Success Stories

We could talk all day, but nothing beats hearing it straight from the people involved themselves.


    Rianna runs Shine Aloud UK, a sexual health awareness social enterprise. Based in our 639 Enterprise Centre, she says taking on a LYST workspace has made all the difference being able to pursue and scale her business.

    Read our Q&A with Rianna


        Tafadzwa Murdock (Taffy), aged 21, set up his business We Print Express with the support of LYST. Having previously been affiliated with a gang he recalls life growing up in Brixton as being surrounded by “a lot of negative influences.” An initiative including a £5000 grant was presented to him by LYST and Southwark Council and this marked a turning point in his life, enabling him to get his business off the ground.

        Read our Q&A with Taffy

            Vanessa Sanyauke

            Initially based in our Salmon Centre, Vanessa Sanyauke is inspiring young girls to fight gender stereotypes. Vanessa, is the founder of Girls Talk London, a service that connects young women with senior women in competitive or male-dominated industries.

            Read our Q&A with Vanessa


                Always a creative person, Hazel honed her skills to start her interior design business, Hazel Hall interiors. Hazel came to us via our Hackney Enterprise Centre and now, business is booming with Hazel Hall Interiors specializing in residential and commercial refurbishments across London and the South East.

                Read our Q&A with Hazel


                    Durning her prison scetence Gina turned her life around. Soon after he finished her sentence, we supported Gina to start her floristry business. Now, Gina’s floristry business is a great success, as are her two Tottenham-based cafes.

                    Read our Q&A with Gina


                        Weike started AfricaX5 in 2012 after spotting a gap in the market. Africa X5 is an online TV channel that showcases the very best talent and upcoming trends in Africa. 


                            Michael moved into the 639 Enterprise Centre with his team last year. They run the growing security firm Secure on Site, which offers training and security staffing services.


                                Erica-Renee Skincare
                                Monique started Erica-Renee skincare to help her two year old son's eczema. Now she is the Co-Director of an organic skin-care business that has just been spotted by ASDA representatives, and even better, the proud mother of a very healthy son.


                                    Louise is a fashion designer. She runs Fuudhood where she specialises in mixing neon and patterns on hoods, jumpers and onesies. 


                                        Gbemi, 19, taught herself to sew when she was just 11 years old. She impressed judges on BBC One’s Young Apprentice in 2011, and started Alonuko a business creating bespoke eveningwear, a year later.


                                            Lenique is a jewellery designer and Into Enterprise entrepreneur. Inspired by natural materials from the sea, her bespoke designs have been successful in the UK and USA. Already a Channel 4 presenter, Precious Award Winner and with a new website on the way, Lenique is looking forward to even more success.


                                                Durrell was made redundant twice after leaving university. In 2013 he started DGM Prints, a professional garment printing company that specializes in vinyl and digital printing.


                                                    Dean, started as a DJ when he was just 18. He has now successfully built up a business providing professional DJ's, sound production, lighting effects and presentations for private and corporate events.