Tech Pitch: Space 48
E-commerce specialist Jon Woodall shares his tech start-up success with Startups
Company name: Space 48
Founder: Jon Woodall (34)
Background: E-commerce, founder of transport company Today Team
Based in: Warrington
Very simply, what does your tech start-up do?
Space 48 are e-commerce experts. Whether your site needs development, design or digital marketing, our team knows e-commerce inside-out. Our skillset allows us to provide clients with seamless e-commerce solutions which improve usability, design and conversion. As a Magento Gold solution partner, we design, build, develop and maintain top class e-commerce websites.
Space 48 also holds the title of Google Partner which means that we are trusted and certified by Google for following its best practices.
Tell us why there’s a need – what do you disrupt?
Quite simply, the rapid growth of smartphones and tablets and the increased online presence of retailers has meant that pretty much everyone now has a shop in their hand. It’s a fiercely competitive marketplace – new online retailers need to attract and retain business and established retailers need to make sure they supply loyal consumers with the experience associated with their brand.
Are you funded?
No Space 48 is completely self-funded.
What were you doing before starting?
I started up a transport company called Today Team back in 2005 with a business partner and the help of a grant from the Princes Trust. I particularly enjoyed the digital side of the business and gaining customers through the internet, which was growing at a rapid rate and I saw the business opportunity in this. So, I decided on another challenge and set up a digital consultancy, which is where Space 48 began in 2008. The consultancy changed into an agency in 2010, and since then Space 48 has tripled in size in terms of employees and turnover.
What the best thing about where you’re based?
Our head office is in Warrington, which is between Manchester and Liverpool in the heart of the North West of England and just a short train journey to London. The North West has a thriving and really engaged digital community and we make sure we stay connected to the community by being members of Manchester Digital, the independent trade association for the digital sector in the North West.
Last year we were able to recruit two new graduates by attending the Digital Skills Festival, organised by Manchester Digital, which is an annual event that brings together students, organisations and digital professionals in the region. These events also allow us to raise the profile of Space 48 within the student environment, which is essential in order to attract the very best of new digital talent.