Dave is Managing Director of two companies whilst also studying to be a doctor at Liverpool university - he is Hull's Young Entreprenur of the Year 2010 and A Liverpool Enterprise Hero - KH Smilers were originally a Young Enterprise company established in September 2003 who reached the annual Young Enterprise Awards Finals in London in November 2004 after sweeping the board at local and regional levels of competition. Since then the company has grown and developed.
Whilst in Year 10 at Secondary School, Dave formed part of a team team participating in the Young Enterprise Competition, where they had to form a company and trade for one year. With no experience in business, as the subject was not taught in school and it was the first time a team had been entered in the competition. Within five months they had successfully grown the business, selling 3,000 bedding plants and winning the Young Enterprise Hull and Humber Finals and the Yorkshire and Humber Finals. They went on to the National Final in London and along the way collected 16 awards.
Dave Garbera states: "My biggest challenge in setting up the company was a lack of business knowledge, funds and of course my age! It is very difficult to be taken seriously at 15 when I started out!"
"I would suggest to anyone starting up a new business to conduct as much market research as possible and to try and enlist the services (preferably free of charge!) of a business advisor. Ours has been invaluable. Look in to the possibility of grant funding and under no circumstances work outside your budget!"
Dave is currently working with Hull Training on a triology about enterprise and young people telling his story and giving advice and tips to young people. the books are stocked in all Hull Schools and are to be used as text books to help train tutors delivering apprentice programmes to support young people who have enterprising ideas. dave is also part of Hull's enterprising young people speakers programme and advises partners on types of services that young people need and was a leading light in Hull's campaign to persuade the banks to be more supportive of young people setting up in business in particular young people.