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Sophie Green started her own clothing business helping people with different skin conditions, with the help of a number of different groups and grants.

Sophie, 24, of North Bransholme in Hull, who previously studied business at Hull College, was encouraged to start her own business after being approached by the Humber Learning Consortium’s Youth Employment Initiative, Springboard YEI, while she was at a children’s centre with her son.

She was then supported by Hull City Council’s Making Changes for Careers Programme (MC4C) and was the recipient of a Test Market Grant from the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank to get her business, ‘Seams Impossible’, off the ground.

Sophie lives with the genetic condition epidermolysis bullosa, which means her sensitive skin blisters very easily, even on the seams of clothing.

Having had this condition since birth, she knew there was a 50/50 chance of her children developing the condition, and when her son was born with the condition as well, she was inspired to develop Seams Impossible.

Her company creates a variety of clothing products to meet the needs of individuals struggling with any disability at any age.

Sophie has now become an ambassador for MC4C, working with the team to market the offer to other young people like herself. For this, Sophie goes out into the community, sharing her story, and talks about how the project could help them, so others can relate to some of her personal challenges and learn from how she has overcome them.

Sophie said: “I was pleased that that I was able to get support from the MC4C programme who gave me the confidence to develop my business idea and helped me to secure a Test Market Grant from the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank.”

“They continue to give me ongoing support and enable me to attend wide ranging opportunities to promote my business and I was delighted to be invited to become a Hull Youth Enterprise Ambassador.”

Springboard YEI is funded by a European Social Fund (ESF) investment of more than £5m until at least 2020, which is supported by the Humber LEP.

Humber Learning Consortium is the lead partner for the Springboard Hull and Humber partnership project, providing specialist support and training for young people to access work and learning. This activity is part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund and the Youth Employment Initiative and This-Ability on behalf of The National Lottery Community Fund.

The MC4C programme, administered by Hull City Council, is an exciting enterprise programme aimed at young people aged 16-29 who are not in employment, education or training who would like to start their own business.

The programme gives young people the opportunity to find out more about the ‘Big 13’ Enterprise Skills, as well as having the chance to access grants from the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank in order to develop their business ideas.

Sophie also wanted to thank her suppliers Robin and Cloie from Rock n’ Rose, as they have helped her turn her ideas into products.