JAMES NEALE is creative director at Wise Monkey Media, a full service advertising and marketing agency based in Rock, North Cornwall.
Since launching the business in spring 2011, James has grown a successful business that offers a wide variety of creative services to businesses across Cornwall and the UK.
He has recently joined the Fast Forward programme to look at where he can take his business next.
Having been involved with a range of programmes with Unlocking Potential for over three years including the Graduate Start Up Scheme, he has recruited graduates through Unlocking Potential and has been a contributor at Connect days.
James is now keen to use the Fast Forward programme to help take Wise Monkey Media to the next level.
James explains: "It's a great chance for me to take time out of the business and have a critical look at what we are doing and where we are going. Fast Forward has enabled me to connect with a number of businesses at a similar stage in their evolution and share experiences and learn together."
James's group was made up of a variety of industry professionals, operating in a range of roles.
James explains that it was exactly this diverse range of experience that really helped unlock some fresh thinking and gave him the confidence to make some key decisions.
"When you are in a room with professionals from different backgrounds who are all experiencing similar challenges and tried and tested solutions are surfacing, it's really valuable."
As a relatively new business, Wise Monkey Media has experienced rapid growth over the last 12 months, expanding its offering to include television production, on hold messaging and radio production: "It's very easy to have your nose to the grindstone and get caught up on the technical aspect of your business. Fast Forward has focused my attention on our biggest asset, the team."
If you want to take your business to the next level, and take part in a Fast Forward Group contact Unlocking Potential on 0845 600 3660 or at www.unlocking-potential. co.uk