They are the future for Glasgow and the west of Scotland's economy and are working hard to achieve success in the face of continuing economic hardship.
Many new businesses are struggling to take off because of the economic downturn, and this column offers advice for potential start-ups.
Each company will answer the same questions about their business and their answers will appear in the Evening Times each Wednesday.
This week we highlight Irina Dinoci of The QuickSites Company.
Who are you?
We're an international network of developers, designers and consultants offering local website design services worldwide.
What does your business do?
The QuickSites Company is a network of talented developers, designers, web consultants and online marketing specialists.
Together we provide small businesses all around the world with a trustworthy and consistent service upon which they can expand their online business.
Our services include web design, website development, web consulting, online marketing, social media marketing, web hosting, e-mail solutions, e-commerce solutions
Where are you based?
Edinburgh, Glasgow and Prague, Czech Republic.
How did you get started?
I moved to the Czech Republic to find a job in IT after leaving Edinburgh Napier University in 2008.
Unable to resist the business-buzz of a high-growth economy I seized an opportunity and founded Universal Internet Solutions Ltd.
The company traded as "SlickTouch", providing high-end website solutions to the SME market, differentiating itself as the only English-speaking company in its field in Prague at that time.
QuickSites operates at the other end of the spectrum, offering structured, fixed-price website solutions to small businesses and startups worldwide.
What is your background?
I was born in Leamington Spa in England.
At the age of 12 my family moved to France where I went on to complete high-school. I then moved to Scotland to complete my degree in Software Technology at Edinburgh Napier University. I took a year out in Spain and then headed to the Czech Republic where I founded and ran SlickTouch for four years.
What is your top tip?
Keep your feet on the ground.
It's easy to get carried away when things begin to take off, but it's the person that leads it
to take off who holds the key to its future. Don't lose track of that person.
Has anyone helped you get started?
If you have an idea, get down to your local Business Gateway. They have a fantastic range of support.
What was your first deal?
Initially we got pushed around quite a bit because we were hungry for any type of business. So my first few deals were rubbish. But not long after that we improved by managing customer expectations and sticking to our rules.
What what would you do differently?
I wouldn't start a company again without the right support. It's like running into a burning forest.
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