Starting your own business can be daunting, but for me, it was a no brainer. I love what I do, I love creating bespoke graphics, websites, logos and strategies and to watch my clients reactions when I present the results is amazing.
Looking at where you’ve come from and where you’re going is sometimes overwhelming, and I wanted to share with you my journey from the age of 18 to now and how I was empowered to start my business that offers free creative graphic design work to UK charities.
So at the age of 18, life was pretty good, I was in sixth form, in my final year, and I was on track to achieve As and Bs in my A Levels. In April 2010, Easter Sunday it was, my father suddenly collapsed and died. It hit the family hard and as a result, my final year of A-Levels was delayed. After organising all the necessary arrangements, it was finally time to start back at sixth form and complete my A-Levels. The following August, I received my results and were delighted to be awarded As and Bs in Business Studies, English Language, Psychology and General Studies. It was a massive achievement and I decided to take my education further and go to University.
In September 2012, I began studying Business and Management at De Montfort University in Leicester. It was a tough time leaving the family behind, but it was the best decision to continue my studies and develop myself as a person. In January 2013, life hit me hard again and I was taken to hospital having suffered a stroke. My family and friends supported me through this time, alongside the fantastic support that the university offered. Learning to walk, fasten buttons, zips and climb stairs was daunting and at this point, I had two options, to give up on my career or to continue to fight and succeed. Safe to say I decided to fight. I had the passion and desire to succeed and after several months of hard work, determination and not giving up, I returned back to University to complete my degree.
The final exams approached and I was a little nervous. After months of waiting, the results were in and I was awarded a 2:1 in Business and Management. Delighted wasn’t the word! After the journey I had been on, I was overwhelmed and graduation day approached and I was truly humbled to be presented with my degree that I had worked hard to achieve.
From the moment I graduated, I always wanted to pursue a career in marketing and graphic design. Helping my friends with their own businesses, I was empowered that one day it would be me. After working for various organisations, in November 2018 I took the plunge and registered Blak Bear Creative Ltd. From that very day, I was determined to continue to grow my business and one day, make this my full-time employment.
From the outset, I wanted Blak Bear Creative to be different. There are many creative agencies out there, but I wanted something different, I wanted my services to be accessible to all and give small businesses the opportunities that I have had throughout life.
In February 2019, I took a visit to Pendleside Hospice, looking at the great work that they do as well as signing up to their Corporate Challenge. I was truly humbled with the great work that they do and that’s when it hit me. Offer free creative graphic design work to UK charities, I want them to invest the money they usually spend on their marketing and graphic design requirements to be reinvested back into providing first-class facilities to the people that they work with. Madness was just one of the words when I spoke to some people, but for me, it’s much more important than that. Charities like Pendleside Hospice go above and beyond every day to make a difference to the people they work with and that’s where I can make a difference to them.
We’re now in April 2019 and business is going well and Blak Bear Creative Ltd continues to go from strength to strength. We have ambitious plans for the future based upon on our past experiences, and that alone makes us different from other creative agencies.