Smith & Nephew (LSE: SN, NYSE: SNN), the global medical technology business, is pleased to announce its sponsorship of Freedom Festival Arts Trust, the Hull-based cultural organisation that puts on Freedom Festival, an annual festival that celebrates Hull’s independent spirit and historic contribution to the cause of freedom through artistic and cultural expression.
“We are proud to be supporting Freedom Festival in 2018 as a Business Partner. As a Company with its roots deeply embedded in this city we have witnessed a remarkable transformation in the region and are excited to be contributing to that positive change” said Sue Myers, Senior Director Communication, Smith & Nephew. “Hull’s year as UK City of Culture has proven there is an appetite for culture in the region and in the workplace and we are looking forward to continuing to bring culture into the work environment.”
Last year’s Freedom Festival saw estimated audience numbers of 150,000 and showcased Hull at its very best, as more than 200 acts from across the world took over streets and spaces in the city to celebrate Hull’s independent spirit and historic contribution to the cause of freedom. While the festival itself is for one weekend in the year, Smith & Nephew will enjoy a year round association with the Freedom Festival Arts Trust which aims to nurture and support local and regional creative talent while also continuing to attract national and international artists and collaborators.
Jenny Howard-Coombes, Executive Director at Freedom Festival Arts Trust, said: “Freedom Festival would not be possible without our partners, sponsors and friends of Freedom. We are delighted to welcome Hull-based Smith & Nephew into our Freedom Family. Hull’s creativity and passion has been ignited over the past year and we are keen to build on the interest in arts and culture for all to enjoy having seen first-hand the impact it can have on a city and its people.
“Just like Smith & Nephew, we are firmly rooted in the city and we’re looking forward to another incredible year.”
Founded in Hull over 160 years ago by Thomas James Smith, the Company has grown from a Whitefriargate pharmacy to a global supplier of advanced medical devices with 15,000 employees. During the First World War, the firm specialised in the supply of field dressings, and now manufactures pioneering products used by healthcare professionals in more than 100 countries.
Today, the Hull Smith & Nephew site manufactures world-leading wound management products and has recently undergone a £50m investment including an £8 million world-class R&D centre. The Company is committed to recruiting and retaining employees in Hull and, through this partnership, is proud to continue giving employees the opportunity to be part of Hull’s cultural offering following its year as Major Partners of Hull 2017.