Youth enterprise gets helping hand
A YOUNG entrepreneur is using a new business hot- desk facility to grow his company.
Oliver Wilson is using the service, which is part of the Lee Creamer Youth Enterprise Club in Kingston House, Bond Street, Hull, to help run his IT business.
The facility, which has been developed by Hull City Council's training team, in partnership with Cityworks and the city's young entrepreneurs, has been set up to provide young people – aged from 14 to 21 – with a place to go to do business.
Mr Wilson runs online business Xuro, a custom computer company, specialising in bespoke IT solutions for home and businesses.
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The 18-year-old entrepreneur builds and sells custom PCs, as well as providing support services, upgrades and repairs.
Mr Wilson, who works alongside business partner Andy Selby, 18, said: "We have been using the space to look after the website and get everything up and running, as well as doing the general day-to-day running of the business."
Mr Wilson is running his business while completing an apprenticeship in business administration at Hull Training Academy.
In addition to providing IT solutions, he said Xuro was also focusing on gaming and specialised in building gaming PCs.
Mr Wilson said: "We build them from scratch and sell them online."
The business was supported and funded by the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership and the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank respectively, which helped the business take its first steps.
Mr Wilson said: "We started Xuro after a problem Andy's family had with a PC.
"Things kept going wrong and because it was out of its warranty, they couldn't get it repaired.
"We thought we could help, so this gave us the inspiration to set up the business."
The new facility provides a place for young people to speak to an enterprise adviser and access a range of support materials.
Young people will also be able to undertake an Institute of Leadership and Management level 2 award in Preparing for Business Enterprise, which is a qualification aimed at giving young people the ability to assess their own suitability for starting and running an enterprise.
Charles Cracknell, Hull City Council's employment and youth enterprise manager, said: "The idea came from the young people themselves.
"They wanted a place to meet and wanted something unique.
"Young people are responsible for it and drive the activity that goes on there."
The facility is open Monday to Friday, from 9am to 2pm.