Eibhin Taylor, BA (Hons) Fashion Marketing graduate from the University of Northampton, is the founder of Bean Backstage; a successful company which provides event support within the fashion industry.
Following her graduation in 2012, Eibhin astutely recognised an opportunity to provide a mutually beneficial service to fashion industry experts and students alike; the result of which was Bean Backstage.
Bean Backstage offers exemplary support by recruiting the highest calibre of students to assist designers, stylists and production companies backstage with live events. By offering work experience to fashion students within a fiercely competitive market, Bean Backstage has built up a roster of dedicated undergraduates and now boasts a robust client portfolio, all of whom have benefited from the high level of service Bean Backstage offers when sourcing and booking students, at times within just hours of a live show.
Eibhin said: “I am responsible and accountable for absolutely everything with Bean Backstage; from carrying out the services I offer my clients, to everything back office related, including marketing, finance, business development, administration, amongst other things!
“It can be extremely difficult to juggle, but I really enjoy having complete control over everything that is incorporated into Bean Backstage and it is so rewarding to know that I am building this business from scratch. There is no one to tell me what is right or wrong so every day is a new learning experience.
“Whilst studying at the University of Northampton, I took on as many opportunities as possible and took advantage of the close relationships the University had and still has with some of the best fashion production companies in order to build up as many industry contacts and gain as much experience as possible. The involvement we had in live projects such as Graduate Fashion Week and the Clothes Show Live had a huge impact on kick starting my career.
“As well as this, I was also able to develop key skills through written-based modules, which has helped considerably when I need to wear my business hat and look at revenue forecasting.
“My advice to current students is to get as much work experience as possible. The University of Northampton is unbeatable at encouraging proactive behaviour to fulfil your ambitions. University is a pivotal chapter in becoming your own person – don’t waste it!”
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