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Success stories

Student Success Stories

Chakra Corporate Mental Strength

Zainah Khan set up Chakra Corporate Mental Strength as training programme, which focuses on increasing the stress-resilience and motivation of managerial staff in the finance and legal industries.


Epiphany launched in 2005, building up the business from our offices in Queen Square.

Frosted Lime

Claire was inspired to start her own business when she was an employee for a company that engraved glass giftware and fell in love with the medium of glass for creating personalised gifts and works of beauty.

Hamiltons Club

A Proof of Concept grant to help fund product samples and point of sale promotional items has resulted in the successful launch of Hamilton’s Club, a range of beard grooming products.

Heading Out

Sam Brandon and Joseph Hall, both graduates from our University, successfully started up the student magazine and marketing company, HeadingOut.

Kee Boutique

Keely Brightmore graduated from a Contemporary Arts Practices degree in 2011. Shortly after graduation she started her business ‘Kee Boutique’, making and selling vintage inspired clothing from her workshop at home.

Landan Consultants

Landan Consultants, winner of the 2016 Business of the Year competition, is led by 2015 International Business graduate Raymond Pelekamoyo.

Love Rouge Bakery

Retail Marketing and Management graduates, Becki Fowler and Lydia Sweeting, opened Love Rouge Bakery.

MP Auto Detailing

MP Auto Detailing is a prestige valeting and detailing service, set up just over a year ago, by Matthew Paton in Cockermouth and across Cumbria.

Music Festival News

Hayley Thompson started Music Festival News as a bedroom project in 2014 and the website has grown quickly, now overtaking nearest rival Efestivals and building a Twitter following of nearly 40,000.


Dan has created the only “dedicated student halls search engine” which allows students to search for the best halls at University.

Poppies Bakehouse

International Hospitality Business Management graduate, Natalie Hall, always dreamed of opening her own café and deli.


Jon Finn, a PhD candidate and Visiting Research Fellow in Sports Psychology at our University, started his business Pre-Shot.

Raw Design Studio

Raw Design studio was co-founded in 2006 by Steven Taylor, an Events Management graduate from our University, and Robert Watson a Graphic Design graduate from The University of Salford. Steven enrolled into the Entrepreneur Boot Camp in 2006.


Samply is an innovative smartphone application developed by graduates Chris Knight and Josh Graham, which allows users to sample new products and get rewards for giving their feedback.

Sampson Landscapes

Deborah Sampson completed her Higher National Certificate in Art and Design in 2011 and decided to set up her own business with assistance from our Business Advisors and by attending workshops, arranged by the Enterprise and Innovation Academy for students. She launched Sampson Landscapes in 2012.

Sophie Guy

Sophie Guy, who graduated with a BA (Hons) Events Management degree in 2016, set up her party clothing brand GoGuy in 2015 after receiving her first sewing machine for Christmas. Since launching, the brand has become hugely successful and has been worn by celebrities including Little Mix’s Perrie Edwards and Geordie Shore’s Chloe Ferrry.

Sweet Cecily

Cecily Fearnley, who graduated in 2008, created the company from her home in Whitby in 2009 by asking Facebook users what sorts of products, smells and ingredients they liked, getting them to test the products and finally using the site to recruit staff including a web designer and illustrator.

The Fruit Box

Jonathan Russell completed his BA in Marketing at our University in 2008. Following graduation Jonathan set up The Fruit Box – delivering fruit boxes to offices across Yorkshire.

Twisted Mojito

Twisted Mojito Cocktail and Bar Hire, owned by Rachel Noble, has been trading since November 2015.

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