Food groups backs Hull’s City of Culture

Performers dressed as angels take part in the Place des Anges spectacle in Hull, part of UK City of Culture 2017 and the Yorkshire Festival.
Performers dressed as angels take part in the Place des Anges spectacle in Hull, part of UK City of Culture 2017 and the Yorkshire Festival.
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Hull-based William Jackson Food Group (WJFG), has extended its support for Hull 2017 UK City of Culture by becoming a City Partner.

Originally a bid Angel, helping Hull to win the City of Culture bid in 2013, the 165-year-old family business is officially taking on City Partner support.

Last week the programme for the City of Culture year was revealed with some striking events planned for the city.

WJFG’s Chairman Nicholas Oughtred, whose great grandfather William Jackson founded the family-owned business in 1851, said: “Hull is an extremely special place for us and we are very proud to be continuing our support for Hull 2017.

“This is a great opportunity for Hull to show the world all that is great about our city and its people, and we’re really keen to do our bit and ensure Hull 2017 gets the support it deserves.”

WJFG employs more than 2,000 people nationwide at its businesses Abel & Cole, The Food Doctor, MyFresh, Hull businesses Aunt Bessie’s and Jackson’s Bakery and The Ferguson Fawsitt Arms in Walkington.

Martin Green, CEO and Director of Hull 2017, said: “Our first season, Made in Hull, will show people what Hull is really made of and the many incredible things this city has given to the world. So we are delighted that William Jackson Food Group, whose homegrown businesses have become household names, will be by our side to help us celebrate what it means to be made in Hull.”