Latest Business Support, Events & Opportunities from Hull City Council - Issue 13 - 2 October 2023

Latest Business Support, Events & Opportunities from Hull City Council - Issue 13 - 2 October 2023

Leaders Briefing

In July, Hull’s Cabinet gave permission for our council to formally progress plans for a devolution deal between us and East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC). This followed on from the invitation from the Minister of Levelling Up to enter negotiations for a deal.
Put simply, devolution can bring more money and powers to the region. Depending on the deal, it can improve many things for the area, such as longer-term investments in infrastructure, strategic transport, and economic development.
A joint team from Hull and East Riding council are currently engaged in formal discussions with the government for a Level 3 devolution deal. If an agreement is reached, this would include an elected mayor - a regional leader directly elected by the people, for a fixed term.
It would also mean the creation of a combined authority, which would see Hull and East Riding council working together on strategic issues such as economic investment and transport.
Hull and East Riding councils wouldn’t merge under any devolution deal, we would stay as separate authorities, and the delivery of day-to-day services would remain the responsibility of each individual council.
Subject to progress with the negotiations, a Hull and East Riding deal could be announced in the government’s autumn statement, with public consultation commencing in early 2024, followed by the election of a Mayor in 2025.
Cllr. Mike Ross
Leader Hull City Council


Latest News

Hull’s UK Shared Prosperity Fund Application Process is Now Open for
People and Skills Projects for Year 3 (2024/2025)
Hull has been allocated £9 million core UKSPF to be spent between April 2022 and March 2025.
The fund has three overall investment priorities:
- Community and place
- Supporting local businesses
- People and skills
For this round of funding, Hull has £2.7 million is available for projects for the investment priority: People and Skills. Hull City Council are now seeking applications for projects that will deliver during Year 3 of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund which runs from 1 April 2024 up to the 31 March 2025.
Deadline for receipt of completed applications is 12.00 noon, 23 October 2023.
For more information, please visit the Council’s website page: Click here
Please also look at the Government’s guidance which gives more of the technical details and focus of the funding:
UK Shared Prosperity Fund: prospectus - GOV.UK (
UK Shared Prosperity Fund: additional information - GOV.UK (


Adam Corbally Enterprise Challenge
As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week in Hull 2023, we are running the Adam Corbally Enterprise Challenge again, sponsored by The John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank and we are seeking entries from young people from Scarborough, Ryedale, East Riding as well as Hull.
This year it has two age sections, and each entrant must produce a two minute or less video pitch and send to Adam direct.
- There is 16 years and under section open to individuals, schools and colleges, the winners can get up to £400 for their enterprising idea or project and Adam will act as their mentor for six months.
- There is a 16–24-year-old section for individuals looking to develop a business or expand their business with a new idea, the winners win up to £1000 for their business and have Adam as a mentor for a year.
To enter, the video needs to be emailed to Adam directly via email: or send via WhatsApp to 07769 644606 by Midday Wednesday 15th November.


Business Support, Events & Opportunities
Disability Confident Business Breakfast
Disability Confident Leaders City Health Care Partnership CIC (CHCP), in partnership with Hull City Council and the Department for Work and Pensions, invite your organisation to a FREE Business Breakfast
Thursday 19 Oct 2023 - 8:30 to 10:30 am

The Edge Hub, Kingston House,
Myton Street, Hull, HU1 2PS
The Disability Confident Scheme has three levels. Whether you are just starting your journey or are on your way to becoming a Disability Confident Leader, we would love to see you at the event.
Speakers include:
- City Health Care Partnership: the journey to becoming Disability Confident Leaders
- British Association of Supported Employment: support they can offer you as an employer
- Department of Work and Pensions: Access to Work, disability passport and disability confident
- DFN Project Search: supported internships
For more information and to secure a place Book here

Cybersecurity for the Non-Techie
Are you a business owner who wants to ensure the security of your business online?
Understand the need to protect your business in a digital world, but not sure where to start? You’re not alone, and we’re here to help!
Join us for “Cybersecurity for the Non-Techie”, a straightforward and jargon-free workshop tailored to help you and your business stay safe online. Led by the CEO of the North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC) and former Police Superintendent Rebecca Chapman, the event will provide practical cybersecurity tips and how the NEBRC can support you to protect your business from online risks.
The day will also include:
- Networking over lunch: Connect with like-minded individuals and share experiences.
- Q&A Session: Get answers to all your burning cyber security questions!
- Opportunity to win a free Website Security Assessment
17 October 2023
ergo Business Centre, Bridgehead Business Park, Hessle, HU13 0GD

We have two workshop times available, which cross over for a larger networking lunch between 12.00pm and 1.00pm.
Secure your spot today and take the first step toward a safer digital future for your business.
For more information and to book -
Secure Your Business With Cyber Security Training (


Other News & Information
HMRC are promoting the benefits of filing your tax return early. These are:
- Planning: finding out what you owe for the 2022 to 2023 tax year as soon as you have filed, which allows for more accurate financial planning.
- Budgeting: spreading the cost of your tax bill with weekly or monthly payments using HMRC’s Budget Payment Plan.
- Refund: checking if you’re due a refund in the HMRC app once you’ve filed.
- Help: accessing a range of online guidance and information to help you file your return and getting help if you are unable to pay your bill in full by the 31 January deadline.
The Self-Assessment deadline for the 2022 to 2023 tax year is 31 January 2024.


The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero has launched an online hub to help smaller businesses reduce their energy bills and cut carbon emissions. The UK Business Climate Hub includes a suite of tools to help firms measure, track and reduce their emissions.
It also provides advice on topics such as sourcing products from green suppliers, cutting emissions from logistics, switching to renewable energy, and installing electric vehicle charging points. Reacting to the new hub, blue-chip companies on the government-backed Net Zero Council have urged trade groups to develop sector-specific emission reduction plans.


The Department for Business and Trade has announced an indefinite extension to the use of CE marking for businesses.