There are only a handful of bespoke acoustic guitar makers in England and their number will be boosted by 27 year old Luke Joseph Sharples from London, who has been able to launch his own business with funding from Transmit Start-Ups. Luke, who is originally from Manchester, has adapted guitars since he was 14 but decided to make his hobby a business when he left the Army in 2009. After searching for a course in guitar-making he found a degree at London Metropolitan University in Musical Instrument Technology. When he graduated this summer he decided to create his company, Joseph Lukes Guitars.
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You may have heard of Small Business Saturday UK, which is happening on the 6th December. Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-political, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities. The day itself takes place on the first shopping Saturday in
In March 2013, we helped our first ever start-up loan recipient - Sarah Dixon who opened a Cafe in Stanley, County Durham called Bowled Over!. Now, on Friday we reached our 378th loan recipient. It may sound like an odd number to shout about, but our latest figures have passed the £2.5 million mark in
Remember Luke Sharples from our blog post back in September 2013? Well he has just started a Kickstarter Campaign which is advertising his new environmentally-friendly 'Green' Concert Guitar. It has been an eventful trip since Transmit Start-Ups funded Joseph Lukes Guitars last year. The funding enabled the building of his workshop and in January, he produced