New Beginnings

Starting a business isn’t just for ‘business people’. It’s about having the freedom and flexibility to create something from nothing. Starting-up does take a lot of hard work but it’s important to remember you’re not on your own. There are all kinds of support, advice and funding available and, as these stories show, your university and enterprise society are great places to start!

University Enterprise Links



Student Enterprise Societies

Bradford Enterprise Society

Cardiff Launchpad

Coventry Students in Business

DMU Enterprise

Herts EntrepreneursKingston Entrepreneurs

Lincoln Business Society

Manchester Entrepreneurs

MMU Centre for EnterpriseBrookes Entrepreneurs

Plymouth Entrepreneurs

UWE Innoventors

Top Tips

“Don’t be scared to jump in – take the risk and don’t be scared. Particularly if you’re a recent graduate as you’ve pretty much got nothing to lose.”
Michael Kashioulis, Smart Cookie Design

“Look for every avenue of help that you can –particularly at the beginning, even if it is just half a step forward then take it.”
Bill Beaumont, Distant Future Animation Studio

“If you want something you can make a choice and take steps to get to where you want to be. Don’t let the fear of something stop you doing it in the first place.”
Neomi Bennett, Neo-Innovations UK

“Research, research, research. Talk to as many people as possible, listen to feedback and be willing to change your ideas.”
Jules Quinn, The *TeaShed

“Follow the Be Do Have philosophy – in that order. Find out who you want to be. Plan how to be that person and make it happen.”
Gi Fernando, Owner Western, Co-founder Techlightenment, Founder Freeformers, Angel investor

“Stop aspiring and start doing!”
Theo Moule, Chair of Plymouth Entrepreneurs Society

“Going to university at Nottingham Trent opened up so many opportunities, I met so many people and networked – there wasn’t any part of uni life that didn’t help me starting up my business.”
Stephanie Murphy, House of Green

“Just try it – you’ve got nothing to lose. The biggest mistake people make is just not trying in the first place.”
Yaroslav Writtle, Mamas Meals

“Find something you’re passionate about and let that passion drive you. It helps you communicate well with clients, to put in the extra hours when you get home and fundamentally you’ve got to live a life you enjoy.”
Sam Bentley, BSKA

“Nottingham Trent University support at the Hive was absolutely fantastic for someone like me who didn’t study a business degree – it has been invaluable.”
Hannah Bullock, Pulse Customised Clothing

1. New Beginnings 2. Turn Your Idea Into Reality 3. Turbulent Times 4. Getting Established