TWO entrepreneurs have started a sister company to their original firm, just two years after dipping their toes into the world of self-employment.
Call centre operator, Financial Karma, started life in a 250sq ft space at The Office Company’s business centre at Metropolitan House in Gateshead two years ago.
Jonathan Matthews, 22, co-owner and managing director, said: “My business partner Darian Bishop and I started our own call centre having both been made redundant from the sales industry several times in one year.
“It was a daunting move as we were both very young, but we were passionate about being entrepreneurs. We were confident in what we could achieve as long as we could find the right set-up, as we didn’t want to borrow any money before we even started.
“The Office Company’s option of an easy-in, easy-out, short-term licence, as opposed to the usual long-term lease for office space was instantly appealing. It meant less pressure and allowed us to focus on developing a successful North East call centre.”
The business partners have now started a second business, UK Lead Centre, and occupy three offices and employ 27 staff. The UK Lead Centre is an outsourcing business, generating leads for its clients and is currently working mainly with the green energy sector, such as businesses offering loft insulation.
The Office Company managing director Lynn Gate said: “I started my own business in my 20s and always found finding the right premises a real problem. Entrepreneurs can come in and start working that same day, and I will always try to give advice where possible.”