Back to the future – A celebration of what’s in store for Hull business, through a reminder of the city’s past


We’re delighted to announce details of our second James Legal – The Business 2017 masterclass.

This is the latest event of our ‘James Legal – The Business 2017’ campaign aimed at supporting business growth in our Hull, City of Culture 2017 year.

It will feature high profile local speakers including Maureen Foers OBE, successful businesswoman and youth enterprise champion; history-making teenage racing driver Katie Milner and digital entrepreneur Kit Hargreaves.

We’ll also be aiming to provide a taste of the future for local industry – with displays by young entrepreneurs from the Yorkshire & Humber region, who are creating cutting edge new businesses in industries from digital to food.

And help will be on-hand from the 16 partners who are backing our ‘James Legal – The Business 2017’ campaign. They’ll be available to answer your questions on everything from funding to IT, people development, accountancy and marketing.

Up to 100 businesses are expected to attend our ‘Back to the Future’ event, which will celebrate how far Hull has come in the past 40 years, and showcase the promise that exists in up-and-coming industries from digital to food. Not to mention sporting talent.

The masterclass will take place at the Hallmark Hotel in North Ferriby on Wednesday 28 June, tickets are FREE and can be booked here.

Digital entrepreneur Kit Hargreaves, who runs the Klickntap Media agency, specialising in a blend of creative online marketing and web design, and cutting edge technology such as 3D visualisation, is among our speaker line up. Kit also works closely with Youth Enterprise in the region, from the OneSixOne Hull Youth Support Trust centre on High Street and as vice-chair of the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank, helping promising young businesspeople to get started.

He said: “There is a creative undercurrent of real potential in Hull which is unique from anywhere else. We have young men and women coming up with all sorts of innovations – including apparently simple technological solutions to typical issues we face in daily life.

“There is an incredible amount of potential here but those young entrepreneurs need a support framework to help them take their ideas out beyond the environs of Hull and really put the city on the map with the same kind of reputation enjoyed by the Manchesters and Liverpools of this world.

“I’ll be talking more about those opportunities and needs at the James Legal masterclass and I think it’s a really great thing the firm is doing to bring businesses together to highlight issues like these and get a range of organisations together to find solutions.”

Meanwhile, Maureen, who is also a passionate local advocate for young people in enterprise, will be giving her female perspective, talking about her experience as only the second businesswoman ever to set up in the area, 40 years ago. Maureen, who is sponsor of Women’s Enterprise in the Humber; a Council Member with the Hull & Humber Chamber of Commerce; Chair of the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank and owner of Durban Ltd, will be giving her personal view on how things have changed and, again, what she believes the future holds for the local business community and the Hull & Humber region in general.

Katie Milner is another example of a fantastic Hull youth export. The record-breaking junior racing driver last year became the first girl ever to win the Junior Saloon Car Championship. The 17-year-old from Huggate, whose dad also happens to be two-times British rally champion Jonny Milner, has now moved up into the Ginetta Championship series, bringing her one step closer to her ultimate goal of become a pro racing driver. She’ll be bringing along her impressive Ginetta G5 car and talking about her ingredients for success – as well as her personal story of making it as a girl in a largely male environment.

James Legal owner & MD Nick Miller added: “We’re running these masterclasses as a vehicle for connecting businesses and knowledge sharing, to help create fresh opportunities during what is an extra-special year for commerce in the Hull & Humber region.”

James Legal – The Business 2017’ also includes our ‘Business Booster’ competition, with a prize fund worth over £39,000, to be shared between two stand out businesses which need support in reaching their next stage of growth.

We have teamed up with a range of partners to run the campaign and competition, including the Yorkshire & Humber arm of the Department for International Trade, the Humber Local Enterprise Partnership, Sirius, the Hull & Humber Chamber of Trade – and local businesses including Computanet, Elliott Hygiene Ltd, Peacock Finance, The Business Culture Hull, Sales Lead Genie, 360 Accountants, Fifty Squid Video, The Marketplace, Arrival Design, Yorkshire Bank, Dare Greatly and By Tracy Fletcher Ltd PR.

Nick added: “We’re hugely grateful for the businesses that are supporting our campaign in general, our Business Booster competition with its incredible prizes and our masterclasses – it just shows what can be achieved when great minds come together.”

If you run a local business which matches our theme, and would like the opportunity to exhibit your work for free at our masterclass, email us on or call us on 01482 225566 to discuss.

For more details of our James Legal – The Business 2017 campaign, our masterclasses and the Business Booster competition, visit

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