Champion of the Week
Meet our Champion of the Week: Guy Tomlinson, Owner of SEO CoPilot
I was born and bred in Sheffield– but I’ve lived in Chesterfield for the past ten years and have built up my web design development and search engine optimisation company, SEO CoPilot, from the heart of Chesterfield – providing support to businesses and individuals in the local area and worldwide. I love living and working in Chesterfield – it’s a fantastic hub for some talented local companies and it’s a town with a rich and proud local history. As for myself, I’ll be celebrating my 51st birthday in the spring of 2017, and I am the proud father of my son.
I first started SEO CoPilot off my own back in February 2012 from a home office, and we’ve since expanded the enterprise to a team of eight, operating from offices near the town centre. We’re an SEO and web design business with a difference – we’re driven to help Chesterfield businesses and people alike to get themselves found on the top spots of Google for their respective services or products. This is no easy task – but our team has the passion and the expertise to build websites for local businesses that not only look great but they work great, generate sales and are easily found through the most complex of web searches.
2016 was a huge year for SEO CoPilot, and we’re going from strength to strength – our sights are set on becoming the No.1 Search and Web Design agency in the area.
1. What’s your best memory of the town?
I’ve always lived near Chesterfield and have been lucky enough to witness its markets first-hand, but I will always remember the Christmas spectacles they put on every winter. The lights and seasonal markets have been really memorable, and the history and atmosphere of the town have helped make the Christmas markets stand out. While many towns and cities may offer their own seasonal markets, Chesterfield really does put on a show– pulling local companies, charities and more together to make for a unique Christmas shopping experience.
2. What development do you think will make the biggest difference to the town?
As someone running an enterprise in Chesterfield – and as a link to fellow business people and companies in and around the town – I understand how important the local economy is to the growth of small to medium businesses. Therefore, I feel developments like Chesterfield Waterside will help bring people from far and wide to enjoy Chesterfield and encourage more to explore and maybe even set up home or trade here. This development is going to be fantastic in the warmer months and I myself will certainly be making the most of it.
3. How would you describe Chesterfield to someone who has never visited?
Chesterfield is a great place to get connected with history as it’s not only on the doorstep of the Peak District but it has a lot of rich history thanks to sites like the Revolution House and the ever iconic Crooked Spire, as well as being no more than a stone’s throw away from great places like Hardwick Hall. As a town centre it really can’t be beaten, while all mod cons are here it’s got more traditional bars and cafes per capita than anywhere I’ve ever visited! Anyone in the belief that Chesterfield is just another sleepy village in the midlands will also be surprised to learn that it’s a real hub for hustle and bustle!
4. What are the positives of running a business here?
Chesterfield is unbelievably well-connected. Not only are there a wealth of friendly local businesses and tradespeople of all walks and measures, but if you need to get around to other cities you can do so via the nearby M1 – or via the town’s fantastic railway links. It’s essentially something of a hub for a self-run business – you’re hardly in the middle of nowhere!
5. Who or what do you turn to in Chesterfield for business advice?
I only ever need to talk to a few of my close friends in business for support. The great thing about running a business here means that you’re never too far away from helping someone who can help you in return. Chesterfield is tightly-connected with scores of specialists in a whole host of areas, meaning no one is ever short on advice where it counts.
6. Why did you choose to base your business in Chesterfield?
I actually set up home here before I set up my business – so therefore it made sense! It soon dawned on me, however, that the town has the perfect connections and local support for SEO CoPilot to thrive with ease. Therefore, I’ve never thought of relocating – our team has the network and the support right here in the local metropolis!
7. Who do you admire in the community?
I wouldn’t say I have anyone who I admire in the community that I could name but I would say there are people I come across that inspire me and therefore get my admiration. Anyone looking to make a change and improve the town.
8. What are the aspirations of your business?
We aim to be the number one Internet marketing agency in Derbyshire! This means not only offering our clients the very best in search engine optimisation, website design and social media marketing, but also to ensure that they get seen through Google no matter their business nor field. We’re dedicated to helping out local businesses, too, meaning that we are sharply focused upon being the go-to company for Chesterfield entrepreneurs that want to get themselves noticed!
9. What advice would you give to someone establishing a business here?
Get yourself out there and talking to local businesses – regardless of what you do, you’ll be more than likely to find someone to connect to and to build a mutual partnership with.