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Business and Enterprise
Some of our student's entrepreneurial successes are featured below. All have been supported by Create.
Andy studied Politics and International Relations and graduated in 2007. A talented photographer he decided to turn his hobby into a livelihood. With the help of Create, he set out to build a one stop online shop that would provide information and products suiting both amateur and professional photographers worldwide. Despite attracting the attention of world class photographers including one Pullitzer prize winner Online Photographers sadly failed.
He took a year out training himself in a new skill - web design and emarketing. Design Logix was born. Based in Preston its growth has been phenomenal with Andy recently accepting an offer to form a partnership with a larger company.
Miguel set up his business whilst studying Politics in 2007. Having sold soup at London's Canary Wharf he knew how popular hot food could be and that Lancaster's winter climate was perfect for it. He approached Create for help and credits their enthusiasm as giving the business momentum - as well as the funding and contacts to get the business going.
Since 2007 Miguel has gone from strength to strength. He runs S'Up from the LUSU shop, offering a menu of soups, nachos and goulash, and ice cream in the summer months. He is available for outside catering and plans to develop this over the coming months. He also employs three student staff members.
If you haven't already we recommend that you pay him a visit and sample the soup.
Tom graduated from Lancaster with a degree in English Literature in 2007. He set up Ice Cube web design when he realised people liked his clean and simple web design. Concerned with providing an ethical service he focuses on providing social enterprises, charities and micro businesses with high quality websites that won't empty a client's pocket.
Ellie found out about Create in 2005 when she was studying a History MA. She made greetings cards that had proven popular in her home area of Bolton and wanted to see if she could replicate that success in Lancashire and Cumbria. Within weeks of having got involved with Create she had been given tips on approaching shops, started a business plan and improved the quality of her cards. By the time she finished her MA she was selling cards in Ulverston, Barrow, Manchester, Salford and Lancaster. Ultimately however she decided that self employment wasn't for her.
Tom Halstead, Tim McDonald, Tim Ratcliffe
Tom studied English Literature and in his 3rd year set up HRM Painters with Tom McDonald and Tim Ratcliffe who were both Media Studies graduates. They set up with the help of Create and quickly won a number of contracts, including painting the SugarHouse.
Caroline set up her business, Red Rabbit Jewellery in the 2nd year of her Fine Arts degree. Originally selling her handmade jewellery from a stall on Alexandra Square she decided to expand her business and came to Create for help. Create awarded her money for two courses which vastly improved her jewellery and helped her to get her products into a number of shops in Lancashire and Cumbria.
With the money she made from Red Rabbit Jewellery Caroline decided to go travelling for a year and when last heard from was in South Africa.
More Enterprising Students
FASS students Hannah Fearon and Kath Embling have recently set up their own jewellery businesses, Marmalade Forest and Lick-O-Wrist Allsorts. Read more»
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