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High-end film and videography production services are offered by Sam Telford who set up his company, Telford Productions Ltd midway through 2020. Sam developed an interest in film while studying media in high school and decided that videography was the career of choice. He trained to be a videographer during an apprenticeship then completed a mentorship course with the Chester School of Photography, attending several film-making workshops.

Sam’s services cover video and photography to help clients promote their businesses. The video creation process involves a pre-production phase: devising a plan and communicating it to the client, followed by a filming day, post-production and the final creation of a smoothly transitioning film with audio to suit all platforms.

The next step

Sam joined the Business Growth Programme (BGP) in October 2020 after being referred from the Cheshire & Warrington Growth Hub, which offers support to a variety of businesses, from start-ups to large, had established their concerns.  

Developing a business mindset

Sam attended the Business Bootcamp, `Reflect, Reframe and Reinvent’ in November 2020 which covered topics including mindset and resilience, business start-up modelling, finance and funding, testing your value proposition, developing your pitch, marketing on a shoestring budget and accountability. Sam also benefited from one-to-one support given by Emily at the BGP to help with his grant application and worked with other BGP delegates on an IT elementary course. Sam was working full-time while establishing his business but the funding grant is helping him to progress quickly. He said: “With this injection of funding I will be able to work on my business full-time. I have found the wide range of BGP support invaluable.” The grant will be used to buy more technical film-making equipment including a Lumix S5 camera, various lenses and a monitor.

The way forward

To date, Sam’s been able to start working full time on his business, securing regular clients including Cheshire Phoenix Basketball club, local hotels and restaurants, real estate and more. Going forward, Sam is taking care to nurture his already established business relationships and repeat customers. Sam is also starting to develop and grow a social media presence as he has identified an online profile as a key tool for his business.

Small and medium business support

The Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Entrepreneurs, SMEs and pre-start businesses registered or trading in Cheshire and Warrington, meeting the eligibility criteria, can apply for support. Help is available from our team of Business Engagement Managers and access is also available to facilities at the University of Chester’s Thornton Science ParkRiverside Innovation Centre and the NoWFOOD Centre.

If you are a business seeking access to facilities and expert growth support, contact the University of Chester’s Business Growth Team by emailing businessgrowth@chester.ac.uk.