Glenn, tell us about your businesses…
Well, I’m running 3 businesses. The first company, Things 2 Do Marbella, is an online platform for event listings, activities, restaurants and bars in the local area. It was due to the success of Things 2 Do Marbella that I was able to buy In Marbella, an online business directory.
Alongside these 2 businesses, I’ve also recently founded Media Marbella, an SEO and Social Media company which integrates all of the appropriate algorithms to ensure people gain traction and traffic for their website and Social Media platforms. They’re able to gain insight through the unique stats we track and reports we produce.
What’s the most innovative move you’ve taken as of late?
We’ve recently been working on integrating a live streaming service to promote events through our website. You’ll be able to see live events as they happen and book straight onto them. It’s going to be magnificently futuristic, especially as a step forward in events marketing for Marbella. The city won’t have seen anything like it before and we’ll be hitting all the huge summer events.
“I’d had enough of an office job which wasn’t bringing me job satisfaction or happiness.”
How did you instigate a lifestyle change as big as becoming a business owner?
I’d been working in a city finance job in the UK for quite a while and as soon as I hit 30, I decided I’d had enough of an office job which wasn’t bringing me any job satisfaction or happiness. I packed it all in to move to Spain and my first venture was to set up as a personal trainer. This quickly snowballed into a fitness company called Beach Fit, a group exercise and nutrition group and is still going strong now.
What aspirations do you have for your business?
We’re really pushing forward with Media Marbella at the moment. Our goal is to make it the absolute ‘go-to’ social media and SEO agency for both small and large companies. We’re moulding it into an attractively priced platform which is suitable for everyone.
What´s your biggest challenge?
Getting people to understand why we do what we do. We´re not the typical kind of agency you’d find in Marbella. The city really needs to up its game with social media and SEO; it’s quite behind on the digital scene. We offer a service for a small amount of money, which provides maximum impact. Unfortunately, there are a lot of cowboys doing low-level social media consulting so customers have lost sight of what true strategy looks like.
What´s your company's biggest strength?
Having good people skills. Surrounding yourself with positive and strong people can make the world of difference to the culture of your company and the quality of work you produce. We always have a buzz about us when we meet, it’s a great vibe and it’s one of our key strengths.
“Surrounding yourself with positive and strong people can make the world of difference to the culture of your company.”
In what kind of environment are you most productive?
Our Space, of course! Within just 3 weeks of getting to know the community, I made connections which led me to buy a business and build a new one. I’ve been working with members on SEO and graphic design and have made various other deals with my fellow co-workers. Without being surrounded by so many driven entrepreneurs at Our Space, I wouldn’t have bought my second company and built my third.
“Without being surrounded by so many driven entrepreneurs at Our Space, I wouldn’t have bought my second company or built my third.”
How has your experience of Our Space been so far?
I joined Our Space for a reason… I knew I could cover the rent just through the work I get from meeting new clients within the space. Regardless of what you need help, there is always someone to hand here. I’ve met wedding planners, designers, lawyers and more. If you use the space correctly, your experience can be phenomenal.
What do you most like about Our Space?
I love the ambience and the people. Everyone is very approachable. You don’t feel you have to be quiet; there is no awkwardness and everyone speaks to one another. If you want to make something of yourself and truly grow your business, I would wholeheartedly recommend joining Our Space. You’ll be constantly moving to the next level and enjoying yourself at the same time.
Which skills do you hope to exchange?
I have skills to offer in SEO, social media, networking and insider knowledge on local influencers. In terms of the skills I’m seeking in return, my co-workers already know as I knock on their door all the time.
“If you want to make something of yourself and truly grow your business, I would wholeheartedly recommend joining Our Space.”