9 Feb 2018

Business and culture: working together for the good of the city

William Jackson Food Group chairman Nicholas Oughtred considers the company’s Hull 2017 story and looks to the future.

Hull is an extremely special place for William Jackson Food Group. Our company was proudly started in Hull, where William Jackson first opened his original shop in Scale Lane in 1851. We are a sixth-generation family business and proud to have supported Hull as the UK City of Culture 2017.

We are one of the original Bid Angels, helping Hull to win the UK City of Culture title. We saw from the very beginning what a great opportunity the title was for the city, to show everyone how great this place is.

We employ around 2,000 people nationwide and our businesses include Hull-based Aunt Bessie’s and our bakery Jacksons, organic grocery business Abel & Cole, The Food Doctor, MyFresh and The Ferguson Fawsitt Arms in Walkington. Through our partnership as a Hull 2017 City Partner, we experienced fantastic events. The year offered a fantastic opportunity for colleagues both here in Hull and further afield to dive straight into the culture and engage with the history of a city that is so deep in our roots.

There has been a positive atmosphere in the city since Hull won the bid back in 2013 that continued throughout 2017 and which I feel confident will continue well into the future.

We say a community should be a better place for having one of our businesses in it and we’re proud to not only have been a Hull 2017 partner but to also continue to support the city’s cultural gem – the Freedom Festival.

We’ve seen what a difference the arts and culture can have on a city, events such as Freedom Festival can only be positive for this great place. It is not only a great event but also a brilliant example of the people of Hull working together for the good of our city. We are delighted to be supporting the team who are working hard to put on a truly special weekend for the city to enjoy and I have no doubt it will be spectacular.

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