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Alumni Business Directory

Discover a list of businesses founded by York St John University alumni.

Baytree Arts

Alumni: Alison Biggs

We design and make small stained glass gifts and home decor online on our Etsy shop.

We have a website which is currently being re-designed to enable discounts to be offered. In the meantime we direct buyers to Etsy. We started selling at live events a few years ago but only really launched fully as an online business in late October 2020. It is a part time business at the moment with plans to expand in the fairly near future.

10% discount using code YSJALUMNI10

Baytree Arts (Etsy)

By Tilly

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Alumni: Tilly Thornborrow

Hand illustrated greetings cards and art prints. Freelance illustrations services and custom house portraits and illustrations.

10% discount

By Tilly online shop

Emcorp Group

Alumni: Richard Stevens

Risk Management firm, providing corporate resilience via RA3 (risk assessment/analysis/audit), enterprise and operational risk management.

Specialising supporting companies in areas including incident, emergency, safety, security, crisis and business continuity management.

Emcorp Group operates in all areas globally, and has assisted in areas such as healthcare, hospitality, commercial and industrial service sectors.

10% off all service lines to alumni

EMCORP group website

Francesca King Ceramics

Francesca King Ceramics

Francesca King Ceramics offers bespoke ceramic portraits and a range of clay therapies.

10% discount

Francesca King Ceramics website

Gill Jackson Therapeutic Counselling

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Alumni: Gill Jackson

I offer therapeutic counselling to adults and couples.

I support individuals with issues such as anxiety, depression, low self esteem and relationship difficulties.

I support couples with issues such as communication problems, working through change and infidelity.

I offer a supportive non judgemental environment to explore problems and help the individual or couple to find solutions.

Discount - £5 per session

Gill Jackson Counselling website

Indie Kate

Alumni: Kate Robertson

Sale of reusable alternatives to single use plastic, Upcycled by hand from existing materials.

10% discount using code YSJALUMNI10 Indie Kate Facebook page

Kate Buckley artist

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Alumni: Catherine Silvester

Beautiful and compelling sculptural porcelain artwork. Highly original and intriguing - origami meets porcelain. Exhibited throughout Yorkshire, Newcastle, London and Urbino, Italy.

My work is about the art of the fold, the power of multiples, light, shadow, and the space between. Prices range for £70 to £1000.

10% discount

Kate Buckley website


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Alumni: Dave Hider

Mindgap is an innovative purpose driven business founded by Dave Hider in 2014.

Mindgap was established to address the unrealised potential locked up in the 'gaps of people's minds' in areas such as:

Personal Potential: Where people are struggling to achieve their (personal or professional) ambitions

Team Potential: Where teams are wanting to move from 'norming' to 'high performing' stages

Organisational Potential: Where a business needs to transition in leadership, culture development or growth

Community Potential: Where a community wants to change from 'as is' (current state) to 'to be' (future state)

To see this potential unlocked, Mindgap has created and developed a range of innovative tools and approaches. Follow the links for more information on these services.

But who we are is as important as what we do at Mindgap and so we are committed to modelling a different kind of business that is established on our four unshakeable values including giving away 20% of our time and profit to people in need.

Like what you see? Please take your time to consider what we do and who we are and see if we might fit! This 'fit' is critical to us. 

10% discount  Mindgap website

My Kind Of Yoga with Emma

Alumni: Emma Sharpe

My Kind of Yoga is a simple, no fluff approach to Yoga.

The class is about honouring the fact that each person's body, life experiences and health issues are specific to them and them alone and cultivating an individual practice. This is a class for everybody with any type of body!

I will empower you to develop your own personalised practice where you don't need to be super-flexible, you just need to come and enjoy yourself!

Discount – Free taster class

My Kind of Yoga bookings

ODD BIKE Community Interest Company

Alumni: Daniel Bell

ODD Bike is a bicycle repair/restoration organisation, operating at grass roots level in a North Leeds community, with non-for-profit intentions working collaboratively with other local groups.

