A young graphic designer who found working at big city agencies was not challenging enough decided to go it alone.
Now Claire Freshney, 23, is in the process of setting up her second business and has been nominated for the finals of the Enterprise Vision Awards.
Claire, from South Shore, set up C Fresh Design two years ago after completing her BA in Graphic Design.
She said: “I had the chance during my studies to work in some of the leading agencies in Manchester which was great.
“I wanted a bigger challenge and knew from the start I wanted to set up my own business.
“I had no money at the time, so nothing to lose and I thought, ‘Why not?’
“It took about six months to build up my client base and now I have more than 100 companies on my database.
“I love it. I live and breathe design. I have a wide range of clients, recently I have worked for Thomas Cook, Henleys, The Smith Group, Gareth Kyle from BBC Masterchef and The Body Shop, to name a few.
“I was asked to do some branding for a website project by a friend, Lawrence Sykes in Manchester, and we have now set up Emarketing Options.”
It is a one-stop-shop marketing and design agency which has brought together experts in various related fields to offer graphic design, print design, logo and brand design, website design and development, social media, online marketing, search engine optimisation, photography and illustration.
Claire said: “We have all merged our clients and it is providing something like 50 per cent of my workload.”
Her new enterprise is based at Aviator Way near Manchester Airport.
Her ambition has been recognised with a nomination by one of her clients for the EVAs, the business awards which highlight the contribution women make.
She is one of six finalists in the young entrepreneur of the ear category which will be revealed at the Hilton in Blackpool on Oct0ber 4.