Arco welcomes minister to its Digital First offices

Henri Murison, director of Northern Powerhouse, Thomas Martin, non executive chairman of Arco; Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth; and Richard Martin, digital director at Arco

Safety company Arco has opened the doors of its Digital First programme office at Hull’s unique Centre for Digital Innovation (C4Di), to welcome Jake Berry MP, Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth.

The Minister was on a three-day tour of the region, visiting leading businesses to meet staff and listen to their views on the role of the Northern Powerhouse and how it could benefit their lives.

As a family business with a 130-year history in Hull, Arco is a major employer in the region, playing a key role in developing opportunities and investment locally.

Its £20m investment in the digital programme will position the company at the forefront of the digital era and further accelerate its growth. With new technology, new jobs, upskilling for existing staff, and new ways of working, Arco’s change programme will ensure the business remains relevant in a world of fast paced digital change, providing the seamless access to expertise expected of the market leader.

The Digital First programme is just one element of Arco’s current investment programme, which includes its recently opened Customer Engagement Centre, which created 50 new jobs locally and the £30m expansion of its National Distribution Centre.

The Minister was met by Thomas Martin, Arco’s chairman, who showed him around the facility and briefed him on the company, its history, the role it plays in keeping people safe at work and its long-term plans for growth.

Thomas Martin said: “I am absolutely delighted to be showing The Minister round the heart of our digital initiative. It’s a world class environment designed to promote collaboration, creativity and pace of change.

“Our investment here is testament to our commitment to developing new digital capabilities at Arco and to helping make Hull a place where young people with these skills can pursue an exciting career. Our digital programme will further enhance customer omni-channel experiences, accelerate our growth and allow us to keep even more people safe at work.

“We are a nationwide business but our heart is in Hull and we are committed to promoting the region as a great place to work and to encouraging new talent and businesses to the area, we welcome the Minister’s focus on science, skills and innovation, and look forward to seeing increased investment in the region.  I challenge the Minister and the Northern Powerhouse to

work hard to improve all transport links across the region, making it easier for a more mobile, skilled workforce to come to work in Hull and to retain their expertise , helping drive further regional growth and re-balancing the economy.”

The Minister said: “It was great to be back in Hull and an absolute pleasure to meet the team at Arco to hear about what the Northern Powerhouse means to them.

“I share their passion about making the North a better place for everyone and I agree that our priorities must include improving our transport link and increasing skills and apprenticeships so the North can continue to prosper and grow.”


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