Enterprising Students get £5,000 from Ayrshire College Foundation

Enterprising Students get £5,000 from Ayrshire College Foundation

Photo taken in 2019 at the launch of the Enterprising Students Fund.

The Ayrshire College Foundation has provided funding grants of £5,000 to six Ayrshire College students to boost their own businesses. 

Current students and recent graduates of Ayrshire College who are interested in starting their own business can apply for a grant of up to £5,000 through the Enterprising Student Fund. The fund is set up in partnership between the Ayrshire College Foundation and the Young Enterprise Scotland Bridge 2 Business Programme.

The students also receive one-to-one support to develop a robust business plan. This support comes from a full-time Bridge 2 Business executive at Ayrshire College, who also delivers enterprise workshops at the College.

The six students who successfully applied for funding recently are: Jamie Agnew, Natalie Blakely, Sheila Munro, Mary-Beth Pearson, Anya Rae and Lucy Thomson.

Jamie, a former Photography student, has started a business specialising in Equine and Pet Photography. Jamie plans to buy new equipment enabling him to offer a more extensive service.

Natalie, a former Hairdressing and Barbering student, will use the money to buy a hairdressing pod for her garden so she can offer her hairdressing services from home.

Sheila, a former Complementary Therapies student, plans to use the grant to rent premises to expand her 'AroundTUit Complementary Therapies Ltd' business in Ayr. 

Mary-Beth, a fashion student who has returned to College this year to study the Design, Make, Market course, is looking to set up her own business 'Meli Beseu', designing and making loungewear. She plans to buy an industrial sewing machine with her grant.

Anya, who studies Complementary Therapies, has bought premises in Maybole to start her business 'A Breath of Fresh Ayr'. The funding will contribute to the setting up of her business, which provides multi-discipline healing by offering classes, treatments and workshops.

Lucy, a former Sports Coaching student, who returned to College to do a distance learning course called Preparing to Start a Business has set up a personal training business called Coach Lucy, and will use the funding to expand her business into new premises.

18 November 2020

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