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AN enterprising teenager has started his own digital media business thanks to a £5,000 grant.

Luke Parker, who lives off Highlands Road, in Fareham, was able to go for his dream of a start-up firm after securing the funding through an enterprise competition.

Luke Parker has set up his own digital media business. Picture: Paul Jacobs (150113-1)

Luke Parker has set up his own digital media business. Picture: Paul Jacobs (150113-1)

The 18-year-old developed a passion for video production while studying at Fareham College, and the chance to start his own business in this field changed his original intention to go on to university.

To view an example of Luke’s work click here

Luke said: ‘Working through it, you just learn on the job, which is something I would really like to do.

‘It is really exciting, it’s also really nerve-racking.

20/1/15  ''Luke Parker, former Fareham College student who has been given a �5k grant to start his photography and video business.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150113-1) PPP-150120-154519001

20/1/15 ''Luke Parker, former Fareham College student who has been given a �5k grant to start his photography and video business.''Picture: Paul Jacobs (150113-1) PPP-150120-154519001

‘It’s a lot of work, I’ve had to do a lot of research, a lot of business planning, but it is really, really exciting for me.’

The teenager’s business, All 7 Productions, provides digital media services including the editing and production of videos and pictures for the likes of weddings and music and promotional videos.

Luke was given funding by the Young Entrepreneurs Scheme after entering the Young Entrepreneur competition, which required him to create and pitch his own business plan.

Hundreds of applications were short-listed, and a final six outstanding winners – including Luke – were awarded funding and guidance for starting up a business.

Luke was inspired to put himself forward during a work experience placement, and he said the funding has been key in getting his enterprise off the ground.

‘I had to create my own business plan from scratch – which was a lot of hard work,’ he said.

‘I had to go for a pitch, and luckily I got given the grant. The funding is definitely brilliant for me.

‘My hopes for the next few years are to build my contact base. In the long run, I would like to have my own production studio, where I can have my own employment base.’

Steve Launay, who taught Luke on the BTEC course in creative media production at Fareham College, was keen to sing his praises.

Mr Launay said: ‘I’m really proud of him, and he deserves it, he deserves all the luck with the business.

‘Luke was a great student. He has definitely got a natural ability for camera work.’

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