Business in Focus: Co.Lab

Residing on the high street above McColl’s, the newly refurbished Co.Lab is the home of; Directory, Ovo Studio, Darren Smith Graphic Design, AMG Design and Print, Guisborough Large Format, and Rayner Electrical.

The new collaborative space aims to act as a creative hub for the town. A “one-stop-shop” for web, design, branding, and more.

We spoke to Thomas Robinson, owner of Ovo Studio, about the Co.Lab.

Where did the idea for the Co.Lab come from?

If there is one thing that 2020 taught us, it was that we needed to work together. The concept was simple, develop a creating space for complementary businesses to collaborate. The group of businesses got together and discussed options for location and figured Chaloner Street was ideal, in the heart of the town. We opted for the existing accountancy office, even thought it was in dire need of repair. We invested in a full renovation of the space, creating our hub.  

What do the businesses in the Co.Lab do? 

Ovo Studio offers Website Design and a range of digital marketing options including Social Media, Email Marketing, E-Commerce Support and more.

DS Graphic Design offers graphic design services including: Logos & Branding, Business Cards, Flyers & Leaflets.

Guisborough Large Format offers Vehicle Wrapping, Large Format Exhibition Quality Print and Shop Signage.

AMG Design and Print offer all things Workwear, Embroidery and Print services. Branded promotional items and more. 

Rayner Electrical offers a range of electrical services, including commercial installs of energy saving LED and luxury hospitality fittings.

How do you think it will benefit the people of Guisborough?

The building offers ‘best in field’ businesses from each category, providing a high quality service offering in one single location. You can simply walk in and speak to experts in each industry for support. No other business offers this type of support across such a broad spectrum of services. 

So whether you’re looking for a set of business cards, a vehicle wrapping, some new staff uniforms or a new website. The Co.Lab can help!

What’s the benefit of having all these businesses in one place?

This approach saves business owners time and money. All of our providers are priced strong against the market, meaning you get the best service for the best price. 

The fact all the  businesses are working collaboratively means we can provide an easy transition between products, sharing logos and visual assets to make turnaround for additional products quicker.

What can people expect to see from the Co.Lab in the coming year? 

What a question! Well, firstly you’ll start to hear more about us on social media. We will start to share our work with the community and showcase what a positive impact the Co.Lab can have on your business.

Secondly we are going to run some workshops with local businesses, highlighting how to get the most out of free online tools to grow your business. Most of all we are just going to be here to support businesses in our area! 

The Co.Lab brings together some of the best local businesses around, and is a real hub of knowledge in terms of growing your own business. After 2020 and all the difficulty it brought to local retailers, creators and businesses, the Co.Lab is a welcome addition to Guisborough’s high street, bringing a wealth of knowledge, resources and advice to help our local businesses grow and flourish. 

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