Posted: Mon 5th Oct 2015
Enterprise Nation has announced the first of 12 Enterprise Champions to represent our community across the UK and help us to grow a truly entrepreneurial nation.
We're profiling each of the Champions and next up is Justin Jackson, who represents Thames Valley.
Who are you and what do you do?
I'm Justin Jackson, the owner of Digital Remit here in Oxford. I've worked with dozens of great household names over the last 15 years. Alongside that, I use my experience to help entrepreneurs create a unique brand that's true to their values and inspires their customers.
Tell us about the small business scene in your region. Why is it so good?
The business community here is fabulous; people really do help each other out and many become true friends. We're also very lucky to have the support of organisations such as the University, LEP, Chamber of Commerce and the councils. They've all been instrumental to growing my business.
What needs to be done to make it even better?
That's easy: bring back Growth Vouchers. We also had a wonderful scheme from the LEP that match funded training for firms across the county.
Tell us about two great small businesses in your region and why they're so brilliant.
I'm going to cheat and name three.
The Jam Factory is essential to a lot of freelancers and small firms in Oxford. It's a friendly bar, gallery and restaurants on the face of it, but in reality, a huge amount of networking, meetings and business gets done here.
Monchu is a top notch design firm that we partner with. They've done a lot of great work in the charitable sector. The owner, Ryan, is one of those few people that always over delivers and is a pleasure to work with.
Wats.on does a lot of great work explaining how cool science is to kids around the county. I think they have an impressive day job, too, but I usually get distracted by the fun stuff.
Why were you happy to become an Enterprise Nation Regional Champion?
We already hold lots of events for businesses across Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley. It'll be great to work with our friends at Enterprise Nation to organise bigger, better events, and more of them!
What are your three top tips for running a successful business?
Write a manifesto. We did (it's on the front page of our website).
Help everyone you meet.
Come to one of our events!
Follow Justin Jackson on Twitter at @JustinPDJ
Find out more about our Enterprise Champions here.