What to expect at a Start-up Surgery appointment

The Enterprise Team offer one to one advice and support every Tuesday and Thursday afternoons between 2-4pm at our Start-up Surgery. This service enables you as a DMU student or graduate to access FREE business advice to help you kick start your business idea or self-employment journey.

Students considering self-employment or freelancing during their studies or after they graduate are encouraged to use this free service to help them start their journey on the right foot. Whether it’s for advice on legal structures, market research, marketing or finance, our business advisor’s can help!


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What legal structure should my business be?

This is a question we are asked quite often in our advice surgery and the simple answer is it’s a personal decision. We can advise on the differences and benefits of each structure but the final decision is down to the individual.


Before registering the business, a sufficient amount of market and customer research should have been conducted to ensure there is a need for the product or service.

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Starting Up: Stormburst Studios

Video games – we’ve all played them. Whether it’s Candy Crush on your mobile phone or Call of Duty on your Xbox, I have no doubt that you’ve been exposed to them in some way. So it comes as no surprise that people like me enjoy making them as well as playing them.

My name’s Derry Holt and I’m the CEO of Stormburst Studios, a video games developer specialising in mobile games & gamified technologies. I come from Tamworth, a relatively large town just outside Birmingham where I took a very standard route through education (GCSE, A Levels, degree). I bandied around a lot of ideas in my youth: astrophysicist, games programmer, chemist, pilot and a couple of others. No matter where I went with my studies games were always a huge part of my life.


I’m intrinsically competitive and I don’t find the same adrenaline rush video games give me anywhere else. Ultimately this is what led me down the path of choosing De Montfort University as my place of study for BSc Computer Games Programming.

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