Through a mixture of drop in repairs, fixing and maintenance sessions we aim to cooperate with Alwoodley Active travel and improve access to cycling as a daily transport choice for all by focussing our core activity will be the receipt of donated bicycles, recommissioning and gifting back.

Discount – 50% off repairs and second hand bike discounts also available

ODD Bike Facebook page

Pegasus Paintings

Painting from Pegasus Paintings

Alumni: Alan Scott

Alan Scott has been a professional artist for the past 10 years. Before that he was a lecturer and teacher, specialising in art, technical drawing and physical education.

He specialises in oil and acrylic paints, but also works in other media. He has experience painting portraits, landscapes, abstracts, military images and animals. He is also an active cartoonist.

Alan is available for commissions. Normally he will work from a client's photo, and can create works in different media and sizes depending on the client's requirements.

25% discount

Pegasus Paintings website

Potent 6

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Alumni: Louie Gardiner

Offering high level learning and development programmes and change interventions for leaders, organisations, coaches and supervisors - for anyone faced with navigating complex challenges and dilemmas.

Louie passes on pioneering approaches supporting personal, relational and wider systemic change. Her ways of engaging support individuals in every aspect of their lives, including work, within their families, social and community settings.

10% to 20% discount

Potent 6 website


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Alumni: Scot Cunningham

PridePosterStudios aims to challenge the negative tropes and subpar representation of the queer community we so commonly see on-screen. Our 100 LGBTQ+ Films Scratch Off Poster has been crafted out of the desire to introduce positively refreshing, trailblazing, if not pivotal LGBTQ+ stories to a wider audience.

With each purchase, 10% of profits (after costs and fees) are donated to the Iris Prize, a charity that challenges discrimination on the grounds of gender and sexuality by sharing LGBTQ+ stories on screen.

5% discount using promo code 5YSJALUM


Primaryhead Ltd

Alumni: Janet Tringham

Consultancy, advice and interim leadership support to senior leadership teams in primary schools and academies.

10% discount

QATCAN Ontario Ltd

Alumni: Sibtain Rizvi

Trading House supporting industrial products for oil and gas industry.

5% discount on services for YSJ Alumni

Quantum First Aid Training and Events

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Alumni: Kevin Borwell

Quantum First Aid offers a range of bespoke first aid training courses covering a wide spectrum from first aid at work, Sports FA, Outdoor FA, Paediatric FA, Forestry FA, Mental Health FA Awareness and Basic Life Support.

Discount - minimum 15%

Quantum First Aid website

Roth Leadership

Alumni: Eric Roth

Values-based adaptive and authentic leadership for the 21st century.

We provide exclusive client-centric leadership services to the Asia Pacific (APAC) Region. With decades of global experience across different sectors and industries, we optimize the effectiveness of your current team or organization. This is why we may be the best choice for your leadership development needs.

Do you have Managers leading your community, organization, and teams, or do you have Leaders leading your community, organization, and teams? Chances are, you have the former, and you are in need (like most of the world) of shifting to the latter…from Management to Leadership.

We are a licensed John Maxwell Certified Coaching, Teaching, Training, and Speaking provider, and can offer you leadership teaching, training, workshops, seminars, keynote speaking, and coaching, aiding your personal and professional growth through the study and practical application of Maxwell’s proven leadership methods. Who is Dr John C Maxwell? He is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker, was identified as the #1 leader in business by the AMA and the world’s most influential leadership expert by Inc. His organizations—The John Maxwell Company, The John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP—have trained over 6 million leaders in every nation. Find out more on the John Maxwell website.

We provide the below training, teaching, coaching, and workshops either on location of your choice, or virtual.

