#1: “The ultimate failure is giving up” with Jacob Hill

Jacob Hill is first and foremost an entrepreneur. He caught the business bug as a teenager running a sweet selling enterprise, followed by local music events. During his enterprise degree he founded his first ‘proper company’, The Lazy Camper. His entrepreneurial antics led to him winning a string of awards, including the Yorkshire Post’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and the Duke of York’s Young Entrepreneur Award.

However, after some challenging times, Jacob’s personal and business life took a shocking turn for the worse when he was arrested for possession with intent to supply class A drugs. He was sentenced to 28 months in prison. Immediately remorseful, and keen to repay his social debt, Jacob spent his time ‘inside’ helping others to see a future after time behind bars.

Jacob has since embarked on a new business venture, Offploy, a recruitment agency developed solely to support companies who are looking to hire ex-offenders as part of an ongoing commitment to reducing re-offending within society. With support from the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Offploy is on track to revolutionise the recruitment and justice system.

In this episode we discuss:


  • Access to funding and investment
  • How to handle the ‘hype’
  • What is success
  • How to flip the negatives to positives
  • How to overcome negative stereotypes
  • Establishing a support network
  • The basics of business
  • And much more… 🙂


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Want to get in touch or find out more?

Jacob Hill Twitter

Jacob Hill Website

Offploy Website