Awards shine light on city’s enterprising youth

Hull Youth Enterprise Awards 2019
Hull Youth Enterprise Awards 2019, and evening celebrating Youth Enterprise successes

The winners of the Hull Youth Enterprise Awards 2019 were revealed during the Annual Celebration Event for Global Entrepreneurship Week at Craven Park. They were presented by the Lord Mayor of Hull Cllr Steven Wilson, former BBC Apprentice and motivational speaker Adam Corbally, and Emma Hardy MP.

The event is an integral part of Hull’s contribution to Global Entrepreneurship Week, which sees the city and wider region celebrating the successes of enterprising young people. The awards are sponsored by Hull City Council and the local business community.

Ross Bennett, Chair of the Hull and East Riding Youth Enterprise Partnership, said: “I am delighted that this year there were so many individuals and organisations that received nominations for the Hull and East Riding Youth Enterprise Awards 2019, and it was difficult to draw up the shortlists never mind the winners.

“All were worthy candidates in this year’s awards, as Hull continues to promote enterprise skills and entrepreneurship to young people. This year has also seen the ongoing success of our enterprise skills and youth entrepreneurship programmes.

“I was particularly pleased to see awards named after leading champions of young people who have sadly passed away in recent years.

“There is no doubt that Betty Hewitt, Sue Salinger, Rita Pearlman, Sheila Waudby, Maxwell Bird, Gordon Wilson and Kevin McNamara made a tremendous contribution to supporting young people, and the winners of these awards certainly have achieved equal recognition for their work in supporting enterprising young people.”

Sarah Fenwick of Tree Fellas Hull said: “It was a great honour to be announced as The Sheila Waudby Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2019.

“As a former care leaver I set up Tree Fellas with my partner Gareth and it was amazing that I received great support from Hull City Council and the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank. I am looking forward to my year acting as ambassador for the area and its enterprising young people and supporting the work of Hull City Council and the Hull and East Riding Youth Enterprise Partnership, in developing enterprise education and youth entrepreneurship in the area.”

Adam Corbally, Motivational Speaker and former BBC Apprentice star, said: “It is always a pleasure and an honour to be invited to Hull to support enterprising young people, there is no doubt that Hull as a city has real commitment to develop the enterprising skills of young people under the leadership of Hull City Council – no wonder over the years it was recognised as one of the country’s most enterprising places.

“In Hull you give the right support and encouragement to young people who I have to say are truly enterprising.”


  • The Maxwell Bird Most Enterprising School in Hull 2019 sponsored by Keepmoat: School of Construction, Hull College
  • The individual that has done the most to promote an enterprise culture in the City 2019 sponsored by the Sangwin Group: James Fairbank, KCOM
  • The Kevin McNamara Most Enterprising Tutor 2019 sponsored by Primary TEC: Graham Henderson, MC4C Programme.
  • The Jane Disbrey Most Enterprising  Student Award 2019 sponsored by KCOM: Lucy Musgrave, Kelvin Hall School
  • The Sheila Waudby Most Enterprising Young Person 2019 sponsored by Hull City Council: Sarah Fenwick, founder of Tree Fellas Hull Ltd
  • The Betty Hewitt Best Newcomer to Enterprise Education 2019 sponsored by Humber LEP: Paul Gillen, Craven Academy
  • The John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Award: William Wilberforce
  • The Rita Pearlman Youth Enterprise Leadership Award: Vicky Mckinnon, St Mary’s College
  • The Jack Brignall Youth Enterprise Contribution Award: Sue Pleasance, HCAL
  • The Gordon Wilson Youth Enterprise Award; Sue Brummitt & the staff of Gillshill Primary School.
  • Hull Youth Enterprise Champion 2019 sponsored by John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank: Engaging Education
  • The Sue Salinger Special Award for supporting young people in Hull, in particular the homeless, Steve Wilson & Karl Hudder who receive a specially commissioned painting by local artist Mary Wells.

[Charles Cracknell – Hull City Council]