Tell us about your family
My wife Rebecca is the co-founder of Therapy Box. We work together every day – which isn’t as bad as it sounds! We also have a noisy and curious 1 year old, who keeps us very busy.
What did you do before coming up with your business idea and how was it making the transition?
I was working for the commercial team at Carphone Warehouse. Making the transition was always a bit of a risk – but it definitely paid off. Rebecca and I initially worked on the business after hours and on the weekend from home, so once the business grew we knew we needed to commit more time to it and both left our jobs.
When did you launch?
We launched in 2010 – it seems like yesterday– but a lot has happened in 4 years!
How did you get started?
Rebecca is a speech and language therapist, and she identified a need from her work. We decided that there ought to be a more cost effective and cool way of providing communication aids for people who couldn’t speak. The iPod Touch and iPhone were really taking the world by storm at that stage, and we were lucky enough to jump onto the wave of the use of apps in education and healthcare just as the iPad launched.
What’s your favourite thing about running your own business
Well, the best thing about running your own business is that each day you wake up ready to tackle a new challenge. Each decision made in the business is yours.
What’s the thing you least enjoy about running your own business
Just as its great to be involved in every decision, it can be a real challenge to step back too. Even when you are on holiday you need to stay atuned to the business, so it can be hard to switch off.
What has worked well about your business?
Working on something we feel passionate about and makes a real difference in people’s lives means that the energy of the team is palpable. We have a great team that drive all aspects of the business – the development and design; the marketing and the events and training. Our team is our biggest asset.
How do you fit in work with the family? Is your partner supportive of your business?
Working with my wife is a real bonus. It certainly helps as we both put in the hours and can offer each other the flexibility we need. We make sure we have lots of time to spend with our son and live locally so we can be around to take him to music class or playdates. The weekend is definitely the preserve of spending time with our little one. That’s not to say that there are not discussions about app ideas while we’re at the playground!
Have you had your ‘I’ve made it’ moment? Tell us about it. If not when do you think it will come
Winning the Queen’s Award for Enterprise : Innovation was a great achievement for us. Meeting the Queen was a little surreal. It has helped us acknowledge the success we’ve had to date and focus on where we want to go in the future.
Where do you hope to be in five years’ time?
We want to be cutting through with more innovation in the specialist field we work in – being able to deliver apps for wearable tech devices and pushing things in terms of apps for people with disabilities.
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