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Andyjp aged 48
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Male , 48

39 years old father of 3 husband of 1. I am the Chief Executive and 50 % owner of u-xplore Ltd and Education company focussed on inspiring young people about their futures through access to rich media business profiles. I was previously the Deputy Chairman of the Music Factory Entertainment Group, my familes business based in South Yorkshire employing around 50 people. I have just been successful with a management buyout of the Education company from the group and so have now left my family business . I am a music producer by trade but now rarely get chance to produce due to me running the business. I am passionate about business and I am passionate about connecting young people to business and opportunity, hence my work in the field of education. I believe I am a realist, I have a social conscience and believe life is too short to wait for things to happen. I am also an International Dj playing as one half of the Tidy Boys and I support Leeds United..... so I appreciate a challenge!!

Life experiences

Family business

The balance of working with your family is tough and something you have to work at. I worked with my father and my 2 sisters for over 20 years before going it alone.

Getting started in business

I do a lot of talks to young people about starting up in business and I believe all it takes is one conversation to sow a seed for someone to grow an idea from. Hopefully I can be of use to people looking for that bit of inspiration.

Music Industry

We have built an international music company in South Yorkshire and have rolled with the punches of a changing industry. I am happy to offer advice to anyone thinking about a career in the exciting but challenging entertainment industry.

Why mentor on horsesmouth?

I am very passionate about getting young people on the right track and I strongly believe the business community have a massive role to play, as generally they have been through the pain.No one is ever going to come and find you when it comes to making a sucess of yourself, you have to be prepared to reach out and make yourself heard. I would like to play my small part in offering some inspiration to those people who have prepared to take that step .

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