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BY Sam Walker | Thursday 7 March 2024

A book helping to promote enterprise skills in primary schools on both sides of the world has been published by one of Hull’s Youth Enterprise Ambassadors.

Luke Garner has produced his first book, The Great Christmas Cookie Caper, written under his pen name of John Henry.

The Great Christmas Cookie Caper tells the tale of how three children use their Big 13 Enterprise Skills to open a bakery, help other children and, perhaps most importantly… save Christmas!

Luke created all the book’s illustrations to help capture the imagination and entrepreneurial spirit of young children.

The book will promote enterprise skills in primary schools in Hull and will also be made available to primary school pupils in Australia via Enterprising Partnerships in Melbourne.

Luke, who has a particular commitment to young people with autism, said: “I am incredibly excited that The Great Christmas Cookie Caper is going to be published.

“I have always loved art and drawing and hope to be able to show children that, no matter what their background, everyone has their own unique talents and every child can be an enterprising young person!

“I was particularly pleased to have received encouragement from those involved in the Be Enterprising Group of teachers.”

Luke Garner.

The book has also attracted the attention of key figures from the world of business, including former president of Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce, Maureen Foers OBE, as well as the Small Business Commissioner, Liz Barclay.

Cllr Paul Drake-Davis, portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “This is yet another example of what can be achieved if microbusiness owners are supported and given the opportunity to show what they are capable of, regardless of their different abilities.

“People working freelance in the arts sectors are also microbusiness owners and they deserve the same support and opportunities as those in commercial sectors.

“Supporting young people to succeed in their various fields and nurturing their enterprise talents is what Hull does so well.”