Community | 11 September 2017 - by

Hull’s digital economy ready for bright future says KCOM boss

Hull’s future as a leading 21st century tech city is within reach, according to industry leaders

The cream of the region’s digital and technology industries turned out in force for The Digital Awards this month, sending out “a calling card” that Hull is growing in reach and confidence.

The third annual awards, co-hosted by KCOM and the Hull Daily Mail, were held once again at the Stage@TheDock, in the shadow of the C4DI building and in the heart of the city’s burgeoning tech quarter.

Among the winners celebrated across 11 categories was a wide array of innovative start-ups and established businesses all leading the way in their chosen fields.

KCOM’s Executive Vice President Gary Young, who spoke at the awards, said he is delighted the region is embracing new and exciting industries and that Hull’s cluster of tech-based firms is growing.

He said: “The strength in depth and sheer vibrancy of the region’s digital sector has been amply demonstrated by the volume of quality entrants we’ve had this year. We’ve had a record number of entries which shows we’re definitely heading in the right direction.

“Perhaps most encouraging of all is the remarkable number of entries we’ve had in categories such as Best Digital Start-Up and Best Digital Innovation – which shows the region is bursting with some amazing young talent and that we have a bright future to look forward to.”


Among the winners at this year’s awards was app developer Sauce which created a hi-tech solution organising shift patterns for green energy giants Siemens and PR agency Sowden & Sowden for its work promoting the new KCOM-backed Ron Dearing University Technical College.

Other winners included Hull lingerie wholesaler Alterego’s innovative retail website, which scooped the Best E-Commerce award, and APD Communications’ Artemis technology which claimed the Best Hardware category.

Gary Young said KCOM remained committed to supporting Hull and East Yorkshire’s digital sector, adding its £60m rollout of ultra-fast Lightstream broadband was giving businesses across the region world beating internet speeds and capabilities.

“Our pure fibre technology is truly making Hull the digital capital of the UK. In this pivotal year for Hull, as we celebrate our reign as the UK City of Culture and the city presents a new and confident face to the world, we can now honestly say Hull is ready and optimistic about the future.

“By working together, local businesses, entrepreneurs, Hull City Council, the Hull 2017 team and, above all, the people of Hull and East Yorkshire are carving a new future for the region as a great place to work, live and play.