I recently had the pleasure of interviewing a young local business man whom I find hard working and inspiring. Dan Edwards has worked hard to open his own Web Design business in Chichester, West Sussex, he can often be found working late hours to accomodate his clients.
I will let Dan tell you his story:
I studied Graphic Design at Chichester College and while there I was approached by an online retailer to do their graphics, which was my first taste of web design.
I started trading with my own business in 2009 — the Design 51 the name came from a typography lesson when I was playing around with letters and numbers and produced the logo. I launched the business with that name and started freelancing whilst still doing work for the online retailer and also working for a local agency. When I set up Design 51 I started by working for people I already knew but it soon spread by word of mouth and I started to get more and more new clients and that’s where I wanted to be.
In 2010 I made the decision to work just for myself and shared an office base for the first year. By last year I was able to take on an office of my own and moved into this building at 12 Northgate in Chichester. We now have several national clients and also some worldwide, including a couple in the United States but the majority of our work is local and mainly for start-ups and small to medium-sized businesses. (more…)