We’re meeting the businesses in Bristol Pound’s network who are making the most of our Premium Business Services. We want to hear the stories about their business, about themselves and how being a part of a localised economy helps them.
We spoke to Comera Group to learn their story and find out what makes them unique in the world of business consultancy…
Comera Group was founded by Will Cogley and Tania Seymour, two entrepreneurs with a background in finance, eleven years ago. Comera was founded on a simple goal: to give Bristol’s SMEs the skills and advice they need to succeed while tackling any challenges they face along the way.
Talking about why he founded Comera, Will said:
“When Tania and I worked in corporate finance, we spent a lot of time working with SMEs and getting to know what makes them tick. We found that one of the biggest problems they face is a lack of proper advice and skills to tackle the challenges that inevitably occur when running a business, whether that’s accountancy, HR, business support or security. We founded Comera to give people access to all these services from one provider who they can trust”.
Comera has grown a lot since, now serving larger organisations across the country. As well as our professional services offering, we’ve also diversified into other services our clients need, helping to keep them sustainable, healthy, secure and safe. We understand there’s more to life than business so we’ve also adapted these services to individuals.
What ties all of this together is our firm belief in empowering our clients to live better lives in a way that benefits the community. This is reflected by the areas that we’ve chosen to specialise in and is embedded in every aspect of the way we deliver our services.
Consultancy can sometimes get a bad reputation but, right from the start, we decided to be different. Our values of looking after people, acting in a socially responsible way, commitment to clients and promoting a culture of quality drive everything we do. This is true whether we’re assisting with disaster relief in the British Virgin Islands through Comera Risk, helping to make the world greener through Comera Energy or helping people to plan their futures through Comera Professional.
Bristol has always been important to us at Comera. It’s where we come from, it’s where many of our clients are and our head offices are based at The Quorum, right in the centre of the city. Bristol has been good to us, and we’re determined to repay the favour. This year, we’re working with The Grand Appeal to raise money to help the Bristol Children’s Hospital.
Working with so many of Bristol’s start-ups, we realise how important Bristol’s business community is to the character of the City. Whether it’s the vendors at St Nicholas’ Market or the tech start-ups in the Engine Shed, our local businesses make Bristol the lively and independent place that it is. The Bristol Pound is a great way of supporting our business community and keeping our money in Bristol, and that’s something we’ll always support.