11 Apr 2016

KCOM announced as Principal Partner

We announce our first Principal Communications Partner.

Like the distinctive cream phone boxes that they bring to Hull, the newly re-branded KCOM are part of the fabric of our city. That’s why we’re completely chuffed to announce that they’re now the Principal Communications Partner of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

KCOM have pledged to promote digital connectivity and creativity during Hull’s year in the limelight. As a Principal Partner (the highest level of partnership with Hull 2017) KCOM have become the first private sector organisation operating nationally to support 2017 at this level. Their partnership reinforces Hull-based KCOM’s commitment to the region as leaders in digital communications.

As well as making a significant financial commitment, KCOM’s support for City of Culture will include free Wi-Fi provision for several outdoor events during 2017, each attended by up to 20,000 people, as a means of engaging with audiences and encouraging them to “Tell the World” about the programme during 2017.

In the meantime, keep an eye out for a new banner unveiled this morning across the front of KCOM’s Carr Lane offices in Hull city centre, celebrating this new partnership.

Gary Young, Managing Director of KCOM’s local business in Hull and East Yorkshire, said: “With more than 140,000 local customs and 900 employees in the region, KCOM is part of the fabric of Hull and East Yorkshire. Because of this, we see ourselves as natural partners of the City of Culture and we are passionate about playing our part in making 2017 an outstanding success, delivering economic, cultural and social benefits during the year and long into the future.

“We believe in the transformational impact of culture and the arts, which is why we have been a long-standing support of cultural events and arts organisations, including Freedom Festival, the Humber Street Sesh and Ferens Art Gallery.

“Ultrafast connectivity has the power to stimulate creativity and innovation, not least in the field of culture and the arts.

“During 2017 we’ll be working closely with the 2017 team to promote Hull as a place where digital connectivity supports artists expression and the cultural economy.”

Martin Green, Chief Executive of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, said: “I am absolutely delighted to welcome KCOM on board for 2017. KCOM has a long history in Hull and this investment further cements the company’s deep commitment to the city.

“A great deal of art is now created, experienced and shared digitally, so KCOM’s ultrafast fibre network will be a major asset to the city and the cultural programme during 2017 and beyond.”


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