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Interview with Joanne Bunting, MD of Business Garage

Published on: 30/10/2014

A quick-fire series of questions with one of Milton Park’s newest tenants, and its first complete business outsourcing service company.

You’ve just moved to 11G Park House, but this isn’t your first time on the Park?
Yes, we started back in 2000 as the Operations Department for 1000heads, a marketing consultancy based on Milton Park in their early days. When they relocated to London, we left the Park but stayed in Oxfordshire and realised four years ago that we could also offer similar services to external clients; and Business Garage was born. Today we are still 1000heads’ Ops team, which now has five offices across the world with 100 people in London, but Business Garage has expanded too. We wanted to return to the Park as it’s a fantastic location and being next to Milton Park Stores, we are really accessible.

How many people work for you?
There are eight of us plus we have a network of partners and freelancers who we call upon when needed.

What’s your philosophy?
To help small to medium businesses that need help with bookkeeping, finance, HR, admin support, marketing etc. Anything that helps them focus on their core business whilst knowing that their operations are in hand.

Who are your clients?
We moved to 11G Park House just 12 weeks’ ago and have already won a new client on the Park which is great news. But we have all sorts across all sectors, from: marketing consultancies to manufacturers, restaurants and gastropubs, to print companies.

What’s your most popular service?
Definitely the financial/bookingkeeping/payroll service, followed by HR from recruitment and people management to staff handbooks, employment contracts etc. We tailor the package to suit people’s needs and can charge on an hourly, retainer or project basis.

What’s the most random thing you’ve done?
We recently set up a company in Dubai, and prior to that one in Australia and the US. We work very closely with lawyers, accountants etc – it’s all par for the course.

What’s your vision for Business Garage?
To grow and expand on Milton Park. Jo at MEPC has been great – so flexible and a breath of fresh air. We know that as we expand, Jo and the team will help us.

What’s your proudest moment?
Taking the idea that we can help other companies and building a business.

If you were to describe Business Garage in three words, what would they be?
Flexible, knowledgeable and approachable.

If you were to have a celebrity endorse your company, who would it be?
Ethan Hunt played by Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible! We can get involved in absolutely anything and have to think and act fast!

If you were to invite three famous people to dinner, who would they be?
Freddie Mercury, Margaret Mountford from The Apprentice-fame and comedian Jon Richardson.

What’s next for Business Garage?
We have our first male employee with a great finance background starting on Monday – he says he’s ready for us!

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