Meet The Startup: Fashion Purpose, 30th June

Fashion Purpose is a content platform aiming to give independent fashion retailers the competitive edge. Working with graduates from De Montfort University’s Frontrunners internship programme, Fashion Purpose will launch this month, spinning-out in 2017. Our speaker and Fashion Purpose founder, Dr Nicola Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at De Montfort University with previous career experience at Seagram and American Express.



Leicester Co-Workers – the story so far

Guest post by Ed Woolley from the Leicester Co-working meetup group…

Since I’ve journeyed into the world of freelance and entrepreneurship I’ve very much enjoyed the freedom and independence it brings, but kind of felt something was missing. It could be lonely at times and I missed working with my colleagues. I set up Leicester co-workers as a means to bridge that gap and have the best of both worlds. I envisaged that working with likeminded individuals – on a similar journey – would provide support, whilst the diversity of skills we’d share, as a group would provide lots of exciting opportunities.

"co-working wednesdays" at Leicester co-workers

What is co-working? To put it simply, it’s where people come to work in the same-shared space, but who are not part of the same organisation or company. They typically work on their own work, independently, but enjoy the company of working with others rather than working from home. They are often self-employed, freelance or starting a business of some kind.

From my own experience, just the act of physically working in the same shared space, has boosted my overall focus and productivity. I find myself getting “in the zone” allot more frequently, than compared to when at home – could it be the positive social atmosphere, or something weird like collective brainwaves :s; im not a sociologist or a scientist but what I do know is I’m getting more done.

What I can put my finger on is the knowledge base and expertise that we bring as a group. There’s someone from every area of business and walk of life; from sales & marketing right through to 3D design and App development….. Oh and did I mention there’s a magician too!!! If I’ve got a question, no matter what it is, I can look up from my laptop and get an answer in seconds. Before I would have to trawl through pages of search results from my old friend Google!

We meet every Wednesday at the innovation centre for co-working Wednesdays so come down and join us:

Click here to join the group

E-Commercial Conference 2016, 31st Oct

Leicester Digital’s annual conference is for anyone working in the digital marketing industry. This is a great opportunity for digital marketers to expand their knowledge of the industry and share knowledge and experience with like-minded individuals. A range of speakers from around the globe will talk about the latest developments and news related to digital marketing.

The hunt is on for the best student business ideas

The hunt for the best students and graduate business ideas has officially launched, with £10,000 and other money-can’t-buy opportunities to get your hands on. NACUE has partnered with Tata for another year to fuel fantastic ideas with their national business pitching competition.

Start-up Story: UniYap

If there’s one thing that students love to do, it’s socialize. However, there is a distinct lack of platforms for students to communicate on. At the beginning of a meeting, I briefly discuss this issue, following up with the solution: UniYap. UniYap’s features include channels and instant messaging that are likeable to group chats dedicated to societies, courses, sports team etc.