I’m a graphic designer and co-own a Kent based digital agency, Beyond Local with Mark Duerden. When we set up Beyond Local 3 years ago one of our main aims was to employ young, local people via the apprenticeship model. We wanted to engage with those who were passionate about all things digital but who had perhaps not been able to find the right direction in which to take their aspirations. We also wanted to provide clients with a top-notch experience whilst demonstrating to them that young people can achieve great things when given the opportunity. So far it has been an exciting and challenging experience that I have learnt so much from. For me it’s very special to be part of a young person’s journey towards self confidence and self reliance and it’s something that as a business I hope we continue to do for a long time yet.
Company Profile: A website and digital agency offering custom made solutions to fulfil specific business requirements. We work with clients to ensure that between us we design and deliver excellence. With a great mix of youth and industry experience we bring an innovative approach to help businesses succeed in today’s ever changing markets.
It can just take one person, one decision, one team to create a positive ripple effect that can have far reaching results.
This session brings together a panel of small business owners that have created ripple effects by the decisions they’ve made on their journeys.
Fundamental business activities such as . . .
– Who they recruit
– How they support their team
– What they say about their business
– The causes they choose to champion
. . . have had far reaching results in terms of:
– The ethos of their businesses and the way they’re perceived
– The loyalty of employees and clients
– The impact on individual’s lives
– The social impact of their business on the wider community.
What can we learn from small business owners that are running successful businesses with a social conscience and creating long benefits?
What amazing and disruptive acts can we all do to achieve long term change and create businesses we believe in?