Henry Barclay from VST Enterprises came in to speak to us about business in Manchester and why he thinks more people should venture up North in order to help their companies grow.
Henry Barclay – VST Enterprises Transcript
What’s your name, position and where do you work?
My name is Henry Barclay, I represent business development at VST Enterprises.
Describe your business in one sentence.
VST Enterprises creates next generation technology to make the world a better place.
What separates you from the competition?
What’s interesting about VST Enterprises is that we don’t really have any competition. No-one in the world does what we do
What have been the highlights of your company so far?
The fact that we have world-renowned individuals and brands approaching us, asking to work with us rather than us having to seek them out.
What qualities are needed to succeed in your industry?
The qualities you really need to succeed in business in general is you just need to be good with people, you need to be determined, determined as Hell. You know, you’re always going to have those bumps in the road. You need to push past them, you need to just have that drive to keep going.
Why do new businesses choose Manchester?
I think new businesses choose Manchester because it has such a supportive community. Take In The City Club, for instance, a subsidiary of VST Enterprises. We bring together individuals who can make anything happen in this local community. Those of decision making status within their company from multi-nationals to new start-ups and we bring them in together in one room to work to create partnerships, to seek and give funding, and overall to help each other give advice. I think that supportive community vibe that you get here in Manchester makes it so attractive for new businesses.
Who are some local companies you would recommend?
Companies that I really, really would have to recommend to work with would be Think As One PR company, absolutely fantastic, KPMG, as well are absolutely exceptional to work with. If you ever have the chance to, I really would recommend them.
Who do you think are the most influential people in the local business scene?
I think the most influential people in the local business scene would have to be CEO and Founder of VST Enterprises, Louis-James Davis, Ian Gillis at Hill Dickinson, David Muir and the entire KPMG team.
Do you have any advice for new businesses in Manchester?
My advice for start-up companies, not just in Manchester, but anywhere, would be just do it. Stop, you know, writing things down on the board or just thinking about ideas, action something. Get some feedback, get some advice for someone who’s done it before. Really just sort of put yourself out there and just start going and you’ll find your way.
What’s the main benefit of working in Manchester?
I think the main benefit of working in Manchester – again, goes back to the supportive community that you have here – is that there are many, many people such as, you know, VST Enterprises, we put a huge amount of work into In The City Club to support the local community and to be able to give back. It’s that sort of community and vibe that really, really, I think, makes Manchester as great as it is for businesses.
Where are your favourite places to eat and drink in Manchester?
I think Manchester is such a cultured place and it’s so… it has so much variety, I don’t think there’d be any one place that I could single out to say, ‘oh this is my favourite place to eat or drink,’ because there are just, quite simple, so many. And obviously, it’s down to personal opinion as well. But I have to say, I spend almost half my life in the Northern Quarter, honestly, anywhere there – just explore it, find your own place that you really, really love and there will be plenty of variety in the Northern Quarter.
Have you got any final words?
VST Enterprises primary technology is VCode, a 2D scannable symbol only by our technology which, depending on the who, the what, the where and the when can come back with something different. What it comes back with is always determined by the person, or company, that created said VCode. And this can have such fantastic implications for all sorts of industries from anti-counterfeit to interactive media.
Thank you so much for watching my name’s Henry Barclay from VST Enterprises. This is huddled.