Following last year’s meeting with local MP David Drewe, Market Dojo were pleased to welcome Siobhan Baillie to West End Suites offices on the back of her recent triumph, being selected to contest the seat of Stroud on behalf of the conservative party.
The meeting alongside West End Office Suites Developer and Owner Russell Warner, gave all parties a chance to discuss the challenges companies in the area are facing, when trying to grow.
Market Dojo, on the back of recent investment, have been able to offer even more opportunities to local talent. A team which was only five strong this time three years ago, now sits at 21 employees, with more newcomers expected by the end of the year. Together the company is continuing to strive towards our vision of “becoming procurement professionals’ number one choice for eSourcing, by streamlining supplier engagement, using on-demand software.”
Baillie stressed the importance that start ups can play in the local community and economy, offering opportunities for young people to stay local rather than travel out of the county to start their careers.
“Companies like Market Dojo are a superb example of Stroud’s successful innovative businesses. More people than ever before are thriving as entrepreneurs and starting businesses from their kitchen tables. Market Dojo represents this entrepreneurial spirit as the company has grown from 3 to 21 employees in 4 years, including 13 new recruits joining in the last 9 months.”
“Local businesses and groups like the Federation of Small Businesses tell me they want and need more skilled young people in the area. We have to work hard to keep these sort of companies here and I am fighting for more investment in further education and apprenticeships so young people can join them.”
As local companies such as Market Dojo grow, one of the challenges and factors that can often be overlooked is the physical space needed to accommodate new starters.
Russell Warner supports local businesses by supplying and developing office space. He is concerned that businesses are being forced to relocate out of Stroud due to a lack of applicable office space.
“Market Dojo are a client that are growing at an exponential rate and I am keen to keep supporting them in their growth, as I am all our clients at West End Office Suites, by supplying enough high quality office space for their growing teams.”
”Providing room for local companies to grow in turn leads to more employment opportunities, including openings for the next generation through apprenticeships or internship schemes. If we are not able to support such organisations they will continue to leave the area and the associated jobs and opportunity will be lost for the local population”
Market Dojo relocated our headquarters from Bristol to Stonehouse almost 5 years ago and co-owner Nick Drewe has never looked back.
“With members of the team living in Bristol, Cirencester and Cheltenham, we wanted to find a middle ground for us all that would still cater for future expansion. West End Office Suites has been the perfect home for us and we have been incredibly fortunate that as we have grown as a company, Russell has been able to supply the office space to accommodate us. We have recently hired our 21st member of staff, and plan to take on an intern or apprentice in the future and have another recruitment spree later this year.”
However, the limitations that can come with a lack of office are an inevitable factor of consideration when looking to create new opportunities within the business for the local community.
“It is vital for businesses like ourselves to have the space to grow with the stability of staying in one place to minimise disruption. Like most companies in the area, we are keen to offer opportunities to the local community. However, not having the physical space to house interns and apprentices can result in them being overlooked.”