Local business network group, BNI, meet on a regular basis to help network and grow business. We’ve partnered with the local businesses to profile their impressive businesses and get to know a little more about the people behind this helm.
What do you do for a living? If you run a business tell us a little about it.
I run Cimplicity, a web design company that my wife and I founded about 8 years ago. It was originally a side project but after being retrenched a number of years ago it has become my sole focus.
How long have you been doing business in Ballito?
I have been working with Ballito businesses for about 6 years. I am involved with the Ballito chapter of BNI (Business Network International) as well as the iLembe Chamber of Commerce and sponsor my web design services to the Ballito Dolphins Rugby Club.
What makes your business unique or different to other businesses on the coast?
I believe that every business deserves a unique website, not one based on a generic format. Each business is unique, and their web presence should be too. I also believe that if I go onto a website, it should feel the same as if I were to walk into the offices or retail space of a company, the look and feel should be carried through. I collaborate with people, I give guidance from a design perspective but they need to guide me on the overall feel they want from their site.
How important is Service in business – what is your approach or philosophy to service?
Service is key, I work on a collaborative approach with my clients and will listen to their business philosophy so that it comes across in the design and functionality of the site. I foster long term relationships with my clients based on honesty, trust and reliability.
Do you believe the customer is King?
Absolutely! My customers are ‘king’ in terms of their businesses, just as I am in mine, so I will give guidance and leadership in terms of the design and functionality of a site and expect a lot of input from my clients in terms of everything else.
How long have you stayed on the North Coast?
6 years in this slice of paradise. We moved here from the Northern Suburbs in Johannesburg and we have never looked back. Why would anyone want to live anywhere else?
Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in the U.K and graduated from the University for the Creative Arts. I later did a programming diploma in C++, Unix and Networking and worked in IT. I have always had an interest in design, especially Scandinavian Modernism, and when the chance came up to combine design with I.T, I took it with both hands and have never looked back. I met my wife in Cardiff, Wales and we moved here in 2003 with our son, she is South African and I didn’t need much persuading to move out here.
Favourite place to have a good meal on the North Coast?
There are so many to choose from! Overall, it has to be Spice in Westbrook, they have some of the best food I have eaten anywhere in the world. Although, if I am going for a take away option, then Xing Le for their Chinese food is awesome! If we want to go for coffee and cake, then Loaf Café is always our first choice, their cheese cake is to die for.