Date: Tue 05 Mar 2013

Hull Business' Rally Round to Buy Panther to Promote Hull

Hull Bond Holders group have got together to pledge cash towards sponsoring a Panther Powerboat to run in the UK P1 SuperStock Championship to promote Hull on a global scale.

The Hull Business Bondholders group met in February to hear about the Grand Prix of the Sea coming to Hull in June. This will be the third successive year the UK's P1 SuperStock Championship has visited Hull, so the local people know what to expect when P1 are in town.

But this year they want to get involved and hearing from P1's commercial manager Eugene Bari, that there was a boat livery available for sponsorship, the businesses are rallying round to raise the cash and sponsor the boat which will then run throughout the whole season promoting Hull, not just on the humber but also in Torquay, Plymouth and Eastbourne and any other venues which appear on the UK SuperStock calendar still to be finalised.

"We went to Twitter and came back with a lot of interest," said Esther Damary-Thompson, communications executive for organiser Hull Bondholders. "Within the first ten minutes, we had raised £1,000, now we are up to about £5,000 in pledges now. I think having a powerboat will be fantastic, in terms of economic impact, Its bringing the Humber to life, there's a fantastic buzz there and it is bringing the business community together."

City businesses have just over a month to gather the funds they need to be ready for the first race of the season they are looking for an accountancy firm to help with the funding and are looking for more companies to pledge £100 - £200 to help put Hull on the map. The P1 SuperStock calendar will kick off in Hull at the start of June and it attracts thousands of spectators watching the spectacular Grand Prix of the Sea on the Humber which is televised on Sky Sports.

Follow @onehullofaboat for updates or contact Ms Damary-Thompson at the Hull Bond Holders if you are a Hull business and want to get involved.

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