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About the company

The Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) is a membership organisation that helps start-up digital businesses to grow, and established digital businesses to innovate by using technology more effectively. They also offer a year-long Innovation Programme, providing a problem solving service and assembling specialist teams to develop products and services.

The company provides support and infrastructure to help a network of about 900 digital entrepreneurs, businesses, employees, designers, developers and come together to collaborate and grow through social events, workshops, meet-ups and video conferences. C4DI also help businesses grow through using technology more effectively,

The company’s incubator and accelerator programmes help to provide support to high growth start-ups, businesses and individuals, offering partners, ideas, advice, talent, funding and expertise.

About the project

In collaboration with commercial property development firm Wykeland, and following the recognition of Hull as part of a thriving digital ecosystem in a TechNation report, C4DI secured purpose-built premises within a larger scheme of speculative business premises located between the River Hull and Queen Street and incorporating the disused Dry Dock.

With resources stretched, C4DI applied for and was awarded a grant of approximately £80,000 to contribute to the fit out of the premises.

Job creation

The project creates 4 direct jobs (an Innovation Manager, Community Manager, Start-up Accelerator Manager and Sales & Marketing Support Manager) but the nature of the business means a number of digital sector businesses be supported to grow indirectly.

The future

John Connolly, Managing Director of C4DI, said: “This grant has been very useful in the refit of our new premises.

“This project has been some years in the making, and the grant was a vital part of it coming together.

“The new premises, when completed, will enable us to help local businesses grow, and we will be able to continue to provide a strong supportive framework for start-ups, businesses and individuals.

“This sort of thing gives businesses confidence that things are going on in the north, and that there is support out there.

In brief

Location: Kingston Upon Hull

£306,520 Project Cost

£79,961.00 RGF grant

4 Direct Jobs