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Nick Crook - Founder of Boardies Apparel

Attended St Brendan's 1995-1997

Business Studies, Design & Technology and Communication Studies.

I loved my time at St Brendan’s and think the A Levels I did really helped spring board my career.  I studied Business Studies, Design & Technology and Communication Studies, as I am very creative and had an interest in marketing.  Much of what I learnt, I still use to this day running my own fashion business, as all three subjects I studied were relevant and provided me with sound academic foundations. 

After Sixth Form, I went to Loughborough University Business School, graduating with a BSc Hons.  Part of the degree included a placement year and I was lucky enough to get a job working for Reebok.  From there I worked for various sports and fashion brands Umbro, Levi’s® and K-Swiss, before launching my own brand Boardies®. 

Winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise is a huge honour and I am proud that my business has received such esteemed recognition.  It goes to show hard work does pay off.”

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