Jacob is hired by ‘Apprentice’ finalist

Jacob Hill with his company, Shaped Outdoors Ltd's product The Lazy Camper kit with two-man-tent and accessories, outside Huddersfield University student union.
Jacob Hill with his company, Shaped Outdoors Ltd's product The Lazy Camper kit with two-man-tent and accessories, outside Huddersfield University student union.

‘THE Apprentice’ finalist Claire Young has agreed to mentor Brighouse student, Jacob Hill.

The 19-year-old has designed and is marketing a complete camping kit for festivals and other outdoor trips. The product impressed Miss Young so much that she has agreed to meet with Jacob and his business partner Andy Bray, and wants to get involved with the business.

“It is absolutely amazing,” said Jacob. “Claire was the guest speaker at the launch night and she offered to mentor us because she was so impressed with the product. And on top of that we have just entered a competition to present our idea to Richard Branson in May, which would be great for us if we won.”

The University of Huddersfield student, who is studying enterprise and development, said his kit removed all the fuss and the pressure to get the right equipment.

“I was so confident in the product that I camped out in it for two nights at the university. I had planned to do it for the week but after going out with some friends I returned to find that some students who had been on a night out had tried to run off with it. But luckily they were stopped by the security guard. I decided after that it was probably safer not to camp out.”

The set has already been endorsed by South Yorkshire Scouts and is supported by Global Hand and Virgin Pioneers.

And Jacob promises to extend his product. “I cannot wait until the summer and the festivals get underway but I am looking to develop the product and plan to create other products such as one for skiers and even a starter kit for students which will include books for the course they are taking, pens and pads. The products are affordable and they make it really simple.”