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Launch Success Stories – Ollie Buxton

In the lead up to our fifth Launch Business Incubator Cohort (commencing Autumn 2020), we wanted to take this time to showcase and celebrate some of the 42 most recent businesses from Cohort 3 and 4.

We’re exploring the music industry today with Delux Music Collective, owned by Cohort 3 member Ollie Buxton.

Delux Music Collective – Ollie Buxton

An obsession with music from an early age led to Ollie’s journey into the Manchester music scene, starting to attend gigs at 14 and beginning to manage musicians since the age of 18. Despite not being musical himself, he has found a place to channel his passion for music through his business, Delux Music Collective.

The idea for the business came after Oliver had noticed that musicians were being treated poorly by promoters in the industry. He said: “It became very apparent from working with bands and in the industry that a lot of promoters don’t treat artists correctly. I wanted to start putting gigs on and events and just making sure that artists were treated correctly and paid right because there’s enough money to be made and pay everyone fairly.” read more

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Launch Success Stories – Elyshia Cantrill

In the lead up to our fifth Launch Business Incubator Cohort (commencing Autumn 2020), we wanted to take this time to showcase and celebrate some of the 42 most recent businesses from Cohort 3 and 4.

Today we’re writing about Cohort 4 member, Elyshia Cantrill who owns Pillar of Women, a female and community empowerment enterprise.

As a highly energetic and positive community activist, Elyshia has brought energy and initiative to many successful projects. Attending Launch has helped Elyshia to harness these qualities and develop a clear vision and goals for her own organisation – Pillar of Women. Elyshia’s organisation seeks to empower and enable women to develop and harness their own abilities to bring about positive change in their lives and communities through workshops, events and associated initiatives. With support from Launch Elyshia has been able to develop a range of resources and projects that are effective and flexible. Overcoming recent restrictions was always going to be a key challenge for a community focussed organisation. Launch funding has also helped Elyshia to invest in printing and portable promotional equipment. This means that Pillar of Women is now self-sufficient and highly flexible to the fast-changing needs and demands of running community events. Elyshia has developed an eye-catching brand identity and range of merchandise to promote  Pillar of Women and is about to launch a series of outdoor socially distanced workshops in her own community. Watch this space! read more

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Launch Success Stories – Carole Guilmard

In the lead up to our fifth Launch Business Incubator Cohort (commencing Autumn 2020), we wanted to take this time to showcase and celebrate some of the 42 most recent businesses from Cohort 3 and 4.

Today we’re exploring the world of Black hair care and beauty products from Cohort 4 member, Carole Guilmard who owns Black Venus Beauty.

Carole Guilmard had always struggled growing up trying to find the right products for her curly hair. Living in a small town in France, where there was not a lot of black people in her community, Carole found shops weren’t selling suitable products for her hair type. 

This inspired Carole to create her online store contacting small brands to offer their products on her store, so they could get the recognition they deserved. As a result of some initial funding from Launch, Black Venus Beauty was officially launched in June 2019 as a platform giving customers access to products made by people who understood the needs of curly hair. read more

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Why do a Placement

You’ll hear a lot of confusing things about placements, their benefits, how to get them and why, and it can b e a difficult decision to decide to take a year out of University to work. So what are the advantages, why should you consider a placement year?

Before I answer that, it’s important to understand what a placement actually is. Generally speaking, a placement is a one-year work opportunity with a company which you obtain between 2nd and final year of your course. These are different from summer internships which might take place over three months between academic years and involve taking time out of University specifically. So one of the main things to consider when looking at a placement is that it adds a year to your time at University (though you do not pay fees for that year). read more

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Launch Success Stories – Adina Nelu

In the lead up to our fifth Launch Business Incubator Cohort (commencing Autumn 2020), we wanted to take this time to showcase and celebrate some of the 42 most recent businesses from Cohort 3 and 4.

Today we’re writing about Cohort 3 member, composer Adina Nelu.

