Alex Hollinworth’s love of photography began as a hobby way back when he was still at school.
By the time he completed secondary school, his local photographer had seen his work online and offered him work experience beginning the start of a marvellous journey.
In Summer 2020 the Barnsley-based photographer began setting his next big challenge in motion – going solo and down the route of commercial photography. He bit the bullet and began trading, finding new premises and moving into his new home from home, an office belonging to our Barnsley Partner – The Business Village.
Alex says ‘from there, my business just snowballed becoming bigger and bigger. By April 2021, I moved into a larger unit on the same site – a space which is big enough to work as both and office and studio – a hybrid space to create’
Due to the rapid scalability and growth of Alex’s business – he was able to tap into further business support in the form of ScaleUp 360. Alex has since benefited from 1-2-1 sessions with business experts on the project, helping him to develop his business model, financial modelling and strategy. He has received guidance about branding and marketing as well as being introduced to new connections which have led to collaborations, a new stream of work and income.
Right now, Alex is a sole trader, but he wants to keep growing the business! He has plans to take on a couple of apprentices to help build their skills in the industry too.
“One day I’m taking personal branding shots, the next I am shooting products for commercial companies…It’s a very varied and fun job which doesn’t feel like work sometimes. I want to grow into a visual agency where businesses can come to us, a one-stop shop for image-based services”
Find our more on the Alex Hollinworth website