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BUSINESS WEST – CONNECTING BUSINESSES CASE STUDY


It’s boom time for TV production firm


‘It’s been


very exciting to see the


business grow at such speed and I feel very proud’


NAME: Lizzie Lyons POSITION: Skills Adviser E: lizzie.lyons@businesswest.co.uk


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rmed with with a BAFTA and Emmy Award winning creative team, Plimsoll produce a variety of non-scripted


entertainment, factual and nature shows for UK terrestrial and satellite channels. Some of their previous work includes Life at the


Extreme with Davina McCall, Earth Live and The Story of Cats, and retain a commitment to working across genres and with different clients to create and promote innovative programming. Plimsoll Productions currently employs 76


people and joined Bristol Chamber of Commerce at Business West as a start-up in 2014. Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder Christine Owen explains why Chamber membership was right for them: “When setting up we wanted as much advice as


we could lay our hands on! “Business West were helpful in pointing us in


the right direction in terms of practical business support. ”You can’t have too much advice!” Less than two years later, Business West helped


Plimsoll Productions fulfil their international ambitions and expand stateside. Priori to establishing their US office just off the


famous Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood, CA, Business West advised Plimsoll on how to structure their corporate operations and put them in contact with people that could help. So successful was their expansion into the USA


that in 2016 Plimsoll Productions managed to win the High Business of the Year Award at the British Chamber of Commerce Awards. Christine and the team were delighted to be honoured: “It’s unusual to see a TV company in the mix


and it was very pleasing to see that our efforts have really paid off. “It’s been very exciting to see the business grow


at such speed and I feel very proud that our initial vision has turned into a reality. “We are the first TV company to win the High Growth Business Award!”


FACTFILE COMPANY: Plimsoll Productions


LOCATION:Whiteladies House, 51-55 Whiteladies Road, Clifton, Bristol, BS8 2LY


WHAT WE DO: Plimsoll Productions produce non-scripted television for the national and international market place. They currently have over 40 series in productions and are the fastest growing TV production company outside of London.


HISTORY: Plimsoll was set up in September 2013. Grant Mansfield, CEO and Christine Owen wanted to create a TV production company in Bristol that was sustainable and had real potential for growth and longevity. There is a lot of TV production talent in the region.


With more and more exciting new shows


constantly on the horizon, chances are a Plimsoll Productions production is showing on a small screen near you! No matter what the size of your business you


can enter a business award. Doing so can yield a number of benefits including increased credibility, motivated employees, free publicity and more.


To find out more about entering the British Chambers of Commerce Awards 2017 visit: chamberbusinessawards.co.uk


What is the most unusual business you’ve encountered? Not so much unusual but definitely interesting was The Little Lollipop Shop. The owner is a mum, currently studying for a degree at UWE and runs her own business supplying beautiful lollipops across the globe. Her products featured in a Chanel campaign and she supplies the likes of Fortnum & Mason among many others.


MAY/JUNE 2017 insight 15


What does your role involve? I currently work with the Professional and Financial Services sector and the Rural and Food Economy sector. My role involves meeting with businesses within these sectors to talk about their business and any skills challenges or barriers they face. Where appropriate we refer the business to further support or assist them in finding training or recruitment solutions that match their business need.


What do you love about your job? Learning about the different businesses that I come into contact with. Ultimately no two businesses are the same but many share the same skills challenges. It is satisfying when I can help a business to navigate a complex skills landscape and help them to reach a solution that allows their business to become more efficient and grow.


What were you doing before you joined Business West? Prior to this role I worked for the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership as enterprise zone/area employment & skills co- ordinator and also have experience working for an independent training provider and the Tourism Skills Network South West.


What is your top tip for anyone starting out in business? Register on the Business West website, which is a great starting point to find out about any business support and potentially funding that can help any business starting up in the South West.


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