Drumming up new business

Entrepreneur Nick Boxall, who plays drums for alternative rock band Skinboat and has a launched a new business called Drumtopia, after coming up with the idea for a device which prevents drums going out of tune.
Entrepreneur Nick Boxall, who plays drums for alternative rock band Skinboat and has a launched a new business called Drumtopia, after coming up with the idea for a device which prevents drums going out of tune.
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Entrepreneur Nick Boxall has hit on a business idea to beat the blues and drum up success for rock musicians.

Nick, 37, who plays drums for alternative rock band Skinboat, has a launched a new business called Drumtopia, after coming up with the idea for a device which prevents drums going out of tune.

“I’ve been drumming since I was 15 and have personal experience of one of the problems drummers always face – that drums keep going out of tune,” says Nick, who graduated with a first class honours degree in music and promotion at University Campus Barnsley.

“Re-tuning costs time during recording sessions and also interrupts the performance flow during live gigs. I set about coming up with a solution while at university and my business has developed from there.”

So far he has secured £1,000 from Barnsley Business Mine, which supports students with business ideas, and a further £2,400 in the shape of a business start-up grant.

Once he has perfected the prototype, he aims to either produce and sell the equipment himself or get backing from a major company.

“There are 17,000 drummers in the UK and I want to target them before taking it to another level by supplying the millions of drummers worldwide. There hasn’t been much innovation in attachments for drums and so I’m looking at other products too,” continues Nick.

“I’m really going for it with my new business and I couldn’t have got this far without the backing of Barnsley Business Mine.”

In addition to funding, Drumtopia will receive free one-to-one mentoring from a business advisor and access to a number of free workshops and networking events as part of its Barnsley Business Mine package.

The University Campus Barnsley has provided start-up grants for five promising Barnsley ventures under the Enterprising Barnsley programme which supports Barnsley businesses with growth potential.