Hannah’s purl of a business

RISING entrepreneur Hannah Butler is hoping her creativity will help her to succeed in business.

The 22-year-old from Hartlepool has been running her own firm called King Crumpet since last November.

Hannah Butler.

Hannah Butler.

She describes it as a knitting, arts and events company with an aim of promoting the arts scene in Hartlepool.

She’s hoping her flair for arts will help her to win the Keys To Success competition, run by the Hartlepool Mail in association with the business support organisation UK Steel Enterprise.

Hannah was one of the first entrants in the competition and her entry will be considered, along with the many others, after the competition deadline passes next month.

But from now, we shall be reporting on the entrants who have already put their names into the hat. It’s no indication of how they’ve done in the contest - but it is a first spotlight on the excellent standard of entries we have already received.

Hannah, a former student of Dyke House School and Cleveland College of Art and Design, described King Crumpet as “having a mission to provide 100 per cent hand made crafts and fun events to the North-East while promoting local artists and designers”

The firm focuses on contemporary events that support mostly first time traders and university graduates.

The knitting side comes in because Hannah has been a keen knitter since she was six years old, and was commissioned last year to cover trees in Chirch Square with knitted products.

She added: “I am now in a position where I have nowhere to work and with a busy 2014 planned, I think it’s worth a shot entering your competition.

“I would best utilise this space by having an inspirational head quarters for King Crumpet. It would be perfect for me to work there throughout the week and to boost King Crumpet from being a bedroom business.

“I have big plans for 2014 and plan on making quite impact on the suffering Hartlepool art scene.”

One lucky entrepreneur is being given the chance to base their business in Hub Two at Hartlepool’s Innovation Centre, on the Queens Meadow Business Park, free for a year.

The winner of Keys To Success can move straight into a 200 sq ft office, spacious enough to accommodate three people. It is already furnished with office desks, chairs and accessories and the lucky winner will pay no rent, rates, lighting or heating bills for 12 months.

All the facilities of the multi-million pound centre from well equipped meeting rooms, one of the highest broadband speeds in the region at 100 Mbps, 24 hour access, high security, free parking, a manned reception area, air conditioning, a fitness centre and landscaped grounds will be on tap for the new tenant.

We’re still open for more entries.

For more details about Keys to Success, visit the Hartlepool Mail website at www.hartlepoolmail.co.uk.

Entries should be sent to chris.cordner@jpress.co.uk.