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Pioneer of the Week : Gavin Bell of Blue Cliff Media

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Pioneer of the Week : Gavin Bell of Blue Cliff Media


Name            Gavin Bell
From              Edinburgh
Business        Blue Cliff Media – a social media agency specialising in Facebook advertising.



I’m an award winning entrepreneur and run a social media agency called Blue Cliff Media. We specialise in Facebook advertising.


Two interesting facts about me -

  1. I’m from the Shetland Islands, but now live in Edinburgh.
  2. I do a weekly vlog on YouTube to show my journey through the world of entrepreneurship.


How did your business start?

I always wanted to be my own boss. Throughout school I used to buy overseas electronics and sell them on eBay. In 2012, I moved to Manchester after being accepted into the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy. When I moved back to Scotland afterwards, I launched Blue Cliff Media.

Can you share an experience that really helped you take your business forward?

2016 was the first full year I had in business and at the end we won New Start Business of the Year in Scotland. To win was a real boost in confidence and showed me that what I was doing was working.


What would you like to ask our Pioneers?

As a vlogger I want to know if you'll be using video for your business in 2017?



What do you love most about running your own business?

The freedom. It doesn’t mean I sip mojitos on the beach all day! But I like not being contracted to anyone or anything. I also get to meet amazing people every single day; people who are doing and creating things that change the world.


What three things do you wish someone had told you when you first started?

  1. Be patient. Nothing happens overnight.
  2. Ask for help. People are happy to help if you just ask.
  3. Take action. Don’t wait for the “right time” to do something. Just do it now.


What advice could you give other start-ups in your industry?

Know your stuff. There are countless “social media gurus” out there. I’ve made the decision to focus in on a specific area of social media - Facebook ads - so I can become the best person at that. My advice would be to niche down.

To be an entrepreneur…is to create something, and to work hard to make it work. 

If you want to connect with Gavin, comment below and tag @MrGavinBell...
Or follow him on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Instagram and Snapchat!