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, 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.

Guest Speaker from LinkedIn

Making the most of LinkedIn

James Mooney, Agency Partner Lead (EMEA) for LinkedIn and Lancaster University Alumnus will be coming in to discuss how you can gain maximum value from using LinkedIn!

James works with some of the company’s most important clients – helping them to transform the way that they hire, market and sell across their own organisations.

Attending this workshop will enable you to:

  • Gain an insight into the world of LinkedIn, its culture and vision of the future.
  • Receive top tips on how to develop your online profile and utilise LinkedIn to achieve your goals.
  • Listen to James’s experience of progressing from a Lancaster University student to becoming an internet executive with global perspective.

When? 1-2pm, Tuesday the 21st of February

Where? Fylde College Lecture Theatre 1

This is one not to be missed! Secure your place on Target Connect.

Insight into Sales, Marketing & Business Start up

Advice from an experienced LUMS Advertising and Marketing graduate

Chris Walthew graduated from Lancaster University in 1999, with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. He moved to London, worked for a couple of marketing agencies, then moved into sales working for an early cloud software start up where he became sales manager. At the age of 25 he set up a telemarketing company, Prospect Research, which now employs 20 staff.

His latest venture is a climbing centre – Clip ‘n Climb Cambridge – which he describes as “climbing walls meet theme park”. A very different start up to Prospect Research particularly with the scale and investment involved from the beginning and dealing with b2c rather that b2b. 

In this session Chris will talk about his experiences in business and also give some tips on what you can do now as a student, if you are interested in setting up your own business now or in the future.

When? 1-2pm, Friday 20th January

Where? LUMS Career Zone

Book your place on Target Connect.

Lancaster alumnus launches ‘Kreative Krowd’

Former LUMS PhD student launches ‘Kreative Krowd’


Dr Muddassir Ahmed graduated from Lancaster University last year with a PhD in Management Science.

Kreative Krowd, a crowdsourcing market place, was launched earlier this month (February 2015), and hopes to provide unique opportunities for creative freelancers looking for work experience, part time work and the chance to build up a portfolio and connect with potential employers on a digital platform.

Kreative Krowd is considered the first unique freelance marketplace for creative services and products, and moves away from the traditional route for sourcing work through recruitment and advertising agencies. Dr Muddassir hopes this revolutionary approach will empower creative individuals to showcase their talents and will create opportunities for students and professional freelancers alike.

Whilst Kreative Krowd is only in its infancy, the team have already secured a £6000 start up loan from the Virgin Start-Up, partnered with the StartUp Loans scheme, as well as a mentorship programme and support from Birmingham City Council’s Enterprise Catalayst Initiative.

Kreative Krowd has free subscription plans and more information can be found here.

**Dr Muddassir will be joining us as a guest entrepreneur at our Start Up Stories event on 11th June 2015- more details coming soon!**


Lancaster entrepreneur featured on BBC Wiltshire

Former Lancaster student interviewed by BBC Wiltshire


Marcus Lilley, founder of Futr Social, graduated in 2011.

Former Theatre Studies student, Marcus Lilley, was recently interviewed on BBC Wiltshire’s Alex Lester show to discuss the rise of Youtube and the evolution of media outlets since the website’s first video, ‘my day at the zoo’, was uploaded 10 years ago. He gave his expert opinion on the development of media consumption and surmised where Youtube might be in 10 years time.

Marcus founded his social media consultancy firm in 2012 and specialises in providing training, and strategy and content creation for clients in the creative industries to improve their social media output. He is currently based in Wiltshire and has been working within the Creative and Social Media Industries for 10 years.

To listen to Marcus’ interview click here or to find out more about his consultancy, visit the Futr Social website.