Business Support

Got an idea for a business?

Sam Howell Ltd are business strategists who have helped AUB students to set up their own business for the last couple of years.

‘Starting my own business was so daunting and scary until I met Sam and his team at AUB. I wouldn’t be where I am this quickly without his and their help.’ Beth Hawker – BA Make Up for Media and Performance

Their support is frank, honest and gives you the insider perspective on the glossy success stories you see in the media.

‘Sam’s positivity and forward thinking has been beyond encouraging and always leaves me in a state of ‘I can do this’ when it seems like there are so many things in opposition. I very highly recommend Sam and his team to anyone considering starting their own business.Kelly Morgan – MA Fine Art

These are drop in sessions with plenty of opportunity for questions and discussion. If you wish to attend please contact Diane Beasely and Alison Zorraquin with a short statement, the course you’re on, whether you have a business idea already or are just exploring your options.


Session 1

Starting your business or going freelance? Is it for you?

In our first session, we look at the art of selling! Whether
your product is flowers or double glazing you need to
build a strong company and be able to sell your product
or service!

Thursday 18th October – 14:00 – 16:00


Session 2

Finding your market?

Is there a market for your business? It’s a battlefield out
there, so make sure you charge in with a plan! We also
have a guest speaker lined up for you.

Thursday 8th November – 14:00 – 16:00


Session 3

Financing your business!

How do you pull a rabbit out of the hat when you don’t
have a rabbit or even a hat?! We’ll be exploring building a
business when you have limited capital.

Thursday 6th December – 14:00 – 16:00


Session 4

A little bit of legal and protecting yourself

One of the biggest risk factors when starting a company is
protecting the business and its owners. Getting this right will
mitigate risk and ensure you don’t fall at the first hurdle.

Thursday 7th February – 14:00 – 16:00 in Room F005


Session 5

Workshop sounding board

For those that survive the previous 4 sessions, we’ll be creating a
sounding board to dig deeper. You will be grouped together with
several young entrepreneurs which will give you a chance to
properly discuss issues and concerns you may still have.

Thursday 9th May – 14:00 – 16:00 in Room F005