The Strings Club, founded by Amy Cunningham (MMus Ethnomusicology, 2010) recently won in the category of ‘Scale Up Business of the Year’ at the FSB Celebrating Small Business Awards. The Strings Club is a music education company for children age 4-11, which also has won ‘Business Entrepreneur’ at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.
After completing her masters in Ethnomusicology at Goldsmiths, Amy Cunningham founded The Strings Club with six budding string players and £50 in her pocket. Since then she has gone on to expand the company, and now The Strings Club operates across the West Midlands and London offering a range of programmes, including Holiday Camps, Term Time Classes, Ukulele Parties and School After-School Clubs. In 2018, The Strings Club will aim to offer their award-winning programmes to 25,000 children.
At the Small Business Awards Ceremony on Friday, 16 March 2018, influential businessmen and businesswomen saw The Strings Club win the coveted ‘Scale Up Business of the Year’.
The annual awards showcase the best small businesses from throughout the UK, offering national recognition for those who have made the biggest impression over the last 12 months. It recognises the business achievements and hard work, brilliance and innovation of some of the UK’s most successful small businesses.
After receiving the award, Director Amy Cunningham said:
“I am very proud to be able to accept this award on behalf of the amazing team at The Strings Club. The last 12 months have been an incredible year for us, from winning at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards to launching in several new areas successfully. We are so pleased that our hard work has been recognised in this way – to win such a coveted national award is a huge thing for us. So it is onwards and upwards from here on in!”
“I absolutely treasured my time at Goldsmiths and firmly believe that the course really gave me the confidence to set up The Strings Club and go for it! Goldsmiths is a highly creative and inspiring environment with such a range of courses and people from all walks of life – this I found deeply empowering!”