Exploring Enterprise provided Matthew with the knowledge and motivation to start his own business

Exploring Enterprise provided Matthew with the knowledge and motivation to start his own business

At 24 years of age Matthew had left University with a degree in Art and had been working part time in Asda for 5 years to gather up some money to start his own business but was just not sure what direction to go in and how to go about it. The Exploring Enterprise programme

Why he came on the Programme

I had no business background but knew a little bit about it from family members but nothing concrete.  I had a good understanding of what I wanted to do with regards to my business idea but had no idea what was involved in running a business.

How has the programme helped him?

The programme has given me the information that I needed to get my business off the ground as it really helped me with the whole planning process with regards to marketing, selling, legalities etc.  It has boosted my confidence and the biggest thing is that I understand that I myself can do this.

What are his key achievements?

I have left Asda and am now full time self employed running my own business, Rise Media.  I have more confidence in my ability, have gained more experience with bigger clients and am now working from a studio rather than from home.

Where he is now compared to start of programme

I have now got the direction that I needed and things are a lot clearer now in relation to where I want to take my business.  I see myself achieving goals and setting new ones.   Having that one thing that I am good at and have pursued has given me all the confidence I need to take my business to the next level.

How he found the support from AEA?

It was really good and very beneficial.  If I hadn’t have had the encouragement from Kerry I would not have been able to think things through as clear as I did.  I am now more motivated and am always thinking of new ideas for my business.