Callum Goldthorpe started his sound and lighting company with a piece of second hand equipment he bought on eBay for £65. Three years on, he has experience working on stage sound and lighting for comedians such as Jethro and Rob Brydon.
“I learned about sound and lighting from an older kid at school. When I was 17, he came in and said that he could do with a hand so I went along. On my last day of school, I finished my Welsh A Level at 1pm and went straight out to a job. That’s where it started,” says Callum, 28.
Today, he runs Communic8 through which he hires and organises sound, lighting and radio equipment. He uses a Starling business account to manage international payments and invoices for his company.
After finishing school, Callum worked with a local company, doing the sound and lighting for comedy clubs, concerts and festivals. When he was 25, he set up his own business. “My friends encouraged me to do it myself. I bought some second hand stuff on eBay, started to hire it out and went from there,” he says. “I turned every piece of money back into the business so that I could do bigger jobs.”