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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Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital staff win free bikes thanks to charity R-evolution

Eight lucky members of staff have received bikes thanks to the generosity and support of charity R-evolution. The Cottingham charity teamed up with Up! – the trust’s programme to support fitness and happiness at work – to offer staff the chance to win a free bike after it was awarded funding from the Big Bike Revival to refurbish bikes for key workers. The charity provides training for people from all backgrounds including ex-offenders, people with…

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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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Two of Hull’s historic ships set to receive major restoration
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Two of Hull’s historic ships set to receive major restoration

The search is underway for a shipyard company to repair and restore two of Hull’s historic ships. Hull City Council has launched a procurement process to appoint a shipyard to undertake major restoration works that will preserve the Arctic Corsair and the Spurn Lightship for the next 100 years. For the last 20 years, a dedicated team of volunteers in partnership with the council have been protecting and preserving these two iconic historic ships. Now,…

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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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New resources to help children returning to school

New resources have been developed to help children returning to school life. HeadStart Hull, along with Barnardo’s, have consulted children of primary school age to find out about their concerns, and helped to address these in new guides; Stepping into Secondary School and Returning to School Life After Lockdown. The Stepping into Secondary School guide is designed to help children to explore their thoughts and feelings about the move to secondary school, so they can…

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Back to School Safely

Schools in Hull are preparing to welcome back all pupils, with additional safety measures in place.Councillor Peter Clark, Portfolio Holder for learning and skills said: “Returning to school is a priority for education and it will be good for the wellbeing of children and young people in the city, giving them the opportunity to socialise with others.“A phenomenal amount of careful thought and planning has taken place by schools in conjunction with advice from Public…

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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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Cod & Communism – New Film from the Carnegie Heritage Centre

The Carnegie Heritage Centre in Hull have produced a new documentary about the experiences of Humber fishermen who were fishing in Icelandic waters between 1957 and 1977 – the era which has become known as the Cod Wars. Promo trailer here vimeo.com/435000640  ‘Cod and Communism’, a film  funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, has seen volunteers from Carnegie Heritage Centre help  research,  plan and help film the documentary which has involved  interviews with trawlermen and their families,…

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Ethical Business Growing in Hull
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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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Heroic Hull catering staff feed city during Covid-19 pandemic

Hull catering staff, who have supplied thousands of meals to school children and the city’s most vulnerable throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, have been praised for their “heroic” efforts. Over the summer holidays, Hull Catering continues to feed thousands of children as part of the Hull City Council Healthy Holiday Scheme, where children get a healthy packed lunch containing a wholemeal sandwich, fresh fruit and salad every day of the holidays. The scheme supplies around 450…

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Children to receive a free book every month through Dolly Parton scheme

Hull City council has allocated £88,500 funding for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library scheme to be rolled out to eligible two year olds in Hull during the next academic year. From September, over 1,500 children eligible to receive the two year old early education entitlement will receive a free book every month through the scheme. Councillor Peter Clark, Portfolio Holder for learning and skills said: “The reading age of children entering school in Hull is…

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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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Little Monkeys appeal to the Government for clarity on soft play reopening date
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Little Monkeys appeal to the Government for clarity on soft play reopening date

Hull soft play centre, Little Monkeys, has been busy trying to drum up signatures to a petition to Government demanding clarity on a reopening date and extra Covid financial support required. Little Monkeys, the soft play centre based at Active+, just off National Avenue, is one of many soft play providers around the country desperate to know when it will be allowed to reopen its doors again. They appeared, with other children’s play providers, on…

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Overnight closures to resume for East Park pedestrian gates

 From Monday 14 September, overnight closures of East Park pedestrian gates will begin again. All 14 gates will begin to be closed from around 7pm and will reopen around 7.30am. Times will move with dawn and dusk and all times are advertised on each gate. Councillor Dave Craker, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said:“During lockdown gates remained open following Government advice to offer outdoor space for the public to exercise.“As the year has progressed…

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Apply for 30 hours free childcare for three and four year olds by end August

Parents have until 31 August to register their child for 30 hours free childcare, for Autumn term places.All children aged three and four are entitled to 15 hours of free early education a week, for 38 weeks of the year, and most families will be eligible for 30 hours per week. The free early education can be at Ofsted registered nurseries, nurseries on school sites, children’s centres, some playgroups and pre-schools, or provided through childminders. Watch the step by…

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Launch of online exhibition celebrating Pride in Hull

An online exhibition, celebrating Pride in Hull, launches this weekend. The popular annual event, that sees tens of thousands of people gather in Hull City Centre to promote diversity and equality, is being celebrated with a new digital exhibition.Pride in Our City will feature people’s pictures, stories, videos, and memories, as well as documenting individuals’ experiences of being part of the LGBT+ community. Andy Train, co-vice chair of Pride in Hull, said: "This year, more…

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Fruit Market Welcomes Back Diners and Drinkers for Safe and Enjoyable Socialising

Restaurants, cafés and bars in the Fruit Market are working together as they prepare to welcome customers back to Hull’s favourite place to eat, drink and socialise. Hospitality businesses in the waterfront urban village are putting in place extensive arrangements to ensure diners and drinkers enjoy a safe and enjoyable experience from this weekend. Owners say they can’t wait to welcome their staff and customers back after more than three months of closure and are…

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Secondary Schools Develop On-Line Learning for Pupils
Mr Longwa teaches modern foreign languages to year 10 Kelvin Hall students via live on-line lessons

Secondary Schools Develop On-Line Learning for Pupils

Secondary schools in Hull have been developing how they deliver online learning to pupils Secondary schools have remained open for key worker and vulnerable children only since the end of March, and have now invited back some pupils from year 10 from the end of June. The majority of students across secondary schools remain learning from home and schools in the city have developed how they ensure pupils continue with the curriculum at home. Malet…

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