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We have worked with thousands of entrepreneurs globally. We like nothing more than to champion your stories. If you are alumni of Entrepreneurial Spark, get in touch to tell us your story below

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CLAIRE AMELIA

The Bridal Emporium

Bridal Emporium is an independent bridal boutique for the fashionable, boho and modern bride to be. Based in the heart of Leeds, we opened the doors in 2014 selling predominantly vintage wedding dresses. Claire Amelia joined the ESpark programme the following year with the intention of growing the business. Since working through the programme, I’ve celebrated the shops 5th birthday and my team has grown from the odd intern to a group of four talented women. My key take away from Espark was being able to pivot in business, the shop has since moved away from it’s vintage offerings to now include Instagram worthy wedding dresses from big designers such as Watters and Justin Alexander. Next up for the Bridal Emporium, we’re working on relaunching our website and an e-commerce offering. Find out more: bridalemporium.shop

KEY TO GETTING STARTED?

Concentrate on one main USP, this will be your focus and a constant earner whilst you develop the business. You might be daunted by hiring your first employee, but once you do – you’ll never go back! It’s the people around you that will help you move forward.

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPARK IS?

An amazing platform to network with like minded entrepreneurs. It’s a chance to utilise the knowledge in an empowering environment and to learn new business assets and skills.

BEST THING ABOUT BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR?

The freedom and the satisfaction of accomplishment.

ONE KEY THING I HAVE LEARNT?

To always trust your instincts.

HANNAH DURAID

The Great Escape Game is a multi-award winning escape game, that was founded in 2015. Since launching, the team of 70, have expanded across three sites that boasts bars, kitchens, and corporate offerings and have had over 300,000 players through their doors. Travelling world-wide to research the leisure market, The Great Escape Game, create industry-leading, immersive adventures, suitable for those ready for an unforgettable experience!

KEY TO GETTING STARTED

Sheer hard-work and no sleep!
A lack of knowledge often comes back and bites you, when you’re diving in head first to everything. To try and minimise this, ensure you surround yourself with a wealth of experience, from mentors to programmes.

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPARK IS

A great place to be with like-minded individuals, that encourage and support one another.

BEST THING ABOUT BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR

The freedom to nurture your product, team and essentially your own destiny!

ONE KEY THING I HAVE LEARNT

Very simply to ensure your mindset is proactive, positive and is very ‘GoDo!’ (taking action all the time)

ADAM WELCH

Tom Orange is a leading specialist recruiter of logistical staff supplying to many of the Midlands blue chip companies. Since joining the ESpark programme when we were just 8 months old and had no investment, we have now reached an internal headcount of 5 and a turnover of £1.5M.
The programme really taught us to know our numbers inside out and gave us a blue print to achieve a step by step business plan. It helped us go from a one man operation, to taking on an office lease and filling it with staff, while year on year making a healthy profit.
We have just engaged with a recruitment specialist for the next chapter of growth and looking forward to exciting times ahead. www.hgv.agency

KEY TO GETTING STARTED?

Working hard and picking the phone up and communicating with potential customers on the phone and face-to-face. Along with delivering quality not quantity, these were the ket things.

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPARK IS?

A fantastic exhilarating accelerator programme with everybody at the same stage with one goal in mind, but no competition.

BEST THING ABOUT BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR?

Creating your own future knowing that you WILL succeed with the support and challenge of an accelerator community.

ONE KEY THING I HAVE LEARNT?

There is no race or finish line and to work at your own pace with your own goals in mind nobody is setting targets except yourself to survive and succeed.

DYLAN WATKINS

Poppy’s picnic is an award-winning raw dog food buisness. Since being on the ESpark programme, our team is now 12 strong. We have a new HQ in Wiltshire – a set of three converted shipping containers! Our new website launched in May 2019 and we now have a smart new subscription algorithm driving sales. We are building a new 4000sq ft production plant and also redesigning our product with a new line of eco-friendly packaging. We have taken on a great FD who is giving us a more solid foundation and helping us focus on a strategy to scale. Next we need to look at bolstering our team with an operations specialist and in house tech support. Find out more www.poppyspicnic.co.uk

KEY TO GETTING STARTED?

Having the right people working in the business and around me. It’s people who drive and inspire you and your business.

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPARK IS?

The best start a company can get. Excellent support, advice and mentorship. Access to a hive of likeminded people

BEST THING ABOUT BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR?

The people you meet and the crazy ride of ups and downs. Life is never boring!

ONE KEY THING I HAVE LEARNT?

How to work ‘on’ the business, not ‘in’ the business. It’s been hard to trust other people with my baby, but worth it to achieve growth and scale. 

STEPHANIE & NICKY TAYLOR 

We came to ESpark with a seed of an idea and today, just 3 years later, our property management business HMO Heaven creates beautiful affordable accommodation for young professionals. It turns over £400k, owns property worth over £1m, employs a small team and has big plans for growth.
Recently, we launched a online coaching business, Rent 2 Rent Success, which teaches our 6 Step System to create a profitable property business without owning a single property (unless you want to!).
Rent 2 Rent Success is changing lives by helping others unleash their “Yes You Can” mindset, create financial freedom and have a greater impact. This new business model, inspired by ESpark’s encouragement to think bigger, allows us to reach a global audience.

KEY TO GETTING STARTED?

Believing that success was possible and taking steps every day towards our goals even after failures, even when we felt afraid and especially when it felt impossible.

ENTREPRENEURIAL SPARK IS?

A super highway for inspiration, motivation and tools to challenge you. A community you need to grow your mind, your skills and your business.

BEST THING ABOUT BEING AN ENTREPRENEUR?

Having the freedom to live your passion, turn your ideas into reality, which change peoples lives for the better and leave a legacy.

ONE KEY THING I HAVE LEARNT?

There is a roadmap to success. It’s not an accident. To grow your business you must grow yourself.