Hannah Gillicker talks about her experiences of the Leeds Enterprise Centre’s Year In Enterprise.
“Ever since I can remember I’ve known that I want to work in the music industry. My Management degree has taught me a lot about running a business, but I also know that I need to use my own initiative and get out there and start managing bands myself.
The Year in Enterprise is perfect for me because I’ve been able to set up my own record label, Break the Boundary Records, with the full support of the Leeds Enterprise Centre (LEC) and Spark.
I had to go through an interview process and draw up a business plan to be accepted onto the enterprise year and, although it was pressurised at the time, the rewards have been well worth the effort.
I work in the LEC on campus every day and treat my business as I would a real 9-5, except I usually work longer hours than that! The LEC and Spark offer so much support, putting me in touch with lawyers and accountants, and they’ve been great at helping me network. I applied for and was accepted to become an Enterprise Scholar which means that I have financial support, as well as £1,000 worth of training which includes a business bootcamp.”