Photographer’s business idea snaps up win

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A PORTSMOUTH photographer will get a chance to launch his new business, after winning a competition and securing funding.

Habibur Rahmanwon the University of Portsmouth’s first Pitch and Win contest.

Run by the university’s Innovation Warehouse, it will be held every three months.

Businesses pitch their ideas, to get support.

The winner is granted £10,000 of business support, which includes office space, the use of the university’s services and facilities, and mentoring and training.

This time round, five businesses competed in the scheme, which is open to everyone and not just students of the university – with Habibur coming out top.

The 33-year-old, of London Road, North End, said: ‘I’m so pleased to have won and really excited.

‘Photography started out as a hobby for me, but then I started to do it professionally. It’s really varied.

‘I can do wedding shots, to medical photography.’

Habibur’s pitch was based on a successful pilot project he ran in 2006 with Portsmouth Football Club.

A number of photographers under the same umbrella company would attend festivals, football matches and large-scale public events and take multiple photos of the event from different perspectives.

The former photography graduate from the university is now thinking of a name for his new project.

He said: ‘I’m not very good at marketing, so it will be great to have that support.

‘I don’t want to reveal too many business details, but it will be an exciting venture.

‘I can’t wait to get started on my new company.’