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Name: Sam Taylor


Company: Tinker Taylor video content agency (TT) Job Title: Creative director


What does your company do? Tinker Taylor is a video content agency. We produce marketing and educational videos for the public and private sector. Our videos are distributed on the digital platform, in cinemas, at events and we make the TV ads too.


How did it all start? I used to work in the TV industry and as fantastic as it was, when my children arrived I no longer wanted to spend days away filming. I initially established Tinker Taylor to produce wedding videos, which enabled me to spend longer at home with my boys. It soon became apparent that I had greater ambition for the business, so we switched to films for the public and private sector.


What’s your greatest achievement so far? #WeAreYou, was a Royal


Television Society award-winning series, commissioned by the PFNI (Police Federation for Northern Ireland), devised to bring the public and the police closer together in Northern Ireland. It received an overwhelmingly positive response from politicians, police officers and the wider public.


What is the biggest risk you’ve ever taken – and did it work out? I am not a big risk-taker when it comes to work. My priority has always been stability for my family. We have entered into some interesting overseas creative collaborations over the years, which could have been viewed as a risk, however, when you find the right people to work with, my experience has been that collaboration always leads to more innovative work.


What keeps you awake at night? Very little. For me meditation, combined with exercise = sleep.


If you could turn the clock back, what would you do differently? I would do nothing differently. I built my business to sustain my family and along the way mentored and nurtured a wonderful group of young people.


What has surprised you most in your job? That after 25 years I still love my job. How lucky am I?


What advice would you give to someone starting out? Be true to yourself. Listen to your gut feeling. If you are minded to be cautious, be cautious. If every ounce of your being is saying: ‘I can do this’, then go for it.


Which business do you most admire? Ben & Jerry’s has always put social justice and responsibility at the heart or their business. I hugely admire the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation, which encourages and supports their employees to engage in social change work.


What made you join Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce and how are you making use of your membership? I decided to join the Chamber just a few weeks before the pandemic hit, so my intentions to attend lots of events and meet lots of people were somewhat thwarted. I have been impressed by how the Chamber has responded though and appreciate the support I am being offered.


Tel: +44 (0) 121 224 7709 Visit: tinkertaylor.tv


October 2020 CHAMBERLINK 67


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