60-second start-up: Polished Media

0-5 seconds: Sum your business up in a sentence

Polished Media is an online marketing agency aimed at providing quality and cost effective solutions for small businesses.

5-10 seconds: What's the business model?

Our low cost marketing pack is great for small businesses testing the water; we also provide monthly SEO and PPC services.

10-15 seconds: Who are your competitors?

There are many marketing agencies in the UK who all provide similar services, with the demand for such services high and growing however, there is plenty of business to go around. The key is finding the right agency for your business.

15-20 seconds: What's your USP?

We aim our products at services at small businesses and cater to the needs and budgets of those companies. Our Small Business Marketing Pack allows business owners to see what we can do and also provides a good starting point.

20-25 seconds: How have you funded it so far?

It has all been self-funded so far.

25-30 seconds: What were you doing before?

Working at an online marketing agency that focused on small businesses, same target market but quality of service/products along with high prices left customers frustrated, one of the main reasons I decided to set up Polished Media.

30-35 seconds: Where did the idea come from?

Having seen the concerns of customers from my previous role and the high prices that were charged on top of many stories of disgruntled customers working with other agencies, it became apparent that small business owners needed simple, quality and cost effective services.

35-40 seconds: What's the smartest thing you've done so far?

Leaving my old job and setting up my own business at the age of 23, I now feel a sense of accomplishment when customers see the results they want. Their positive results are our positive results.

40-45 seconds: What's the stupidest?

Creating our first website on a small budget. In my industry a professional looking website can make all the difference, having a below par website meant that initially we didn't give off the impression we wanted. Our current site looks great though!

45-50 seconds: If your business was a biscuit, what would it be?

Anything that goes well with a cup of tea, we drink a lot of it here!

50-55 seconds: Which idea are you a bit jealous of?

Group buying websites, what a brilliant idea, everyone involved benefits, businesses get exposure and sales, the consumer gets a bargain and the group buying websites makes a healthy profit. Genius!

55-60 seconds: Where are you going to be in 12 months' time?

Hopefully in a swanky office in Leeds with a core team of brilliant staff to help grow the business into a full service agency that can still offer great services at great prices! Here's to the future!

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