Hull hosts culture year business breakfast

Published: Saturday 21st November 2015 by The News Editor

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Businesspeople have heard how they could benefit in the run up to Hull’s City of Culture year.

The Mercure Hull Royal Hotel staged the inaugural “Chamber of Culture” breakfast gathering with events little more than 13 months away.

Hull 2017 City of Culture’s Fran Hegyi says £18 million is needed to fund the project.

She says it is important to persuade businesses that being part of the event is worthwhile in these difficult times.

Ms Hegyi, who also worked on London’s 2012 Olympics, says smaller Hull business will get their own event-related business club next year.

Three Ways East’s Clare Huby says the recent Larkin with Toads initiative underlined the importance of local firms getting involved.

The not-for-profit arts-related enterprise company official says business backing helped the scheme shake off initial cynicism and helped raise £50,000 for charitable causes.

The Amy Johnson Festival’s Rick Welton says the festival will help raise national perceptions of Hull besides generating a feel-good factor among Hull residents.

Phil Ascough, the man behind Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce’s City of Culture year plans, organised the breakfast.

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Published: Saturday 21st November 2015 by The News Editor

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