Budding young entrepreneur Paul Williams has set up his own video production company as he celebrates graduating from Edge Hill University.

At the tender age of 21, the BA (Hons) Film Studies with Film Production graduate already has a string of successes under his belt and his passion for film and media has resulted in his own business.

“I’ve worked on everything from the Jeremy Kyle show to producing videos for small independent companies but I felt the time was right to branch out and do my own thing – despite ITV offering me a job.” said Paul.

From the age of 16 Paul, from Halewood, Liverpool, dreamt of working in the film industry. While in 6th form he produced many short trailers and small video productions which helped fuel his passion for film and media. He said: “I was advised by a mentor at my school to not apply for university but I stuck by my ambitions and I’ve clearly proved them wrong.”

After starting his degree at Edge Hill University, Paul began exploring music video production and live video production as well as film and comedy. Word spread about his talents and after working with hit Liverpool band Space, The Voice’s Cleo Higgins and Mr Zipp from Britain’s Got Talent, musicians started to take note of his ability to produce work of a high standard within the industry.

His career has really taken off and earlier this year he was snapped up by popular publication The Nubian Times and commissioned to direct the MBC Awards – a star-studded event hosted by Manchester’s newest publication covering ethnic minority communities.

“This was such an exciting project to work on because myself and my business partner Tony Bessant were asked to do everything from producing an ‘after’ video to vision mixing and being able to provide a big crew to carry out the work, it was a massive job, one which we thrived on,” said Paul. “The MBC Awards was a huge success, and since that event we’ve got a lot of work in the pipeline, which we cannot wait to get out there.

“My degree course at Edge Hill has enabled me to realise my ambitions because it has helped to build my skills and enthusiasm so much. My tutors really encouraged me to go out on work placements and that’s exactly what I did, which has paid off.”

Giving advice about setting up a business, Paul said: “I’ve had to work for free for years to build up my portfolio but the experience has been invaluable. What I’d say to others in my position is ‘never give up, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something’. You have to be persistent to achieve your ambitions in one of the most competitive industries in the world. This is what I’ve done and I’m finally getting to where I want to be. The future is looking very exciting.”

For more information about his company, visit the Facebook page Core Media Productions