Foundation Festival and Events Management
BA (Hons) Business Management
My background was in business and finance. I chose the foundation course as it covered all the main business areas but it also had the twist of event management which helped keep me in my comfort zone.
I had been a stay at home mum for 17 years. My youngest child had just started school and I knew that it was time for me to do something. Starting university seemed like a way of getting back into the real world. I didn’t know if I could still study or if I was even going to be able to do it. My lack of confidence meant that a friend had to bring me to the open day as I was too scared to go by myself.
From a young age I have always wanted to run my own business. As part of the foundation course, we had to set up our own event. I wanted to find something that both children, adults and families could enjoy together. I couldn’t get any giant games and that’s where the idea for Giggles and Games came from.
On my degree I took an elective module of entrepreneurship. We had to do a Dragon’s Den style presentation. I pitched my idea for Giggles and Games and one of the dragons just said ‘wow, wow and wow’. It changed everything for me and I started my business in my final year.
Studying at Wrexham Glyndwr gave me back my self-confidence. There was something special about being surrounded by positive people who wanted me to succeed. It wasn’t just about getting an education, it was also about me as a person.
It was hard being a mum and studying, but being a mum always came first. I sometimes had to study through the night but it is such a supportive environment. All the lecturers want you to do well. If you put in 100%, they are there for you.
I now run Giggles and Games from the Enterprise Lounge in the University, and it is going from strength to strength. Having this office space along with four other businesses gives me more routine and work life balance. I love coming to work here.
During my first year, I was involved with a group of students who put together a weekend called ‘Upside Down’, about setting up your own business. I had to find the speakers. Recently Big ideas Wales booked me as a speaker at a similar event, so it’s come full circle. Instead of finding speakers, I am the speaker.
I am also now a Big Ideas Wales Role Model. When I was first asked to do it, I didn’t believe that I could ever stand up in front of a class and now I love it and can’t get enough of doing it. It is representative of my journey and my personal growth and everything I have achieved since making the decision to study at Wrexham Glyndwr.
I genuinely loved studying at Wrexham Glyndwr University and have lots of lovely memories of my time there. I remember my first day, I had dropped my four children off at their different schools and I was sitting outside the university ready to start. It was a huge moment for me, knowing that I could do this. I also remember getting my first assignment back, I’d achieved 78% and I wanted to cry. It was validation that I could do it. If you work hard, you can do anything.