Photography entrepreneur opens first studio in Scunthorpe

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 30 Jul 2018

A specialist newborn and children's photography business has opened its first studio in Scunthorpe.

Entrepreneur Donna Asquith launched Rose Light Photography in response to demand from parents, carers and guardians to capture their little ones on camera.

She has now converted her garage into a fully-equipped studio after receiving financial support from the UK Steel Enterprise Kickstart Fund.

The cash injection has also allowed her to invest in marketing to help attract further clientele.

Donna, who also works as a part-time customer service assistant at a financial services organisation, is now hoping to get enough custom over the coming months to turn what was once a hobby into a full-time role.

And she is also looking to employ an assistant in the coming months to help with administration and setting up.

Donna Asquith has created a fully-equipped studio after her Rose Light Photography business was given support from UK Steel Enterprise's Kickstart Fund

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She said: "Being able to offer the full 360 package of a professional studio set up is really important to help you stand out in the photography industry, so I want to thank UK Steel Enterprise for helping me make this happen.

"Providing an area to store my props, equipment and increasing collection of background images, my new studio offering will help me to branch out into other aspects of the industry, notably maternity, family and wedding photography alongside my current offerings of new-born, milestone, children’s and the ever-popular 'cake smash' sessions.

"Having my own studio will not only create the optimum atmosphere for my clients to relax in, which ultimately helps me capture the best images, but it will also help to make the experience fun and stress-free."

UK Steel Enterprise is a subsidiary of Tata Steel tasked with assisting the economic regeneration of communities affected by changes in the steel industry.

Its Kickstart Fund was launched in February 2016 in partnership with North Lincolnshire Council and the Growth Hub to support those looking to establish a business in the area.

Steve Fawcett (centre) and Mark Fawcett (right) of Bespoke Blinds, pictured with Alan Stanley of UK Steel Enterprise after the business also benefited from the Kickstart Fund

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Various businesses in the Scunthorpe area have since been supported through the fund, with other recent examples including Bespoke Blinds, which has opened its first shop on Ashby High Street after starting online.

The fund provides grants up to £750 and applicants also receive help and advice from local Growth Hub advisors and the council's economic development team.

Alan Stanley from UK Steel Enterprise said: "The Kickstart Fund is intended to support individuals on their journey towards a sustainable self-employment, whilst encouraging entrepreneurial spirit and creating new job roles in areas affected by restructuring in the steel industry.

"I am delighted to hear that our funding has assisted Donna in her establishment of a home studio and we wish her the best of luck with her new set up."

UK Steel Enterprise also provides equity and loan finance up to £1 million to growing companies and established businesses in need of growth finance can contact the organisation on 0800 915 1188.

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