Mark Woodsford and Adam Walker’s new business is a real box of tricks.
Professional magician Mark and business partner Adam, are hoping to conjure up some business success thanks to help from Blackpool Council’s Get Started team.
As members of Blackpool magic club they assist in running the annual magic convention at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and in doing so they spotted a gap in the market making promotional videos for fellow magicians.
The Magic Vault in Red Bank Road, Bispham, combines a shop selling magic tricks and items and a studio which can be hired by members of the public.
The studio is fitted with video production equipment and an editing suite ideal for creating promotional films for individuals and businesses.
The duo, from Blackpool, decided to start up a company after realising no-one specialised in video promotional work for magician’s around the globe.
And now, thanks to accessing loans, training and business advice from the council, their dream has become a reality.
Mark said: “We started doing some promotional videos for friends in the magic world.
“People showing tricks they wanted to sell, people promoting their shows.
“We decided we needed a studio, which can be hired by anyone, and had the idea for a shop too selling magic related items.”
To get their business going, Mark and Adam provided a special show at lan event for new companies as part of Small Business Saturday.
They joined 16 other businesses to showcase what they can offer to customers as part of an event to encourage more businesses to become their own boss organised by Get Started,
– part of the Start Up Lancashire project, supported by the European Regional Development Fund.
Coun Fred Jackson, cabinet member for urban regeneration, said: “I’m extremely proud to be supporting our small, local businesses.
“New companies can start from a simple idea, passion or skill. Whatever your business, our experts will be on hand to help develop it into a functioning company, providing advice on business plans, accounting and accessing finance.
“We have an excellent mix of new companies on hand for people to come and speak to. They sell a variety of products to varying customers and will be able to provide some really useful advice about their experience of becoming their own boss.”
To find out more about how you could “get started” yourself, call Blackpool Council on 477147.