Students get advice on starting a business

Students get advice on starting a business

Hair, Beauty and Make-Up students at Ayrshire College have been given advice on how to set up their own business, at an event organised in partnership with Bridge2Business at the College’s Kilwinning Campus.

The ‘What Now?’ event on Tuesday 15 May allowed current students to hear from Ayrshire College graduates, who talked about how they took the leap to start their own business in the Hair, Beauty and Make-Up industry.

Elizabeth Somerville of Witchspa Therapies began the afternoon session by outlining when she knew she was ready to start on her own, and how she went about the process of starting her business.

Mark Mitchell, who runs The Cavemen Barbers in Beith while also studying hairdressing at Ayrshire College - in order to “add another string to his bow” - then spoke about the sacrifices and rewards involved in going solo in business.

Trump Turnberry’s Spa Manager, Michelle Kerr, finished the event by speaking about the journey she took to get to her current position, and the recruitment process at Trump Turnberry.

There were also market stalls set up in the atrium of the Kilwinning Campus offering support and advice for self-employment. Bridge2Business, who offer college students first hand opportunities to engage with appropriate entrepreneurial role models, had a stall, alongside The Prince’s Trust and Business Gateway, who can offer grants and support with business plans.

Mark Mitchell, Ayrshire College student and owner of The Cavemen Barbers said “I started my own business in January. The person who owned the premises before me was retiring, so I spoke to my boss at the time about taking it over and he said ‘You’d be mad not to do it. When the opportunity comes knocking at you, you’ve got to give it a bash.’”

On speaking to the group of students, he said “I was just honest with them. You see videos on YouTube that are titled things like ’11 steps to success’, ‘the 5 secrets to success’, it’s all rubbish. I just made it clear to them that it literally boils down to hard work and sacrifice.”

Melissa Estima, Bridge2Business Programme Executive, said “It was great seeing students engage with the speakers and stallholders. The event was a fantastic opportunity for them to learn more about self-employment and how they can access the support and resources available in the region.”

29 May 2018

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