National win for Hull's enterprising programme

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The John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank (JCYEB) has won a national award at the Enterprising Britain Awards for encouraging young people's enterprise skills across the city.

 Working closely alongside Hull City Council the JCYEB offers grants and access to mentoring for young enterprising projects in Hull.

 The organisation has also been shortlisted in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) for 2015 in the Building Entrepreneurial Skills category at the European SME Assembly in Luxembourg this November.

 Councillor Martin Mancey, Portfolio Holder for Energy City, said:

 "This is fantastic news for Hull and the Humber region and it shows that Hull is well on its way to forging a strong international reputation as a centre of excellence in supporting its enterprising young people.

 "This award reflects Hull's growing stature in paving the way for the rest of the country to develop a well-rounded youth enterprise system from primary schools through to post 16 year olds.

 "It's great that the JCYEB acts as a catalyst for the city's youth enterprise agenda and has received recognition as a project that reflects Britain's entrepreneurial spirit.

 "We as a city wish them all the best in the European Enterprise Promotion Finals in Global Entrepreneurship Week."

 The John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank works closely with Hull City Council to give grants and access to mentoring for enterprising young people aged 13 to 21.It also sponsors a wide range of enterprise projects in the city.

 In order to win this category the organisation had to show how they have affected a significant and positive change in their approach towards supporting and promoting enterprise in the last two years.
 The team will be presented with their award on Monday 2 November at a special reception in the House of Commons alongside Hull MP's Diana Johnson, Alan Johnson and Karl Turner.

 The organisation has also been shortlisted in the European Enterprise Promotion Awards (EEPA) for 2015 in the Building Entrepreneurial Skills category at the European SME Assembly in Luxembourg this November.

 Anna Soubry MP, Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise, said:

 "From helping children as young as 13 get businesses off the ground in Hull, to the support provided by the Creative Quarter in my local city of Nottingham, I want to congratulate all the winners of this year's competition for promoting enterprise across the country.

 "We have a record number of small businesses in the UK and the government will continue to back entrepreneurs by giving out more start up loans and making sure they can find the right kind of advice and support.

 "I want to see more people across the country growing their ideas into real businesses that create jobs and boost our growing economy."

 Maureen Foers OBE, Chair John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank, said:

 "The management committee of the JCYEB are absolutely delighted that its work has been recognised in this year's Enterprising Britain competition, over the last few years we have received recognition by a number of organisations but this has to be the highlight as we can now go on to outline to colleagues in Europe about what we do.

 "We have come a long way over the last 12 years supporting so many enterprising young people and supporting such great enterprise related projects in the city such as Global Entrepreneurship Week, Badgers Sett Enterprise Challenge and the Be Enterprising Group of teachers in the city.

 "I would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters who have kept the faith with what we are doing but most of all Hull City Council for its ongoing support and of course Hull's enterprising young people."

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