RB launch partnership with C4DI to help support technology start-ups in Hull

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 6 Nov 2017

Leading global consumer health and hygiene company RB is helping Hull’s technology start-ups gain access to extra support in order to help them flourish.

The company has partnered with Hull-based digital hub, C4DI (Centre for Digital Innovation), to launch the RB Mentorship 100 programme.

The programme will provide 100 hours of mentorship to local entrepreneurs while also taking on advice themselves from the innovative start-ups.

The programme will take place in RB’s Centre for Scientific Excellence, a £105m state-of-the-art R&D facility under construction at its Dansom Lane site in east Hull, when it opens next year.

John Connolly (L), managing director of C4DI, with Scott Seville (R), senior R&D manager for RB, outside C4DI

Local entrepreneurs will learn a range of skills such as product development, business partnering, regulatory strategy and project management.

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RB senior R&D manager, Scott Seville, said: “Our Hull site is one of RB’s largest development centres globally so we have access to a wide variety of specialist skills and capabilities, which we want to share with the wider community.

"We’ve therefore decided to dedicate at least 100 hours of mentorship to support C4DI and its members via our Mentorship 100 Programme.

“We can pass on a wealth of knowledge and experience that can help grow their businesses, and in return, we can be inspired and provoked by new ideas in digital innovation and small company thinking that can help our consumers.

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We are always looking for new ways to offer further career and skills development for our workforce and the partnership with C4DI will help us achieve that.”

In return for the programme, the company says it wants to learn more about the fast emerging areas of digital industry and connectivity.

Picture of the C4DI building on Queens Street, Hull

The firm employs a large number of scientists, chemists, biologists and microbiologists, and says it hopes to help its workforce in adapting to an increasingly digital world.

John Connolly, managing director of C4DI, said: “This is a fantastic tie up with one of Hull’s biggest and most innovative employers.

“By being involved in this partnership, RB will play a significant role in helping the region’s digital entrepreneurs to achieve the success they deserve.”

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The C4DI building is the centrepiece of the £15m @TheDock development within the rapidly-evolving Fruit Market waterside quarter.

Developed and owned by Hull-based regeneration company Wykeland Group, it opened in December 2015.

According to this year’s Tech Nation report, Hull's digital sector has annually boosted the local economy by about £254m over four years, with a 21 per cent increase in digital businesses during the past year alone.

The report also named Hull as the most cost-effective place in the country to run a tech business and said C4DI was driving digital growth by "providing co-working space, tech incubation and corporate innovation".

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