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Lee and Justin graduate to new business owners

The one-to-one impartial advice and sounding board offered by Haroon was an invaluable resource Lee Hart, Director, Unbranded Digital Ltd

Bradford College graduates Lee Hart and Justin Steadman, launched Unbranded Digital Ltd in January 2016.  They offer a range of competitively priced design services including web and graphic design, branding, SEO, and marketing.  The pair have been supported by Haroon Qamar, Business Advisor at West and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce, through all the stages from developing their business plan to the business launch.

Having never started a business before Lee and Justin felt nervous about the business planning process.  Wanting to get things right they felt a little daunted and had a lot of questions.  However the Start & Grow team were able to spend time talking them through the process, and helped ensure their ideas were robust, thus reducing their risks.  The support was much appreciated as Lee and Justin were completing their University studies at the same time as launching their business.

The Start & Grow programme supported Lee and Justin from the very start of their business idea and became a very integral part of the business development process.  Haroon put the pair in touch with professional contacts, and he continues to keep them up to date with additional support as the business develops.

Unbranded Digital is focused on securing its position within the first year of trading, whilst also developing a good reputation for high quality design and service.  Additionally in the future they hope to be able to offer opportunities for other students via work placements and apprenticeships.

In June 2016 Unbranded Digital received a ‘Highly Commended’ recognition in the New Business of the the Year category at the Bradford Means Business Awards.

Lee Hart and Justin Steadman are clients of West & North Yorkshire Chamber delivering business support in North Yorkshire and Humber on behalf of Cavendish partner, National Enterprise Network.

Under the Start & Grow programme Lee and Justin have received 14 hours of support and focused training days to get their business up and running.  They secured finance of £5,000 to invest into the business and have created 2 jobs.

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