At the age of six, Ruth set up her first business - selling rubbers in the school playground. Now, she is a business and sales expert. With 17 years' worth of business experience under her belt Ruth is one of the most famous female entrepreneurs in the country. Ruth has worked with international companies and built small medium enterprises generating millions of pounds. She is also patron of the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership and an avid supporter of enterprise opportunities.
"Hull is a city that does, not a city that talks. Business is about learning from your mistakes and believing in yourself. Every single life experience shapes where you go in the future - this city and the opportunity it gives you, can change your life"
Thomas Arran is a young entrepreneur from Barton currently running TArran Photo, is co-owner of 'My Fun Booth' and Co-Chair of 'Let's Talk Business'. He has completed photography projects with high profile clients such as Hull FC.
"My enterprising journey began whilst studying for a BTEC Diploma in Photography. My first projects were small weddings and eventually led to work with Hull FC and Hull City Council. Following further enquiries, it soon became apparent that I could take my passion of photography and run it as a business. I received support from the Net 315 Enterprise Gateway, the HYEP and the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank, where I received £800 to cover my start-up costs. I have now set up a second business - My Fun Booth, offering a customisable photo booth service at weddings, corporate events and marketing campaigns."
"Hull is doing a great deal to support its enterprising young people, especially those aged 21 and under and for me is setting the benchmark for other cities to follow! I've seen the city support its wonderful young entrepreneurs and encourage start up businesses, which as we know are very much needed to drive our way out of economic tough times. As an entrepreneur myself I know how important it is to be listened to and given a fair chance to demonstrate what we can do. The Youth Enterprise Bank provides this opportunity and I hope you will consider giving it your support. You can do this by either donating funds like young entrepreneurs have at HWS Hosting and Garbera Enterprises or indeed major companies like KC. With your help the Youth Enterprise Bank can support the entrepreneurs of the future within your community!"
Joint Owner of Xing Smoothies
"When we were looking to expand our business, we were pleased to get support from the Youth Enterprise Bank and are now putting our weight behind them to get the backing of Hull's business community so more young people can get supported in this way."
Managing Director Force-7
"Whenever I talk to young people outside of Hull, I urge them to consider beoming an entrepreneur, they tell me they cannot get grants and I realise how lucky we are to have the Youth Enterprise Bank to help them in Hull."
Managing Director, Technology, Service and Operations, KCOM Group PLC
"We're delighted to support an organisation that does such important work in nurturing entrepreneurial spirit amongst the regions of young people.
As a local responsible business we have a role to play in supporting the region's economy and stimulating business growth and this is a way of doing that while also inspiring young people to make their careers in business."
Managing Director Jenko
"Today's enterprising young people are tomorrow's employers and its vital for their future success that they get the practical and financial support they need in the early days of their business careers. That is why we support the work of the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank."