Below are the profiles of two of the businesses we have supported to turn their ideas into reality.
Business Name: Lucy Dewsnap Fine Art
Entrepreneur: Lucy Dewsnap
Lucy is a hardworking and highly skilled young woman. She is a keen equestrian, which is something that is extremely prevalent in the artwork she produces. Lucy recently completed her A Levels at Barnsley Sixth Form College. Since being introduced to the Enterprise Department, Lucy has engaged in a range of college activities. She is always keen to take part in anything that she feels will broaden her skills and understanding.
Lucy Dewsnap Fine Art sells a range of portraiture, which are completed through a wide variety of different techniques. From watercolours to coffee, Lucy is always happy to experiment with new styles. Lucy has turned her hobby and passion into a successful small business. In a short space of time, she has received a number of commissions, which have helped her to achieve a number of repeat customers.
How has iTrust supported Lucy?
Lucy approached iTrust in January 2015 to receive extra support that would help her expand her business. Following on from this, she has received a range of support from the iTrust team. This has included; business planning support, advice about pricing and registering with HMRC. Lucy was also given the opportunity to showcase her work to the College Principal, Colin Booth. In the coming weeks, she will also be attending a number of Enterprise Department events.
With her initial grant, Lucy paid for a digital printer, which allowed her to do high quality prints of her original work. Lucy will produce limited edition copies of her work and then use the internet to promote and sell these.
What Lucy hopes to achieve in the future:
Now her studies at Barnsley College are complete, Lucy will shortly be starting an art degree art Sheffield Hallam University. Her long term goal is to open her own art gallery, which will allow her to sell her own original artwork and to undertake commissions on a full time basis.
Business Name: Loving Dot
Entrepreneur: Bethany Wood
Bethany is a recent graduate of Barnsley College. She has an eye for detail, ensuring that her designs are vibrant and eye-catching. Bethany has worked closely with the Enterprise Department to promote iTrust both internally and externally. An example of this would be the presentation she gave to the Duke of York assessors to highlight how iTrust had helped in the development of her business idea and has also showcased her business and products at events held by the college.
Loving Dot is a small, independently owned online shop and design studio. Founded in January 2014 the site offers a range of products such as phone cases, pocket mirrors, pin badges, nail transfers and tote bags. All of the products are lovingly designed by Bethany herself, with personalised designs available on request.
The name was inspired by Bethany’s family dog, a very loveable Jack Russell cross- Dot.
How has iTrust supported Bethany?
Bethany approached iTrust in late 2013 with her initial idea for Loving Dot. Since then, she has received guidance on a range of issues such as test trading, wholesale and supplier options and registered with HMRC. Bethany was then assigned a mentor from ASOS who offered extra guidance and support to develop her business plan and provide guidance towards promotion. Bethany’s mentor from asos, Letitia Allman is the online Accessories Manager responsible for the asos market place and best placed to provide Bethany ideas.
As well as this virtual mentoring, Bethany has displayed her products at the iTrust showcase event and attended a social media master class for business, which was held over summer. With her initial grant, Bethany purchased the phone cases that she placed her designs on. Once she had sold these, Bethany was able to purchase a wider range of stock and to develop an online platform.
What Bethany hopes to achieve in the future:
Upon the completion of her studies at Barnsley College, Bethany started a graphic design degree at Leeds College of Art, to help expand her skills set further. Whilst doing this, she will continue to run Loving Dot, and look to develop a wide range of new products and designs. Bethany is now at the stage where she is thinking about extra studio space for her business.
Last updated: 22nd September 2017