A mini trade fair featuring business ventures from hairdressing and designer jewellery to military equipment and selling snakes showcased the talents of the latest crop of young entrepreneurs from a project in Hull.
Making Changes for Careers (MC4C) organised the event to celebrate the achievements of the group and to present awards in recognition of the key business skills which they demonstrated during the year on the programme.
There was also a special award for a business at the other end of the age range, with Golding Computer Services honoured for its voluntary support in training many of the MC4C businesses in accounts and finance.
MC4C was set up by Hull City Council and is part-financed by the European Union’s European Social Fund with support from the Youth Employment Initiative.
Mark Jones MBE, Hull City Council’s Director of Regeneration, said:
As a city, we are always looking for new ways to create sustainable jobs for our young people. It has been refreshing to see the MC4C programme grow over the past two years, encouraging young people to take action regarding their own futures, within a supportive environment.
By recognising the achievements of our enterprising young people and the inspiring work of the MC4C team, we begin to make strides towards creating a lasting legacy of exciting new digital, creative, arts, crafts, leisure and independent retail businesses and services, which will all in turn contribute to the local economy.
A total of 12 young people received awards for their success in a ceremony at Hull Guildhall attended by the city’s Lord Mayor, Cllr John Hewitt, and Adam Corbally, a motivational speaker who starred on the BBC TV show The Apprentice and is a patron of MC4C.
Often, self-employment is not discussed with young people as a possible career path, which is why programmes like Making Changes for Careers are so important in challenging stereotypes and showing that young people can make a positive impact upon society, taking control of their own destiny.
I have spent time with many of the participants on programme with the aim of offering inspiration when, in reality, they are the ones that are inspiring.
Starting your own business, I know from experience, is not always easy but their hard work, dedication and determination shows that it is far from unattainable.
Among the award winners was mobile hairdresser Daniel Gleadhill, Aaron Conroy who sells designer jewellery and watches, Stephen Phillips whose company NASTAC Ltd is a specialist retailer of military, outdoor, camping and fitness equipment and Ben Robinson, founder of Prehistoric Hull, which helps people learn about reptiles and has plans to expand into retail.
The special award of a piece of artwork produced by Steph Duncan, a participant of MC4C and up-and-coming street artist, to symbolise enterprise was presented to Vic Golding and Di Garbera, Directors of Golding Computer Services.
Goldings dates back to 1982 and specialises in providing IT support and computerised accounts training to businesses of all sizes and in all sectors, often securing funding to cover the cost. Vic and Di are long term supporters of initiatives to help young entrepreneurs in Hull and play a key part with MC4C in ensuring a good understanding of accounts and finance.
Mark Jones said:
Di and Vic understand that financial literacy is something that young people often find daunting, and they have been an invaluable asset to the MC4C programme.
Through their supportive nature and wealth of knowledge they showed the dedication, patience and passion to help our young people not only gain an accredited qualification but to actually understand the world of business finance, an attribute that is paramount to the success of any start up business.