After going off the rails as a teenager Yasin El Ashrafi has now become UK social entrepreneur of the year. It's more important than ever to stay informed - Get free LeicestershireLive alerts direct to your inbox. A Leicester businessman who launched his own recording studio after going off the rails as a teenager has been named UK social entrepreneur of the year. The turning point in his life came when his girlfriend became pregnant and he deleted all the numbers of his drug crowd. When his son was born with severe cerebral palsy, he realised he needed to be his own boss to have the flexibility to care for him. He decided to start a community interest company and piloted his first music project , which led on to him getting a teaching qualification, starting more projects teaching music and enterprise skills, and taking on a professional recording studio. The other winners were Birmingham-based Limitless Travel, which makes provides holidays for disabled travellers, Edinburgh plastic-free and zero waste store The Refillery, and Zander Macgregor and Allan Nairn of rum distillery Wester Spirit Co, in Glasgow. He went on to launch a community interest company HQ Creative Arts Network, which supports vulnerable and unemployed adults, using music and spoken word, music studio recording, events, and performances to combat mental ill-health, addiction issues and low confidence. The social enterprise generates its own income streams through commercial studio hire, mastering and artist development services, and gives participants a way of making an income and a sense of purpose, with their activities often leading to employment. A loan and grant package from responsible finance provider Key Fund helped Yasin set up an additional recording studio at his Charles Street base to double capacity for his commercial clients, charitable funded projects, and record label HQ Familia.
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White House Sound is one of the leading independent audio book recording studios in the UK, based in Leicestershire. Founded in it's current location in with one studio for music recording, before diversifying into audio book recording in , WHS has gone from strength to strength since then expanding into 4 bespoke studios and post production facilities. A leading entrepreneur in Leicestershire, Mike Hester stage name Mike Miller was at the forefront of music and speech recording, leading the field in the adaptation and development of audio technology. At the tender age of eleven he converted his own acoustic guitar to electric guitar and later built his very first guitar amplifier. A career in music became inevitable and during the early fifties Mike played in and managed many professional bands and groups, eventually becoming the Musical Director of his own Band. He then became involved in broadcasting and recording for prestigious organisations such as the BBC and Phillips. Mike's early recording studios were always based in Leicestershire and the move to the current location in Syston in began the latest and most exciting stage of Mike's career.
Even more lonely for myself as I have no one to complain this situation to. It really helped to make me feel better. What do you occupy your time with. Too bad she couldn't handle the guilt and remorse. Somehow snow days when everyone else is off, I feel like my husband is the only one working I know there are many but it is very hard. If he has to work late call a girlfriend or paint a picture.