Interview with Rob Mathews, Events Photographer

Which one of these best describes you?

Early Planning Stage




Briefly describe your business

I run a events photography business.

Briefly describe your education

I have a degree in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies from Cardiff university. I also have 4 A Levels in Photography, Media Studies, Politics and English Literature.


What made you decide to work for yourself?

Being a very motivated person, the ability and want of working for myself came very naturally and was a steady progression from working as a photographer doing a small amount of events to leaving University and deciding that what I really wanted to do was start my own business up full time and do this professionally.

Did you receive any kind of business support from your school, college or university ?

Yes / NO

What was this?



What was the most valuable piece of advice you were given?


What was the most difficult aspect to starting/running a business?

Learning the business and admin side of the job, marketing myself and running a business.


Do you know what a business incubator and accelerator programme is?




Have you received any support from the Welsh Government?



If you could give one piece of advice to someone starting a business, what would it be?

Just do it! Make sure you are motivated, have a clear goal in what you would like to achieve and where you should be at certain stages of your business and work hard.


What do you think business support in Wales is lacking?

Finance for new start ups

Role models, industry mentors

121 support

affordable premises

networking events

post start-up support


Thanks ROB!

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