Success Stories

Family photos prompted a flash of inspiration

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Two enthusiastic photographers have set up their own business, after help from Blackpool Council.

Nia Rutter and Everton Davis now offer wedding and event photography across the Fylde coast.

The duo met on a photography course 18 months ago and hit it off, as both were inspired to take photos by their own families.

After joking through the length of the course about setting up a business, the pair approached Blackpool Council’s Get Started service for help with their business planning, financial forecasting and basic marketing.

Nia said: “Whilst discussing technical aspects of the course we realised we were both inspired by our families.

“I was inspired by my children and Everton found a passion for photography when he started capturing family moments with his grandchildren.”

Everton added: “As a grandad taking photos I wanted to create great memories for all the families to enjoy.

“I knew with more knowledge I could get even better shots. I signed up for a course and that’s where I discovered an absolute passion for photography. It was great to meet likeminded people and swap ideas.

“Then it hit us – teaming up was a great idea. We set up in January and we have several bookings already for 2016 and one for 2017!”

Cllr Mark Smith, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Development, said: “It’s great to see another business get started thanks to our professional help.

“The expert advice that those fledgling businesses receive is really helpful and means that they can start to trade and grow.

“For some start-ups it’s a lifelong dream to become a business owner, but for others it is simply a case of spotting an opportunity and going for it. Whatever your inspiration is, Get Started can provide the expert advice to turn that idea into a reality.

“88% of the businesses that Get Started has helped in the last two years are still operating and in some cases, doing very well indeed. That’s because businesses can still benefit from our expert advice and support even after they are up and running.”

To find out if you could become your own boss, contact Get Started on 477147