Thu 21 September 2017
There are many catalysts which have provided Hull with the impetus to begin a new era of regeneration. In 2013 Hull was named as the UK City of Culture 2017 – placing it on a national and international ‘stage’. A bold and unflinching decision was taken by the City Council and partners to capitalise on this unprecedented window of opportunity – to invest heavily in the infrastructure and physical environment of the city, to put into train capital projects which would energise the economy and allow it to grasp the attention of those who would be looking anew at the city during this period.
In the same year the City Plan for Hull was launched with the aim of creating some 7,500 jobs for the people of Hull, with a focus on those economically excluded. The clear statement of intent was to build a growing, sustainable economy for the city. A delivery programme was developed ranging from small-scale pilot projects to multi million pound capital investments to be taken forward by partners in the private, public, voluntary and community sectors. Alongside purely economic projects are those which will make Hull an exciting city - encouraging people to visit, families to live, students to study and businesses to invest.
Since 2013, the City Plan for Hull has resulted in 6,800 more people in employment compared to 2011, with a focus on securing jobs for economically excluded groups.