This week's featured member is Jonah Ulebor of Webstrat Consulting Ltd.
Many of you will already know Jonah as he has been working from the Beeston Basecamp for the past few months. Webstrat is now expanding and Jonah moved out of Basecamp and into his own premises today. He will of course continue to be a network member and we hope he'll pop into Basecamp from time to time to see us!
So here's to Jonah and here is his Member Spotlight...
Name: Jonah Ulebor
Where do you live?
I live in Beeston and also my business is based in the Beeston area.
What is your business?
We are a website design company passionate about providing professional, effective and affordable websites and internet solutions for our clients. We help our clients look at the big picture by designing websites and helping create a strategy to promote their websites so that in the end it makes a positive impact on their business. So we design websites, implement email marketing campaigns, search engine optimisation, per-per-click advertising and graphics design. We also promote innovative website tools like Constant Contact (Small Business Email Marketing Tool), Sitepal (Online Dynamic Talking Characters) and Live Person (Offering online chat to increase sales or improve customer service)
What influenced you to set up this business?
Passion, Passion, Passion. The initial thought was that the internet was for the “big guys” (Big sized companies with huge market), or for “egg heads” (those who could come up with great internet business ideas like “You Tube”) but I am passionate about how the internet can help small businesses and create success for them. This passion drove me to do a masters in e-business and innovation AT Lancaster University and straight after that, Webstrat Consulting was born. So in a way while I am interested in new internet technologies, I am also much more interested in what works best for small businesses and how they can integrate this into their business strategy to enhance their success.
What challenges/goals are you currently facing?
Moving from the one man band to becoming a more successful and sustainable business. We have just recruited 2 full time staff and we have to effectively blend together to create a more effective company. We were recently based in the Catalyst Centre run by Camberwell in Beeston but have now had to move into a bigger office space and now trying to work harder to grow the company and offer better and faster service. Doing this is clearly more challenging as it involves a range of new skills.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Create a database for all leads, work through your leads funnel and do something about converting them to clients.
What is your pet hate?
Dishonesty and people who blame everything on every other person apart from themselves.
And finally, if you could have dinner with two people (living or not) who would they be?
Nelson Mandela and Richard Branson
You can find out more about Webstrat by visiting the website www.webstrat-uk.com.