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Alumni Entrepreneurs – Where are they now?

We are proud to say that many of our alumni are now entrepreneurs and run their own successful businesses.

We caught up with some of them to see how their businesses have developed and how they are using their initiative and entrepreneurial nature to succeed in their professions.

Stephen Feather – Featherblend Art

Stephen studied at Canterbury College focusing on a range of subjects such as Art & Design and Critical and Contextual Studies, before going on to graduate from Kingston University in 2005. His course helped pave the way for an illustrious and exciting career in the arts.

He is now a practising artist, freelance arts writer and a marketing consultant, working with a number of arts organisations, including the independ arts publisher; Flame Tree Publishing and national arts and health charity; Paintings in Hospitals.

His careers has lead to exciting collaborative projects, such as the recent street art project in Rio de Janerio and Sao Paulo, where his work has been exhibited in Brazil. You can see some of his work on his Instagram page.

He also runs a successful blog which explores contemporary art and culture here.

Jaime Bowman – The Beauty Bubble

Jaime created The Beauty Bubble after studying a Level 2 Hair and Beauty course at Canterbury College. Working in retail, she felt she needed something a little bit more creative. When her mum started a nail course, Jaime went along and found her passion ignited. After completing all of her training and required courses, she launched her services in March.

She successfully promotes her services on Instagram and enjoys the creativity and freedom that comes with her career. Every day is different as she creates new designs and meets new clients from around the county. 

She said: “I definitely enjoy the creativity and freedom. Instead of doing something I have to do, I now look forward to creating new designs. Every day is different.”

Louis Presland – Palm Tree Productions & Palm Apparel

Louis is a successful freelance videographer, using the skills and techniques he learned at Canterbury College to provide a skilled service to not only local businesses but national companies and production teams, too, with his business Palm Tree Productions.

Part of being an entrepreneur is having great interpersonal skills and confidence, which Louis has used to network with people in the film industry in order to promote his talents.

He also works with big clients and has practical experience with top companies such as SouthEastern, ITV and Taylor Wimpey, alongside working individually on a freelance basis.

Louis works with lots of local luxury venues to provide films of couples' wedding day. He was recently nominated for a Kent Wedding Award as Wedding Videographer of the Year.

Louis has now branched out to start a brand new clothing line – Palm Apparel – which sells premium street and surf apparel.