“Upon leaving University I got a job with a local business called Duotool, who at the time were going through a management buy-out and were looking to move their business online. They had a foundation and wanted to improve what they had done to that point. I joined the business originally as a web designer but soon took on the role of E-Commerce Manager leading the online side of the business for around three years to become one of the biggest in that industry. The leadership skills I developed over that time coupled with my passion for growing businesses made me decide that it was the time to start up my own agency. I initially specialised in e-commerce but with the intention of adding to the suite of services to best support our clients with the growth requirements of their businesses.
“bspoq was founded in 2019. It has supported businesses around the UK who haven’t yet reached their full growth potential. By becoming strategic partners with them, we implement our business and marketing framework to help them realise that potential and deliver some incredible results.
“When I look back to my experiences as a 16-year-old, there are two things that really come to mind. First was the emotional relationship I had with entrepreneurship. I reaffirmed to myself that it was what I wanted to commit my professional life to. I never really enjoyed school, certainly not the academic side of it. I did ok, well enough to get into university and then to complete a bachelor’s degree, but running and building businesses always went hand-in-hand with any education I was doing at the time. Secondly, the Enterprise Education programme taught me a lot about the mechanics and principles of running a business. Being able to do that in an environment that was fully supported meant you had the freedom to push boundaries.
“Truthfully, I believe our modern education system is fundamentally flawed. It rewards memory and expects every individual to learn and be graded in the same way. The real world doesn’t work like this, it’s a lot more nuanced. By getting real-life experiences when at school, it gives young people exposure to what life outside of that environment is really like. It gives them a platform to become more confident in themselves and discover what they like and what they don’t like. I’ve worked since I was about 14 or 15 years old and, whilst I did some pretty unglamourous jobs, I would always encourage young people to go and do this.
“My advice to young people who want to become entrepreneurs would be simple, just try stuff! You’ll make mistakes, you’ll have successes, you’ll work some silly hours, you’ll find what you’re passionate about, you’ll grow in confidence and the best thing is you have so much time.
“We live in a time and a generation of over-glamorised social media ‘lives’ and young people today think they should be a certain way or achieve an arbitrary number of followers or money by the time they’re 21. It’s daft. Becoming a young entrepreneur, you’ve got to be patient, work hard, and realise you’re at a time in your life with minimal responsibilities (in most cases) so if it doesn’t work you can dust yourself down and go again.”