Enterprising graduate launches business magazine for Leeds
The Professional is a free content driven 60-page publication filled with features, profiles and business advice specific to Leeds.
John, who at 24 has already founded another successful business, has employed a young and talented editorial team which includes award-winning, Leeds Metropolitan journalism graduate Charlotte Corner.
The Professional Editor, John Macleod (front left) with his team (clockwise from top left) Office Manager Jess McCulloch, Photographer Nick Eagle and Senior Journalist Charlotte Corner.
Speaking about the magazine, he said: "I could not be more thrilled to launch The Professional in line with Leeds Business Week. As a businessman based and working in Leeds I felt this was a gap in the market I needed to tap into - because if I was craving a publication like this, then I knew other businessmen and women would be too. I have a great team working with me and we're all very proud of the first issue. It's also brilliant to have some fellow Leeds Met graduates contributing to the magazine, the quality of their work has been second to none.
"As Editor of The Professional I'm looking forward to being able to use the pages of future issues to champion more of the great entrepreneurs and businesses that make Leeds such a thriving, popular city."
Features about the future of Leeds transport; the rise of the intrapreneur; the impact that the Leeds First Direct Arena will have on the city's economy and an interview with Heather Jackson, CEO of company, An Inspirational Journey, are among the articles in the first issue of The Professional. Copies of the magazine can be found at location across the city including: offices, bars, restaurants and at various business events such as Leeds Business Week and also upon request via The Professional website (www.the-professional.co.uk).
John graduated from Leeds Met with a BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching degree in 2010. After coaching football in New York, USA John returned to the UK to set up LUX Creations, and has a portfolio of innovative award-winning products. The first - Clear Notes, are transparent and re-usable sticky notes that allow the user to view any document below the note whilst making annotations and also being able to erase any inscriptions so they can be used over and over again.
Both The Professional Magazine and LUX Creations were launched via Leeds Metropolitan's Business Start-Up and the University's QU2 business centre.
Leeds Metropolitan University offers two business support services: Business Start-Up, which supports students and graduates of Leeds Metropolitan who want to become self-employed or start up in business; and QU2, which offers business support and office space to any business in the region, particularly suiting start-up and early stage businesses with limited budgets.
QU2 and Business Start-Up both provide training and advice on the main aspects of starting and growing a small business including: sales, marketing, legal concerns, accountancy and finance, online marketing and human resources. Clients can also access one-to-one advice from in-house business advisors.