Single Mother wins business woman of the year

Having been made redundant from the Hull City Council whilst on maternity, Janine Burley, a mother of four took the redundancy package and began a self-employed journey.

Janine needed to find work that fitted with family life. She decided to run her own business and launched My Baby Can Dance, a preschool dance activity based on movement to music and early years learning.

My Baby Can Dance was first launched at Hull Sports Centre YPI in October 2011, one hour a week on a Wednesday morning. After only 7 months trading Janine had won the best preschool activity for Hull and East Riding with Netmums.com.

Last year Janine was chosen as a finalist for Best Business Start-up 2016 in Newcastle.

But her accolade came as a bolt of lightning when she was nominated for Business Woman of the Year 2017 with Yorkshire Choice Awards. The results were announced in Leeds on 1st April 2017.

Janine said:

“I was announced as finalist in the top 4 out of 50 business women, I was the one to take the ultimate Win as Business Woman of the Year 2017.”

This win is an enormous achievement for Janine, not only was the award won by a Hull Business Women. but won in the year of Hull UK City of Culture.

Janine said:

“I have recently been in demand to talk about my remarkable story, and I’ve been an inspirational speaker for women in business which I love sharing because franchising is an area that isn’t as commonly talked about from grass roots.”

Recently, Janine showcased My Baby Can Dance at the Princes Quay with Hull and East Riding Mumbler attracting hundreds of families in the region.

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 With 44 centres across the UK, children are experiencing the best My Baby Can Dance has to offer.

If you are interested and want more information, get yourselves and your little ones to St Stephen’s, 18 April, 10 am and see what’s on offer.

Wanted: young professional to live rent free for a year in Kensington

TV presenters Amanda Lamb and Rick Edwards host Studio B flat giveaway

Amanda Lamb, the television property guru, and Rick Edwards, the broadcaster and writer, will host a national competition offering one lucky winner the chance to live rent free for a year in the country’s most expensive neighbourhood, Studio B announces today.

The Selling houses with Amanda Lamb presenter will be putting members of the public who want to live in the Central London penthouse apartment through their paces on April 27th to celebrate the opening of Studio B, Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks’ new flagship London store.

People wanting to take part just have to turn up on the day when they will face a general knowledge round and complete cooking, gardening and DIY challenges in the store to make sure they have the skills to look after their own home.

Studio B, an innovation lab designed to solve the banking issues of tomorrow, is also pledging to match fund money the winner manages to save during the year to put towards a deposit on their own home (up to £2,000 per month).

Television presenter Rick Edwards will be entertaining the public when he compares

the competition in the striking Kensington High Street store.

But it’s not all about laughs. Studio B is staging the competition to draw attention to one of the greatest financial challenges facing younger generations. A YouGov survey for Studio B found that:

  • Almost a quarter (23%) of renters aged 18-40 never expect to be able to afford a deposit on a home
  • Almost one in three Londoners (30%) aged 18-40 do not save any money in an average month
  • The majority (59%) cite high rent as the single biggest barrier to saving more

Studio B’s mission is to find innovative solutions to the big financial challenges people face. The competition to celebrate its launch will give one lucky winner the chance to live rent free for a year in the stunning penthouse apartment just five minutes’ walk from the store.

At its heart is an innovation lab, where people from all walks of life will be invited to work with industry partners to create ground-breaking solutions to their money matters. The products and solutions they produce in areas such as voice and facial recognition technology will be tested in-store on bank customers.

Helen Page, Group Innovation & Marketing Director, said:

“Our research lays bare the huge challenge people starting out on their own face and this competition will give a lucky winner a huge helping hand, putting them on track to own their own home.

“This is the whole ethos of Studio B. It’s an open space where we can engage with the next generation of customers to design the next generation of banking.”

Amanda Lamb said:

“This is going to be a really special event. I’d love the chance to live in the Studio B flat and am delighted to play my part in making this dream come true for someone during the competition.”

Rick Edwards said: “Housing and home ownership pose one of the big social challenges of our time. It’s great that Studio B is actively working to help Generation Rent overcome the hurdles they’re facing.”