A business degree from University of Wales Trinity Saint David has helped one student get an innovative business off the ground


As if achieving a first-class degree isn’t enough success, Kyle Ramcke, a student from University of Wales Trinity Saint David, is now starting his own business.

Kyle Ramcke

Kyle, 30, from Llanelli, graduated this summer with first class honours in his BA in Business Management and is currently finalising the start-up of his business, an active wear brand called LIRON.

“It felt like a massive relief to get a first,” he says. “I originally hoped for a first and thought it was attainable in the early stages but when balancing two jobs, bodybuilding training and trying to develop my own business start-up, I would have been very satisfied with a 2:1, so it was an amazing feeling to have come out with a first.”

Kyle had several jobs in order to fit work around his studies, eventually settling with flexi support work in the days and worked as a door supervisor in a nightclub in the nights in order to save for his business start-up.

“My tips for juggling work and study would be to plan and organise in advance,” he says. “I used Excel documents religiously to schedule in work, training and business. He adds that he is delighted with the support and teaching he received from the university during his degree.

“The lecturers were absolutely amazing and really promoted critical thinking and developing ideas. I couldn’t have been happier with my course choices for the last year, which I think was fundamental in achieving the result I did. I felt I could really sink my teeth into the subjects and the lecturers were brilliant. I felt the support was great and I will definitely miss some of the lecturers’ big personalities!”

He adds that he is pleased to have gone to university as a mature student – a decision that he feels better equipped him to study business.

“Doing it at a later stage allowed me to have experience in business management, have a break from education and come back to do it with a better head on my shoulders,” he says.

Kyle is now focusing all his energies on the launch of LIRON, an activewear brand which combines quality, comfort and style. “We will be test trading before October with an official launch to follow,” he says.

UWTSD’s Dr Gareth Hughes, Programme Director part time DBA and  Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management said: “During his time studying at UWTSD, Kyle has shown himself to be an exemplary student, achieving excellent grades whilst also balancing work and high level sporting commitments. Kyle is now looking to put the knowledge and skills learned as part of his degree into action by setting up his own brand of active wear. I am confident that Kyle will apply the same level of zeal and energy to his entrepreneurship and I am sure he will be a great success.”