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COLLEGE MEANS BUSINESS Iona is ‘one to watch’

By VIVIENNE NICOLL  From Evening Time UK


8 Feb 2012

BUDDING businesses are being offered free accommodation and intensive support in Glasgow colleges and universities.

Digital Enterprise Glasgow aims to help entrepreneurs as they work to take their business idea from concept to commercial success.

The poroject aims to increase the number of start-up businesses and to ensure their long-term survival through targeted business support.

It is a joint venture between the city council and the city’s further education centres.

New businesses are being clustered in hubs in the universities and colleges where they can operate rent-free for six months.

The first six months in any new business venture is critical


This gives them space to develop their ideas and access to specialists who can help with their business plans.

It also allows students to work as interns, helping the enterprise to grow.

Cardonald College has become the latest to set up a business hub, joining City of Glasgow College and the universities of Strathclyde and Glasgow.

Since the project was launched in 2010, six firms have moved on to their own premises.

The Cardonald scheme will offer an office and industry-standard workshops to people in the fields of fashion design and textiles, television, video, graphic design and journalism.

City council regeneration and the economy spokesman Alistair Watson, said: “Digital Enterprise Glasgow is a fantastic initiative to help increase business start-up and survival rates through the current challenging economic climate.

“It will help the city’s fledgling entrepreneurs take their ideas from the drawing board to a commercial success.

“The first six months in any new business is critical for long-term survival and that is why we have targeted the intensive support during this initial period.

“By supporting these new businesses we hope in the future they will provide new jobs and a boost to Glasgow’s economy.”


One of the businesses to benefit from the Cardonald scheme is already making its mark.

Fashion designer Iona Crawford has been named by the British edition of Vogue magazine as, ‘one to watch’.

Her mix of cashmere, Merino, laser-cut leather and printed silk is earning her a reputation as one of the UK’s most avant-garde young designers.

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