Inspiring Story: BVPages

Business Name: BVPages

Support received: Start & Grow

Location: Colchester


Since the launch in April 2016, Colchester based BVPages is unique as it is the only online directory that features video as a standard listing.

Sandra Augusti is no stranger to business and is perfectly placed to understand the power of marketing in today’s business world.  As a result, she decided to focus on a new start-up to offer video as a vehicle for other organisations to highlight their products and services.

Supported by the Start & Grow programme through Nwes, Sandra has made every opportunity count.

What was the inspiration for BVPages?

As a business owner I am fully aware that marketing budgets are often tight when starting out and growing your business.  Marketing is really imperative and must be done however small your budget.

This means that all decisions about marketing are on the basis that it is going to be effective.  In my experience, letting customers see the personality behind the business is a big attraction because people buy people.

What makes BVPages unique?

It is the only online directory that features video as a standard listing.  The platform has been specifically designed so that clients can make more informed choices as well as discover something new.

When did you gain your first customer?  How did this make you feel?

We gained our first customer in June 2016.  I felt fantastic as it endorsed the fact that other people were buying into my vision for an online video directory. When we talk to people about the business, there is a lot of excitement and interest.

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“We now employ five people. I have no regrets and I have ambitions to be a household name and to franchise or go national by year three of the business. With ongoing support from Nwes under the Start & Grow programme, the sky is the limit.”

What have been the most helpful experiences and knowledge that you have gained from working with Nwes?

Support from enterprise agency Nwes has been invaluable in developing BVPages.  From putting together a business plan, financial forecasting and learning about the legal side of employing staff, I have made full use of the workshops and masterclasses that have been available through the Start & Grow programme, which is delivered by Nwes. 

It has been absolutely fantastic!  It has helped grow my confidence, improve my knowledge and given me a steer on building credibility for the business.

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