Rose Light Photography, a specialist new-born and children’s photography business, has opened its first studio in Scunthorpe after receiving support from the UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) Kickstart Fund.
Launched in response to demand from parents, carers and guardians to capture their little ones on camera, entrepreneur Donna Asquith has used the cash injection to invest in promotional marketing collateral which, alongside her growing social media platforms, will help to attract further clientele.
The funding from UKSE, a subsidiary of Tata Steel tasked with assisting the economic regeneration of communities affected by changes in the steel industry, has also enabled the business owner and self-taught photographer to convert her garage into a fully equipped photography studio.
Currently also employed part-time as a customer service assistant at a financial services organisation, Donna hopes that over the coming months she will have enough custom to turn her once-hobby into a full time role, as well as employing an assistant to help with administration and set up.
Being able to offer the full 360 package of a professional studio set up is really important to help you stand out in the photography industry, so I want to thank UK Steel Enterprise for helping me make this happen.
Providing an area to store my props, equipment and increasing collection of background images, my new studio offering will help me to branch out into other aspects of the industry, notably maternity, family and wedding photography alongside my current offerings of new-born, milestone, children’s and, the ever-popular, ‘cake smash’ sessions!
Having my own studio will not only create the optimum atmosphere for my clients to relax in, which ultimately helps me capture the best images, but it will also help to make the experience fun and stress-free!
Working in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council and the Growth Hub to support those looking to establish a business in the area, the UKSE Kickstart Fund provides grants of up to £750.
Applicants also receive help and advice from local Growth Hub advisors and the Economic Development team at North Lincolnshire Council.
Alan Stanley from UKSE commented:
The Kickstart Fund is intended to support individuals on their journey toward a sustainable self-employment, whilst encouraging entrepreneurial spirit and creating new job roles in areas affected by restructuring in the steel industry.
I am delighted to hear that our funding has assisted Donna in her establishment of a home studio, and we wish her the best of luck with her new set up.
UK Steel Enterprise also provides equity and loan finance up to £1M to growing companies. Established businesses in need of growth finance can contact the UK Steel Enterprise team on 0800 915 1188.