  • Leadership training provided to executives, managers, teams, organizations, corporations, and educational institutions.
  • Professional and university level courses
  • Coaching provided to executives, managers, teams, and high-potential leaders
  • Speaking and workshops provided to teams, organizations, corporations and educational institutions

Please feel free to reach out to or personally to our President and CEO at to set up a complimentary, no-obligation, no-risk lunch-and-learn (or coffee / tea-and-learn) session with your teams to see what value is provided.

A complimentary (free) initial, no-risk, no-obligation session then, 50% off all services fees (including coaching and training) exclusively for fellow YSJ Alumni and/or companies of YSJ Alumni.

Serendipity Counselling York

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Alumni: Sinead Tingley

Serendipity is a city centre counselling practice offering a responsive service for our client's needs. We aim to respond to any queries within 24 hours and offer a free initial telephone consultation to discuss how we can help you.

Following your consultation we can usually offer an appointment within a few days. We are qualified and experienced to work with a wide and diverse range of clients. We are happy to work face to face or online with adults and young people and also offer relationship therapy. Our practice is open Monday to Saturday.

Affordable counselling from £22.50 per session

Serendipity York website


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Alumni: Trevor Dixon

SMASH Maths is the only Primary maths programme where students revisit every area of the maths curriculum every week.

We offer 2 weekly maths practices of 10 questions for children in Year 1 to Year 7. This is a subscription service for parents.

Free to schools. Any agreed school partnership would then be entitled to offer 50% discount to all parents of that school who take out a subscription.

Temple Spa

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Alumni: Manju Barker

Temple Spa is a British company using the best ingredients from the Mediterranean. Vegan friendly. 

Results driven, anti ageing luxury skincare combined with state of the art technology. Offering free skin therapy and wellbeing sessions with targeted products. Welcoming group and 1 to 1 sessions.

Your body is a living temple. Honour it, enjoy your life and live it to the full.

Free bespoke luxury skin and body care products. Offering 1 to 1 tailored sessions and group bookings including wellness sessions for individuals and business organisations.

5% discount

Temple Spa website

HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, the Netherlands - Business School

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Alumni: Jelly Offereins

Utrecht Summer school is the biggest summer school in Europe with over 200 courses in disciplines that annually attracts between 3-4000 students from around the globe.

Utrecht Summer School is a cooperation of the Utrecht University, HU University of Applied Sciences and HKU University of the Arts.

HU Business Schools offers state of the art courses in the field of Business & Management in Utrecht Summer School for both undergraduate and post graduate students, alumni and professionals.

20% discount on the courses of HU Business School in Utrecht Summer School

(all courses that mention: "HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht - Business and Management" On registration, please mention that you are a student or alumni of York St John University) 

Utrecht Summer School website

Working For Bees

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Alumni: Robert Mutisi

We are into honey production, training of beekeepers, bee equipment making, pollination, tree growing and consultancy. 

Working for Bees [Zimbabwe] - World Social Initiative Forum.

10% discount  Working For Bees website


Alumni: Dustin Hone

DNA Gym is a Functional Fitness Gym just outside of York City centre, and is home to DNA MMA, York's fastest growing Mixed Martial Arts Club.

The gym is run by Head MMA Coach Dust Hone, a YSJ graduate and founder of DNA MMA. The staff consists of some fantastic Martial Arts Coaches, by way of BFC Fighter George West, 4th Degree Shidokan Black-Belt Sensei Steve Fenwick and 15-year Muay Thai and Boxing Veteran Felix Ludwig. As for the gym, two of York's finest Personal Trainers, George Rudd and Harry Strike, are available for in-person or online coaching.

The Gym upstairs has state of the art functional fitness equipment, such as a Ski Ergs and Assault Bikes, and a fully kitted free-weights area with dumbbells up to 50kg!

The MMA Studio Downstairs has a 5x5m MMA cage, and training covers MMA, Muay Thai, BJJ, Wrestling, Boxing and Karate!

With great value membership options and easy to book drop-in sessions on the website, this community gym is available to all people of all abilities!

DNA MMA website