The Open Space Adam Walker
Adam Walker, founder of Hubspoke Marketing Ltd.
Rebecca Wayman

Local entrepreneur experiences marketing venture success following redundancy

Local entrepreneur Adam Walker has launched Hubspoke Marketing Ltd.

The new company is said to provide marketing services to small businesses throughout the UK from his office at Business Central Darlington.

In August 2016 facing redundancy from his role as a sports development officer, Adam took a part-time position with PWLC Projects in a marketing role, taking a lead on the Modeshift STARS project - a national initiative which focused on encouraging more children to walk to school.

While setting up the project Adam and his colleague Nick Butler, took advantage of Business Central’s shared workspace - Open Space. It was supposedly his time spent in the Open Space business community that enabled Hubspoke Marketing to grow.

Towards the end of 2018, Adam found he had more time on his hands to concentrate on his own business, this allowed him to further develop his business offer.

This led to him securing a marketing and business development contract with Modeshift, the UK’s leading sustainable travel organisation.

He said: “The skills I gained while working for alongside a number of start-ups in open space, gave me the confidence to further pursue and develop my own venture in Hubspoke Marketing Ltd.

“Open Space helped me learn the basics of how to work for yourself and grow a business.”

Adam attributes being able to start his business without the usual stresses associated with a new startup largely to being based at Business Central.

Business Central’s centre manager, Vanessa Wood, added: “Adam has survived losing his job, and part-time employment, to start his own business proving that redundancy doesn’t have to be a negative!

“Our Open Space facility is a professional environment which is designed to inspire businesses to network and collaborate. It’s pleasing to see that Adam has benefitted from working alongside people that have encouraged him on his business start-up journey.”

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