Kevin Redmore, business leader for KWL, said: “Hull 2017 will be the greatest event the city has ever seen and will certainly put Hull in the spotlight. As an organisation, we have a close relationship with local residents, so we are delighted to be able to give something back.
“We’re extremely passionate about Hull and have a policy of employing local people and using local suppliers wherever possible. We’re also committed to helping Hull’s young workforce, having recently taken on our 100th apprentice. “KWL is now in the 10th year of trading and the business has grown so that nearly 20% of our turnover is now outside of our original core business of housing repair and maintenance. After a joint approach from our shareholder Hull City Council and the City of Culture team, it seemed a good fit to use this diversification and growth in the business to help support Hull 2017.
“KWL is very much looking forward to working with the Hull 2017 team on a programme of outreach in the community and investing in what we believe is a very bright future for our city. With over one million extra visitors expected to descend on Hull in 2017, it’s our time to shine.”
The announcement of KWL as principal corporate partner is another huge success for the culture company, which recently revealed corporate partnerships with Yorkshire Water and BP.
Martin Green, Chief Executive of Hull 2017, said: “I am delighted to welcome KWL on board as a principal corporate partner. As a large local employer with a demonstrable commitment to creating jobs and opportunities for young people, KWL is a natural fit for Hull 2017. “This partnership will help us to transform Hull: by raising aspirations; changing perceptions; creating jobs; and bringing a projected £60m to the local economy. I have no doubt that our partnership will benefit future generations and communities for years to come.”
Daren Hale, Chairman of the KWL Board, said: “The positive impact of UK City of Culture on Hull is already evident in and around the city. Investment and regeneration is already happening now. This partnership is a wonderful opportunity for KWL to work with the culture company on one of the country’s most exciting events and to continue to make a difference in Hull, now, in 2017 and beyond.”
KWL’s collaboration with Hull UK City of Culture 2017 will help to provide a menu of activity for local schools and the community. It will also see KWL providing their expertise to the City of Culture team on specific projects.