Sean Price, Managing Director of Bondholder digital agency iBox discusses the need for entrepreneurs in Derby and his focus on delivering digital skills development in the city.
Derby is renowned for being a city of innovation, home to some of the greatest companies in the country. When you think of entrepreneurship in Derby, it’s easy to think of the likes of Mel Morris, however there are thousands of names you would never hear about, starting up in business, failing, and starting again.
As Managing Director of Derby based Digital agency iBox, our entrepreneurial spirit couldn’t be stronger. We believe in not only growing a fantastic business with incredible clients and a team of energetic people in-house that are all entrepreneurial in their own right, but developing the next generation of skilled workers for this digital era.
It’s a phrase we have all heard: ‘Fall down 7 times and get up 8’ - a true entrepreneur doesn’t give up, an entrepreneur will fight adversity and figure out solutions to problems that others do not. It’s with this in mind that with our digital creative agency iBox, we are tackling the two biggest problems we see in Derby.
The first being the skills crisis with our iBox Web & Software academy. In partnership with Derby College we give back our time to teach master-classes to students, provide work placements, and eventually jobs within our organisation thus developing the very best web designers, developers & digital marketers whilst discovering their individual talents over the course of the year-long programme.
Our academy operates side by side with others who are not just passionate, but obsessed (because that’s the level it takes) about their businesses such as
- HUUB Marketing and Product Development Academy;
- epm:technology Advanced Composites Academy;
- Cricket Derbyshire Hospitality Academy;
- Cricket Derbyshire Sports Academy;
- Derby Telegraph Media Sales Academy;
- The Finesse Collection Professional Cookery Academy;
- Hodgkinsons Academy.
These companies launched their academies with Derby College alongside our own - it shows the level of entrepreneurship and dedication that exists in the city.
It doesn’t stop there, we also are incredibly passionate about supporting local entrepreneurs and their businesses through our derby.digital efforts.
Our second initiative derby.digital aims to help promote and support the entrepreneurs of the city in developing their digital strategies and promoting local businesses to the world.
A common misconception is that 'going digital’ (web design, marketing, SEO, social media) is a costly investment, or is something that doesn’t need as much attention. This is what we aim to help educate companies with. Our derby.digital campaign is taking over a decade of experience in web and marketing to help companies with smaller budgets tackle the digital world and grow their businesses.
Being an entrepreneur is one of the most difficult and lonely paths to take in life - at iBox we want to help. As a rapidly growing digital agency in Derby, our e-Commerce website design work has been put in front of the likes of Richard Branson - our clients are all entrepreneurs. Working alongside really exciting, energetic people is what really keeps us buzzing every day.
GEW 2015 is another opportunity to look at and focus on those that are building the economy, taking the risks associated with greatness, and every last one should be celebrated.