60-second start-up: GR Marketing

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

Creative marketing: "Thinking outside the box is what we do when we're in it!"

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

I'm currently a sole trader with the intention to grow into a limited company within two years.

10-15 seconds: Who are your competitors?

Any marketing company or agency in the world.

15-20 seconds: What's your USP?

I'm an ideas man and the marketing activities I come up with are innovative and affordable.

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

I used my savings before gaining my first customer. As I do a lot of marketing consultations there is little initial capital needed.

25-30 seconds: What were you doing before?

I was a student pondering whether to start a business. Now I'm a graduate of the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. I won the National Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 award at the graduation ceremony last week, as well as winning BTEC Student of the Year 2011.

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

While at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, we were encouraged to think about starting a business. I was sitting by the pool on holiday brainstorming business ideas and looking at my main areas of interest. I have a passion for experiential and creative marketing and hence GR Marketing was born.

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

Networking with the right people - the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy taught me valuable networking skills. Also setting up a Twitter account, which is a great networking tool and the power it has is amazing.

40-45 seconds: What's the stupidest?

I should have checked my initial company name, as I faced a few difficulties for supposedly copying a similar business name in my field. As it turned out I didn't copy one, but I changed the name of my business anyway to GR Marketing.

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

It would be a Smarties cookie. Tasty, colourful and stands out on the shelf.

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

Innocent Smoothies! So simple yet so effective; a truly admirable, ethical business!

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

I will be running my business full time in the North East of England and making my mark bigger and better than ever before on the business world.

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