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Global Entreprenuership Week 2009

MAKE YOUR MARK 2009 - Malet Lambert Mon 16th November

A very green start to the week with the 2009 Make your Mark Challenge!

What a great day! The enthusiasm and buzz from the day is still keeping me going!”



165 fifteen and sixteen year olds from Malet Lambert School in east Hull took part in the launch of the Make Your Mark Challenge. This challenge is the UK’s largest enterprise competition for secondary schools and colleges and sees groups of students given a secret brief to come up with a business idea and then promote this to a group of judges. The secret brief unveiled this year was ‘Let local inspiration lead you to a cool creation’. This meant the students had to come up with a product or service using their local area to inspire them as well as producing a ‘cool’ creation i.e. a business which minimised its impact on the environment.

Students in groups of 5 worked enthusiastically throughout the day and by the end of the activity many had come up with some great ideas. They had all produced an ideas sheet, setting out what their idea was and how it was going to be successful, another page about the likely competitors in their proposed market place and also a money matters page, setting out how much money their idea was going to produce, taking into account both their costs and revenue streams. Finally, and most challenging of all, they had to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges from local organisations.




After much deliberation and discussion the winning team was announced. The team was called CEA Appliances (Allannah Smith, Ellie Shepherd, Chloe Shepherd, Cassie Riley and Eleanor Mead) and they had designed a wind up kettle and wind up coffee and tea cups that were environmentally friendly.


Other Highlights

In line with the sustainable theme of the challenge, allstudents donned green t-shirts, and to prove that they were far from ‘carbon copies’ they all made their mark styling their clothing, as well as making their own unique environmental pledges on green balloons. There was some creative interation between students and members of the local business community, too.


PRIMARY DAY 2009 - KC Stadium Tues 17th November

Hull Primary Schools looked at how food from across the globe gets to us here in Hull!

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An all day event for over 200 Primary School pupils sponsored by the Co-operative Group and Hull City Council.  This event wias based around the theme of Global and Fair Trade working with our colleagues at Young Enterprise at the KC Stadium. William Wilberforce  and Hull City's Nick Barmby joined us again this year.




HULL READY DAY Wednesday November 18th Hull Guildhall

– a celebration of the work of Hull Ready that gave young people in our primary schools the chance to develop their enterprising ideas following a loan of £150 from local businesses. At this event the young people presented their work to the audience. The event, presented by Blair Jacobs was at Hull's Guildhall, before an invited audience of 150 opinion formers in the area who heard presentations from four schools involved in Hull Ready and saw the launch of the Hull Ready DVD produced by GH Productions.





Post-16 Day Thursday 19th November Hull Guildhall

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An afternoon event for 170 young people on Modern Apprentice Programmes sponsored by Hull Training and Yorkshire Forward.  The day included a business game where teams had to present their enterprising idea based on scrap objects, to 'The Bear Pit’ at the Guildhall Hull. The main  speaker at this event  was blind explorer and motivational speaker, Miles Hilton-Barber, along with Rosie Winterton, Minister  for Yorkshire & The Humber, as well as local entrepreneurs, Amanda Hartley and Mally Welburn. There was a Dragons' Den style activity, "The Bear Pit" in which the young people could win prizes  of £500, £250 and £125 to be split between the team members. The Bears at this event were John May Chief Executive of Career Academies UK, Maureen Foers OBE Chair of the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership, Glen Little international motivational speaker, Mark Jones Head of Regional Development at Hull City Council and John Duffill Jobcentreplus District Manager North East Yorkshire and the Humber District.





Friday 20th November 2009 - (Day)

An all day event for 200 Secondary School pupils at the University of Hull for which we secured the services of former Apprentice finalist and successful northern businesswoman, Ruth Badger, the blind adventurer Miles Hilton BarberAndy Pickles, Chief Executive of Uexplore and disc jockey and musician; and MEP for Yorks & Humber Linda McAvan. Also joining us in a "packed programme" were young entrepreneur of the year in Hull 2009, Amanda Hartley, Phil Batty MD Force-7, Dave Garbera MD KH Smilers and Simon Long & Philip Benson of Xing Health There were fun, enterprising activities and  a business game, where teams had to present their enterprising idea from objects to a panel called the ‘Badgers' Sett’. The "Badgers" were Nicola Yates, newly appointed Chief Executive Hull City Council, MD of Arco Nicholas Hildyard, MD of U-Explore, Andy Pickles, Carolyn Burgess, Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce& business guru and entrepreneur,Ruth Badger. The three winning teams won prizes of £500, £250 and £125 and Ruth Badger generously donated an extra £500 prize. The prize money was split between the team members and the school. All delegates received a copy of Dave Garbera's book 'Smilers', to inspire them to consider enterprise at an early age.

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Friday 20th November 2009 - (Evening)

Celebration evening at Staff House with the band Quinteto Mambo Jambo with Salsa and South American Music which got the party-goers on the dancefloor.  There was a luxury Tombola run by Phil Batty and other ways of getting you to part with your money, as funds raised will go to support Hull's enterprising young people through the Youth Enterprise Bank.







Global Entreprenurship Week is all about embracing innovation, imagination and creativity. It showcases enterprise, opening up new opportunities for young people across Hull, the UK and the world.  Global Entrepreneurship Week embraces big issues like innovating out of the recession, low carbon technologies and sustainable growth. It puts Hull at the heart of global exchange, global trade and builds a culture of global ambition in Hull and the Humber in particular and the UK in general.


We secured financial support for Global Entreprenership Week 2009 from  Hull City Council, Gateway Pathfinder, Hull Training, Yorkshire Forward, the Co-operative Group, Jenko Ltd, Force-7, GH Productions, Reckitt and Benckiser, University of Hull, Hull and Humber Chamber of Commerce,Arco, St Stephen's Centre, BAE Systems, Business Link Yorkshire, KCOM, Hull College, Hull Kingston Rovers,  & Hull Trains

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