BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network) is an innovative project which enables students and local graduates to realise and achieve their entrepreneurial ambitions. In just 6 months budding entrepreneurs are trained in the fundamentals to successfully grow their own business. BSEEN provides quality support through one to one inspirational mentoring, expert advice, a business grant, office space and valuable links to wider entrepreneurial networks.
Catherine Allen, Managing Director of online video production company Ember Television found the support provided by the project invaluable when establishing her business in the summer of 2010.
Catherine previously worked for Ember television’s sister company, Ember Regis when she saw the potential in the online video market, and decided with support from her then Director, Robin Powell, to start up a separate, production focussed operation. At the time Catherine had just finished her degree at the University of Warwick, which she'd studied for alongside running her own production company producing academic and arts video content for university departments and external organisations.
Ember Television soon grew and they were able to appoint Creative Director Pesala Bandara in November 2010. The company quickly built up a strong client base - producing videos for clients including Birmingham City Council, Staffordshire Police, The University of Warwick, UK Potato Council and Investment Week magazine. The advice and training provided by the BSEEN programme really helped the team to grow their brand quickly and build a strong reputation in the Midlands, nationally and internationally.
As well as producing of online video, Ember have recently launched an in-house production support service whereby the team assist in house departments in producing their own high quality video content. The team now consists of 5 members of staff, and have recently moved into the Rhubarb building in Digbeth.
BSEEN is a partnership between Aston University, University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University. For more information on BSEEN please visit www.b-seen.org.uk