A regional daily cleared its first nine pages yesterday after the announcement of a major wind farm project worth up to 10,000 jobs.
The Hull Daily Mail was understandably cock-a-hoop over Siemens’ announcement of a multi-million pound investment on the banks of the Humber that is expected to transform the city’s economy.
Hull beat off tough competition from other ports to attract the deal, which has been hailed as the most significant investment in the area for decades.
The Mail’s coverage included comments from the Prime Minister David Cameron, who said: “Hull is now poised to capitalise on the jobs and investment this will bring.”
Editor John Meehan said: “We’ve tracked this story from the outset and have built strong relationships with many of the parties involved.
“As a result, we were able to get an early steer and offer readers unrivalled coverage of one of the most important developments in the city for decades.
“There was a lot of competition for this investment so we had to handle the story very sensitively to make sure we didn’t jeopardise the bid.
“In the end, we are delighted that Siemens has chosen Hull. It’s fantastic news for the city and the wider region.”
Next month, the Mail will jointly stage a two-day event to promote the local business opportunities presented by the renewable energy industry, in association with the Yorkshire-based Renewables Network.
Mr Meehan added: “Renewable energy represents an amazing opportunity for the whole region. The announcement by Siemens could just be the tip of the iceberg.”