Joe Kingham, technical director at UKNO, tells unLTD how the ‘incredible help’ from Launchpad helped set up the Doncaster-based media agency

Tell us about your company?

UKNO is a media agency that was formed with a mission to bring creative advertising, marketing and digital growth services to SMEs and sole traders. Having a presence online has become a necessity for every business that wants to continue to thrive.

We can help create an effective presence online and offline for businesses of all sizes.

 

When did you first decide to start up on your own and what inspired you?

My business partner and UKNO creative director Jag Singh and I have been friends since secondary school.

We have always wanted to work for ourselves as we’re both from small business families

After taking on some projects in our early 20s and seeing their success – and seeing how well-balanced our working relationship was – we decided to go full-time. We are both inspired by independent creators online who found success doing what they love, which is exactly what we are doing, too.

 

How has Launchpad helped you?

Launchpad has been an invaluable resource for us. Their free classes and workshops have given us tools we need to wrangle the admin side of our business, as well as helping with things we hadn’t considered, such as looking after our mental health.

Launchpad has introduced us to our inspiring local community of entrepreneurs. Setting up on your own can be a lonely endeavour at times, but being alongside others who are going through a similar process gives us a lot of reassurance and motivation to push further and harder.

A special thank you to Craig, our Launchpad adviser, who has been incredibly helpful at every point in our journey!

 

What are your hopes and aims for the business?

We want to give small businesses and sole traders the tools they need to compete and grow in this new business landscape. We want to help South Yorkshire and its businesses be at the forefront of the digital revolution, just as they were for the industrial revolution.

Too often, smaller firms are out-matched by companies with massive media projects and struggle to compete – even though their services and products are just as good, if not better. We want to change that. This year we hope to grow and continue to take on a diverse portfolio of challenging projects.

Launchpad advisor Craig Atkin said: “It was a pleasure to work with Joe and Jagraj on the Launchpad programme – as young entrepreneurs, they were very keen to take and use the advice available to help them grow their business. By looking at where they currently are and their vision for the future, I am pleased we have enabled them to plan a strategy to enable them to grow and develop their business through the programme.

“Starting and growing a business is not easy and that’s why the Launchpad programme was created.  Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and our partners means there is no cost to the entrepreneur, so we can get straight to work on turning those dreams into reality.

“Stop dreaming and do it. Contact us for information now on 03330 00 00 39 or email growthhub@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk.”

 

 

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