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"Hyndburn Enterprise Trust helped me to focus my ideas and develop them,"
says Angela Wakefield of Ascotstudios.

Talk to people, and never give up, is the advice Angela Wakefield gives to artists aspiring to make a business out of their talents.

Accringtonian Angela has always been passionate about her art. She studied art and design at Blackburn College and then went on to a BA in Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire. Once graduated, Angela set up her own multimedia production company, Ascotstudios.

"The most difficult thing about making a living from creativity is artist's block," says Angela. This is why Ascotstudios offers a diverse creative portfolio. As well as selling her own original paintings, Angela also knits scarves, digitally restores old photographs and designs websites.

Angela attended the Hyndburn Enterprise Trust's Business Planning Workshop, which involved producing a full Business Plan. "The Trust helped me to focus my ideas and develop them," says Angela. "There is a lot involved when setting up a business - legal issues, finances, marketing and much more - but the Trust supplied all the information and contacts I needed. Having to produce a Business Plan helped me not just to talk about my ideas but to actually put them into practice."

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