FAVOURITE THINGS: Making great escapes into parks and cuisine in Sheffield
Hannah Duraid, aged 25, discovered Crystal Maze-style live escape room games while travelling the world in 2013. Upon returning to the UK to start her PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University in September 2014, Hannah and partner Peter Lacole decided to start Sheffield’s first live escape room. Mad Scientist opened in January 2015 – family, friends or colleagues have 45 minutes to escape by solving puzzles as the clock ticks. Now followed by three more rooms, the attraction has been voted Sheffield’s number one for fun on TripAdvisor. Great Escape employs 17 staff and opened in Leeds in late September. Hannah lives in Norton and was inspired by her dad, who told her she could do anything. She recently won the Northern Power Woman One to Watch as well as the Duke of York Entrepreneur of the Year and Yorkshire 42 under 42. Last week she won the Northern Women in Business 2016 young entrepreneur of the year award.