Ambitious entrepreneur, Jordan Hill, took a leap of faith after finding himself unemployed and moving from Scunthorpe to Leeds to start a business with just £900 in the bank. Now, within two years, Jordan has successfully built and runs a six-figure business, highly regarded by clients, all by the age of 23.
The company, That Works Agency, specialises in e-commerce marketing and Shopify website development. Despite being a small, northern-based and newly established agency, the business has quickly become recognised for their work, particularly for their specialist skills and work with some of the biggest influencer-led brands.
After initially delivering all the work himself, Jordan quickly began hiring a team of talented specialists when demand increased to support the growth of That Works Agency. Including a dedicated UX designer, and a full end-to-end development team.
This fast-growth led to the agency swiftly becoming known as specialists in their niche. That Works Agency now works with some globally recognised e-commerce based brands including Hairburst, CRAFTD, Mr Blanc Teeth and Honu, as well as being an outsourcing partner for several large agencies in London.
Jordan commented: “It’s been an incredible journey and I’m really lucky to be working alongside a fantastic team who are just as passionate as I am about the work we deliver at That Works. When I set up the agency, I was mainly operating as a freelancer, offering marketing packages, graphic design and building websites to a handful of small businesses. We’ve now worked with over 109 clients.”
That Works Agency isn’t Jordan’s first entrepreneurial experience. After working in large digital agencies since 2015, Jordan decided to try something different and began his self-employment journey in 2018 at only 19 years old.
Jordan added: “Since starting out as a marketing apprentice in 2015, I knew I loved what I do. However, due to experiencing mental ill-health as a child and teenager, I felt a calling to help other young people. So, in my first business, which I did alongside my day job, I created a platform to deliver high-quality, online mental health training to schools. I worked with doctors and mental health experts to provide the best service possible.
“I worked with over 700 schools in total, but with tight budgets and schools closing due to the pandemic, many could no longer sustain paying for mental health training. With all the uncertainty, I made the decision to pursue my other passion and focused all my energy on That Works Agency. I took a huge risk and left my day job to develop That Works, upping-sticks with only the remainder of my last wage to move to Leeds. I wanted to establish the business here due to the city’s popular digital presence. Thankfully, the gamble paid off!”.