Family company looking to breathe new life into Rugby’s business community - The Rugby Observer

Family company looking to breathe new life into Rugby’s business community

A FAMILY company in Rugby is looking to breathe new life into the town’s business community.

Creative agency Oxygen – which provides a range of design, digital and print services – was created by Malcolm Freeman eight years ago, just two weeks after he was made redundant.

His partner Natalie Hughes soon jumped on board and now the company of six plans to grow the team and its services.

And after becoming Google Partners, the pair are scouring the area for a business centre for Rugby including a café, hotdesk and meeting facilities to benefit other firms.

Malcolm said he and Natalie – who he met around the same time he launched Oxygen – were raising a family while balancing the business expansion and setting up the hub.

Thanks to the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme, the team has received support from the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce to help set plans in motion.

Malcolm said: “We feel there is a gap in the market for a business hub in Rugby where people can pop in and get a coffee and work out of the centre. We are actively looking into that opportunity because we feel it would be good for the town and good for business too.

“Helena Bassett from the chamber has been great. She didn’t come in and read from a script – she understood what we were going through as parents trying to run and grow a successful business.

“The meetings with Helena really sparked our imagination and we are now looking to grow the team and the business.”

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