Hull Daily Mail 29 Oct 2013

Great British Entrepreneur Awards nominations for labrascals' Katie Norman, Hull City Council and enterprise partnership

Two Hull organisations have been shortlisted in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

The Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership and Hull City Council are in the running for Entrepreneurs Champ- ion, which celebrates organisations that support and encourage entrepreneurs and their businesses.

Hull-based Katie Norman, of labrascals, ( has also been short- listed in the Most Captivating Entre- preneur category.

The winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 19, during Global Entrepren- eurship week.

Ruth Badger, pictur ed, BBC Apprentice and Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership patron, said: "I am pleased to see Hull City Council with the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership have been shortlisted for their work in developing an enterprise culture in the city.

"I may be from Wolverhampton but I feel at home in a city that does so much to support its enterpri- sing young people and am pleased that in its tenth year, it is getting recognised for its work."

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Katie Norman who is a Hull/York University Post graduate student is celebrating after “Lab Rascals” was announced on the 22 October as finalist for the “Most Captivating Entrepreneur” in the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

The Great British Entrepreneur Awards, taking place on 19 November at the Grand Connaught Rooms in Central London, are set to become the recognised standard of excellence amongst entrepreneurs. They mark a new era for entrepreneurship in the UK and this inaugural event is set to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution and inspiration provided by entrepreneurial businesses.

Lab Rascals is a Hull based scientific entertainment company, which began operating in February 2013, with the aid of Hull University’s Graduate Entrepreneurship Programme. Lab Rascals provides hands-on scientific party & workshop entertainment for children aged 5-14. The children’s science parties were requested by the local people of Hull, during a research period in 2010-12. Lab Rascals has successfully delivered several primary and secondary schools workshops which include solids, liquids & gases, acids & bases, DNA, forensic science and engineering.

Lab Rascals also provides project management services to other public engagement companies. They have just successfully designed an electrical engineering schools and public engagement programme for “Involvement in Action Ltd” in Sheffield, which is due to run in the next month.

Katie Norman, owner of Lab Rascals said “It’s an honour to be representing Hull at the Great British Entrepreneur awards. Hull has some extremely talented entrepreneurs therefore, for Lab Rascals to be in the finials it feels a little surreal. I would not achieved this without the support for Liz Johnson from Hull University Enterprise Centre, Dr Mark Lorch from Hull University Chemistry Department and Charles Cracknell from Hull Youth Enterprise Centre, therefore I can’t thank them enough for all their support”

Simon Burton, founder of the Great British Entrepreneur Awards, said: “The entries we have received for the Great British Entrepreneur Awards can only be described as awe inspiring. The quality has been outstanding. The judges have had the extremely difficult task of whittling the great and good of the entrepreneurial community down to the very best and we are delighted by the companies that have made the shortlist.

The Awards Ceremony itself in November will be a night to remember, with VIPs from the worlds of business and entrepreneurship gathering to celebrate entrepreneurial spirit in the UK.”



  • Brilliant from start to finish!! The children loved it, and the grandparents were equally entertained! Great value for money too. All I needed to do was feed them! Even tidied up before you went home! We have a pair of goggles here which I can post to you xx

    Gemma Bradley

  • My Daughter attended the Candy Chaos session at Bilton Village Hall today. Booking was very easy and quick. The staff were very friendly even taking the time to talk to the parents at the end of the session explaining what the children did and i enjoyed sampling the sherbet im also the bookings clerk of the hall that was used today. Katie and the team were very friendly and left the hall in an immaculate state once finished!!

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  • Took my 2 boys aged 6 & 9 to the volcano workshop and wow what an experience they loved it and didn't want it to end! will be booking again, staff were so friendly and helpful and made the session so much fun!

    Annalise Walker


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