The John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank supports young people aged 13 to 21 years old as they start their enterprising journeys. It has supported over 350 young people providing grants, with each applicant also having the support of a business mentor, access to free use of meeting rooms or office space. In turn the young person commits to supporting youth enterprise in the City. JCYEB is supported by local business eg KCOM and RB as well as micro businesses who have donated to it. This has resulted in a survival rate of 74% at the end of their 3rd year of trading.

Kit Hargreaves

Kit Hargreaves, owner of Apple Pear Limited, a website design and development agency based in Hull. We started in April 2014 and have worked with varied clients across the country. There a currently two people working in the business, and we have grown from making small websites to creating online shops, large web applications for private clients and agencies. We also work in schools in the local area, providing training for students and staff in computing and digital literacy.

Kit is also a member of the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank and is currently developing Hull’s enterprise game for young people.

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Johnny Wotton and Ross Bennett

Engaging Education is team of six social entrepreneurs, partnering schools, organisations and authorities with EE Workshops – award winning, Ofsted-focussed project based learning and EE Creative – bespoke design, media & marketing solutions. Beginning as a high school project, the founding members took part in an enterprise enrichment programme. This began by creating educational children’s books and subsequently, grew from that point. Through working with various high profile clients and with the members of the team graduating from university, Engaging Education was formed.

EE workshops focusses on engaging students in project based learning and targets key challenges within the school. Although key topics vary, the main focus is on raising attainment, transition and student-led promotion. Utilising the in-house talents, we leave a legacy in the school by creating professional end products, in the form of resources and materials, created direct from students work. EE creative is a fully comprehensive creative service; delivering bespoke and tailored marketing solutions including branding, web design and promotional videos. The company is now rapidly expanding, offering new services and entering new markets, utilising the in-house expertise of design, media and illustration.

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Why Micro Business Matters

Young people who set up in a business are just like any other person that does apart from one key fact there is a tendency for organisations and large businesses not to take them seriously yet they like all micro businesses are playing a vital role in ensuring that our economy turns the corner.

Its time that policy makers and banks realised that without young entrepreneurs running their micro businesses we do not have a succession plan for the UK economy and without micro businesses we would not be in a position of creating innovation and excitement in our economy. Britain’s micro businesses in general and younger entrepreneurs in particular are almost twice as optimistic about the future growth of their business compared to older peers.

So in a nutshell its not always about high growth and expansion for young people its about enjoying what they are doing and many are wanting to put back into their community not because it’s the trendy thing to do but because it’s the right thing to do and for that reason I am pleased that so many young people are making a contribution to #MicroBizMattersDay. Hull is a city that is trying to change its perception of Micro Businesses and is starting to value their contribution to the local economy and that’s why the city is backing #MicroBizMattersDay.

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Thomas Arran

Since starting in photography, Thomas has always had an ambition to work for himself and develop his own business from his skills.

TArran Photo provides photographic services to businesses and clients throughout Hull and the UK, working with high profile clients such as Hull FC, the Freedom Festival and Mark Hill Hairdressing, where the images that Thomas creates are displayed to a mass market.

In 2012, Thomas’s great work, long nights and passion to help others gained him the position as official Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership photographer. He has taken shots at Global Entrepreneurship Week, Hull Ready celebrations, Careers Week – and is now a member John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank.

In 2013 Tom was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

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Louise Upfold

Weasie Wears is a unique clothing company that makes and sells handmade clothing and accessories. We started in early 2014 with the help of the John Cracknell Youth Bank and at the end of that year won the Badger Sett Enterprise Challenge and have had support from former BBC Apprentice star Ruth Badger with the business. We aim to create unique clothing pieces so no one is dressed the same and are a regular on the markets as well as selling via social media. We have an office in the youth enterprise facility in Hull.

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