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Test Case Study 1

A flair for design coupled with PNE’s eight week business start up course has enabled enterprising brothers Darren and Les Hopkinson to launch their own graphic design company, Black Pantha Design.

Darren, who has a degree in graphic design, said, “I had always wanted to start my own business but didn’t know how to go about it. Then, after a particularly bad day at work, my brother and I decided that the time was right to combine our talents and turn our passion for design into a business.”

The brothers enrolled on PNE’s eight week start your own business course, which started in January, and set themselves the target of launching their business once the course had finished.

Darren said, “PNE’s course provided us with the essential business skills we needed to start up our company, especially the legal and financial aspects of running a business. They also provided us with a fantastic business adviser who guided us through all the stages in producing a viable business plan.”

Black Pantha Design launched on 1 March and provides businesses with an inspiring visual identity that will enable them to stand out from the crowd. Their services range from developing company logos and business stationery to designing promotional literature and websites. They also provide design services for individuals such as producing wedding and birthday invitations.

Darren said, “We deliver fresh, creative graphic solutions to ensure our clients have the professional image that gets them noticed and provides them with a competitive advantage.”

The enterprising duo hope to start employing staff within a year and plan to develop specialist photography and website design services in the future. Ultimately, they plan to introduce digital printing services so they can offer design and print under one roof.

Darren said, “Without PNE’s support and encouragement, Black Pantha Design wouldn’t be here now.

“I would encourage anyone who’s thinking of starting a business to get in touch with PNE for advice and to go on their business courses. They gave us the knowledge and confidence to make our business dream a reality in eight weeks, and they could do the same for you!”

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