Why create the hub?

"You are never too young to lead. You are never too young to do what it is you actually believe in. We keep saying that the future belongs to the young; it only belongs to you if you take it. From what I have seen, you young people are going to change the world; and you have to be that change that you want to see."

Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of The United Nations

Why create the hub? What's it for?

Who will benefit from it?


Our young people are in a state of flux; every day they stumble over chinks in society's chain that should link education and employment together smoothly. The links are there but they are shrouded by the smog of our society's apparent loss of direction. Furthermore the rate of NEETs (Not in Employment, Education or Training) is seemingly ever rising as it has now hit 900,000 in the UK. Our 16-25 year olds are caught up in a tumultuous economy that was not of their doing or design. Further still, they are not unmotivated; just as they are not lacking in talent, determination or promise; young people are, however, on pause. All over the UK our young people are waiting; high achievers are attaining excellent results and young entrepreneurs, apprentices and leaders are ready. They are equipped with ideas and suggestions, they have the right mind sets and the passion is there to execute their ambitions with confidence and drive. The only thing that young people do lack is a stable base to start turning their conversations into actions - and that's where we come in. Young people are our planet's greatest resource and they are needed - now - while the confidence, passion and imagination is fresh and untampered with.

How the hub began 

Connected with like-minded individuals and organisations

National After The Riots Forum 2012

National After The Riots Forum 2012

Sustainable Communities

Sustainable Communities

TIGE 2013

TIGE 2013

The Acorn Hub is a launch pad and its purpose is twofold;

To enhance employment opportunities for young people by empowering them to take ownership in real projects and create their own businesses; and to reboot UK towns/communities by identifying and supporting their intergenerational needs.

Our vision is that communities across the UK have a hub of their own that acts as an umbrella organisation to help build local businesses with the community, for the community. The hub will act as that base for young people by bringing them together to create, share and transform their own ideas into businesses. As the rejuvenation process begins, the hidden links will become clearer as the hub firmly bridges the, suddenly not so scary, gap between education and the world of work.


Our approach to start-up businesses is human centric. We are looking to present groups of talented young people with a real platform in their own community that empowers them to create something tangible, sustainable and profitable. The leaders of each hub will give the new business leaders only one imperative: each business born from the hub must provide a product or service that supports a need illustrated by the community.


From inception to delivery, the hub is connected with the community and it is our objective  to create an effective, efficient framework that can be introduced into communities of ranging needs through a pilot project in Swanley, Kent. Young people are the key to the hub's success. They are stirring from their hesitance and they are ready to turn their ideas into actions.


What the business leaders and systemic thinkers say....

"Most governments put together economic plans that focus on interest rates, growth rates, the GDP that you speak of and inflation... Very few governments ask themselves specifically the questions: what can we do to create jobs for the young? What can we do for our young ones?"

Kofi Annan, Former Secretary General of The United Nations


 "Creating a sustainable future for our planet is the leadership challenge of our time. In many cases they are coming up with bandaid solutions to simptoms, rather than dealing with the problems. There seems to be a lack of courage to experiment with new ideas and new ways of doing things. We all have a strong vested interest in social responsibility ‐ and if we have a vested interest we have a responsibility to play our part. We cannot just comply anymore. 


Business hasn't got a divine right to exist, it can only flourish if it serves the community in which it operates because it is providing goods to the communities in ways that those communities find acceptable ‐ some breach that trust and it has put them out of


Peter Brew, a founder of the UN's Global Compact 



"In order to create true innovative business we must strive to reinvent ourselves through the power of instincts."

Fabrice Leclerc, The Innovation Lab, L'Oreal


"I think that the name of the game is partnership. Creating shared value means you must integrate value creation to society into your business model. It must be at the heart of your business strategy."

Rudolph Ramsauer, Senior Vice President Nestle 


"Transparency is the vaccine against corruption."


David Cameron, Prime Minister of The United Kingdom 


"We are not living in an age of change we are living in a change of age. We have to start letting go of a few things that we have taken as the norm (like GDP). I don't think people are bad, I think systems are bad. We need to rediscover our connection with the earth and the only way to deal with the crisis is to come together as a global family."


Lawrence Bloom, The Intercontinenta Hotel Groups



"No force in the world can hold back an idea whose time has come."

Rt. Hon. Francis Maud, Minister for The Cabinet Office