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Employers urged to play their part as All Party Parliamentary Group brings modernising employment discussion to Hull

A new All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on modernising employment is to back up its commitment to promote the regions of the UK by taking its next meeting out of Westminster.

The APPG team hope the move will encourage business leaders across the country to join its discussions around providing meaningful support for the levelling up agenda by taking more jobs into the regions.

Chaired by Hull West and Hessle MP Emma Hardy, the APPG is inviting businesses to participate in the next meeting, which will take place at C4DI in Hull from 2pm until 4pm on Monday 2 October.

The panel of speakers will feature Paul Devoy, CEO of Investors in People, Professor Stephen Hardy, Dean of Faculty of Business, Law & Politics at the University of Hull, and Keith Rosser, Chair of the Better Hiring Institute.  

Ms Hardy said:

“This APPG has been inspired by a desire to make UK hiring the fastest globally by harnessing technology to enable more people to work remotely in the regions instead of having to relocate to London.

“We’re practising what we preach by taking our next meeting out of the capital. We’re going to Hull because my work there has identified a groundswell of support for showcasing regional cities as destinations for employers.

“In particular, the Work Hull Work Happy initiative which we launched in 2022 found that digital developments in Hull have made the city the co-working working capital of the UK. 

“Hull-based businesses showed us how they are using the city’s unrivalled connectivity to employ local people working on national projects, with pay and conditions to match.

“By meeting in Hull, the APPG wants to bring together more businesses from Hull and the wider Yorkshire and Humber area to explore the opportunities which exist now and to consider how we build on those.

“It is vital that we do this in partnership with businesses because we can’t talk about modernising employment without finding out what employers want.”

To register for the APPG meeting in Hull please visit

To find out more about the APPG meeting on modernising employment please email

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Accompanied by pic of Emma Hardy MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary group on modernising employment, speaking at the Work Hull Work Happy event in 2022.

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