ARTS: One of the co-founders of a Hull theatre group has praised the city for its support in helping businesses to grow.
Middle Child Theatre comprises a group of former students from the University of Hull, who returned to the city after cutting their teeth on the London stage.
Group member James Townsend said: "Most of us moved away from Hull after graduation and went back to London, but after a couple of years down there we realised we needed to make our own company and move elsewhere.
"We could have just come straight back to Hull but instead we looked at various different cities to see where would be best for us.
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"And, after doing some research, there was only one place we wanted to come and that was Hull."
James said the council in particular had shown its support in enabling the company to establish its roots in Hull, and said he believed the city was on the verge of a cultural explosion.
"I really believe Hull is on the cusp of becoming a hub of vibrant culture," he said.
ECONOMY: The recovery was offered "genuine hope" on Friday as official figures revealed the strongest monthly rise in manufacturing output for ten years.
Manufacturing output grew by 3.2 per cent in July, while the wider index of production grew by 2.9 per cent.
According to the Office for National Statistics, the largest contributions to the month-on-month rise in manufacturing output came from the manufacture of basic metals and metal products, followed by transport equipment.