Small Cumbrian Business Expands Despite Recession
Starting a business in the recession is not always easy, but two local entrepreneurs decided to bite the bullet and follow their dreams becoming professional web designers.
After a light bulb moment during a drive home one evening, the concept of "Wombat" was born. Having worked in a number of diverse roles in industries such as television production and healthcare, Administrative Director, Fraser Hannah, was no stranger to hard work and says the business began after a bad experience with a web design company.
He says, "I was ill-advised and blatantly ripped off over a website and I never wanted to be in that position again. It prompted me to go back to university and study so that I could do it myself, ensuring that I regained control over my website." It was while studying at the University of Cumbria that he met his business partner, Jason Savage.
"We decided to get together and forge our own path. We are extremely ethical in our approach. We're very client focused and we believe passionately in working for a fair price rather than ripping people off."
Creative Director, Jason, added, "I think what makes us stand out is that we always go the extra mile. We care about the website we build and its important to us that they not only look good but that they work for the client. It's not about making a fast buck we want to create a lasting relationship with our client so we can grow and prosper together."
Over the past 18 months, Wombat Creative has grown quickly as the projects have increased in both complexity and number. Fraser, says, "We found ourselves in a position where we needed to take on an additional member of staff and we explored a number of different options that were available to us."
"We wanted to find someone who we could not only pass on our skills and knowledge to, but someone who would understand our ethics. In particular, we were looking for someone keen to learn with a personality that would fit in with how we work at Wombat. We were extremely pleased to find Nadene, who was just who we were looking for."
Workington based Nadene Gemson, 18, has recently finished all her school exams with predicted high grades. She says, "Even though I've only been here for a few weeks, I am thoroughly enjoying my time learning the secrets of creating great websites. I am creative and arty myself and like to do most of my work graphically, so this apprenticeship suits me perfectly. I am really looking forward to being a part of the Wombat Website Design team."
Located in Cockermouth, Wombat Creative creates professional and bespoke websites to meet online marketing needs of local and national businesses. Their work includes: Web Design, Web Development, Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) and Online Marketing.