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Creative graduates set up business in Derby

Published: Tuesday, 11 August 2009   Category: Creative Industries: arts and design

Four students at the University of Derby have shunned the graduate jobs market by setting up their own companies to great success.

Jeunine Bray, Kris Williams, James Knott and Adi Kerr took advantage of the higher education establishment's Banks' Mill Studios, a group of properties set up to provide a space for graduates in the city to start their own businesses, according to the Derby Telegraph.

Kris, who has set up DE1 Design on the site, believes the recession, which has caused the graduate jobs shortage, has actually helped his business as companies are coming to him to rebrand and try different new strategies.

He told the newspaper: "Things are challenging at the moment and it can be hard convincing people to spend money, but at the same time there are a lot of people who have lost their jobs, have a bit of money saved up, and want to have a go at starting their own businesses."

Wil Cheung, who gained a business degree from Warwick University, recently launched his own enterprise involving a discount card for shoppers in the north-east, nebusiness.co.uk reported.


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