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Spread Like Wildfire

A campaign to develop the next generation of entrepreneurs. The campaign works with partners at local, regional and national level to identify and support young people aged 16-30 who have the potential to become self-employed.

Download the leaflet to find out more: Spread Like Wildfire

YES are currently delivering the Spread Like Wildfire campaign on behalf of the York, North Yorkshire & East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership. The Spread Like Wildfire campaign can be offered across the whole Yorkshire and Humber region.

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How to become your own boss

Richard Reed, entrepreneur and founder of Innocent Drinks, gives advice on how to start a business based on his experiences. Read a great interview with him on bbc news:

A new programme, Be Your Own Boss, starts on Wednesday 12 September, 9 pm on BBC3.

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Wildfire Competition winner wants to “rewrite the world of literature”!

Competition winner, Rosie and YES Director, Deirdre Bounds

Competition winner, Rosie with YES Director, Deirdre Bounds

Sixteen year old Rosie Pendleton from Selby beat off some strong competition from young people across Yorkshire and Humber to win an Apple iPad2 for her creative writing business. Launched recently, Wildfire is a free, innovative business support programme for young people and it is currently running competitions to find the sharpest young business minds.  Rosie said “finding a job is hard for young people at the moment so I thought why not start my own business doing something I am good at and really enjoy doing? Winning an iPad is brilliant because it means I can take my business everywhere I go and it will save lots of paper too.”

Rosie is pictured receiving her prize, along with some business tips, from Deirdre Bounds, entrepreneur, TV personality and YES Director. Read an interview with Rosie at the Wildfire Hub.

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Wildfire @ Venturefest – Wed 8 Feb 2012

Come along and see what Wildfire is all about! Find us in the Innovation Showcase at Venturefest Yorkshire 2012 at York Racecourse on Wed 8 Feb. Free entry to the event – see for details. Winner of the Wildfire Competition to win an Apple iPad2 will be announced on the day. Wildfire is part-funded by the ERDF net315 programme which will also have a presence at the event.

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Win an Apple iPad2 with Wildfire!

To mark the launch of during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011, we have launched our first competition for young people with business ideas and the prize is an Apple iPad2! Closing date is 31 January 2012.

To find out more, register on

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Young people get “fired up” by Wildfire! launched today at a great event in York. Wildfire aims to encourage and help young people across the region to become more entrepreneurial and successfully climb their chosen career ladder.

Wildfire is part-funded through the net315 project, supported financially by the European Union through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF programme.

Download the press release here: Wildfire post event launch press release Nov 2011 v2

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Wildfire press!

Great to see the press coverage for the launch of Wildfire in the Yorkshire Post! The launch event took place at the Museum Gardens in York on the first day of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011 (Mon 14 Nov) with keynote speaker, serial entrepreneur (and YES Director), Deirdre Bounds.

Wildfire launch

Wildfire launch

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Wildfire goes live! on 14 Nov 2011

Wildfire logo


YES Board member and successful entrepreneur, Deirdre Bounds, will launch Wildfire at the Create Your Future conference at the Hospitium, Museum Gardens, York on Monday 14 November, 11 am – 3 pm. The event forms part of York Business Week and Global Entrepreneurship Week 2011.

Wildfire – – is an interactive resource for young people who are in the early stages of starting their own business. Wildfire has lots of information, guides, FAQs and video case studies of young entrepreneurs and, more than that, it creates real networks for young people wanting to develop entrepreneurial skills. On the site there will be access to successful young entrepreneurs, video diaries, forums, mentors etc. Wildfire adds another level of support for the young people of Yorkshire and Humber, complementing everything that partner organisations are doing to help young people. The development of Wildfire is supported financially by the European Union as part of the net315 project in Yorkshire and Humber.

Download details of the Create Your Future conference: Create Your Future Leafletv2

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North Lincolnshire schools make £5 blossom

Primary school children from across North Lincolnshire celebrated their enterprise successes with their business partners who had loaned them £5 each as part of the roll out of Rotherham Ready

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Hull’s budding entrepreneurs celebrate their success

Primary school pupils from Hull and East Riding came to The Guildhall today to present what they had learned and earned from participating in Hull Ready’s Make £5 blossom challenge. Local businesses had loaned £5 per student and their support to come up with a business idea which would make a profit. All pupils were able to talk about the Big 13 enterprise skills they had used and what they had learned – teamwork, financial literacy and risk management featured strongly. Funded by Yorkshire Forward and managed by YES youth enterprise services Hull Ready is part of the roll out of Rotherham Ready.

Enterprising primary school pupils at The Guildhall, Hull

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