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Steven Sibbald

Lettingweb
Edinburgh, Scotland

Steven is now the Managing Director of Lettingweb after 4 years starting and growing marketing agency Springboard and was the IOD Scotland Young Director of the year 2012. He is also working towards his MBA and sits on the board of the charity Streetwork.

60-Second Interview

Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
There is no one that stands out immediately that I can recall from childhood. However, I remember getting an IBM DX486 when I was 12 with a netscape navigator disc to access the internet. It was an incredible experience being able to use this new tool that was limitless in terms of its possible use. As such I spent a lot of my teens really interested in companies like Napster, eBay, Amazon and search engines.
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
Having the ability to build something that solves a problem and creates value for someone that I can also profit from as well as the responsibility that comes with running a business.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
Selling blocks of time for a photographer at Dobbies garden centre on a commission only basis.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
I would probably say my inability to let go/give more control to staff. This stifled growth and assumed that I had all the answers which is definitely not the case.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
Sheer determination/bloody mindedness.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
A 5 and 3 year old!! After that, my need to make progress and to do better than the day before. More recently, it has been the team I work with. Their ambition to see the company succeed is brilliant.
How do you define success?
The definition of success is very subjective, and everyone will have there own understanding of what that looks like for them. For me, success is continuing to grow personally/professionally and using those experiences to do something positive in the world.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
If I do my job well probably run by one of my team who are all far cleverer than me.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Trust your instincts, be confident in yourself and enjoy the journey.
If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
I am not sure there is one person I can think of that I really want on my business contact list. The accessibility of information through the likes of LinkedIn allow me to connect and expand my network all the time. I find that my best learning comes from meeting with new start business/entrepreneurs who are were I was 3/4 years ago. Its incredible the ideas and talent we have in Scotland at the moment.