Lancaster Alumnus opens Google-style office in Preston

Antony Chesworth opens £3.5m Google-style office

Antony Chesworth (Computer Science, 2001) is founder of Lancashire based eCommerce giant, EKM.com. The award-winning software company have recently moved into their new Google inspired 23,500 sq ft head office space in Preston. The new office is the result of almost 4 years of designing, planning and construction. It comes complete with state-of-the-art office tech, a gym, rest and relaxation areas and a slide, with the aim of making work more enjoyable! The office space is setting the company up for significant future growth.

Read more through  Steps – the Lancaster Alumni magazine’s webpages.

Startup Stories Online Now – Be Inspired

Read, listen and feel inspired by the entrepreneurial stories from our latest Startup Stories event

On the 17th of March, alumni entrepreneurs from three Colleges – County, Bowland and Furness told captivated audiences about their personal Startup Stories whilst live illustrators sketched out each journey.

Each story was unique and told an interesting (and not always straightforward) entrepreneurial journey. The stories along with their audio recordings and illustrations can be found now in our Startup Stories gallery.

The speakers involved were:

Bowland College

Alex Phillips, APPS – Wanting the freedom of doing his own thing and shaping his future on his own terms, Alex jumped straight in to setting up his own printing and promotions company in Lancaster. Starting off printing t-shirts 25 years ago, they continue to grow their brand and portfolio of products.

Ian Nelson, Adlib – From a PhD in Biological Sciences to travelling the world as a sound engineer, working with the likes of Placebo, Ed Sheeran, David Guetta and Ellie Goulding. Ian’s Startup Story reflects how a career can be formed naturally around your interests and hobbies.

Jon Price, Complete Care Ltd – The ideal story for those who want to help others or are interested in the marketing industry. Jon, former President of the Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce is founder of one of the UK’s largest online healthcare retailers, as well as having 10 years experience of running an online marketing agency.

County College

Damian Gray, The Bizarre –  From the weekly Alexandra Park farmers market to his own pop-up store in Manchester’s’ Northern Quarter, Damian’s clothing business continues to grow as he is beginning to explore new avenues for the future.

James Howard and James Short, Go Burrito – James & James share their recipe for success – how they built their local brand, Lancaster’s first burrito restaurant and earned themselves a dedicated burrito-loving following. It’s not all be plain sailing as they also address the tough year they’ve had picking up after Storm Desmond.

Tom Young, Repairly Ltd – Trips to Silicon Valley, admission to the Ignite 100 accelerator and now Virgin Media Techstars. Tom is living the entrepreneurial dream with business partner Fraser, as their business Reparily (bringing tech repairs to you) continues to grow and develop at an astonishing pace.

Furness College

Guy McEvoy, GuyKat Solutions Ltd – Former Furness JCR President, Guy McEvoy began his early adventures as a freelance nightclub promoter in Morecambe, a job which helped him pay for his Masters degree. That was only the start – he is now CEO of GuyKat Solutions Ltd, providing e-learning solutions to organisations across 50 countries.

Helen Loftus, Critical Transitions – Despite a degree in physics, Helen’s passion for sport, fitness and personal training led her to  start her own successful personal training business with contracts with every major fitness operator in Leeds, as well as being the strength and condition coach for Leeds City Swim team.

Lucy James, Quarsh Ltd – Lucy shares with us how 15 years of experience and a deep understanding of the recruitment industry enabled her to start Quarsh, her own fast-growing recruitment company.

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