“Work in an area that you really love otherwise it’s just not going to happen” Jenny from D For Dog

D for Dog began life in June 2004 as a dog photo gallery and shrine. Jenny Prevel took inspiration from her dogs Boycie and Berkeley to grow the site considerably since then to include dog news, events, articles and funnies, plus deaf dog information, a friendly dog forum, and of course an online shop for dog accessories.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“It all started about 10 or 11 years ago when we rescued a couple of rescue dogs. In those days you didn’t have your social media, there was no YouTube and Facebook and things like that. I joined an online dog forum and we used to chat about the dogs. It was very basic and there was no way to upload photos which we all wanted to share. So I thought I would a bit of free web space and upload photos for people.”

“One of my dogs is deaf and I had made loads of different signs for him and photographed them so I thought I will upload those as well that is really helpful to people.”

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“Do it now. If you’re looking into it, just do it, because if you’re not going to do it tomorrow you can do it today. Honestly, just do it.” Simon from Duke Gifts

Duke Gifts is all about printed personalised gifts, there’s now a lot of people doing a similar thing, but when Simon started it was all about his graphic design being the best of the best! All of the products on the site are made by Simon himself, and then printed onto physical items such as mugs, teddy bears, bottles, money boxes… Just a whole host of items. You won’t find these items anywhere else in the world, they are totally unique. The company now sells over 200 items a day starting in February 2014, so the company has really set off “Snowball” start.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“It started from selling one mug on eBay and finding that people buy this stuff. Current day we pretty much are doing around 200 items a day.”

“We stared in January/February 2014 and it has snowballed.”

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“My mind set on making net profit is from the start make sure you are making money” Jay from DJM Direct

DJM Direct is based in Nelson, Lancashire and many years ago Jay worked for a small business in Huddersfield and sold DIY products, contracts etc. In 2004, after experimenting with different products and finding the right products, they decided to move into to a 10,000 sq. ft. warehouse in Lancashire and continued expanding and looked for other means of selling and went onto Amazon, their own eCommerce site and in 2013 they expanded the warehouse to 20,000 sq. ft., and have turned over 2 million last year and have started their own brand just over 12 months ago.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“I worked for in an iron mongers based in Huddersfield and west Yorkshire. My father bought it in 2004 and he couldn’t pick a worse time basically.”

“We had to look at other means outside of the Huddersfield area to get business in and that is when I discovered eBay.”

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“If you have sales you can overcome most problems, if you have the best plan in the world and no sales that’s insurmountable” Daniel from Shellac Nails

Daniel started Shellac Nails in November 2012 with help from an Enterprise Ireland New Frontiers Course which works with start-ups. Initially planning to supply medical statistical data to global pharmaceutical companies. He had a talent for sourcing products from external markets and with a hint that Shellac Gel was the next best thing to hit the market, Daniel took the plunge to start his own Shellac Nails business.

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Some thoughts from the interview

“We started in November 2012. I was an actually on an enterprise Ireland new frontiers course which works with start-ups and if you have a start-up idea you can progress and get finance.”

“The start-up we were working on was actually to supply medical statistical data to global pharmaceutical companies, so you can see the connection between that and gel nail polish.”

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