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BY Sam Walker | Wednesday 13 March 2024

Hull and East Riding’s young entrepreneurs can discover more networking and showcasing opportunities as The Hook Up Dinner (THUD) Yorkshire returns next week.

THUD Yorkshire is a free event to be hosted at Humber Street Gallery on the evening of Friday 22 March and will see a host of organisations and groups in attendance, as well as young entrepreneurs presenting their journeys and ambitions for the future.

Young entrepreneurs can also seek mentoring and support from attendees, including sponsors the Office of the Small Business Commissioner and Far North, as well as Hull City Council’s Micro Business Alliance.

Other attendees include the council’s Youth Enterprise and the Micro Business team and the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank, as well as Yorkshire in Business.

The event will include guest speakers, such as Small Business Commissioner, Liz Barclay, the Micro Business Alliance team’s Ian Cass and elected members from Hull City Council and East Riding of Yorkshire Council who will provide devolution updates for the region.

THUD Yorkshire aims to build on the success of the 2017 event involving colleagues in the Commonwealth partnership with South Africa.

Micro Business Champion, Tony Robinson OBE, supporting a young entrepreneur at a previous THUD Yorkshire event.

Daniel Barker, Youth Enterprise and Micro Business Advisor at the council and a co-ordinator for THUD Yorkshire, said: “We are delighted to be re-launching THUD.

“It is only fair that Hull, East Riding and North Yorkshire's entrepreneurial talent is given a platform to showcase their journeys and promote themselves to a wide audience.

“We hope this re-launch will be the first of many similar events in the future across the area.”

Councillor Paul Drake-Davis, portfolio holder for regeneration at the council, added: “I very much welcome the re-launch of THUD.

“Hull, working with the East Riding, has a track record of nurturing the entrepreneurial talent of young people that deserves to be seen and showcased.

“The early days of any entrepreneur’s journey can be challenging and events such as this to support then are vital.”

You can discover more information and book your place here.