Adina Nelu is a classically trained film and media composer, multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter originally from Romania. Adina has a great portfolio of work, including original compositions for short and feature films, documentaries, art installations, films and television. Despite the current situation with COVID-19, Adina has been working harder than ever to create beautiful composition pieces despite the current pandemic. Adina’s talents have secured her a broad range of projects including a commission piece from New Creatives North (a talent development scheme co-funded by Arts Council England and BBC Arts), feature films and a project commissioned by Greater Manchester Combined Authority to create a piece that deals with the unseen effects of the pandemic. read more

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Launch Success Stories – Azeem Amir

Have you spent your lockdown thinking of the next big business idea? Do you want to take the steps to turn your hobby into a small business? Fancy taking the leap to working freelance or working for yourself? Or maybe you want to help taking your business to the next level.

Let us introduce you to our Launch Business Incubator.

The Launch Business Incubator is the University of Salford’s business incubation centre, working with the GC Business Growth Hub to deliver an exclusive training programme covering Business Planning, Social Media Marketing, Pitching and much, much more!

Being part of Launch includes a free hot-desking space in the heart of Peel Park Campus in the Maxwell Building including workstations, reception area and private meeting spaces.* You will also have access to our networking lounge to grab a coffee and make those all-important business connections. read more

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The 10 top tips for getting your freelance language teaching career off to a flying start

The 10 top tips for getting your freelance language teaching career off to a flying start

So you’re looking for something to help you get your foot up on the teaching ladder?

We’ve come up with some 10 top tips to help you get your foot up on the ladder and shine as a freelance language teacher. Thanks to UK Language Project for the inspiration for these tips.

Here we go…

Tip 1: Make sure you know which language you want to teach

A good place to start is your native language of course. You may also consider continuing on with a language you studied or are studying at Uni as a way to give back, and also to keep your skills up to date.

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Tip 2: Decide what’s for you (Online vs offline) and your target market read more

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Planning your Career

So you don’t know what to do after your degree? You have chatted with a few of your friends, they seem to know what they want. You had an awkward conversation with a family member, who asked, “Didn’t you know when you chose your degree?” The truth is you were never certain and why should you be? After all, there are rather a lot of options out there!

Deciding your career plans after University can be confusing. You may be someone who has clear plans right now, but in the future, you may need to reassess your options. For example, the job market, your circumstances or your skills and attitudes change.

Career planning is a skill like any other that needs practise and reflection and can be used throughout your career. “I should know what I want to do!” and “I just don’t know where to start!” are common comments.  Some people do seem to instinctively know what they want, but for the majority, the process of working out realistic career plans takes time and effort. Careers Advisers can help you to get started and reflect on your career planning, but there are many things that you can do to get started. read more

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Cover Letter or Supporting Statement?

The world of recruitment is not only fierce, competitive, and a full-time job in itself but a world with, how can I put it, mixed messages and processes?

Many applications now require just a CV and a Cover Letter, which is a nice (maybe nice isn’t the word), straightforward (not straightforward to put in place however when we consider thinking through the content of a CV and cover letter) package that you can either email to the job opportunity or send via a job board. What about when they bring supporting statements into the equation, however?

So, a cover letter – it’s a 1 page; extension of the CV; starts to introduce your character a little more; highlights extra examples to the CV of how your skills and experience are a good fit for the job in question; shows off some research you have done towards the company and role in question…but for one job you are asked to send a cover letter along with your CV to an HR email address, another job asks you to write your cover letter within a small box on the job site, a further job asks you to upload a 4-page cover letter (4 pages?! But I thought cover letters were 1 page only?!), a fourth job advert asks for just an application form to be completed but within this, there is a supporting statement, and a fifth job is asking for a CV and a supporting statement. read more

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Personal Branding

Being YOUnique in the graduate jobs market

I have you ever heard of the term a Personal Brand or Personal Branding? I’m sure you know what a business brand is – they are part of our everyday life, we are constantly bombarded by brands from TV, SM every YouTube clip you watch, even on the sides of buses. Branding is a billion-pound industry in all sectors or business. But, have you ever considered yourself as a brand? The idea of “personal branding” is unusual to most people. But in this online era, where things, both good and bad, last forever on the internet, personal branding can be considered more important than ever, especially in a highly competitive graduate jobs market. Being able to be unique and authentic is a prized asset that you need to take control of now! read more