All I Want for Christmas is… a handmade gift from the DMU Christmas Fair.

We launched into the festive spirit last week as we celebrated the success of enterprising DMU students, graduates and staff members by hosting a Christmas Fair. We invited over 20 stallholders to showcase and sell their products at the festive event which took place on campus in the brand new co-working space at the Innovation Centre.

Obviously, it wouldn’t be a true Christmas Fair without all of the trimmings! The tinsel, fairy lights, music and a real Christmas tree really added to the festive atmosphere which floated around the room! The only thing missing was Santa, but we understand he couldn’t make it due to being so busy this time of year!

Christmas cards, jewellery, handmade ceramic vessels, glassware, festive hampers and clothing and accessories were just a handful of products on offer. With such a beautiful range of unique and handmade gifts, we really weren’t surprised when a considerable amount of visitors came through the door at 12pm when the fair officially opened. We saw hundreds of visitors come through the doors during the 2 hour event all looking for that missing item on their Christmas shopping list.

Every stall looked professional and well thought through in terms of branding and the presentation of their products. You can find out more about how to prepare for a fair by reading our Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail post.

Thank you to each stallholder and visitor that attended and supported the event!

If you missed our Christmas Fair this year, don’t worry as it’ll be back for 2015!


Lots of exciting stuff happening on campus this week!

We’re busy bees this week with a jam packed week of enterprise activities happening across the DMU Campus! From advice surgeries to a Christmas fair in the Innovation Centre, you definitely don’t want to miss out this week!

Christmas Fair
Campus Enterprise Opportunities have supported hundreds of students and graduates through their start-up journey and with Christmas just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to celebrate their success.

To celebrate, we’ll be hosting a Christmas Fair on Tuesday 2 December, 12-2pm on campus at the Innovation Centre. The fair will give DMU students and graduates the opportunity to showcase their businesses and products. SO whether your looking for cards, decorations or stocking fillers, make sure you come along and find the missing piece to your Christmas gift list! See the full list of stall holders.


Start-up Session
Our 60 minute sessions provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to start your own business. They take you through the main hot topics that may be crucial in making a difference to the launch of your idea.

Our next session and the last one in 2014 will be looking at how to price and cost your product or service. You can book onto our session through the new online careers portal MyGateway.

Start-up Advice
If you’re thinking of starting a business and need some advice about funding or how to refine your idea, make sure you take advantage of our start-up surgery every Tuesday and Thursday between 2-4pm.

Our surgery gives you the chance to book a 20 minute appointment with one of our qualified business advisors and access FREE one-to-one advice about your idea. To book an appointment at our Business Start-up Surgery, please visit MyGateway

If you have any questions about any of our events this week or would just like further information about how Campus Enterprise Opportunities can help kick start your idea, please email