RB Partnership leads the way in supporting Hull’s digital entrepreneurs

John Connolly (L), managing director of C4DI, with Scott Seville (R), senior R&D manager for RB, outside C4DI on Hull’s marina.

RB Partnership leads the way in supporting Hull’s digital entrepreneurs

Consumer health and hygiene company Reckitt Benckiser Group plc (RB) is helping Hull’s technology start-ups gain access to support that could help them flourish.

The company has partnered with Hull-based digital hub, C4DI (Centre for Digital Innovation), to launch the RB Mentorship 100 Programme, providing 100 hours of mentorship to local digital entrepreneurs and in turn gaining learnings from the start-ups.

The programme will take place in RB’s Centre for Scientific Excellence, a £105m state-of-the-art R&D facility under construction at its Dansom Lane site, when it opens next year.

Local entrepreneurs will learn a range of skills such as product development, business partnering, regulatory strategy and project management.

RB senior R&D manager, Scott Seville, 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.

“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.”

John Connolly, managing director of C4DI, said: “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.”

RB is the global consumer health and hygiene company with operations in over 60 countries.

Its global brands help include popuklar household names such as Nurofen, Strepsils, Gaviscon, Durex, Lysol, Dettol, Veet, Cillit Bang, Finish, Vanish, and many more.