When an industry professional reaches an advanced degree of knowledge, underpinned by a wealth of experience in the field, the choice to broaden the geographical and economic scope of operations becomes a highly feasible and attractive option. Economies of scale in the administration of Pest Control operations is also a factor to be taken into account when the option to expand presents itself. Pestcotek is expanding operative and administrative activity across a much broader economic area. While we continue to be based in Lincolnshire we will be covering the Leeds, Sheffield, Selby and Hull areas. Today we would like to draw your attention to and concentrate on the pride we feel in expanding to operate in the Hull area. It is a fascinating region with an exceptionally compelling history.
Hull itself was founded in the late 12th century when the need for a port from which the wool derived from the estates of the monks of Meaux Abbey transpired. A quay was constructed at the junction of the rivers Hull and Humber to this end. The exact year during which Hull was founded is uncertain. In 1299, King Edward I renamed it Kings-town upon Hull. Hull has evolved over the centuries having been a market town, port, military supply, fishing and whaling centre, trading hub and industrial city. Early in the English Civil Wars, Hull hosted a number of battles. William Wilberforce, who was the key abolitionist in the campaign to abolish the slave trade in the 18th century, was the Member of Parliament for Hull. A unique facet of the city’s history involves pioneering public telephony: from 1902 Hull had a municipally owned telephone system. The telephone boxes were cream in colour rather than red.
Today tourism plays a major contributory role in the vibrancy of the city. Attractions include The Deep, Hull Marina, the historic Old Town and the Museum Quarter. Sporting prowess can be boasted on several fronts: The Lightstream Stadium hosts the home matches of Hull Kingston Rovers, and the KCOM Stadium houses Hull FC rugby club and Hull City football club. English Premier Ice Hockey League team, Hull Pirates, are also based in the city. One of Hull’s main thoroughfares, Ferensway, has been redeveloped in recent years to include Hull Truck Theatre and St. Stephen’s Hull. The city is home to Sinfonia UK Collective, Hull Philharmonic Orchestra, a broad range of choirs and other touring ensembles based at the University of Hull, one of two universities in the city. Musician Mick Ronson, who worked with David Bowie, Bob Dylan and Lou Reed came from Hull, as did the bands the Red Guitars, The Housemartins, Everything But The Girl, and Kingmaker. It is small wonder that in 2013, it was announced that Hull would be 2017 UK City of Culture. In 2017, the Ferens Art Gallery is to host the highly prestigious art prize, The Turner Prize.
Economically, Hull is traditionally based on trading and seafaring. Initially a whale port, seafishing later took over. In the historic Old Town merchant’s houses and some warehouses survive to this day signifying a mercantile past. Despite seeing the decline of the fishing industry in the 1970s, it remains a busy port handling 13 tonnes of cargo per year. Administered by Associated British Ports and other companies, 5000 people are employed. The city operates a sea ferry service to mainland Europe offering a roll-on-roll-off service transporting over 1 million passengers per year. The leisure industry is one into which Hull has diversified, having developed Hull Marina from the old Humber Street Dock. This leisure facility has 270 berths for small sailing craft and yachts.
British Petroleum (BP), Seven Seas, Smith & Nephew and Reckitt Benckiser all have major facilities in Hull. The city is industrially focussed on the health care and chemical sectors. The city’s focus on the Health Care Sector is reinforced by research capacity at the Institute of Woundcare and the Hull York Medical School, both supported by University of Hull. The decline in the fishing industry and in heavy industry has seen a concerted response to diversify into retail, tourism, further and higher education and the arts. This diversification has increasingly raised the profile of Hull and contributed towards economic regeneration.
The inhabitants of Hull can be rightly proud to live and play their own part in a shining example of a tourism and hospitality destination with a wealth of cultural, sporting, maritime and industrial heritage. With this in mind, we say that Pestcotek is extremely proud to be expanding into such an enriching milieu. And whether you work in the Health, Chemical, Tourism, Education, Sport or Arts and Entertainments sectors, we invite you to contact Pestcotek to work in partnership with you in the prevention and control of pests in your commercial premises.