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Meet the Entrepreneurs


Becoming an entrepreneur and setting up your own business can be a wild ride. The experience is different for everybody, but we can always learn from others who have already started their journeys. Come along and meet three local entrepreneurs, who will walk us through how their companies came to be – from the initial idea to the present day – and the challenges they have faced. After the speakers’ presentations there will be a panel-style discussion where you can ask your own questions, followed by a networking buffet.

About the Speakers

Salma Chaudhry 

Director of The Halal Cosmetics Company Ltd.

The Halal Cosmetics Company is a premium award-winning skincare brand that researches and develops halal paraben and SLS-free cosmetics. With high-quality ingredients and a strong ethical standing – as well as being halal, the range is free from animal cruelty –  The Halal Cosmetics Company has gained success in both domestic and global markets. As the only brand of halal cosmetics available in a mainstream UK retailer, you may have seen their Eid Gift Collection in ASDA.

Salma’s journey began with an unexpected life-changing event, which prompted her to look in depth at the products she was using in everyday life. She found that many of the products she used actually contained ‘haram’ ingredients and were not allowed in accordance with my religious beliefs. Her discovery led her down a challenging but exciting path as she became determined to launch a range of essential skincare which would be halal and of premium quality.


Twitter: @halalcosco

Kieran Fletcher

Director of Funda

Funda is a multi-award winning, leading OFSTED registered physical education children’s activity & childcare provider. Funda supports local primary schools during term time, provides home-based learning resources for children to continue the learning process at home whilst providing quality assured, cost effective holiday camps & childcare out of school time.

Kieran is a UCLan Sports Coaching graduate, previously a football coach at Bolton FC academy and lecturer at Myerscough College. His own journey began with a Certificate of New Enterprise, followed by 8 months of business planning and relationship building in order to get Funda off the ground.




Karen Livesey

Director of C.A.T: Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Training

C.A.T: Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Training addresses the need for adult education and awareness on the vulnerabilities of children and young people. C.A.T. focuses on knowledge, awareness, early intervention and prevention regarding grooming, Child Sexual Exploitation and Safeguarding. Training and workshops are interactive and tailored to the group’s needs.

Karen set up C.A.T. after 26 years of working with the Lancashire County Council’s Young People’s Service as an Advanced Practitioner and Senior Youth Worker. Having engaged with an increasing number of child sexual exploitation cases during that time, Karen gained additional training within Lancashire County Council, Safe and Sound-Just Whistle and PACE (Parents Against Child Exploitation) whilst undertaking a PGCert in “Leadership and Management in Social Work and Social Care”. Karen now uses her expertise to inform and educate others.


About the Event

This event includes a buffet (with vegetarian choice) and gives you the opportunity to network with like-minded people in an informal and relaxed atmosphere.

Please note that photographs will be taken at this event and on arrival guests will be asked to sign a disclaimer agreeing the University of Central Lancashire may use images in publications and advertising media, such as brochures, information leaflets, posters and other formats in the promotion of the University. The images may be used in these formats without further permission or payment, for the foreseeable future.


This workshop is partially funded by the U Start project to support students, graduates and university staff to unlock their entrepreneurial potential and become enterprise ready.


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