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Simon Phelps

Simon Phelps, BSc (Hons) Computer Aided Product Design

When Simon graduated from BU, the experiences gained from his degree and placement year inspired him to set up his own business.

How did your course help your career?

My course was fantastic. Not only did you learn how things were made, you also learned the physics behind them, such as why something is a certain shape because of stress. Having that knowledge makes designing products much easier – you get rid of all the fancy bits and focus on making something that’s practical and that works. Without it I couldn’t have developed Floodstop and built the business that I have now.

How did BU support you after you graduated?

During my final year, I designed a lightweight, low-cost, rapidly deployable flood barrier called Floodstop. With the help of the university, I founded Fluvial Innovations to commercialise the invention. BU gave me a fantastic opportunity by helping me set up my business – significantly contributing to where I am today.

How did your placement help?

I loved my placement, it was a great company with great people. Having the chance to find out what it’s like to actually work in the industry encouraged me to try something on my own first, to take that opportunity.

Advice for budding entrepreneurs…

Ask for other people’s opinions of your idea. Don’t just talk to one person, speak to a few. But you also need to have the confidence in your own idea to just go for it. You need to be prepared that it will take time and a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it and can lead to great things. For more information about Simon's company, Fluvial Innovations, visit www.fluvial-innovations.co.uk. 

BU gave me a fantastic opportunity by helping me set up my business – significantly contributing to where I am today.”