officially Hull company MKM 25th anniversary. In 1995 they laid the foundations for a strong business in Hull, where they opened their first branch. Driffield opened next, and since then they've been growing nationwide with 73 branches now open, with two opening in November and more in the pipeline! MKM branches have always been at the heart of their communities, supporting local charities and good causes. Over the years they've…

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NHS workers in Hull have saved over £300k, thanks to Barratt’s NHS Deposit Contribution Scheme

NHS workers across Hull have received over £300k1 towards a deposit on their dream home, thanks to the Barratt Developments NHS Deposit Contribution Scheme, which was launched by the housebuilder on 23rd May. The scheme sees NHS employees receive a 5% contribution towards their deposit, up to £15,000, to help them buy a new home as a thank you for their hard work during the COVID-19 crisis. Since the scheme was launched, Barratt Developments Yorkshire…

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Origin secures FDA licence to export registered medical products to the U.S

Global pharmaceutical solutions provider, Origin, has secured a licence to export registered medical products to the U.S from the U.S Food and Drug Administration. The Certificate of Drug Establishment Registration has been issued by Registrar Corp for alcohol-based antibacterial hand sanitiser gel. Origin has secured an initial co-order of 15 million units which will be filled and packaged at its state-of-the-art facility in Melton, East Yorkshire before being distributed to U.S partners. Hand hygiene, including the…

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Integra announces major expansion plans as growth story continues

Fast-growing modular construction business Integra Buildings has announced plans for a major expansion of its East Yorkshire base. Integra is in the final stages of acquiring six acres of land next to its site in Paull, east of Hull, and has submitted plans to East Riding of Yorkshire Council to incorporate this area into its operations. The development of the land will increase the Integra site footprint to over 14 acres and create room to…

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Sauce gives arts festival the freedom to go digital all year round

Smart tech specialist Sauce is helping reinvent Hull’s biggest arts festival as an interactive, year-round digital experience. Freedom Festival will not go ahead in its normal format this year after large public gatherings were banned because of Covid-19. Established in 2007, Freedom Festival has developed a reputation as one of the UK’s leading and most innovative cultural and arts events. It celebrates Hull’s independent spirit through artistic and cultural expression, bringing renowned national and international…

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Allenby Commercial completes £1.2m renovation of heritage sites in Hull’s Old Town
Charlie Allenby of Allenby Commercial pictured outside the property, which dates back to the 17th century

Allenby Commercial completes £1.2m renovation of heritage sites in Hull’s Old Town

A developer breathing new life into old buildings in Hull has completed the £1.2m renovation of two historic riverside properties. Allenby Commercial has converted Danish Buildings and the adjoining Grade II listed Bayles House into 17 studios that are being snapped up by architects, film-makers, marketing professionals, tattooists and hair stylists. The renovation has been supported with £250,000 from the Government’s Local Growth Fund, secured by the Humber LEP. Chair of the Humber LEP, Stephen…

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An outdoor opera is heading to Hull Marina this summer
Whistle Stop Hansel and Gretel

An outdoor opera is heading to Hull Marina this summer

An outdoor and socially distanced opera is taking place at Stage@TheDock on Hull Marina in September. Hansel and Gretel, from Whistle Stop Opera, will retell the fairy tale of two hungry children, lost in the woods, and a gingerbread cottage that hides a scary secret. Devised by John Savournin for four singers and accordion, social distancing will be in place for audience members and performers, and a limited number of tickets will be on sale in accordance…

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Future Shift redundancy support programme

TimeBank Hull & East Riding is launching a programme of support for people who have lost work, or are worried they may be about to, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. The programme, Future Shift, will include group support sessions covering a range of topics relevant to redundancy including staying well, working through anxiety and managing finances. In addition, life coaches and mentors will provide tailored one to one support around visioning and goal…

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Flemingate moves forward with £70,000 investment in facilities
Flemingate, Beverley, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom, 31 May, 2020. Pictured: Flemingate moves forward with £70,000 investment in facilities.

Flemingate moves forward with £70,000 investment in facilities

A major programme of investment is being made in facilities and infrastructure at Beverley’s Flemingate centre during the lockdown. Wykeland Group, owner and developer of the popular retail and leisure destination, has used the lockdown period to introduce a wide range of improvements to enhance the experience for customers and to support businesses as they resume trading. The £70,000 programme of upgrades includes expanding the click and collect facility to the rear of the Debenhams…

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Wykeland secures growing beds and furniture retailer for Whitefriargate store
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Wykeland secures growing beds and furniture retailer for Whitefriargate store

Wykeland Group has secured a new occupier for a vacant retail unit in Hull city centre just days after announcing it had acquired the building. The Hull-based commercial developer and property owner has let the 35,000 sq ft former New Look unit in Whitefriargate to growing retailer Durham Bed Centre. The Hull store will be the latest opening by Durham Bed Centre outside its heartland in the North East where it has seven stores and…

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Sowden + Sowden celebrate new contract win The marketing team are looking to shape the future of flood innovation

Motivated by the opportunity to continuously drive economic growth and inward investment to the Humber region, the Sowdens team is thrilled to announce we’ve secured the contract for the new Flood Innovation Centre in Hull, funded by the European Regional Development Fund and delivered by the University of Hull. The Flood Innovation Centre is a place focused on flood related research and it aims to help businesses develop innovative services, processes and products in flood…

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Now is the time to buy: Local housebuilder sees growth in market confidence amidst easing of lockdown regulations

12 August 2020: Local housebuilder, Barratt Developments Yorkshire East, is urging potential home buyers to act fast as figures suggest that confidence in home buying is increasing as the UK begins to ease COVID-19 restrictions. From the week the Government announced lockdown regulations (23rd March 2020) compared to recent figures from mid-June, Barratt Homes Yorkshire East has witnessed over a 218%1 increase in website visits from prospective buyers, reflecting growing confidence and interest in the…

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Active+ Rebrand
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Active+ Rebrand

Most people know ACTIVE+ as the old Hull Indoor Sports Centre or Little Monkeys, and this is the challenge their marketing manager, Hellen Tordoff, faced when she started in March. Two weeks later, and the doors closed when the UK was forced into lock down. “The first thing that struck me was ACTIVE+ is a hidden gem, something most new people say when they first arrive on site. With its entrance at the end of…

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Ethical Business Growing in Hull
photos were by Christopher McNally.

Ethical Business Growing in Hull

Despite all the problems 2020 has been throwing at us, ethical shopping is continuing to grow in Hull. On Saturday, 25th July, Julie and Richard of the Fair Trade shop Near & Fair were joined by the Lord Mayor of Hull to cut the ribbon to their shop's new, much larger home in one of Trinity Market’s biggest non-food retail units.Social distancing rules dictated that a large crowd could not gather in the space outside…

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New Venue, “Social” on Humber Street Announce Opening

“Social” the newly revamped venue on Humber Street, formerly known as Fruit, will open its doors to the public for the first time on Friday August 14th Social will be operated by Sesh Events UK, which runs the hugely popular annual Humber Street Sesh grassroots festival, as well as The Sesh Weekly music nights and Made in Hull, Trinity Live and Hull City Sesh Events. Original plans to open in April this year with a…

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City Group X Offers a Safe Space for Fitness, Health and Wellbeing

City Group X is a boutique fitness experience located inside the K2 Tower on Bond Street. Having closed its doors for the lockdown, it has now reopened thanks to a variety of new measures that make it a safe space for the whole family. Despite closing for four months, the team at City Group X remained dedicated to delivering premium customer service. Member payments were frozen as soon as the building became inaccessible and its…

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