Jonathan and Josh
A Stockport-based video production company, which specialises in corporate videos and photography, has expanded into new areas and taken on two new clients.
BellyFlop TV, which has produced broadcast television like Holiday of my Lifetime with Len Goodman on BBC1, has also boosted its team with an apprentice after turning to Business Growth Hub for support.
Since receiving the support, BellyFlop TV has extended its geographical reach into Rossendale, Blackburn and Burnley, working with a school uniform supplier and a care company in the area.
Managing director Jonathan Robinson also hopes to expand the business’ portfolio of specialist clients within social housing, third sector, healthcare and training, and is currently on course to increase turnover by 30% this year.
Greater Manchester’s Digital Strategy, announced by the Mayor earlier this year, includes a fund focused on getting more young people into digital industries. Therefore, Business Growth Hub encouraged BellyFlop to consider an apprentice.
Joshua Owens, who is working towards a Level 3 advanced apprenticeship in creative and digital media, was recruited via Learning Unlimited on behalf of Chesterfield College.
Commenting on his new role, Joshua said: “I’ve learnt so much already through my apprenticeship at BellyFlop TV. Before starting here, I was studying at a Sixth Form college, but it just wasn’t for me - I'd rather just do something than learn how to do it in a text book!
“I wanted to be doing something more practical. It’s great being involved in all aspects of the company – from working in the office environment to handling cameras and participating in shoots
“I’d really like to continue working with BellyFlop TV once the apprenticeship finishes, and then, hopefully, I can build a career in film or TV.”
Jonathan says: “Initially I underestimated how much time it would take to develop Josh, too. We didn’t just employ him to do menial office tasks – he’s out on the road with me all the time and I wanted to pass on all my knowledge and experience.
“Given how well things have gone with Josh, and the positive impact he’s had on the business, I will certainly be open to hiring another apprentice in the future.”
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