This month, Beckie Sanderson of Engage Multimedia shares with us why she works in a co-operative…
What does your co-operative do?
Engage Multimedia is a social enterprise providing a range of training design and consultancy services to community groups, businesses, charities and educational organisations.
Our core values are to engage the broadest possible audience using multimedia to inform, entertain and educate.
What is your role and how long have you worked there for?
As Co-founder of the organisation my title is Director of Print and Online, but my day to day role involves admin, sales, marketing, design, teaching, event management and project management.
However as most social entrepreneurs will verify you actually do everything, generally juggling several jobs at any one time! So really there is not a title which can fully describe what I do; I just like to help people by using the skills I have available. My role had been varied, challenging, exciting and pressurised at times but, most of all, fun. Engage reached its 1st birthday in July.
Why did you choose to work for a co-operative?
We chose the co-operative social enterprise model because there are few multimedia social enterprise organisations offering the same combination of services of multmedia training, design and consultancy, this in itself is of our USP’s.
We are an innovative organisation and being a social enterprise has brought many more opportunities despite the current climate. We wanted use our skills to benefit the community and businesses. We also wanted to trade as well as access funding opportunities.
This has enabled the company to be flexible in our start up phase and reach a diverse audience of people from community, business and educational organisations.
What do you enjoy most about working in a co-operative?
What I enjoy most is working with such a broad variety of people who are passionate about their jobs in the third sector. There are so many organisations, and independent people who do wonderful work and I am pleased to say I have met and worked with many of them.
The best part is working with colleagues, and friends and advisors from various agencies not, least CaSE-da who have been there for Engage from day one.
I have enjoyed being part of a change and being one of the organisations that creates change in community and in business.
Do you have any particular success stories that you would like to share with us?
Engage have two great success stories so far. We set up Friendly Fridays Community and Business Networking events fairly early on. These events have hosted a range of guest speakers and skills workshops, on themes including the Big Society debate, Ladies Day, Social Enterprise, and Healthy Lifestyle Day. These are held at Linwood Workshop the second Friday of the month and are very popular.
Another great success is the ‘Saff mag’ a bimonthly magazine we produce in partnership with Saffron Arts Forum. This is a project we developed from conception through to launch and with each issue brings positive feedback and it’s great that our business is making a difference.