The programme is great for building and developing your personable skills which is crucial for building relationships. If you are considering applying for the programme I highly recommend it - the biSU team are great and very knowledgable, as are the external speakers and workshops that the team arrange for the cohort.
Alex Shenton, Fifty7 Sound
The idea of starting a business always seemed out of my grasp, not only did I not have the funds to buy a kiln, but I didn’t have the start-up know-how or confidence either. Now I have turned my passion into a reality and there is an appetite out there too! I’ve managed to design pieces that I’m really proud of and I’m going from strength to strength – and that kiln, lovingly named ‘Big Betty’ is finally mine - always hot and ready to trot! If you have a business idea that’s burning and won't go away, join this program. They never make you feel like you are in it alone.
Claire Bashford, OBear & Bones
The business workshops and mentoring have been very useful and have helped broaden my business knowledge. The BeInspired grant has helped me build up my camera and editing equipment allowing me to gain more film production work. The BeInspired team were always there for any help and support I needed. I highly recommend the BeInspired programme to anyone who is looking to trade business to business.
David Hill, Hollyrock Studios
I applied for the programme because I wanted to start my own business but I was unsure of how. The programme has helped me by giving me confidence in myself that I will succeed as well as the guidance on how to get a business off the ground as a sole trader. My business journey has been a rocky one. With a lack of passion at the start of the programme, having a mentor that knew how to make me passionate for my craft again really helped. I now have a list of potential clients, a logo as well as several social media platforms to market myself on.
Gabrielle Sutton, Rose Vine Productions
My advice for anyone thinking of joining the programme would be to take this opportunity while you can. It's been amazing to have the financial support...to start my business, and having a mentor with experience will give you the perfect platform to start.
Harriet Morgan, H Cermaics
be inspired is a great opportunity to learn new skills and pioneer your own path in life. The future for me now is innovating new ideas and continuing my business.
Jack Bradley, JB Trading
Anyone who is thinking about starting their own business definitely needs to get involved with the Be Inspired scheme. It’s the fastest, most valuable and effective way of turning your idea, talent or passion into a business, with help from people who have been there and done it themselves.
The future of Prickly Peach Films is no doubt brighter than ever with the support and guidance we’ve gained from be Inspired and we’ve never been more excited for our businesses’ future.
Lauren Burnham & Emily Kirkham, Prickly Peach Films
There is no doubt that realising my dream has been hard work but with that comes a sense of reward. There’s an undeniable "kick" experienced when you can take an idea from concept to reality and that has only encouraged me to be more inventive with my ambitions. I would wholeheartedly encourage anyone who has an idea, something that has sparked their imagination, to embrace it; develop it and propose it to the team at be inspired. Researching what makes your idea different, how you can improve the field that you care about and most importantly demonstrating your enthusiasm for the solution can take you on some truly remarkable adventures.
Luke Emery, Bright Idea
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