John Connolly (left) with Scott Seville

RB partners with Hull’s C4DI on startup mentoring programme

Consumer health and hygiene firm RB is taking steps to give tech startups in Hull the support they need to unlock growth.

The company struck a new partnership with digital hub C4DI (Centre for Digital Innovation) to launch the RB Mentorship 100 Programme, which will offer 100 hours of mentorship to the city’s digital entrepreneurs.

The programme will be delivered at RB’s Centre for Scientific Excellence – a £105m R&D facility being built at its existing Dansom Lane site – when it opens its doors next year.

It will see entrepreneurs learn more about topics such as product development, business partnering, regulatory strategy and project management.

Scott Seville, RB’s senior R&D manager, said: “Our Hull site is one of RB’s largest development centres globally so we have access to a wide variety of specialist skills and capabilities, which we want to share with the wider community.

“We’ve therefore decided to dedicate at least 100 hours of mentorship to support C4DI and its members via our Mentorship 100 Programme.”

He continued: “We can pass on a wealth of knowledge and experience that can help grow their businesses, and in return, we can be inspired and provoked by new ideas in digital innovation and small company thinking that can help our consumers.

“We are always looking for new ways to offer further career and skills development for our workforce and the partnership with C4DI will help us achieve that.”

C4DI’s managing director, John Connolly, commented: “This is a fantastic tie up with one of Hull’s biggest and most innovative employers.

“By being involved in this partnership, RB will play a significant role in helping the region’s digital entrepreneurs to achieve the success they deserve.”

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