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Business environment

If you are looking to set up or relocate your business, Hull’s business environment is the ideal place for companies to realise their business potential.

Hull topped the table where business experienced the highest level of improvement in sales growth in the country. Between 2009 and 2011, over a third of businesses in Hull (36 per cent) achieved revenue growth of over 10 per cent per year compared to the 2008 to 2010 period when only 21 per cent of businesses in the city were achieving this level of growth. 

It was recently named the most enterprising location in Yorkshire and the Humber and came second nationally in the prestigious Enterprising Britain Awards 2009, before being named runner up in the Investing in Skills Category at the European Enterpise Awards 2010.

In the past five years £1.5 billion has been committed for new public sector development in Hull, underlining the city’s aspiration to completely renew its public infrastructure including schools, health centres and housing.

Hull key facts and figures

With around 8,300 businesses residing in our vibrant city that is only 200 miles from Edinburgh and London, it is easy to see why Hull is a great place to invest. With three international airports within an hours drive and a thriving ferry terminal that has the world’s largest passenger ferries, our ports and logistics handle in excess of 12m tonnes and nearly one million passengers every year. As a focus for renewable energy Hull is capitalising on the UK target of achieving 15 per cent of energy production from renewables by 2020.

For more information about Hull, access the document below that highlights even more key facts and figures.


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Located on the Humber estuary, midway between London and Edinburgh, Hull is a great central place for business with operational costs up to 20 per cent lower than the UK average.

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If you want to find a home for your business in Hull, there are a range of options available including council-owned business premises to rent and development sites for employment use.

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Businesses located in the city centre may be part of Hull’s business improvement district (BID) where local businesses and public sector partners work together to improve the economic climate of the area.

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