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Hull plays host to some of the world’s top companies across a range of prospering sectors. The city’s Humber location positions it as a world-class hub for businesses of all types. 

It puts Ports & Logistics at the forefront of much of the city’s economic activity, while the Renewable Energy sector is taking advantage of Hull’s position as the heart of the UK’s Energy Estuary. Some of Hull’s fastest-growing businesses are in Digital & Creative and Research & Development, while the city’s ongoing status as UK City of Culture has seen unprecedented growth in Leisure, Tourism & Retail.

Renewable Energy
Hull’s ambition is to be the renewables capital of the UK. As the UK aims for a target of achieving 15 per cent of renewable energy by 2020, major players in the renewables energy sector are establishing facilities in the city after £3 billion of public and private sector investment. here.

Port & Logistics
Hull is one of the UK’s leading foreign-trading ports, handling more than 12 million tonnes of cargo and one million passengers every year. The Port of Hull is seeing continued investment and is a key economic driver, with some 16,000 city jobs in the city relating to port activity. Read more here.

Digital & Creative
With one of the fastest-growing digital sectors outside of London, Hull is a vital player in the UK’s position as digital capital of Europe. The city has been named the UK’s best for full-fibre broadband coverage as it aims to become one of the country’s leading smart cities. Read more here.

Research & Development
Hull is rich with businesses that are leading global markets by developing innovative, competitive products. In a marketplace that never stands still, such innovation would not be possible without the city’s exceptional R&D facilities, led by some of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies in the city. Read more here.

The manufacturing sector is one of the city’s biggest employers, with an abundance of advanced engineering companies and a strong caravan industry with proud traditions. Read more here.

Thriving Hull companies from this sector produce distinctive dishes that take pride-of-place at dinner tables all over the country. Major companies such as Bright Blue Foods, Aunt Bessie’s and McCain are based in the city. Read more here.

Leisure, Tourism & Retail 
Hull’s UK City of Culture status has led to a huge boost for the city’s tourism industry, with the positive effects already rolling over to the city’s retail sector. Huge levels of investment are now being made in culture and tourism infrastructure. Read more here.

Higher & Further Education
With the University of Hull, one of the north’s most respected educational institutions, and Hull College Group, one of the UK’s most prominent further and higher education establishments, Hull's learners are well-served for high-quality educational opportunities. Read more here.

Get in touch

Hull City Council, Guildhall,
Hull, East Yorkshire,
HU1 2AA,

01482 613 089

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