Diversity and creativity of city businesses acknowledged by Made in Hull awards

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 20 Mar 2017

The fourth Made in Hull awards that help to showcase the diversity and creativity of those who are manufacturing in the city were officially launched at C4DI.

Organised by Streets Chartered Accountants, Made in Hull forms a key part of Humber Business Week.

This year's celebration of excellence and innovation runs to an extended seven categories, with businesses and individuals invited to self-nominate or put a fellow business or Hull product in the spotlight.

The winners will be announced at the KC Lightstream Stadium, in Preston Road, east Hull, on Thursday, June 8.

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James Pinchbeck, marketing partner at Streets, introduced the 2017 Made in Hull awards to an invited audience at C4DI."Each year we see some 60 or 70 applications," said Mr Pinchbeck, "and it is a broad church of people that have taken part.

"The awards are not just about large factories and oily rags.

"We've had an artisan pie maker and a craft beer producer.

"We are looking for businesses or individuals that are doing something different or unique, adding value to their business and have a good story to tell."

The award categories include Made in Hull, Sold Locally; Made in Hull for Many Generations, and Made in Hull for the People of Hull.

There are also new categories for 2017, with a To Be Made in Hull (for a New Product Idea) and Made in Hull Digitally, adding to the line-up.

Of the latter, Mr Pinchbeck said: "This will be one for businesses that have developed an app, or a technological process or perhaps even a video, something that promotes the area of Hull or a product."

The introduction to the awards might have included speeches from last year's winners, had they not all been otherwise engaged.

Mr Pinchbeck said: "They all have legitimate reasons for not being here – Cock Of The Walk (maker of luxury bespoke tailoring and the winner of the Sold Locally award in 2016) has a fitting this morning."

The launch event included a presentation from Sharon Stathers, international trade adviser at the Department for International Trade (DIT).

She spoke about the help – most of it free – that was available to businesses that were either taking their first step into exporting or wanting to grow their international reach.

"There are thousands of people looking for expertise, goods and services of UK businesses," she said.

Ms Stathers said exporting for growth funding of up to £2,000 was available to businesses for such things as getting to a target country, organising a trade mission or a taster visit.

"Exporting is not difficult, it is just different."

David Keel, chairman of C4DI, talked about C4DI's work with start-ups and local traditional businesses.

Mr Keel, global innovations director at Kingswood-based Trident, also spoke about how his company had transformed from a small print business – "we were a start-up, we were two people in an office in Hull" – into a world class technology leading company with a staff of 750 globally, designing specialist IT products for some of the world's biggest brands.

"We are part of one of the oldest industries in the world, being in printing, but we recognised probably a decade ago that we needed to redefine ourselves and be a digital business."

Nominations can be made online at Made in Hull by Friday, May 5.

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