Incubation Model Works for Stone Junction
Stone Junction was founded as a technical and engineering PR & Marketing Agency by Richard Stone in 2006 and moved into one of the BIC’s Incubation Units at Stafford in January 2011. The units are designed for new start-up companies and are kitted out with office furniture; an up-to-date computer with broadband access; a telephone and a colour printer all for one fixed cost of £45 plus VAT. In addition tenants are supported by BIC fully qualified and trained Business Advisers.
“The incubation unit itself has been a key part of our growth. The best thing about the service is really its simplicity. When you first move a business out of your home and into an office, the last thing you need is a mountain of bills to pay and manage. With the incubation units, instead of getting an electricity bill, a rates bill, an IT support bill, a broadband invoice, a cleaning bill and rent, you get one simple charge each month. It’s impossible to express how useful it is to have things made easy for you like this. Possibly the best compliment you can pay to a supplier is that they do everything they promise and then deliver a little bit of wow factor on top. The BIC do that; everything happens when they say it’s going to happen and it does so in a pain free way.
“In addition, they’ve provided us with free training courses and even helped us run a free seminar of our own. They’ve given us advice on everything from bookkeeping to entering awards and they are always there on the end of the phone if you need them,”
Twenty three months after moving into the BIC Incubation Unit, the agency now has sixteen clients and has increased turnover significantly, with projected substantial increases predicted for the current and forthcoming financial years. It has increased its numbers to four employees and as a result is now moving on to bigger premises.
Stone Junction provides a mixture of technical and B2B PR, social media, blogging, video and other forms of e-communications to maximise client results and compensate for the changing technical buying landscape.
Richard and his colleague Oana are seen here drumming up support for apprenticeships with local MP Jeremy Lefroy (middle) outside the Business Innovation Centre in Stafford.
The BIC wishes Stone Junction happiness and success in their new premises and looks forward to a continued excellent working relationship.