We're off to Singapore with a group of digital and technology businesses for our third trade mission of the year on 20 September. We introduced the first group of entrepreneurs joining the trip here. Meet the second group below.

Patricia Marks, Somerset Business Agency

Describe your business in one sentence. 

Inspring enterprise skills, education and opportunities for all.

How did you come up with the idea for your business?

Both personal and career experiences led to the beginning and development of the business. No two education, career, business-start stories are the same and we celebrate that! Do it your way, in your time, from your perspective and we will help you.

Why do you want to go to Singapore and what do you hope to get out of the trip? 

To get connected and to look for the right opportunities to expand our work internationally.

To meet local stakeholders and support organisations.

What's your one top tip for business success?

Tenacity and decision making!

Andrew Couroussopoulos, Intercom2

Describe your business in one sentence. 

Intercom2 develops communication and management platforms for residential developments.

How did you come up with the idea for your business?

I was sat in my apartment when the intercom system started ringing. As a wheelchair user I always tend to miss the call by the time I reach the handset.

It dawned on me how crazy it was that we still rely on such outdated methods of communication in residential developments, with paper still being used to notify residents of things. I thought that a well designed mobile app made more sense.

Why do you want to go to Singapore and what do you hope to get out of the trip?

Singapore is a great market for what we sell as there is a very high number of residential developments.

I would love to meet with Muru-D and explore investment opportunities with Singtel Innov8 who I see as natural growth partners in the region.

What's your one top tip for business success?

Never stop learning. Always test ideas with customers before investing too much time or money into a project.

James Chetwode, Compass Video

Describe your business in one sentence. 

Business storytellers, using video and animation to create compelling digital content to help you communicate with your customers and staff.

How did you come up with the idea for your business?

We were both working for an agency, sitting in a pub called the Compasses. We decided we could go out and do our own thing better than other agencies and with a more ethical approach.

We delight in educating and empowering our clients to use their own kit when the budget isn't available and when there is budget they will trust us to deliver the big stuff. Needless to say, the pub had something to do with the name of the company.

Why do you want to go to Singapore and what do you hope to get out of the trip?

We want to find out more about the Asian market and understand how we can gain more international clients that need a digital arm out of the UK.

We are hoping to meet companies that would like to showcase the work they do in the UK without having to travel there.

We like to think of ourselves as an in house resource that can be turned on and off when required.

What's your one top tip for business success?

If you want to succeed you must be prepared to share knowledge for free in order to build trust and get something back.

It should never just be all about you;' you have to help others first and then you will build an ethical business that customers appreciate in the long term.

Andonette Wilkinson, Made By Factory

Describe your business in one sentence.

Design, development and digital marketing.

How did you come up with the idea for your business? 

I've always had a love for computing, web and creativity. I have a BSc in multimedia computing and taught graphics and web for several years.

After having my daughter after a fourteen year gap between her oldest brother, I was looking for a way to keep occupied at home and began to learn to code websites again. 

One day I was stood with a friend at the Christmas markets in Manchester, who happened to be a software developer.

We were having a mulled wine and we imagined up a small business. It was all quite whimsical, but two years later we went into partnership and four years on, our office is on King Street where we stood drinking mulled wine that day!

Why do you want to go to Singapore and what do you hope to get out of the trip? 

As with other trips I have taken with the Enterprise Nation team, it's always a fantastic learning experience and you can never tell what you will bring back in terms of new knowledge.

What's your one top tip for business success?

See everything, good or bad, as an opportunity to learn from.

Fraser Webster Bell, Northern Star

Describe your business in one sentence. 

Outsourced IT support.

How did you come up with the idea for your business?

I worked for a large multi-national and discovered that the SME market was not well served so decided to set up on my own.

Why do you want to go to Singapore and what do you hope to get out of the trip?

I'm investigating opening an office and partnering with other local IT companies.

What's your one top tip for business success?

Plan, do, review.

Michael Murdoch, The House London

Describe your business in one sentence.

A digital branding and marketing agency that believes in business as unusual.

How did you come up with the idea for your business?

I've love design ever since school, so it was a natural progression to put my talents to task and help business around the grow faster and stronger.

Why do you want to go to Singapore and what do you hope to get out of the trip?

Singapore is the gateway to Asia and I hope to work with many business and partners out there helping expand our operations.

What's your one top tip for business success?

Network, network and network and always be ready to pitch!

Christopher Thomas, Apex Ecommerce

Describe your business in one sentence.

A no-nonense, full service e-commerce agency specialising in retail start-ups.

How did you come up with the idea for your business?

I started my first online retail business in 2001 and spent 16 successful years selling millions of shoes worldwide.

However I never found an agency capable of understanding and dealing with the ever changing retail landscape so the skills were always internalised in my business and consequently learned very well.

I always felt there was an opportunity to start an ecommerce agency with genuine, retail-hardened experience that could help other start-ups getting going online, helping them to scale over time by working closely with the founders.

Why do you want to go to Singapore and what do you hope to get out of the trip?

To explore a new territory and to investigate the state of the ecommerce market.

To ultimately understand whether there are opportunities to provide/export our ecommerce services overseas

As a side point I'm hoping to meet like-minded entrepreneurs.

What's your one top tip for business success?

Invest in people, your staff are your business. Hire the best and give them the equipment they need to the job well.

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