An award-winning Halifax businessman is returning to his old university to pass on his enterprise skills.
Nick Howard will be mentoring others as an advisory board member with the Leeds Enterprise Centre.
He is the founder and managing director of the Limehouse communications agency based at the Elsie Whiteley Centre.
Since being formed in 2007 the business has built-up a client list which includes First Direct, Lloyds Banking, NHS and Eureka.
The LEC is the focal point for enterprise education on the University of Leeds campus.
Nick was a student there from 1999 to 2002 and enterprise scholar himself in 2008.
He joins specialists helping students understand how their enterprise education fits with a wider perspective of business.
The entrepreneurial spirit of students is also developed to benefit the university and the region.
Nick said he was keen to “give back” to the Leeds City Region.
“Being able to offer students advice and support is part of our work ethic,” he said.
“It is a good two-way experience because the students have a chance to work as part of the team and figure out where their skills fit it, and we get to engage with young people who offer a fresh perspective.”
Professor Nigel Lockett, director of the LEC described Nick as a role model for students.
“He has inspired many to start their own entrepreneurial journey,” he said.
“In addition to his membership of our advisory board, Nick continues to support SPARK - our business start-up service.”
He won the Yorkshire Post’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2012 and is a trustee of the Calderdale Citizens Advice Bureau, Advice Xtra - a social enterprise tasked with exploring new ways of working.
Limehouse is now firmly established and fast-growing with 900 per cent business growth in the last four years.
Nick said his first advice to others thinking of running their own business is to look at what they can provide personally.
“You should work out what you can offer as an invididual because your business starts with you,” he said.
“Look at how your skills, knowledge and experience might translate into a business idea and make sure you really believe in what you are doing.
“Also, be prepared to put the hours in.
“No two days at Limehouse are the same - but I can guarantee I start early and finish late!”