A former pupil of Bowland High School, Grindleton and St Mary’s College, Blackburn, has been honoured by the Duke of York for her entrepreneurial talent.
Lauren Hall (23), who graduated with a degree in theatre and a master’s in theatre and performance from York St John University, was delighted to be recognised by Prince Andrew who personally presented the “Duke of York Young Entrepreneur Award” to her after she launched her company last year.
Now, managing director of Chatburn-based Impact Media Productions, Lauren launched her production company soon after leaving university.
Frustrated at the lack of opportunities and by the fact that potential clients wanted her to work for nothing to “prove” she was worth it, she decided to change focus and use her theatre expertise to create unique visual content that clients would pay for.
Her company now produces video content on Personal, Social and Health Education to schools across the country.
She was supported through the Grad2Director alumni start-up programme at York St John University to register as a limited company and help her to develop her offer to customers.
The awards aim to celebrate growth in job opportunities in an entrepreneurial economy and “to support and raise the profile of start-up businesses”.
Lauren, who lives in Clitheroe and is also a former pupil of Grindleton Primary School, said: “I’m so honoured to receive this amazing award. I’m passionate about making a social impact and wanted to use my skills in theatre and production to create content for and with clients on socially relevant issues that explain and analyse those issues through the eyes of the audience.
“With Impact Media, I can help to educate through engagement and participation using media and drama.”