Name: Liz May

Age: 25

Business: designthoughts

Service: Graphic Design


University Attended: University College Falmouth

Year Graduated: 2008


designthoughts, through its design work can bring fresh thinking concepts to focus your business ideas and create a unique identity for your brand. designthoughts can provide graphic design solutions to a number of areas, including; logo design, leaflets, posters and newsletters. The company currently specialises with small businesses, specifically creative’s, for example; boutiques and the creative industry

At a glance....

Started Trading: July 2009

Turnover: £1k +

Investment: £100 (Approx)

Business Start Up Growth:

designthoughts found a business networking site to join for women with businesses in Cornwall to help build a contact database, as realised the high importance of networking in business.

designthoughts are currently marketing the business in just the Cornwall area however will be aiming to expand designthoughts services to the entire South West.

Once established it is also to set up a small design studio to help designthoughts grow.

Business Achievements/Awards:

Managed to set up the business with very little knowledge on how to become self employed

Managed to obtain first customer from the networking site for women with businesses in Cornwall.

Have received positive testimonials from the work undertaken which can be used as marketing material.

Have had the work of designthoughts published in a surf culture magazine called SurfGirl.

designthoughts on how Make It Happen has helped:

“Make It Happen has helped me with my business in that I attended one of the events and learnt valuable networking techniques and also managed to obtain a client from the event too. Make It Happen has also helped with a lot of information I needed to know to run my own business and by providing me with a business mentor for free has been a fantastic way for me to engage with someone knowledgeable in the start-up field that can help with information on things such as intellectual property law.”

About the Make It Happen Programme:

Make It Happen (MIH) is a new national programme to support recent and ‘about to become’ graduates setting up in business. It's FREE to take part and is funded by the UK Government and delivered by National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship, HSBC and Business Link.