I was really pleased to return to Leeds Trinity as a guest speaker. Having benefitted from the support of the university I really wanted to give something back.
Entrepreneur Kate set up her own nutrition consultancy after graduating, offering one-to-one guidance for clients to help them lose weight or help deal with other dietary related issues.
After a successful first year Kate penetrated the corporate services market by partnering up with fellow 2013 graduate Gemma Jas (Sport, Health, Exercise and Nutrition). Gemma and Kate knew each other before attending Leeds Trinity and were also friends during their studies.
The company - Engage Wellbeing, supports companies by improving staff health, reducing costs and increasing profitability. Kate and Gemma run fitness classes, health MOT's, review catering services and offer a range of other wellbeing services.
Kate ensured she utilised her time as a student – "I did my market research in my second year and took advantage of the support from the Careers & Employability Team and a professional mentor."
She loves working for herself and the benefits that go with it – "no two days are the same, its great being my own boss and I have flexibility to manage my workload."
Kate was really pleased to be able to speak during Enterprise and Employability Week 2014. "I was really pleased to return to Leeds Trinity as a guest speaker. Having benefitted from the support of the university I really wanted to give something back."
Both Kate and Gemma have the philosophy that work shouldn't feel like work when you're doing something you love.
Offering advice to current students, Kate said:
Plan now and link up with other businesses to see how they operate. Make sure you utilise the resources and support available to you at the university including your placement.