Entrepreneur tells start-up businesses how to sew up success
FOUR OF the region’s up-andcoming start-up business got the chance to hear all about success from one of the region’s top tailors.
The Leeds Enterprise Network event, held at the offices of The Yorkshire Post, heard a keynote speech from James Michelsberg of Michelsberg Tailoring.
The entrepreneur set up his bespoke luxury Savile Row-style suit company from Queen Square at the Enterprise and Innovation Hub 10 years ago and is now based in the prestigious Victoria Quarter, offering bespoke, madeto-measure services.
The event also saw the four winners of the Leeds Victoria Business Boost Awards be presented with their awards.
The top prize was taken by Ben Barker, owner of Artemis Brew Cold Brew Coffee.
Based in Womersley, Artemis produces a healthy cold brew coffee.
Mr Barker won a prize of £2,000 plus £1,000 in accountancy and tax support from WGN, digital and IT review from Microsoft, an invitation to join the Institute of Directors 99 Club and a registered business address with the Enterprise and Innovation Hub which is free for six months.
Also winners at the event were Jenni Smith, Your Nest and Bookaroo.
The Leeds Victoria Business Boost is a business startup competition delivered in partnership with Hammerson Plc in 2016
The event also heard a speech from Jeremy Meadowcroft, Investment Manager at the Business Enterprise Fund Ltd (BEF). Founded in Bradford, BEF lend finance to SMEs who are unable to raise finance from mainstream lenders.
Over the last 11 years it has lent money to a wide range of businesses, from one-man bands and start-ups through to established multi-site companies.
BEF has a growing team and has spread across the North East of England, as well as North and West Yorkshire, Humberside and North Lincolnshire.
TAILOR MADE: James Michelsberg of Michelsberg Tailoring, speaks to guests at the Leeds Enterprise Network prizegiving event.