With a point to prove and a reputation to rebuild, the regeneration projects underway in Hull are fantastic news for a city so devastatingly hit by the harsh effects of de-industrialisation.
Particularly memorable in Simon Creasey’s piece ‘Cultural crown spurs hopes for Hull’s revival’ was the focus from those leading the regeneration projects on establishing Hull as a tech and engineering hub, not too dissimilar from the likes of Brighton and Sheffield.
More commonly referred to now as Silicon Beach, Brighton has set the standard on how to successfully reinvent one’s self in the race for global talent. Recently voted the UK’s coolest city and now home to over 1,500 tech and digital companies, it goes to show what a little investment can do.
With blue-chip companies such as Siemens and Reckitt Benckiser signing off multi-million pound investment projects, it would be foolish to write off Hull from doing the same.
Indeed, blessed with a rich maritime history and an array of tourist attractions, the high skilled jobs being created - as well as the very affordable housing available - makes for a trendy, urban city that can attract and retain the local and foreign talent it needs to successfully grow.
Viewed this way, Hull represents a fantastic opportunity for technology graduates and young professionals looking to get on both in their careers and the residential property market. Should they decide to stick around long enough and they can expect to enjoy robust house price growth and a very healthy buy-to-let market.
To agree entirely with the sentiments of Matt Jukes, Hull is open for business.