OFFICE design firm Space2Work was formed by Stephanie France just a year after she completed a master of business degree at Bradford University School of Management.

Stephanie spotted a gap in the market to provide office design and refurbishment services for middle-ranking firms.

She said: ""If you are a major corporate, you bring in consultants to do a feasibility study for an office move or refurbishment.

"They handle the design, commissioning construction work, buying furniture, fitting phones and ensuring it is a great place for everyone to work.

"But if you are a law firm with 10 partners, you still need the help, but no one was offering an affordable, tailored service. We can take on the lot and give a really personal service."

The firm, based at the Media Centre has carried out work for a range of clients, including Huddersfield solicitors Ridley & Hall and specialist internet imaging company

Toniq Ltd

TWO former Huddersfield University students are racing ahead with their business producing kit cars.

Will Baxter and Colin Williams set up Toniq Ltd after exhibiting their sporty vehicles at motor shows across the UK.

The business was born out of a project undertaken by Will, Colin and fellow students during their final year on the university's transport design course.

Toniq Ltd produces the cars in partnership with Stuart Taylor Motor Sport, based at Ilkeston, Derbyshire.

The kit cars have won plaudits from design gurus including Ron Hickman, principal designer of the Lotus Elan and the man who devised the Black & Decker Workmate.

Colin also lectures part-time on the transport design course.

Bailey Pet Products

DOG lover Nicky I'Anson has turned a pet project into a thriving business.

Nicky, who lives at Netherton, has set up Bailey Pet Products to provide accessories for pets and their owners.

The products include the ingenious Dog's Bag - a way to keep muddy paws off the furniture!

Nicky was inspired to devise the Dog's Bag after taking her pet spaniel, Bailey on long country walks - then wondering how to get him into the car without messing up the seats.

Bailey Pet Products has enjoyed run-away success with the Dog's Bag - a washable cotton towelling bag that provides a pooch's equivalent to a bathrobe.

Since it appeared at the Glee Pet Index 2006 trade show at Birmingham's NEC, Bailey Pet Products has been approaches by a major UK pet supplier to negotiate providing a "substantial" number of Dog's Bags.

Other products sold by the firm via its website include food dishes, dog collars and harnesses to keep pets secure in cars.

Nicky received backing from West Yorkshire Ventures for her fledgling business.

Nicky studied audio visual design at Batley College of Art and worked as a graphic designer for 20 years before setting up her venture.