In the summer of 2011, a conversation with the Student & Graduate Enterprise Service at Northumbria University turned into a life-changing business venture for young entrepreneur, Kieron Day. Between the intensive course programme schedule and strict assignment deadlines, launching a business was going to be a challenge. However, with the guidance of Northumbria University, it was not long before Outfit Toolkit became established as a disruptive brand in the Gentleman's Suit Accessories market. This is the story of how it all began...
After successfully gaining a place on the prestigious BA (Hons.) Corporate Management Programme, Kieron wanted to explore the opportunity of starting his own business, instead of the traditional two-year placement route with one of the many corporate partners Northumbria University had developed links with. In a discussion with his Guidance Tutor, Kieron was encouraged to contact the Student & Graduate Enterprise Service. After a successful meeting and presentation to gain the support of the Programme Leaders, he was able to make his dream of running his own business a reality, with the on-going support and dedication of Northumbria University. This was the first time on the Corporate Management programme that a student had taken the start-up route, however a successful placement created a path for many others to follow.
Since starting Outfit Toolkit, the Student & Graduate Enterprise Service has provided on-going support and industry specialist advice, tailored to help him grow his business so it can reach it's full potential. Alongside that, Northumbria University was able to provide Kieron with office space for two years, with his own dedicated computer & telephone line.
In 2013, Kieron graduated with first-class honours and now earns a regular income from Outfit Toolkit, with customers from all over the world. Outfit Toolkit has won numerous awards & is also adorned by many celebrities from the red-carpet to the big screen. Kieron also is regularly asked to offer workshops and to present to current students about his business and journey at the University.
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