Chris Brown & Luke Sawden…Following a career path into the world of Business!

Celebrating Success with Chris Brown & Luke Sawden

  • Former Schools: Holy Family High School – Chris, Selby High School - Luke
  • Class of: 2016
  • Studied: BTEC Extended Diploma in Business

Doing What? Currently running their own certified record label and talent management business, Chris and Luke have gone on to achieve great success since completing their Level 3 Extended Diploma in Business qualification at Selby College.

After becoming friends in the first year at Selby College, Chris and Luke began collaborating on their ‘Starting a Small Business Unit’ in their second year where they came up with the idea of creating a record label to develop and nurture young artists.

As part of this unit, the budding entrepreneurs delivered a Dragon’s Den style presentation introducing their business, The Open Talent Group to a panel of judges, which included representatives from local businesses and Selby Town Council. Following the success of their pitch, The Open Talent Group was selected as the worthy winners of a £500 cash prize to help Chris and Luke further develop their business. After their competition win, Chris and Luke were keen to highlight the help that Selby College offered; “Without Selby College, we wouldn’t have had the opportunity to secure the funding to turn our idea into a reality and we wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for the support and guidance that our lecturers gave us in and out of lessons.”

Since leaving college, the business remains in a strong position, with Chris and Luke using the knowledge and support which Selby College provided, to continue to drive their project to its full potential and have attended various networking events as guest speakers, discussing their achievements as well as suggestions for how others’ could establish successful businesses.