Nineteen48 is run by its two founders, Gary Seneviratne and Stuart Pool.
Gary has over 10 years’ experience as an entrepreneur, having started his own business from humble beginnings whilst still at university. Gary’s strengths are his vision, self-belief, determination and the ability to deliver results under pressure.
As well as running Nineteen48, Gary is the Business Development Director of Adido, a company founded with three friends from university. From the beginning, Gary has defined and run the sales operation for the company which now has a turnover of over £2m and employs 33 full-time staff. Adido has become a top 50 agency in the UK (according to the industry-recognised NMA rankings) and has won national awards for their work. Adido’s clients include Orange, Easyjet, Iceland, Haier, Bowlplex and the NHS.
Gary is a strong believer in contributing to his community. He was one of the youngest ever committee members of the Institute of Directors, he is a former President of the Dorset Junior Chamber (DJC) and a Co-ordinator of the Business-X-Change. Whilst President of the DJC, Gary was instrumental in significantly increasing the membership of the organisation.
Gary often gives talks at local universities to inspire students to follow an entrepreneurial path and shares with them his first-hand experience of running his own business.
Gary is an entrepreneur at heart and is at his best when working within a committed team that have a vision and requires vast growth to reach that goal.
For more details of Gary’s experience and a more comprehensive background, please look at his LinkedIn profile page at: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/garyseneviratne
Stuart has almost 20 years’ commercial experience at senior management and director level, having founded and run successful internet-related businesses in various sectors, including web design & development, online recruitment, software development and online gaming.
Stuart has worked with clients belonging to many different industry sectors, from financial and professional services to manufacturing and retail, as well as public sector, education and not-for-profit. His clients have ranged from individuals to multinationals and he is equally comfortable dealing with either end of the spectrum or anything in between.
During his 9 years at Redweb (an award-winning digital agency), Stuart was instrumental in developing the business, going beyond his initial remit of sales manager to a place on the board, defining the strategy for the agency and nurturing a fantastic team with whom he grew the business year-on-year, not just in the financial sense (to a turnover of over £5m), but also increasing the employee headcount from 20 to over 100. Redweb’s clients included Sky, Transport for London, HM Treasury, CenterParcs, Scottish Parliament, Aviva, e-on, Unite the Union and the Home Office.
Prior to that, Stuart had successfully run his own web agency (KAN) for almost 5 years. KAN was a start-up digital agency providing bespoke website design & build, application development and hosting services to a wide range of clients. From very modest beginnings and with limited resources, Stuart grew the business into a respected regional agency with over 50 clients, including the Cancer Research Campaign, BT, Cambridge Building Society, GE Smallworld, KBC Financial Products and the Internet Watch Foundation.
Stuart is definitely at his best when growing businesses from the ground up or guiding them through periods of significant expansion.
For more details of Stuart’s experience and background, please look at his LinkedIn profile page at: http://uk.linkedin.com/in/stuartpool