Tyne & Wear

Sunderland teenager's nightclub event for under-18s

Earl Gill
Image caption Earl Gill set up the business with the financial backing of his parents

A teenager from Sunderland has started his own business which aims to provide safe, drink-free nightclub nights for under-18s in the region.

Earl Gill, 19, left school and was unsure of what to do for his career so he decided to set up his own company, Nee Bubble Gumm.

It aims to get teenagers off the streets and give them a fun environment to enjoy with their friends.

The first night, "Outbreak", is being held at The Point in Sunderland.

Mr Gill found there was a lack of activities for young people in the north-east of England when he was growing up and wanted to create a company which would tackle this issue.

He came up with the business idea to give teenagers the chance to socialise in a safe and reliable environment.

VIP parents' lounge

Mr Gill, said: "It's crazy to think that I've started up my own company and I'm only 19.

"I came up with the idea because I finished school with GCSEs and A-Levels and I didn't know quite what to do with them, there wasn't a lot of jobs going so I thought 'can I create my own company?'

Image caption Rachel Adedeji from series six of The X Factor is performing

"With the financial backing of my parents, they said 'go on Earl give it a shot, if it fails it fails and you'll learn experience', so I came up with the idea of creating an under-18s event for children."

The organised night has heightened security and provides reassurance to doubtful parents by providing them with a special VIP area.

Mr Gill said: "Drinking is not allowed. We've got extra security on, fully CRB checked, I check all their bags before they come in to make sure that nobody is going to cause trouble for themselves or for anybody else.

"Also, the alcohol machines are turned off, cigarettes machines are turned around and we've also brought in a VIP lounge for the parents so that if they've come from far away, they don't have to leave their kids if they're not happy with leaving them by themselves."

A proportion of the proceeds from this and future Nee Bubble Gumm parties will be donated to charity Hope 4 Kidz, which supports children across the North East who require extra care.

The first night, The Outbreak, is at The Point in Sunderland on 28 April - with special guest Rachel Adedeji who made the final 12 in series six of The X Factor.

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