As you may have noticed, satirical character actor Sasha Baron Cohen has struck box office gold by taking aim at the North East town and former fishing capital of England – Grimsby.
Mr Cohen is no stranger to dealing with divisive subject matter; the man has arguably made a living from successfully blending low brow comedy with subtle yet potent social satire, an approach which in Borats’ case proved a worldwide phenomenon. So here we are in 2016 and the Clark Weightman team look onward at the marketing for Grimsby, slightly baffled by how our endearing town became the subject of a blockbuster comedy.
Critical response to the film so far has been mixed, but that was always going to happen with a film that uses cultural stereotypes as an excuse for laughs. As for local residents, take a look at this feature on The Guardian which compiles the opinions of local Grimsby residents who have seen the film (spoiler: some actually loved it).
Anyway, rather than let Cohen’s depiction of Grimsby soil public perception, we’re fighting back and highlighting the cultural treasures of this wonderful town.
This website is a great source for information on the surrounding areas and offers an insightful look at the economic and cultural riches on offer in North East Lincolnshire. We recommend exploring their online brochure and the following pages:
Invest NEL offers a rich source of opportunity listings for investors, businesses and visitors. They have also kindly compiled some key facts about the local area that are all too often glazed over in mainstream press:
North East Lincolnshire lays claim to
- the busiest port complex
- the largest concentration of food companies
- fantastic renewable energy opportunities
- large strategic employment sites
- the lowest operating costs
The team at Clark Weightman would also love to hear your opinion on Grimsby and your favourite things about the town.