As one of the first to occupy office space within the Enterprise Hub Fife, Emma Grubb of Translate IP let us drop by for a chat and told us why she doesn’t regret moving out of her home office and into the serviced office space at the Hub…
For Emma Grubb of Translate IP, owning her own business had always been part of the plan. After graduating in 2000, Emma entered the world of patent translation and worked in-house at two specialist patent translation companies before taking the leap into self-employment in 2010. Working on a freelance basis from her garden-based home office, Emma offered patent translation services from German, French and Italian into English to translation agencies and patent attorneys worldwide. “At the time, freelance work suited my life perfectly. My husband and I wanted to start a family, and working from home gave me the flexibility to work around family commitments,” said Emma.
However, like many self-employed people, Emma struggled to maintain a good work-life balance. “My hours were irregular and it was difficult to achieve a separation between work and home. Sometimes I ended up doing household chores when I really ought to have been working, and other times I would be playing with my children but thinking about some work I needed to do. It was hard to switch off,” recalls Emma.
Having spotted an advert for the newly launched Enterprise Hub Fife, Emma decided to go along for a tour of the office space available. To her surprise, the offices were not only immaculate but also flexible and affordable in comparison to other offices she had researched. “This was extremely important to me as a small business taking my next step. I needed to ensure that my outgoings were minimised”. But it was the extra support that is also offered from the Fife Council Economic Development services that convinced Emma it was the best move for her business.
She continued, “I had always want to grow the business and become a limited company but I’d envisioned it as something I would do once my youngest started school. However, after seeing what was on offer at the Enterprise Hub, I realised that this opportunity was too good to turn down. Instead of waiting for the elusive ‘perfect time’ to start the business, I decided just to do it. And I did. The day I moved into the office, I set up as a limited company.”
Now settled within the Glenrothes-based Hub, with access to Wi-Fi, high-speed broadband, meeting rooms and kitchen facilities, Emma admits that it suits her perfectly. “I can still manage my family commitments as the 24/7 access allows me to come and go as I please. But now when I’m at work I’m much more productive as there are no household distractions. What’s more, it is a far more professional environment in which to hold meetings with clients.”
Seizing the opportunities available through the extra business support on offer at the Enterprise Hub Fife, Emma has taken full advantage and has not only sought advice which has helped her to secure funding towards creating her company website, but has also taken the opportunity to attend some fully funded training courses to transform her marketing strategy.
Emma has also engaged with Women’s Enterprise Scotland and is now participating in their Leadership Programme, which consists of four workshops spread out over 12 months and interspersed with online content and hands on support.
With a solid base to work from, Emma is hoping to grow Translate IP and take on staff in the very near future.
To find out more about the Enterprise Hub Fife and to claim your free hour of meeting space or hot desking facilities, visit www.enterprisehubfife.co.uk