Hull businesses support young entrepreneurs

Hull will host a series of events to inspire the next generation of tycoons in the city as Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) begins.

The 11th anniversary of the national campaign will take place from Monday 12 to Friday 16 November.

Hull is again putting its weight behind GEW to exhibit the enterprising potential of its young people. The city will host more than 20 entrepreneurship events across schools and colleges, with almost 700 young people from more than 50 schools taking part in four events at the Guildhall and KCOM Craven Park, and another 100 taking part in activities in schools and colleges.

Hull City Council, in partnership with Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership, has organised seven events as the city is visited by Adam Corbally, a former candidate on BBC’s The Apprentice, and MicroBiz champion Tony Robinson OBE, as well as young entrepreneurs from the MC4C Programme, including Cloie Hockney of CRH Couture, Robin Coates of CFG Handmade Clothing, Ben Robinson of Prehistoric Hull, Laura Russell of Russell’s Emporium and Sophie Green of Seams Impossible.

The MC will be entrepreneur Ross Bennett MD of Engaging Education.

Global Entrepreneurship Week in Hull will be sponsored by a number of small and large private, public and charitable organisations including Hull City Council, Kohler Mira, Oakconsult, Primary Tec, GH Events, Engaging Education, Tarran Photography, DLB Events, Humber LEP, Keepmoat, Springfield Training, Hull Land Train, Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce, University of Hull, Hull Culture and Leisure, 360 Accountants, Swift Group, Sangwin Group, Efficiency North, Hull College, RANK Foundation, Easy Buy, Hull and ER Charitable Trust, Hull Training, KCOM, The Force, Ron Dickenson, HullBID, Freedom Centre, Tony Robinson, EYMS and the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank.

Councillor Daren Hale, Deputy Leader of Hull City Council, said: "Global Entrepreneurship Week is all about how small ideas can take root and become viable business plans, with the potential to grow into sustainable companies. Hull City Council hopes to set an aspirational agenda for today's young people in the city to set up their own businesses, start social enterprises, improve their communities and/or become enterprising employees or students.

"The council and its partners are delighted yet again to be part of Global Entrepreneurship Week under the theme of supporting young people and establishing effective partnerships and are very pleased to be supporting its enterprising young people on a daily basis through a number of schemes including the award-winning Youth Enterprise Bank, £5 Blossom and the MC4C programme for young people."

Ewan Gaffney, managing director of GEN UK and GEW UK, said: "This November, the Global Entrepreneurship Week celebrates its 11th anniversary. Over that time, Hull has played a significant part in these celebrations and has always demonstrated its commitment to engaging with enterprising young people, including groups in South Africa such as The People’s Fund and The Hook up Dinner and sharing good practice with young people across the UK and the rest of the world."

For more information about GEW in Hull, visit, @GEW_Hull on Twitter or the hashtags #GEW2018 and #GEWHull.

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