Graham Henderson set up his micro business, GH Events, in 1989 after 10 years as a BBC local radio producer and before that 5 years as a teacher. He ran a largely successful events and video production company for 28 years until he took up the post of Youth Enterprise Advisor with MC4C (Making Changes for Careers). He brings his practical knowledge of the world of self-employment - the highs and the lows, the joy and the pain - to his role, advising young people aged 16-29 on how to develop their business idea. Graham finds his role with MC4C and enjoyable experience and one that is highly rewarding.
Tina Francis uses her needle to stitch both communities and business together. She creates tapestry kits, runs workshops, creates artworks and runs community and art projects with her trusty tapestry needle. As a community builder Tina runs Jewellery Quarter Open Studios twice a year in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham where you are invited to 'come and see what we do' and learn about the wealth of micro business makers, manufacturers and artists. She also runs the small twitter account @JQMicros where she tweets about the micro biz community in the Jewellery Quarter. Tina is one quarter of Quartermasters who aim to promote Birmingham makers on the local and national stage, because #craftbuildscommunity and no one can do it alone.
Hannah moved to Hull 18 years ago and loves her adopted city. Hannah set up InspireIgnite with Sue Altass as a result of her belief that the emotional wellbeing of young people leads to adults who are resilient and understand their own emotional wellbeing.
Sue was born in a small village in Derbyshire and through her early life travelled the world. Coming back to England after 7 years and training as a Mental Health Nurse. Sue is inspired by young people thriving to develop their emotional wellbeing. Sue is passionate about the work she does with people.
Andrew is a streetfood pioneering, social media loving, creative conscious entrepreneur. Winner of Best Main Dish at the British Street Food Awards with his take on sustainable, contemporary fish & chips that he took to events, festivals and parties across the UK including Glastonbury before going on to co-found two new mental health projects; Ground Up Coffee and Mind Your Head.
Unfortunately Andrew knows only too well the damaging effects of reaching burnout and is now focused on mental health and wellbeing advocacy, especially in the micro and small business sector.
Ben Robinson owns Prehistoric Hull. 'I am in education' he says 'so people can learn about reptiles and feel comfortable around them'. Ben visits schools to teach children and adults about reptiles, he also provides entertainment at birthday parties.
When Ben approached the team at Making Changes for Careers in Hull, he was a shy, nervous young man but he was determined to use his passion for reptiles and their wellbeing, to change his situation. He has developed his business into a valuable resource for schools and educational activities for all.
William and his wife, Pat, have run hospitality businesses in Yorkshire for nearly 25 years. They have been heavily involved in the wider tourism industry sitting on a variety of advisory groups and boards. William also has 20 years experience as a consultant specialising in process and people development. He has a keen interest in supporting young people to develop enterprising skills and consider self employment as an option having had a regional role in this field for Yorkshire Forward.
Anita Brightley-Hodges is Chairman and Founder of Family Business Place. A fully trained family business advisor with the Family Firm Institute, Anita works side-by-side with the leaders of family-owned businesses to overcome their biggest challenges. Giving them the confidence and the tools they need to take their business to the next level.
Anita's own micro business involves her two daughters where they face very similar issues and Anita is there to help others through the difficult and turbulent times. From planning to succession to the next generation, to resolving long-standing family disputes and everything in between.
Twitter: @anitabhodges and @fbplace
Paula Wilkinson is the founder of Mums Bake Cakes, an online Network of over 3500 professional bakers who have turned their passion into a business. Supporting these bakers whose businesses continue to thrive by gaining additional revenue through Mums Bake Cakes portal for their local areas.
Having previously managed sales and marketing teams across the UK, Paula understands how to control, manage and exceed expectations of multi-national corporations when enticing them to use local companies and supporting the local high street at the same time! Being a micro business, Paula outsources to many other micro businesses where the ethos is customer service coupled with supplier care and attention.
Hilary is one of those energetic 'let's get cracking' types, when somebody says it can't be done, well that's just music to her ears! As a proud Geordie who loves her northern roots she is a believer in the 'shy bairns get nowt' rationale.
Over her 20 year career in marketing and events, Hilary has worked with many fabulous customers and hugely recognisable brands, and as a business owner herself she knows how difficult it can be to find the time to work on your business rather than in your business. That's where Hilary supports entrepreneurs to ignite their brand.
Jenn is CEO and Founder of Yorkshire in Business, an Enterprise Agency covering the Yorkshire Coast. She is also Mum to 5 year old Harry. She has first hand experience of setting up and running businesses and prides herself on a 'been there, done that'approach in her work. Jenn's role at Yorkshire in Business is to sustain the continuation of support the agency offers. She creates the programmes offered to local businesses to ensure a fresh, timely and innovative approach. Jenn supports over 100 businesses each year to start up, grow and thrive using her experiences to impart advice and knowledge.
In 2018 Jenn was awarded both the High Street Hero Award for England and the National Enterprise Network's Chairman's Award for outstanding enterprise contribution.
Madame Zucchini entertains with vegetables and sometimes fruit. A skilled and intuitive performer from a community work background, she's been engaging people for 10 years around the UK with her Vegetable puppets, encouraging people to love veg, create their own characters and join in with the shows. She mostly works with children and families in festival settings from a delightful gazebo setup, but also in adult cabaret. With a courgette costume for summer and a Sparkly Sprout for Winter, Madame Zucchini is a year round favourite at parties. She also delivers workshops on how to make a living in the arts, finding your niche and marketing yourself.
When Matthew was enrolled with Making Changes for Careers in Hull, his key-worker said he would not be able to join in group activities due to accute shyness. But Matthew proved the experts wrong and did take part. Moreover, he made valuable contributions to Enterprise Skills sessions and completed all modules with ease. Matthew is a highly gifted and intelligent piano player, achieving Grade 7 with Distinction and currently studying Grade 8. He posts learn-to-play videos, as well as his own piano compositions, on his YouTube Channel and is even teaching his Youth Enterprise Advisor to play - something of an uphill struggle we hear!