I’m very pleased to announce we were accepted to go forward in the Design Council and Nominet Trust’s Working Well challenge.  After a whistle stop tour to London to pitch we were informed that we’d made the final three.  At Snook we’re pretty blown away as some of the others entries were of a really high quality.

The challenge;

“With record numbers of 16-24 year olds not in education, employment or training, there is a pressing need to improve how young people secure the opportunities they deserve.
Jargon such as ‘NEET’ not only does many a disservice, but presents the situation as a problem of economic policy rather than an opportunity to do something practical to help.

The Design Council in partnership with Nominet Trust is running a competition to design, build and launch new digital products and services that help young people develop their talents and make a living. We believe well designed digital technology can build upon the skills and abilities of young people and the exceptional work of those already supporting them.”


We will be working with;

Young Scot , a national youth information and citizenship charity for Scotland. They provide young people, aged 11 – 26, with a mixture of information, ideas and incentives to help them become confident, informed and active citizens. Firstport aims to release the potential of social entrepreneurship in Scotland to benefit communities and individuals and to promote social change. Telaco is a web development & communications consultancy based in Glasgow, Scotland. Six by Six are specialists in enterprise level online technology and e-commerce systems on Linux and PHP platforms.


Our idea is called Newstart – A programme that enables young people to form temporary micro-enterprises that respond to burning, societal questions via online publishing. Newstart will allow young people to develop soft skills in communication, collaboration and self-organisation, whilst gaining practical experience of self-employment.

I’m really excited to be taking this forward, thanks to our partners and Design Council and Nominet Trust for believing in the idea.

Watch this space.