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Hull is a city with pulling power, ranked as one of the best locations for businesses in the UK.

A growing city

More than one million people live in the city and its immediate hinterland, with a further nine million people living within a two-hour drive.

The city is characterised by a great quality of life. Its population is rising alongside its economic success as more professionals, families, students, artists and entrepreneurs choose Hull as a place to live, work, invest and create. 

Hull is a growing city and is building the houses to enable this growth. The city’s Local Plan will deliver almost 10,000 new homes in the city over the next 15 years.

The city has a young population, with a largest five-year age group at 25 to 29, compared with 45 to 49 nationally. The median age in Hull is 35.

A working city

In 2018, Hull was named the third-most improved UK city as a place to live and work by the Demos-PwC Good Growth for Cities Index 2018, which ranks cities on a combination of economic performance and quality of life. It ranked Hull as the third-most improved city since the 2017 index, behind only Preston and Middlesbrough-Stockton – and ahead of cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

Employment in Hull is now the highest on record. The city has so far attracted more than £3 billion of investment, creating more than 6,000 new jobs since 2013 in the renewable energy, healthcare, telecommunications, ports and tourism sectors. 

Local wages are also growing faster than the national average

In 2017, Hull was named the most enterprising place in Britain at the Enterprising Britain Awards in recognition of its many programmes put in place to help local businesses to start up and grow. 

Knowledge and skills-driven

Hull is known for its first-rate skills in engineering and manufacturing, with more people than ever employed in roles that require a degree or equivalent, and the number of people in apprenticeships at an all-time high.

The Hull and Humber region is also becoming a centre of excellence for energy skills in a collaboration that brings together the best knowledge, experience and facilities to meet industry needs.

The city is home to several world-class research and development (R&D) facilities, including new multi-million pound ventures by RB and Smith & Nephew.

The University of Hull's academic portfolio contains 50 disciplines across the arts and humanities, business, education, health, sciences and social sciences.

Collaborations are seeing the best knowledge, experience and facilities brought together, including the expansion of the Hull York Medical School to provide more doctors for the region.

Ron Dearing UTC is a government-funded school for 14 to 19-year-olds that combines study for core GCSEs and A Levels with the type of practical, technical and vocational learning and qualifications that employers and universities are crying out for. 

Get in touch

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

01482 613 089

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