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Enterprise Scholar Dan Pilgrim is the first to admit that his graphic design business aims to buck a significant trend: “We live in a world where print material seems to be dying out,” he says.

But guided by the University’s award-winning business support service SPARK, Dan (Graphic and Communication Design 2014) has established Logan and Saul, which is creating bespoke brochures and artwork for clients to whom print remains important.

“We used the funding to establish our website and print business cards and a small publication which was a showcase of Yorkshire and a ready-made example of what Logan and Saul could offer,” he says. “It got our name out there.”

“I’m a great believer that print isn’t dead,” says Dan. “There is still the need to design high-quality, particularly for the arts and culture sector, and this is where I see my business specialising.”

With the help of people like you, SPARK offers a range of opportunities to inspire students like Dan to think entrepreneurially and develop their business ideas. This support enabled us to establish the Undergraduate Enterprise Scholarship, the first of its kind in the UK, which provides students with a tailored package of support to give their business the very best chance of success, including:

  • One-to-one business advice;
  • Guidance from financial, legal, sales and sector experts;
  • Proof-of-concept funding;
  • A place at an intensive two-day Business Bootcamp where experts help get their ideas into shape;
  • Networking opportunities and support for collaborations between separate student enterprises.

Your support could give a student the chance to develop their business idea, creating employment and prosperity for themselves and for others. Without it, their great idea might never get off the ground.

As Dan says: “It’s very hard to set up a business these days; the support from Leeds really got me started. It has set me up for where I want to go in life.”

The Enterprising University


Emma Sheldon

Joseph Collier

Nick Howard
Limehouse Films

James Wilkinson
One Event Services

'It lets me put something back in.'

Tom Allchurch (Mining Engineering 1985) talks about the financial and practical support he is bringing to a business run by Joe Collier (PhD Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine 2017)

Nick Simm

(Management and Marketing 2013)

Nick talks about his experiences winning an enterprise scholarship at Leeds – and the benefits this brought to developing his business idea:

Sophie Tregellis

(Philosophy 2013)

Sophie talks about how she turned her hobby of making natural dog treats, into her thriving Top Collar business - with the support of Leeds alumni and SPARK

Supporting Enterprise on Campus

Student entrepreneurs are joined by members of staff to explain the support which is offered to business at the University of Leeds

How you can help

Your gift could be the vital boost which helps a student business to get off the ground. And because the University of Leeds is a charity, UK taxpayers can make their gifts go further. Gift Aid enables the University to reclaim the basic rate of tax on the value of the donation, while donors can reclaim the difference between the basic rate and the higher rate of tax.

Your support will give a bright and motivated student the tools they need to make their business happen, forging for themselves and for others the start of a bright and prosperous future.

If you pay tax at 40%If you pay tax at 45%
Full value of gift£5,000£5,000
You give£4,000£4,000
The University claims Gift Aid (1)£1,000£1,000
You claim tax relief£1,000 (2)£1,250 (3)
Net cost to you£3,000£2,750
  1. Added at the basic rate of tax.
  1. Higher rate relief is the difference between basic rate and higher rate tax.
  1. Additional rate relief is the difference between basic rate and additional rate tax.

For further information on tax-effective giving, click here.


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