What’s Mulberry Workshop all about?
We are specialists in custom-fabrication using digital manufacturing to make unique products and structures for all kinds of purposes and clients. I look after the whole process – concepts, 3D design, CNC routing and laser cutting.
How did the business start?
I guess it started with me coming to Liverpool from Spain in 2012 to learn English! Fast forward a little and I studied industrial design at John Moores University and then spent some time working at Sensor City helping small businesses with technical challenges around design. After a couple of years working in Manchester designing IOT devices for a business, I decided to set up on my own and the rest is history.
Why did you approach Gather for support?
From my workspace at MAKE CIC in the North Docks I was producing great things, but struggling to reach a wider clientele. It was a bit like fight club – what happened in the workshop, stayed in the workshop! No-one really knew about us, and I had lots of ideas but needed some advice to develop a growth strategy.
I knew I needed to change some things to make the business a success and talking to Gather helped me to drill down into that. I really needed that conversation, and it aligned me to the right path.
Even when you have an understanding of business it doesn’t always prepare you for being a small business owner. Gather helped me to remove some blockers I’d put in the way of us scaling and supported me to develop a plan to target the right clients and projects that will help the business to grow.