“I've worked closely with Gareth for around 18 months now and I can't recommend him highly enough. Hugely experienced individual.”
Mark Boyd / Transparent Digital
When I was 14 I started my first business.
A web design and development business. A proper business, with real clients. This was a big step up from the 20p magazines I sold to my family.
From my bedroom in the attic of my parents' house, I built websites for other people. To build my skillset, I also built a few websites of my own.
A website about camping.
One website gained a bit of interest. A website about camping, caravanning, and the outdoors.
It also gained traffic. I grew the site, won a couple of awards, and grew the site some more.
Working with the big boys.
That website led to me working with the two largest players in the industry. It was an incredible experience. I'm pretty sure I was the only kid on my school bus with a company mobile phone.
In 2007, age 21, I started Reserve Apartments.
I spent 10 years building the business I co-founded into the largest holiday apartment agency in Scotland. I'm still there as a shareholder. Today, we manage the marketing for hundreds of apartments, handling millions of pounds in bookings each year.
How Did the olympics result in me having 3 kids?
I watched the London 2012 Olympics.
In particular, the story of the volunteers captured my interest. I caught a Radio 4 program that discussed the story of the volunteers who made the games what they were. I got out of my car and made a phone call. The next day I began volunteering with children.
I knew instantly that my life would change. I just didn't quite expect that it would result in me leaving the business I had built over 10 years to become a foster carer. And I certainly didn't expect the day I would wake up as a foster parent to three incredible, amazing, gorgeous children.
And now, Clarified.
Today, I'm still as passionate about business as I've ever been. Especially small businesses.
Clarified allows me to bring everything I've gained along the way (the skills, the experience, the passion, the reputation, the expertise) to you.
“Gareth will research a given topic thoroughly and establish clear goals and a practical plan to achieve the necessary results.”
Colin Guthrie / Tribalogic
How does all of this help you?
When I started my web design company (aged 14), I taught myself everything. I learnt how to design a website (from mock-up/wireframe to final design), code (HTML, CSS, etc.), and communicate with clients.
As the websites I built grew, I taught myself the principles of marketing, search engine optimisation, conversion rate optimisation, content management systems, and more.
With Reserve Apartments, paid marketing (Google AdWords, Facebook Ads, re-targeting, etc.) became an essential part of our business. I needed to put in the time and effort to get good at those things too.
I have a deep understanding of branding + marketing, because I studied it, and used it, to build my own businesses.
I'm no stranger to working with a budget, and the creative thinking that's required to get great results.
As the business grew, we hired experts to manage some aspects of the business for us.
We worked with some incredibly talented experts. My understanding of how everything works, and fits together, allowed me to work well with these professionals.
I don't simply build websites. I make websites that work.
I make sure we're clear about what job your website should be doing. I ensure it's doing that job when it's live. I think about how it builds into your marketing strategy. I think about how we grow your brand, on your website and beyond.
I bring all of this understanding, expertise and experience with me to each project I work on, and each one-person business I work with.