Celebrate Hull’s ‘Born and Bred’ at Humber Business week

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Lemsip, Aunt Bessie’s, Air Wick, Ideal Standard and ARCO are among many famous brands and businesses who proudly claim to be ‘Hull Born and Bred’.

And while there has never been a better time to invest in the region, with one of the fastest growing digital sectors outside of London and pioneering growth in green energy industries, an event as part of the Humber Business Week 2015 programme will provide an insight into one successful business that can trace its own roots in Hull.

Speaking at the ‘Hull Born and Bred’ event will be Jonathan Leafe, Managing Director of Strawberry. Now one of the region’s leading full service creative and digital agencies Strawberry was originally founded in Hull in 1993. Strawberry also holds a firm belief in nurturing young talent and through ‘StrawberryToo’ launched an agency staffed entirely by apprentices and graduates.

Jonathan Leafe said:

Back in 1993, Strawberry opened its doors with a team of two. Fast forward to over 20 years later and Strawberry has grown to a team of 35 highly talented individuals serving a varied client portfolio including local, national and international public and private sector organisations.

We are also committed to investing in our team and to source and attract the best talent in our area, which is why, in 2014, we launched StrawberryToo.

StrawberryToo is a smaller creative and digital agency which is staffed entirely by local apprentices and graduates with an aim to train, mentor and develop our creative stars of the future.

Attendees will also hear about Hull College’s Talent Ambassador Scheme which offers employers opportunities to engage with students and for early identification of young talent for their own future workforce, including guest talks and presentations, work experience placements and live student commissioned projects.

‘Run With It’, a local organisation, will also showcase how using the stimulating environment of the KC Stadium can improve children’s attitudes and motivation towards literacy and numeracy and the importance of English and maths for young people to compete in today’s labour market.

And as their 175th Anniversary approaches in 2016, Rollits will outline a brief history of the firm which started with John Rollit, who founded the practice at No. 2 Bowlally Lane in the heart of Hull’s old town in 1841.

The event will take place on 2 June 2015 in Charlottes Restaurant, Hull College, Queens Gardens from 12.30 to 2.30pm.

To book for this event call 01482 598817 or email shannon.colton@hull-college.ac.uk.