Nick Howard

BA Theatre Acting
Talking about
Starting a business

Almost five years after completing his Theatre Acting degree, Nick was still eligible for a proof of concept fund award. He got in touch with the University when he was looking for office space for the video production business he’d started in his attic.

“I used the £1,000 award to produce a logo, brand the business and print business cards," he said. "I got great business start-up advice and began trading as Limehouse.

"While I was studying the University really helped me. Once my business was up and running I won the business plan competition and the whole experience made me understand what I needed to do to make my business a success.

"Now Limehouse Films has its own premises in a converted mill complex in Halifax and we employ 12 staff. Our client list includes First Direct and Taylor’s of Harrogate (makers of Yorkshire Tea).

"The business is firmly established but I still occasionally call on University business start-up experts for advice. I recently participated in the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, which is delivered by Leeds University Business School and supports business leaders in organisations with high growth potential.

"I’m appreciative of the ongoing support that the University provides, and it’s great to be able to give something back to students – I now employ student interns from the University.

"The resources at the University were invaluable in helping me launch, grow and make a success of my business.”

Find out more on Limehouse's website.