Despite skills in creating and producing music Shaun didn’t know how to set up a business, but with support from The Prince’s Trust has now launched Cattleprod Music.

Shaun, 29, always had it in the back of his mind, despite what job he was doing, that he would love to open a studio and create a space that helps people learn how to play and create music. 

After becoming a father, he decided he wanted to set an example by following his dreams but with no experience in business, he didn’t know where to start.

Shaun said: “I’ve been working in and alongside the music industry for the past 14 years and have always wanted to open my own studio. When I had my son, I realised he would rather see his dad follow his dreams and be happy in what he does, which gave me the push I needed.

“Most of the barriers I faced were within myself as I didn’t know how I’d even start this kind of project. My lack of knowledge was a big challenge, be it how to manage taxes, how to sell myself or how to figure out what my service would be worth – this meant I really didn’t know where to start.”

After being advised to reach out to The Prince’s Trust, Shaun began taking part in Enterprise sessions and soon found that the many questions he had about business were being covered in a detailed manner leaving him with a wealth of information, not just to get his business off the ground but in growing it in future.

He added: “I was blown away with the range of subjects covered and how well each subject was presented. It was all highly interactive and helped nurture creativity in a huge way. For example, I did a week-long Digital Media Course which I found to be extremely helpful as it meant our group could all bounce ideas off each other and create ideas none of us would have created alone. My confidence really increased during these courses once I saw that I was able to communicate with lots of new people.”

I have already started to implement a lot of the ideas we covered, and so far, I have seen a noticeable rise in engagement with my social media. I feel a lot more confident that I can deliver on my goals and hopefully grow into the role I have set out for myself.