After leaving the editor’s chair he set up his new business and with the help of the design team at Optima created a new company brand and website and is now building an impressive client base. Jon had been editor of the Echo for seven years, editor of the Scunthorpe Telegraph for three years and deputy editor of the Nottingham Post for four years. He is now using his extensive network of contacts and understanding of the media to help companies raise their profile and find new and innovative ways of growing their business.
His new clients include:
- Freewatt Ltd – a leading company in solar energy which has already grown rapidly since it was established just three years ago to become one of the largest installers of PV solar systems in the region and is now recognised by English Heritage as a listed building specialist
- Lincoln Cathedral – an icon for the whole of the city and county. It is recognised as one of the most beautiful gothic buildings in the world and is at the forefront of the tourism sector in Lincolnshire. The cathedral also plays an important part in the business community and has the challenge of raising £2.5 million to repair the 800-year-old turrets on the west front.
- Charlotte House Hotel – already regarded as one of the best boutique hotels in the UK, owner Jonathan Pass and his team are quickly growing the hotel’s reputation as the leading wedding venue in the county
- WebHostingBuzz – American-based worldwide leader of web hosting services the company has recently opened a UK centre of operations in Lincoln. From their data centres in Atlanta, New York City, Phoenix and Amsterdam the company powers over 150,000 websites in 180 countries around the world.
In addition to his clients Jon is also providing teaching for the media faculty at the University of Lincoln. He has also continued in his many community roles across the county. Jon is the current chairman of Lincoln Book Festival, a lay governor at Lincoln College, a visiting fellow of the media and business schools at the University, a member of the Lincolnshire Business Convention organising committee, a board member of Lincolnshire Crimestoppers and a member of the Lincoln Cathedral business advisory group.
I am absolutely delighted with the progress the company has made in such a short time, said Jon.
I am proud of Lincolnshire and am constantly inspired by the dynamic businesses and people that I meet. The county has so much to shout about and just needs help to send out the right signals.