Art of success

YOUNG Teesside entrepreneur Ben Saunders is setting up his second business in just over a year, after his first was so successful he sold it.

YOUNG Teesside entrepreneur Ben Saunders is setting up his second business in just over a year, after his first was so successful he sold it.

Ben, 28, from Saltburn, has launched Mango Art, an internet-based company that produces hand-made contemporary art and photo canvases.

It is the second business Ben has set up in just over a year. His first firm, which produced 360-degree photographs for websites, was so successful he accepted an offer for the company.

He said: “I learned a lot and put all that into practice when I decided to set up Mango Art.

“I studied digital media and photography at Teesside University and use modern digital techniques to produce pieces of art for people’s living rooms or business premises.”

As well as one-piece canvases, Mango Art can produce pictures on seven different sizes of canvas.

Ben’s success comes as the Tees Valley gears up to encourage more young people to do the same during Enterprise Week, which runs from November 12-18.

Events are taking place across the Tees Valley from Monday as part of the annual UK-wide week of activities and events, aimed at encouraging young people aged 14-30 to have ideas and make them happen.

This can be by starting up a new business or social enterprise, or by having ideas and making them happen in the workplace.

Now in its fourth year, Enterprise Week is part of the Make Your Mark campaign, inspiring young people to have an idea and make it happen.

Pamela Hargreaves is head of the two-year Make Your Mark Tees Valley programme, which aims to encourage a more entrepreneurial culture among the region’s young people.

Make Your Mark Tees Valley is designed to turn young people aged between 14 and 30 on to the idea of running a business and signpost them to sources of support and guidance.

Through doing this it hopes to increase the economic impact young people can make on Teesside, and promote a can-do attitude to ensure Tees Valley can increase its enterprise activity well into the future.

Backed by business organisations such as the Confederation of British Industry, the Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors, the programme is also supported by a range of partners across education, the voluntary Turn to Page 2

sector, business and government.

Make Your Mark is holding a range of Enterprise Week events.

They include:

Monday: Make Your Mark Challenge involving schools from all five Tees Valley local authority areas.

Tuesday: Students will work with Middlesbrough-based Twisted Studio, one of the young businesses supported within the DigitalCity project; A Construction Conundrum is also being held with Xsite Architecture which has designed the £7.5m Digital Enterprise Centre in Middlesbrough; Local graduate Jeremiah Alexander, who has set up his own company Babel Digital, will be giving advice.

Wednesday: A Make your Mark with Art event is being held in Hartlepool; Teesside fashion designer Kate Fearnley will be sharing her experience of running a business.

Thursday: A Make Your Mark for Charity Event takes place jointly held with TFM radio’s Make A Child Smile Charity.

Friday: A Make Your Mark Challenge Celebration Event is being held at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium.

A4E - a public service provider which assists adults and young people through various activities such as enterprise, work experience, advice and support - is also holding events during Enterprise Week.

Students from Gillbrook College in South Bank, Middlesbrough, will be finding out more about the region’s process industry at activities being held at Wilton from November 12-15.

Taking place in partnership with the North East Process Industry Cluster and the Evening Gazette, pilot project Chemical Reaction, is set to enthuse and encourage local students to seek out career paths in the biggest chemical industry cluster in Europe.

During National Enterprise week, 15 Year 10 students from Gillbrook College will be working with A4e tutors to overcome challenges and individual tasks.

And six creative workshops, aimed at young people, have been set up by A4e’s Enterprise and Education Division to research the founding of heavy industry in the area and how the region became dependent upon it; how the economy has evolved over the past 100 years and how people have adapted their skills.

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