The Young People’s Enterprise Forum (YPEF) is a regionally-based group of private and public organisations with a mission to build a culture which values, promotes and nurtures enterprise among young people in an inclusive manner.

Collectively, we have developed the campaign “Enterprising Yorkshire – Inspiring Young Minds”.

Our vision; to make Yorkshire and Humber the leading region in the UK for Enterprise Education and in doing so provide the region with a pipeline of enterprising young people for years to come.

Our mantra is “cohesion, coordination, continuum”.

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“ Enterprise and entrepreneurial behaviour are key drivers in the growth of our economy and to ensure that we exploit opportunities in the future and accelerate our regional growth it is vital that we embed a positive attitude towards enterprise in our young people ”

Alex McWhirter, Chair, YPEF

“ The development of an enterprise culture with which young people can engage is vital to the future of our region. We need young people with the skills, knowledge and attributes to maximise their impact on the future economic development of Yorkshire and Humber. Enterprise Education is fundamental to this process and will only truly be successful if we have a clear strategy, co-ordinated activity and high levels of involvement from our businesses and entrepreneurs ”

Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Leeds City Council (former Chief Executive, Yorkshire Forward)

“ We have to develop an enterprise culture in which young people can thrive. We need to encourage the development of enterprising skills, e.g. creativity, innovation, problem solving and taking calculated risks and provide the support that will allow all young people to realise their full potential. ”

Martin Hathaway, Chair, YES