Man from Bedfordshire village builds sports business on borrowed laptop after being made redundant during pandemic
And his venture is already forecast to turn over more than £75,000 in its first year
When Nick Giles was made redundant one week into the pandemic last year, he didn't rest on his laurels.
Despite having no funding, the 29-year-old's dream of setting up a sports marketing agency didn't take too long to be realised.
After picking up a job at a small marketing agency, Nick, from Westoning decided he would go it alone and so he set up a sports marketing agency.
Nick said: "I had a burning desire to run my own business. The pandemic was the catalyst that I needed."
But it wasn't easy and he had to borrow a laptop while he worked out of his parents' house.
Nick added: "I had to be resourceful. I didn't get any funding to do it.
"I didn't even own my own laptop - I built the whole thing - website, branding, social media account - on a laptop I was borrowing whilst working at the small agency.
"I had to create a business plan, build the website and find clients."
And now his company - Halftime Agency - is forecast to turn over more than £75,000 in its first year.
"It was profitable in month one. I signed some good clients straight away."
Nick's clients include football clubs, software providers and even fitbits for footballers.
"We are a performance-driven sports marketing agency. Other agencies do not have the skills required to create effective campaigns for sports brands.
"Traditional agencies have slow processes that are not agile - what we do is very fast; it's reactive to what the clients want."
Now Nick just needs to find the right work/life balance as things begin to take off for him.
"The hardest part is finding the work/life balance."
But he certainly wouldn't discourage others from stepping out on their own.
"My motto is 'swing for the fences' and just for for it," he added.