Graduate: Ben Francis
Course: Business & Management, second year
Sells sports clothing, accessories and supplements.
How did you get started?
I had had numerous bad experiences when ordering sports supplements, such as wrong orders and slow delivery, so me and a friend decided to set up our own company, which focuses on customer service. We offer free 1-2 day delivery on all orders within the UK.
How has your time at Aston helped you and your business?
Aston is a great university which not only gives you the education, but encourages you to go out and put it into practice.
Aston gave me the motivation and the knowledge to set up GymShark, and my other businesses. Lecturers such as Patrick Tissington inspire not only me, but the other students to set goals and achieve them, and to be a leader rather than a follower.
How is the business going and how are you finding being an entrepreneur?
The business is running smoothly, currently breaking even. All current and future profits (for the next six months or so) are being re-invested to expand the company.