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‘He’s got the business skills – but he’s also got a big heart’

‘He’s got the business skills – but he’s also got a big heart’

Ask any entrepreneur why they think people find them inspiring and, unless they were Richard Branson or Elon Musk, you’d generally expect them to bat the question away modestly. Still, I asked Neil Hudgell anyway. And he did just that. But he answered it in a roundabout way after suggesting I rephrase the question a bit. “What do I see in myself that are good traits and characteristics? I...

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Crabba-dabba-doo!

Crabba-dabba-doo!

Phil Ascough satisfies his craving for crustaceans at Wild Sage in Beverley… It was a year to the day since our unfulfilled quest for crab in Hornsea. The staff in a newsagents told Jayne we might be able to buy a live crab if we went down to the landing, which just made me pleased that we weren’t asking for a bit of pork, beef or lamb! In desperation, I asked a butcher if there were any...

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Good2Learn, a class act

Good2Learn, a class act

Hull has its fair share of home-grown entrepreneurs, but a clear indication of the city’s burgeoning business culture is the number of those who have come in from elsewhere and made it their adoptive home. Paul Mandalia is one of them. His work as an educational consultant took him all around the country, but in 2012 he arrived in Hull, and soon began his “love affair” with the city. The tech...

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From bullets to business

From bullets to business

When I explain to our featured entrepreneurs that we’re looking to get a sense of their “journey”, I always apologise for using a word that’s straight out of The X Factor. But in Jon’s case, I can’t think of a better word. I knew he was an Army veteran who’d lost a leg late last year and was preparing to take on the Three Peaks Challenge in August 2021, but some of what he told me I wasn’t...

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What’s happening in Hull? Look no further…

What’s happening in Hull? Look no further…

My first question to Dave was the obvious one. What’s it been like to run a what’s on listings business when there’s been, well… nowt on for the best part of 18 months? Pretty difficult, is the obvious answer. In January 2020, Dave had only just launched the new website platform that was part of his plan to build on his success in Hull and expand the What’s On Hub to cities around the country....

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