This year, the WIPO is marking World Intellectual Property day by shining the light on how SMEs use their IP rights. So we caught up with our recent client, Linn Boo, founder and managing director of Newquay based Boo Consulting Limited to find out why she decided to trademark her business brand name.
What is Boo Consulting?
Boo Consulting Limited is privacy and risk consultancy firm. Since 2018, our expert consultants have been helping organisations, charities, local authorities and SMEs in Cornwall and across the UK to do the right thing when it comes to business compliance. We specialise in Information Security, Data Protection, Marketing Compliance, ISO Consultancy, Food Safety and Health & Safety.
Understanding laws, regulations and industry standards can be complex and daunting. Boo Consulting are here to help, whatever the size of your business. We make business compliance easy with professional risk management consultancy from data protection to food safety and health and safety.
How did you come up with the idea for your business?
I have worked in information security and data protection for over 15-years.
Ethics is a big thing for me. When I worked for another consultancy firm, I worked on a GDPR audit for a homeless charity. Whilst speaking with members of staff it became clear that the charity had been forced to let a member of staff go in order to have enough funds to pay for the audit. This really didn’t sit well with me; compliance shouldn’t have to be expensive or intimidating.
What challenges did you face when you set the business up?
Definitely finance; I set up the business with no financial support and I wanted to grow the business organically. This on its own is challenging, especially as I didn’t have the budget for a sales team/function. The business was essentially built on the idea that keeping our overheads and costs low and our clients happy would lead to word-of-mouth sales.
How important is it to you that your brand identity is protected?
Building a reputable brand is hugely important, it solidifies our reputation, service quality and future innovation.
How do your IP rights help your business?
There are a couple of other organisations with similar names and the IP has given me some peace of mind that my brand is protected.
Why is it important for brands and start-up businesses to focus on IP?
It can distinguish your services from your competitors and help to protect and enhance your brand in the marketplace.
What advice would you give to other small businesses regarding IP and brand identity?
If you aren’t sure how to go about trademarking your business product/services, get help from the start. I thought I could complete the trademark registration on my own, however, it takes time and thought at each stage of the process. A little investment into an IP specialist goes a long way.
What are your plans for the future of your business?
We are launching a number of new services, including CISO as a Service, cyber maturity assessments and cyber essentials certification.
You can contact Linn and her team through her website www.booconsulting.co.uk or on their social media accounts:
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