A SUNDERLAND graduate is on a mission to market local business with the launch of his own first venture.
Stephen Whitfield has set up South Tyneside Business Marketing (STBM), a web design and business marketing company, alongside friend and fellow North-East graduate Dan McManus.
The fledgling business covers South Shields, Hebburn, Jarrow and the surrounding areas, providing digital marketing services and helping companies to improve their online presence.
Although it’s early days for STBM, Stephen and Dan are already making a name for themselves having secured contracts with a number of clients, including a pharmacy, garage and a snooker league, to help promote their business and raise their profile.
In addition to supporting business clients, the pair are also offering students a specialist portfolio service to help market themselves in a competitive jobs market.
Stephen, 22, studied Media Production (video and new media) and credits his experience at the university for helping him have the confidence to set up his own business.
“My degree was amazing, and the level of experience that I got and the variety really carried me forward,” he said. “It was not just learning about video and new media, it was web design, radio and video production. All these elements gave me the depth of experience that’s unmatched.”
Vince Robson, university business development manager, who manages The Enterprise Place, the university’s support facility for students and graduate entrepreneurs, said: “It’s really pleasing that another of our graduates has drawn inspiration from their studies and time at university and achieved their ambition of running their own business here in the North East. We wish them the best of luck for the future.”