UWTSD celebrates young entrepreneurs


The University of Wales Trinity Saint David is celebrating the success of three young entrepreneurs.

Collage of Dan Huxtable, Marcus Gough Jones and Jay Smith

Dan Huxtable is a graphic design student with the University’s Swansea College of Art. His company, Fightwear UK, combines his passion for design with his incredible skill in martial arts. It offers bespoke martial arts and boxing gear which feature his exclusive Points Fighter brand.

Dan started studying karate and kick-boxing in 2004 after being bullied as a child. He has since gone on to represent Wales in competitions in Italy, Germany, Spain, and the USA. He is also a British Kickboxing Council Wales Ambassador. Dan said: “I’ve always been business focussed so it was always an ambition of mine to run my own company and be my own boss. Being able to combine my love of martial arts and graphic design into the formula for a successful business is a dream come true.”

Jay Smith is the founder and Director of the Stage 8 Group, a theatre school and production company in South West Wales that work with over 500 young people and regularly sell out in the Swansea Bay area. The company also has plans to expand into artist management and corporate entertainment in the near future.

Jay graduated from UWTSD in 2013 with a BA (Hons) Performing Arts and set up the business soon after. In 2017 the Stage 8 Group was awarded Business of the Year 2017 at the South Wales Business Awards, and Jay was awarded Young Entrepreneur of the Year.

Marcus Gough Jones studied humanities at UWTSD’s Lampeter Campus. He discovered his passion for organising events after he spent some time volunteering with a local organisation which led him to start his own events company.

The company, Eventagious, now caters for corporate events, awards dinners, conferences, business launches and team building days. Marcus said: “I believe if your passion is your job then actually it's not a job at all which is even more enjoyable as I'm making money by doing something I enjoy and am very passionate about. When I first started my business I found it very difficult and there have certainly been times when I have felt like giving up however it has been at the lowest points that I have come up with the best ideas to make my business a success.” 

The three graduates were recently named in an article about successful young entrepreneurs by Wales Online. 

Further Information

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