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James Legal’s exciting showcase of Hull’s business future

What do an OBE-recognised businesswoman, a young digital entrepreneur and a record-breaking teenage racing driver have in common? 

Well, they’re all speakers at James Legal’s forthcoming business masterclass, titled ‘Back to the Future’ – a celebration of what’s in store for Hull business, through a reminder of its past.

This will be the second in its series of quarterly masterclasses, as part of its James Legal – The Business 2017 campaign aimed at helping local companies to capitalise on opportunities surrounding Hull City of Culture 2017.

As well as these inspirational and thought-provoking speakers, the event will give a taste of what’s in store for Hull 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 also be on-hand from the 16 partners who are backing the ‘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 the ‘Back to the Future’ event, which will celebrate how far Hull has come in the past 40 years, as well as predicting what’s around the corner.

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

The speaker line-up features digital entrepreneur Kit Hargreaves, who runs the Klickntap Media agency, specialising in creative online marketing mixed with cutting edge technology like 3D visualisation. 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: “I think James Legal’s investment in helping businesses to seize the 2017 opportunity is commendable. I’m honoured to have this opportunity to share my experience of the talent and potential that exists in this area – as well as building awareness of the support that’s needed to help our entrepreneurs to flourish and sell their products and services to a wider audience, as advocates of the ‘Hull brand’.”

Meanwhile, Maureen Foers, who is also a passionate local advocate for young people in enterprise, will be giving a female perspective, talking about her experience as only the second female 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.June Masterclass Collage

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: “This whole campaign is part of our commitment to giving back and supporting Hull & Humber businesses in taking their next growth leap at this historic time.

“A big thank you to our campaign partners for helping us to make it possible – we hope as many people as possible will join us on the day and make the most of the opportunity it represents.”

The campaign also includes a 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.

James Legal has 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.

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 James Legal at or call them 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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