Dave Bowers from Lo+Behold popped into the huddled office to give us his views on business in Manchester and how to succeed in your industry.
Dave Bowers – Lo+Behold Transcript
What’s your name, position and where do you work?
Dave Bowers. Managing Director. Lo+Behold.
Describe your business in one sentence.
We do website design, app design, development and just really nice stuff.
What separates you from the competition?
Well there are a lot really great agencies out there and, you know, I don’t know how other guys operate but what we try and pay special attention to is to give the client a lot of our time, a lot of attention and really sit with them, take the time to understand how they operate, what makes them tick, and what’s going to get the best results for them in the project that we’re doing together.
What have been the highlights of your company so far?
The highlight of the company is definitely the transition that we had about two months ago switching from Evolutia to Lo+Behold. It’s been a massive ambition of mine to position us as a much more creatively focused company and, yeah, it was a really really proud moment of mine.
What qualities are needed to succeed in your industry?
I think the three qualities that are most important are first of all you’ve got to believe in yourself. Definitely. You need to surround yourself with people that you believe in and just be nice to people.
Why do new businesses choose Manchester?
Well, personally, I came from across the Pennines and I chose Manchester because it’s always had a fantastic creative scene so obviously, you’ve got a history of industry as well and I think there’s no where in Britain that fuses the two things together as well as that.
Who are some local companies you would recommend?
Companies that I’d recommend? Definitely Tunafish Media are great guys, they work very similarly to us. They take a lot of time to understand what you’re all about and they’re very personable. My Accountancy Place, our accountants are absolutely fantastic, we’ve been working with them for a few months now and again, they really give you a lot of care and attention and, you know, if that’s an area you’re not too comfortable with they’ll walk you through it.
Who do you think are the most influential people in the local business scene?
Personally, from my point of view, Simon Calderbank has been a great help especially with the transition to the new company. He has just been a great sounding board, full of good advice, really generous with his time.
Do you have any advice for new businesses in Manchester?
I think you’ve got to be bold. I think Manchester’s got a great start up scene, there’s a lot of knowledge sharing out there which is really good but there are a lot of people doing the same things and you’ve got to stand out and and dare to be different, really.
What’s the main benefit of working in Manchester?
The main benefit of working in Manchester? Manchester’s just a good place to be, really. Like I say, it’s got a lot of history, got a lot of culture. There’s a great digital scene here and like I say, loads and loads of knowledge sharing. People are very, very open, very helpful.
Where are your favourite places to eat and drink in Manchester?
There’s a new place down in Didsbury just by me called Hispi, it’s a chef, I’ve been to his place in Chester before, he’s just opened up in Manchester. Yeah, it’s fantastic, modern English style stuff. I’d really highly recommend it.
Thank you for watching. I’m Dave Bowers from Lo+Behold, this is huddled.