The contest is part of its James Legal – The Business 2017 campaign and was made possible by a collaboration with 19 other local organisations, which included business as well as support organisations like Sirius, the Chamber of Commerce, Humber LEP and the Department for International Trade.
It is hoped that the impressive package of support on offer will help push the two stand-out organisations on to the next stage of their growth.
The 15 competition entries were judged by James Legal’s commercial solicitor Simon Young with successful Hull businesswoman Maureen Foers OBE.
Pearson Electrical is a successful and growing commercial electrical company specialising in marine, hazardous area and offshore work. Having secured rare accreditations and with the backing of the Green Port Hull growth initiative, is has won a raft of major contracts over the past year, including electrical installation and maintenance aboard the A2SEA vessels transporting wind turbine parts manufactured by our local Siemens plant out to wind farms in the North Sea.
“We’ve grown fivefold in the past three years and are now at a jumping-off point where the extra help included in this prize will help us hone what we do even more, in order to hopefully continue growing over the years to come.”
Explaining why they chose Pearson Electrical, our judges said: “We could just sense this company’s commitment shining through and through this entry. Not only do they have outstanding skill, expertise and accreditation, but they are also focussed on employing people locally and offering training and development opportunities for young people, including in at-risk skills like armature winding.”
Lessons 4 Life, meanwhile, was formed earlier this year and is a not-for-profit organisation whose mission is to save lives by providing first aid training to ‘every single pupil in Hull, which will have a huge lasting impact on the city’. It has been co-founded by former paramedic Allison Middlemas and teacher Emma Devonshire, who are passionate about educating young people to help avoid some of the 1,445 preventable childhood deaths that occur in the UK each year. They want to work with businesses and the local Hull community to raise the funds needed for cash-strapped schools to offer this kind of training.
Allison said: “Unfortunately, a Bill put to Parliament last November for first aid training to be made part of the National Curriculum, was not passed by the Government, and schools have a limited budget to spend on subjects that are not part of that. We have therefore found that they just can’t finance first aid training for pupils, leaving children without even basic knowledge of this vital skill.
“Our company will be sourcing grants and company sponsorship packages, as well delivering first aid at work courses to companies, to raise the funds needed to deliver first aid training free to pupils and community groups.”
She added: “Winning the support provided by this competition gives Lessons 4 Life a stable business base and the marketing and promotion necessary to create a long-lasting business able to work with pupils for many years to come.”
The sessions provided by Lessons 4 Life will include practical skills accompanied by learning linked to the National Curriculum subjects English, Maths and Science. They will enable pupils to deal with emergency situations as well as fostering better understanding of the Ambulance Service and emotional wellbeing linked to dealing with emergencies. Emma has many years’ experience working in schools across Hull and the East Riding. She specialises in making education accessible to children of all abilities and will be helping to create the first aid courses suitable for youngsters to understand, as well running sessions on emotive writing and dealing with thoughts and feelings at the scene of an emergency.
The judges said of Lessons 4 Life: “It is at the other end of the spectrum, in many respects. A not-for-profit organisation set up by a former paramedic and her colleague to save lives.
“This organisation is starting from the ground up but is such a worthwhile initiative, driven by clear passion, and we are delighted to be able to offer it the kickstart it needs.”
James Legal Managing Director and Solicitor Nick Miller added: “It’s our privilege to offer such a fantastic prize to such absolutely amazing organisations.
“We wish them both well and can’t wait to get to know them better and do our bit!”
James Legal’s competition entries also included an artisan chocolate manufacturer, a party caravan company, a physiotherapy practice and a marquee provider.
About the Business Booster competition
The Business Booster competition has been the highlight of our James Legal – The Business 2017 campaign, which kicked off earlier this year as its way of helping local businesses to seize the opportunity that Hull, City of Culture 2017 represents. The prizes they have offered in collaboration with our campaign partners included:
- Computanet: A network and system audit and helpdesk support for one year, up to a value of £4,000, for the overall winner; and a network and system audit and strategic system planning, worth up to £1,000, for the runner up
- Elliott’s: A full hygiene review and improvements, and ongoing strategy, worth up to £1,000 for each winner
- Sales Lead Genie: A strategic sales and marketing review, and one day of targeted B2B telemarketing with research findings, presented as a report, worth £1,000, for each winner
- Arrival Design: A £1,500 voucher to be used towards website development, design works, email marketing or SEO, provided by Arrival Design
- 360 Accountants: Accountancy support worth up to £1,000 for the overall winner and an online accounts software annual subscription of £500 for the second placed business, from 360 Accountants
- Dare Greatly leadership development: Two one-day management alignment workshops worth £1,500, focusing on business goal setting via a review of management personalities, relationships and structures
- The Marketplace: A full business diagnostic worth £1,900, looking at critical areas including skills, supply chain, procurement and operations, from The Marketplace
- By Tracy Fletcher Limited: A PR & Marketing audit and communications strategy worth £1,000
- The Business Culture Hull: Free annual membership of this popular networking group, worth £300
- Peacock Finance: An initial funding audit and guidance, followed by monthly reviews and application support, worth £3,000
- Fifty Squid Video: A corporate video worth £100
- Sirius: Business mentoring sessions to the value of £500
- Hendersons Insurance Brokers: Fee-free insurance for the overall winner, and 50 per cent off fees for the second winner, together worth over £2,000
- A&S Design Associates: A brand review and guidelines, up to a value of £1,000, to each of the two winners – to help them with developing their company marketing materials
- James Financial: Basic pension scheme set up and key man cover (protecting a business against the impact of losing vital expertise through the death or serious illness of key players in their business) up to a total value of £1,000 for each of the two winning entrants
- And, of course, a year’s free legal support worth £5,000 from us, including a review and re-write of policies and contracts, and unlimited access to our business legal advice service