North West Christmas convo: Arran Rice of Wizzed Media
Christmas is almost upon us and it’s been a well and truly exciting year for the North West business community.
With many of the region’s businesspeople no doubt looking forward to grabbing a glass of wine and putting their feet up, allowing themselves to slip into a post-roast dinner snooze while pretending to listen to the kids, at Bdaily we thought we’d bring you closer to the personalities behind some of the North West’s most exciting enterprises.
Today’s festive catchup is with Arran Rice, the founder of digital venture Wizzed Media .
What did your business achieve in 2015?
It’s been a great year for Wizzed Media, the company has experienced rapid growth and we have increased our staff numbers to 14. I have also been looking into mobile apps with plans to expand into this next year.
What were some of the bigger challenges you faced this year?
As the company experienced rapid growth, putting plans in place to deal with this was a challenge as was managing all the advertising campaigns for the sites. The way I manage my employees has become more streamlined and I have also had to contend with being in college full time.
Does your business have anything exciting planned for 2016?
I have three major projects planned for 2016. A content discovery network, a mobile game and potentially another gaming mobile app which is all really exciting. I finish college in July, which will allow me to focus 100% on growing the business. I still haven’t decided if and where I will move to but I certainly want to be closer to people when doing business.
Give us one tip for a budding entrepreneur
Trust your instincts. I am a big believer in following your gut - if you have a feeling, good or bad, you need to follow that instinct as it usually will be right.
Where’s your favourite village/town/city in the North West, besides where you live?
I like Wilmslow as there are good shops and interesting businesses. It’s also close to Manchester yet it still feels like you are tucked away in a village. It’s also a great location for road cycling and getting into the countryside.
What would be your dream job?
I already have my dream job - I love what I do right now and I wouldn’t change it for anything.
Do you have a favourite Christmas song?
Christmas Lights by Coldplay
If you enjoyed this Christmas catchup, be sure to check out our previous interview with Aaran.