Innovation is what turns ideas and inventions into viable products fit for market. Hull has a strong innovative track record with many local firms growing out of solving problems.
Reckitts devised domestic cleaning products when industrialization and rapid urban expansion had created streets that were likened to the foulest of Constantinople; Smith & Nephew grew into an International wound care business out of the dressings made for casualties of the First World War and Quorn, the meat substitute, was J Arthur Ranks response to the population explosion and more mouths to feed.
Rob Bell of The History Troupe explores the ways in which Hull firms created the market for a host of products and examines the lessons learned that echo down to now.
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