Former students flourish thanks to Industry Support at City of Glasgow College

Two former City of Glasgow College students have been declared ‘local heroes’ by Bridge 2 Business (B2B) which offers college students direct access to entrepreneurial role models and financial help to bring ideas to life. The programme, in association with the John Mather Trust, also supports an annual college competition to help develop self-starters.

Twenty two year old Claire Halligan, from Carntyne, runs her own business Pop Up Jewellery using designs inspired by her east end home. She has watched her new business go from strength to strength in just a few short months thanks to funding and support from the Enterprise initiatives and the college’s dedicated Start Up team.  She said:

“My classmates mentioned B2B to me and, after looking through the website, I realised I could not only refine my idea into an established business but with their help, I could progress my business idea even further.” 

And competing for a share of £40,000 funding challenged her even more. Clare was one of only ten students who won:

“Entering a competition where there are 50+ contestants really makes you doubt yourself - you look at everyone else around you and think, how am I going to win this? But I did. I ignored everyone else and I just decided to be myself. Because, in business, being yourself truly is the best thing. I’m also incredibly lucky to have the support of the college’s in-house team at City who are always on hand when you need advice,” she added.

City of Glasgow College’s Start Up space was created in 2017 specifically to encourage students to consider setting up in business for themselves. Its resident entrepreneur and former student, Fynn Elkington, was also recognised by B2B for his passion and educational flair in his new role supporting students engaged in Enterprise education.

Fynn, who his runs his own production company Fosho Video, graduated from City of Glasgow College with an HND in Creative Industries: Television and was delighted to also be recognised as a ‘local hero’. He said:

“It’s great to be back at the college and to be able to give something back. Helping our students with their ambitions for innovation and enterprise is important. The opportunities we're creating will help them with work and also in their personal lives. I can remember when I was at college and know that this kind of support would have made such a difference in giving me the best chance of future success.”