Business Profile: Jonathan Le Page Of Microform Imaging Ltd
Laura Batchelor, Features Writer
Jonathan Le Page is Managing Director of Microform Imaging Ltd, based in Wakefield. He joined the business in 2002 and has been a driving force in launching British Online Archives, which is a gateway to Microform Academic Publishers’ digital publications.
What is your business motto?
To always be open to learning.
What makes your business different from others?
As a business, we believe we always do the right thing and understand the importance this means to others. The work we do can improve business processes and productively and we do everything we can to make the process of implementing things as smooth as possible.
What do you always have with you?
An un-ending optimism that everything will be all right in the end!
Which person has inspired you most in your business life and in what way?
My Dad – he was orphaned as a baby and yet still managed to build a company with a global reach. Now selling our products and services to multi-billion pound businesses and Ivy-league Universities such as Oxford and Cambridge, Princeton, Harvard and Yale to name a few. I have also been inspired by Tilman Fertitta , an American billionaire businessman and television personality. He is the chairman, CEO, and sole owner of Landry's, Inc., one of the largest restaurant corporations in the US. I witnessed him give a talk at SXSW conference in Austin Texas and was truly impressed with his attitude to business.
What’s your proudest achievement in business?
The implementation of our online Publishing Portal; British Online Archives and its recent revamp. Our archive are always expanding and we support the research of university students and academics through scanning and digital distribution of primary sources. Our collections now cover 6 continents and customers are from educational institutions all over the world!
What do you believe is your company’s greatest asset?
It’s longstanding heritage and our committed staff, many of whom are local residents.
Do you use social media for business and if so, with how much success?
Yes. When used in the right way, which has taken over a year to do, it has been extremely successful. At the start it was a huge leap of faith but it has paid dividends in the long run and we definitely see this as a long term element in our marketing plans.
If you hadn’t gone down your chosen career path, what would you be doing?
Most likely something in engineering, as this is another interest of mine.
Give us one tip for a successful business
Know your numbers. Whether it be the financials or production rates, if you know your numbers you get a great feel for the business and a clear indication when something is wrong.
How do you like to relax away from work?
Hiking in the countryside. Nothing beats it.
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Business Profile: Jonathan Le Page Of Microform Imaging Ltd, 2nd August 2018, 15:33 PM