Hull Ready Celebration



This event saw primary school pupils, teachers, business people, educationalists and local councillors all come together to celebrate the Hull Ready programme and hear how successful our young people had been in Making £5 Blossom. This programme aims to raise awareness of enterprise in schools in a practical and engaging way, both with teachers and pupils.

Popular presenter Blair Jacobs hosted the fourth anniversary celebration of Hull Ready. Initially, a group of children from four of the schools which had already been involved with the Make £5 Blossom project showcased their skills to the 100 strong audience of opinion formers in the city, telling them in detail what each had done with the £150 loans provided by their local business partners.

A group of children from Victoria Dock Primary, Neasden, St Richards and Paisley Primary Schools outlined to the business, education and political leaders about their enterprising activities. In the true spirit of Entrepreneurship Week the tables were then turned on the adults to do a bit of work and they were set a task by pupils from Longhill Primary School to see how each table could work as a team in building a “paper” raft in order to transport the coal in along a canal in 19th Century this had been developed as part of their places and people project in the school.

Each raft was than floated in a fish tank as the pupils from Longhill added weights to see how secure the raft was and to see how many weights it could carry. The adults clearly demonstrated a number of the Big 13 enterprise skills and the winners overall were

table 4 that was made up of Hannah Crookes from Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce Anna Millar of KC and Lynda Brown, Suzanne Moulson and Margaret Silcox of the Co-operative their raft managed to survive with 1.5Kg of weights added to it before it sank “Girl Power” . It just beat the team on Table 1, made up from John Millar Department Business Innovation and Skills, Sean Royce KC, Martin Craven Managing Director AAK UK Limited, Sarah Longthorn and Laura Booth of Wedgewelly, Debbie Page of Claughtons and Charlie Spencer of the Spencer Group who managed 3.5Kg of weights


Other Highlights

Ruth Badger gave a witty and informative presentation about her life and experience in the BBC Series The Apprentice. She also praised the city’s efforts in supporting its enterprising young people and commented how much she had enjoyed listening to the young people’s presentations.

John Meehan gave a typical witty presentation on what Meehan Media & Comms is currently up to and outlined his views on social media and its role in generating customers for a business whilst tweeting about @GEWHULL #GEWHULL at the same time


Sean Royce, Commercial and Finance Director, KC gave an outline of why they had established KC Invest and making available £660K investment in business support projects including the Youth Enterprise Bank. Sean also gave a brief overview of KC community support and the grants they give


Delegates were shown a video produced about last years activities in Global Entrepreneurship Week in Hull alongside one featuring a range of international backers of the week.

Look North came down to film the event and interview Ruth Badger about the work Hull does to support its enterprising young people that also featured Young entrepreneur of Year 2009 Amanda Hartley as part of their feature on youth unemployment, the article also featured Hull Studio School.



“I thoroughly enjoyed the event. It was great to see so many local businesses give their time and money so freely in aid of such an innovative programme of events. The scariest moment was when we had to show how enterprising our table was. I am not sure that we impressed the pupils but we did our best.

Kerry-Ann Burrell

The Pioneer Co-operative Trust Co-ordinator


“The Humber Area of the Co-operative was delighted to support this exciting initiative. The Society and its family of businesses have a long association with enterprise around the world and hopes that Global Entrepreneurship Week in Hull will go onto to inspire young people to become more enterprising, especially as this year is International Year of Co-operation – I fully enjoyed my time in Hull at the primary event.”

Lynda Brown

Member Humber Area Co-operative Committee


“I really enjoyed the Hull Ready event, especially as we are in the middle of Round 8 of the programme with Clifton Primary. It was great to see how each of the schools has really adopted the ideas of enterprise skills and how this concept is growing within their school curriculum leading to the children becoming involved in even more business enterprise activities, I only wish we had such a programme to work with in West Yorkshire.”

Ross Bennett

Tellatale Educational Productions


“All the children who attended and presented on behalf of their schools were excellent and should be proud of their efforts in developing enterprising activities both within their schools and their communities, I am sure their teachers and families are delighted with their achievements, it goes without saying that Hull’s future is safe in their hands.”

Valerie Sprague 


Accolade for Hull


Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership has  been recognised by Enterprise UK for successfully running an inspiring, impactful programme of events during Global Entrepreneurship Week  2010.


Hull partners are allowed to use the enclosed Badge of Honour to show that recognition. Hull is one of just 131 out of over 700 Global Entrepreneurship Week event organisers who have qualified for this  accolade -  Enterprise UK  were particularly impressed with our wider partnership approach and our link up with Mail News and Media.








Hull Ready Celebration - GEW 2010

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2010 in Hull the Hull Ready Celebration day took place on Tuesday 16th November, bringing together businesses and schools in celebration of the Make £5 Blossom programme and the achievements of enterprising pupils who have taken part.

The event was opened by The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Kingston Upon Hull, Cllr David Gemmell, the guests then enjoyed guest speaker Miles Hilton Barber, the blind adventurer, who lifted the spirits of everyone in attendance recalling his experiences flying from London to Australia and flying a fighter jet!

Each school then took their turn to present, showing how enterprising they had been, how they used The Big 13 Enterprise Skills and how they had made their £5s blossom. Taking part were: Victoria Dock Primary, St Andrews Primary, Gillshill Primary and Griffin Primary.

The youngsters than set a task for the adults and business leaders in attendance: Design a t-shirt themed around Global Entrepreneurship Week, Anti-Bullying Week, Children in Need or World Toilet Day.

The pupils from each school judged the task with the 13 enterprise skills as the criteria, sadly they didn't feel that the table featuring two of the days sponsors had demonstrated all of the skills! The winning designs came from The Blackbirds, The Ladybirds and The Squirrels. The winners t-shirts all focussed on anti bullying week though the winning design from a group of teachers also featured Children in Need. Funds provided by the Youth Enterprise Bank to support charities during the week were distributed to two of Ruth Badgers nominated charities Compton Hospice or Noah’s Ark Trust [ £150 each ] and in memory of Lee Creamer a member of the Youth Enterprise Bank's Management Group to the Royal British Legion [£200].

Miles Hilton Barber was invited to become a patron of the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership following his many years dedication and enthusiasm in coming to Hull and speaking at events. Miles Said:

"I felt very honoured indeed to receive your lovely award and trophy today and accept been made a Patron of the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership. The trophy is already in pride of place in our lounge display cabinet.

I have very vivid memories of the young girl from Monday's winners in tears, along with lots of happy memories from both days"

We would like to particularly thank Jim Harris of St. Stephens in Hull and Neil Hudgell of Hull KR for their sponsorship during GEW and infectious enthusiasm and positivity. Bronwyn Wilson, Young Entrepreneur, of Crazy Critter World donated Crazy Critters to each of the sponsors and guests.

Please enjoy the following short video of the event: