Projects – of all sizes, in all sectors and with various budget constraints can put the most cool headed staff member under pressure. With various stakeholders involved, tight deadlines, organisation management and staff availability alongside budget and time constraints; the presence of a skilled project manager to guide the effort and ensure alignment among all participants is crucial for project success. Organisations employing various project management methodologies excel in sticking to budgets, adhering to schedules, meeting scope requirements, upholding quality standards, and realising the benefit of how a successful outcome can make to a business.

Develop your staff in project management, and drive your business forward through a part funded Project Management Skills Bootcamp.

Delivered in Bristol over 10 weeks, this part funded course will equip your staff with the skills needed to support and ultimately lead projects.

Suitable for people looking to upskill their staff and is under pinned by the Association for Project Management (APM), Project Management Qualification (PMQ) and will reference the APM Book of Knowledge (BoK) 7th Edition. For employers wishing to upskill their employees, this course will be discounted by 70% as part of the Government’s Lifetime Skills Guarantee and Plan for Jobs. The course will be spread over 10 weeks, comprising a mixture of face-to-face/remote participation, requiring day-release one day each week. This is an ideal opportunity to upskill individuals in your team to drive your business forward.

When is the course?

Start Date: Wednesday 10th January 2024 (10 consecutive Wednesdays)

Benefits of the course:

The aim of the course is to provide learners a core understanding and appreciation of project management. Together with some practical applications of learning and how current practices impact project management; it will develop learners understanding of core project management principles and emerging practices.

By completing this Project Management Bootcamp, your employees will get a greater understanding of key elements of project management, such as:

On completion of the course learners may wish to formally pursue the PMQ and information will be available to support this.

Those looking to explore project management with data will have access to Microsoft supported courses in Azure Fundamentals, Azure AI Fundamentals, Azure Data Fundamentals.

What’s changing in Project Management?

Project management principles and practices are heavily influenced by data. The use of data analysis, statistical interpretation and artificial intelligence (AI) is an emerging aspect of project management. The impact of AI in Project Management has been globally recognised. Over 80% of respondents to the Project Management Institute (PMI) “Pulse of the Profession”, 2019 survey report stated that organisations are seeing an impact from AI. With project professionals expecting the proportion of projects they manage using AI to jump from 37%.

At the end of the course there will be a series of guest speakers from industry who will discuss the future of project management. Participants attending the course may wish to explore data in projects in future courses at the West of England IoT, details will be available at the end of the programme.


Large Employers (With 250 Staff or More) 30% contribution £675 per person.

SME Employers (With 249 Staff or Less) 10% contribution of £225 per person.


Employer Commitment

Employer commitment for learner to complete all training elements.

Evidence from employer to confirm that the training provided via the Skills Bootcamp has resulted in either a new job role or an enhanced role for the employee that now utilises their new skills gained via this Skills Bootcamp.

Contact us today on [email protected] or visit

What’s on your Christmas list 🎁. Nailing your new business strategy so you are confident in achieving your 2024 targets 🚀is probably very high.

So in the spirit of Christmas and to broaden my network I would like to offer 1hr free of charge consultancy to agency founders, CEO’s or senior new business folk. A chance to validate your thoughts and pick my brains. I have 6🎄FREE 🎄1hr new business strategy sessions up for grabs.

I can’t promise mince pies but you will leave with an actionable plan to kick start your new business strategy and get you on the right track to deliver your 2024 targets.

😃 I’m excited for these sessions so please message me to book in your free 1hr session 🤶

The Daily Disruptor Network is a free community of tech founders, startups and small businesses, which helps people to get advice and solve problems faster. Our network connects and supports people running technology companies, giving them access to genuinely useful content, events, advisors and more. The network has been running for a few years now, but has some exciting things in the pipeline upcoming for members. Membership is free and offers you instant access to the network’s Slack group, as well as the email newsletter which shares heaps of useful insights and industry knowledge. You can find out more about the community here.

This webinar is the first webinar the network has run for its members and is the first in a long line of new benefits being launched. Join the network today to stay in the know with what’s coming next.

About the webinar

The new year comes with new opportunities to generate the growth and traction your business needs to succeed. Whether you are a brand new startup or a scale-up that is further along its growth journey, using the end of the year to reset, recalibrate and gain insights from your peers allows you to set the foundation for a fantastic 2024.

Book your place

Join us for this free 1-hour power session on improving the likelihood of 2024 being your best year yet. We’ll be covering how to:

Book your place to join the webinar

About our host

Yiuwin Tsang has been working in sales and business development for more than 15 years. With a broad range of clients from big 4 consulting firms to independent abstract artists, he has seen how having the right value positioning, new business systems and robust sales processes can have a transformational effect on the commercial performance of an organisation.

Founder and CEO of Disruptive Thinking, a B2B marketing and business development consultancy, Yiuwin will be sharing his vast expertise and knowledge throughout the programme and help you supercharge your revenue potential.

If you have any questions or a project you’d like to discuss, please contact; [email protected].

Short-form social media video content is short, snappy, informative, or humorous videos that are posted on social media by brands and businesses to gain the attention of their target audience. The ideal sweet spot is somewhere between 30 – 60 seconds.

So why is it important to utilise this type of video content as a business on social media?

It’s a proven way to reach new audiences by incorporating it into a multi-media social media strategy. Plus, it’s a cheaper way to reach new audiences if you are currently operating on a limited budget and can’t yet afford to outsource to an agency or hire a marketing team. Whilst it may not promise the same reach and consistent results as running correctly optimised ads, these ads rely on a solid foundation of organic social media content to be successful- and this content will benefit from short-form video content!

But as great as that all sounds, what if you are a time-short business owner, or just have limited experience when it comes to social media content creation?

We’ve compiled our top 3 favourite video and reel / TikTok editing apps to help you create post-worthy content whilst saving time. They are all affordable and easy to use, with plenty of features and video templates to use.

#Video editing app 1 – Capcut



#Video editing app 2 – Splice



#Video editing app 3 – InShot



So which is right for you?

If you are just starting out and need an app for some basic video editing, it probably won’t make a difference which one you use. They are all fairly cheap, and CapCut is completely free. Once you become more confident and decide to replicate specific social media trends or look for specific video editing features, transitions, or filters, it’s likely you will find one of the above suits your business better.

Thankfully, they all at least offer a free version or free trial to test out the app before investing in a monthly subscription.

Are you looking for support with consistent and professional content creation for your business?

Trusty Social is a social media marketing and management agency. We work with busy businesses to improve their online presence through social media, while positively impacting the world and donating 3% of our profits to social justice initiatives each year. Find out more by visiting here and get in touch with us here!

[This article originally appeared on LinkedIn here]. 

9 years ago this week I accepted a role to join Dan Fallon and team at a small independent PPC Agency in Bath called SearchStar. The best career decision I’ve made (so far!).

4 and ½ years later we signed the paperwork to sell the Agency to a much larger corporate.

At the time of writing, that was 4 and ½ years ago (quick maths).

Recently, noticing this symmetry and feeling a little nostalgic, I’ve been telling stories about our time there to anyone who’ll listen. Especially the things I think made SearchStar a success*. I thought I’d write them all down (so I don’t forget) and share them (just in case they’re of use to someone else).

To keep the symmetry, there are 9 lessons learned.

See if you can spot the theme that connects them all.

It’s important to stress here, these are the things I think made SearchStar a success. Others may think differently, however, still being good friends with the old leadership team, I’ve shared this with them and they all broadly agree.

It’s also important to stress that the Agency was already doing well and had an excellent reputation when I joined. This is my take on what we put in place to build on those foundations.

I think these lessons largely apply to anyone running a small to mid-sized service or consultancy organisation.

SearchStar team, do you agree? Agency owners, does this resonate? Clients, is this what you’d expect in your Agency?

1) Build a senior team to challenge you: Founders can’t do it on their own. You need to be confident investing in capable senior people who will challenge your thinking. Dan very smartly put together a Leadership team comprised of talented people like Donna Moorestephanie ilesEdward Arnall-Culliford and Emma Chun, who I was very lucky to work alongside. We not only had different skills, but we had different characters, views and experience. Luckily we all got on well too. Ultimately Dan had the final say but he allowed the team to challenge his thinking; I was a part of many discussions which resulted in more balanced decisions as a collective.

2) Promote from within: If you’re growing a business you need great people in that business to do a great job. Once you’ve found that talent you need to hold onto it. We’d occasionally recruit externally (the rate of growth demanded it) but, whenever we could, we’d find ways to promote people internally. Hesitate at this and the talent will leave. Do it quickly and the talent will repay the investment. Loyal stars like Laura PinneyJo PhillipsHannah MillerJack SladekVicky Cridland and Ian Batten are testament to that.

3) Share responsibility: Once you’ve got talented, capable people working for you, leave them to get on with their jobs. Don’t micromanage them. Don’t force them to follow rigorous processes. Don’t treat them like robots. But do provide them with an idea of how you think “great work” is achieved and let them find their own way of delivering to the same standard. That way, every single member of the team can find a way of adding value, in a way that works for them.

4) Share the reward: If you’re sharing the responsibility, you should share the reward. Not just by paying a salary, but by rewarding the success of being a profitable, growing business. Dan made the more senior people in the business shareholders, a few others had share “options” and everyone shared the profit (either through dividends or a 6-monthly performance related bonus). The impact of this on-going collective reward was a huge factor in us achieving our goals.

5) Have a clear business development system: We had great Sales & Marketing people (I’m looking at you Donna, Staph and Nick Livermore) and they put some great tactics in place (anyone old prospects remember Steph randomly dropping in to see them to deliver mince pies?!). But more importantly we had a great pipeline strategy. I won’t detail it here (ask me in person) but it was essentially:

Content > Target Prospects > Quality Events > Free Health Check > New client

6) Offer high quality “supplementary” services: You need to be clear on your core service offering – in our case it was performance media – and you shouldn’t dilute this (personally I’m not a fan of “full service agencies”). However, that doesn’t mean you can’t offer supplementary services that

  1. Differentiate
  2. Add Value
  3. Supercharge the core services

For us those services were Conversion Optimisation, Analytics and Programmatic Display delivered by incredible specialists like Jarrah HemmantJamie WillmottJon Boon and Rob Langan.

7) Demonstrate value to clients: Don’t get sucked into charging for time, or outputs, or dashboards, or, worse still, performance related fees. Instead, focus on understanding what challenges your client has and demonstrate that you’re finding solutions and providing insights. Clients’ businesses will be more successful if you’re providing them with this sort of value. And if it’s impactful enough, they won’t care how long it took you or how well it was presented in the report. (This is even more critical now, as Automation and AI increase the need for the “person” to add meaningful value).

8) Keep communication balanced: It’s important to be open with what’s happening in the business and what’s steering decisions. But that doesn’t mean you have to share everything. We’d share everything amongst the Senior Leadership Team, share most things with the Managers and Team Heads and regularly give business status updates to the entire team provided there was something interesting or relevant to share. I’m not sure it’s possible to get this exactly right, but I’m pretty confident that sharing everything with everyone is unnecessary and hiding important things breaks trust.

9) Don’t dictate the Culture and Values: If you asked 10 employees what the SearchStar culture was, I think you’d get 10 slightly different answers. If you asked them what the SearchStar values were I think they’d probably struggle to give an answer at all! However, I think the vast majority of people who worked at SearchStar would say that it was a fun place to work where people supported each other and built genuine friendships (in fact, 4 different SearchStar couples are now married!).

Ultimately I think we fostered an environment where people truly cared.

The sense of shared responsibility and reward meant we let people be grown-ups, so the culture developed organically. The annual Christmas trip abroad was the closest thing to tangibly represent our “culture” (memorable times in Berlin, Reykjavik and Dublin!).

We were pretty relaxed about the leaving it to develop naturally then, but I think it’s probably much more important now – with a significant share of people working remotely – for the leadership team to steer the culture and be very clear on values, in order to achieve collective goals.

That sums up what I think were the key ingredients.

Did you spot the theme?

There isn’t a specific decision or strategy that was responsible for our growth, but I think there’s a clear link between the things I’ve outlined above:

The People.

There are lots of other things I could mention and I’ve probably forgotten some others, but these are the elements that I feel played the most significant part in our success. We had some support from amazing clients and suppliers too, but I’ve focused on the internal aspects for which we had most control.

It’s testament to what a great bunch of people we had at SearchStar that alumni include the likes of:

I’m delighted and proud to watch them flourish knowing that the successful time we had together provided them with a brilliant launchpad to what they’re doing now.

If I haven’t mentioned you in this post, sorry. It’s not because I don’t think you played your part, it’s just that I can’t mention everyone!  

*What do I mean by “success”? SearchStar was founded in 2005 in Bath (UK) by Dan Fallon as a pure play PPC Agency. It grew to become a 60 person Digital Agency specialising in Paid Search, Paid Social, Programmatic, Conversion Optimisation and Analytics. Through the 5 year period mentioned above: Revenue grew 25-35% YoY, we smashed through the much sought after “£1mn” profit mark, the team grew from 18 to 60, we won & retained multiple DRUM awards, worked for organisations like Danone, Mars, National Trust and Intrepid Travel and sold for a healthy valuation that many would be envious of. In my opinion, this qualifies as “success”. 😊

JonesMillbank, Bristol-based video production company, has won a competitive pitch to work with I heart Wines on their 2024 TV ad campaign.

The wine with a big heart has chosen the production company that connects brands to people to reach and resonate with their loyal customers and new converts alike.

The campaign will align with a brand refresh that comes 13 years after launch.

“The win is a fantastic opportunity to work with an exciting brand that’s bubbling with personality, sass, confidence and authenticity.”

“When we were invited to pitch we knew we had to go for it. We’re incredibly proud that the pitch was led by our 26-year-old in-house creative and director Abbie Howes. She completely embodied the brief and their audience.”

“Our concepts hit all the right notes and we’re delighted to have been chosen to work directly with Freixenet Copestick”.

Emma Fogerty, Senior Brand Manager at Freixenet Copestick said “we are absolutely thrilled to announce that we have chosen JonesMilbank to be our creative partner in producing our new TV ad. We’re excited to embark on this journey together to bring our ideas to life and see the creative vision take shape.”


JonesMillbank are a full-service video production company.

They work in-house with a talented team of multi-disciplined creatives, telling authentic stories for a range of clients such as Delivery Hero, IDLES, SOHO Coffee Co and University of Bristol. | 01173706372 | [email protected]

Bristol Creative Industries is supporting jfdi with the 7th annual jfdi/Opinium New Business Barometer.  This report is an absolute necessity for anyone who has a focus on building their agency’s new business as it will arm you with valuable insights and industry-wide stats to benchmark your performance.

If you’re an agency owner, managing director or part of your agency’s senior management team, please take a few minutes to complete the survey and you’ll receive a copy of the unique report as soon as it’s available in the new year.

In return, as well as the free report, you’ll:

jfdi will run a dedicated online roundtable for the BCI community if we get 30 responses from the region, so we encourage you to complete the survey and help make this happen.

About jfdi

jfdi help agencies grow by winning new business. The team are privileged to have worked with over 1000 agencies – both large and small and across marketing disciplines. The one thing they all have in common is their ambition to grow. For these bold and ambitious agencies, jfdi offer a mix of strategy, creativity and action that works in the real world not just in workshops and away-days.

We are thrilled to announce a significant milestone in our agency’s history, with the appointment of Hannah Williams as Managing Director.

Hannah has been an integral part of our journey here at Halo for almost 10 years and her dedication, expertise, and commitment to our clients and the studio have been nothing short of remarkable.

This promotion is not only a testament to her exceptional leadership and strategic vision, but also a reflection of Halo’s commitment to nurturing talent and helping people shape meaningful careers to grow and succeed as leaders in the creative industries.

As Managing Director, Hannah will be leading Halo into a new era of excellence, shaping brands with strategy, storytelling and design; growing the agency the right way as a certified B Corp.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Hannah and this exciting new era of Halo.

Leading filmmakers, producers and writers will join production companies, commissioners, and politicians will gather at the second Bristol and Bath Screen Summit on Wednesday 8 November. The UWE Bristol event at Arnolfini will celebrate the rise of the regional voice but will also explore what is required over the next five years to drive growth and to continue to develop talent in the city region.

Hosted by TV presenter and writer Sarah Beeny, the Bristol and Bath Screen Summit will build on last year’s inaugural event, with updates on the work towards a Regional Production Fund and the first regional new writers’ programme led by Channel 4.

Actor and BBC Radio Bristol’s new breakfast show presenter ‘Mr Bristol’ Joe Sims and ITV West Country’s Seb Choudhury will lead a series of expert panels as they unpick the building blocks for talent development, including what makes a hit returning series and what everyone needs to know about embracing creative technologies – from deepfake to artificial intelligence: the pleasure and the pain.

Award-winning producers and directors from the region’s production community, including Five Mile Films, BBC Studios Factual Entertainment Productions, Strong Film and TV, Twenty Twenty Television, Sid Wild and Bristol AF, will be among the panellists.

The afternoon’s final session will bring Nancy Medina (Bristol Old Vic’s artistic director and joint CEO) together with Sir Peter Bazalgette (co-chair of the Creative Industries Council, chair of the Royal College of Art’s Council, and former chair of ITV plc) to discuss the UK Creative Sector Vision.

The creation of the Screen Summit is a key recommendation from research by academics at UWE Bristol’s Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC).

Figures released by the Bristol Film Office show that film and TV production was worth an estimated £20.1m to Bristol’s economy in the 2022-23 financial year. This demonstrates that production levels have been maintained over the last 12 months. However, there continue to be opportunities to enhance the strength and visibility of the area as a regional screen powerhouse.

Lynn Barlow, UWE Bristol’s assistant vice-chancellor creative and cultural undustries engagement, said:

“With shows such as ITV’s Ruby Speaking and BBC 1’s Rain Dogs shining the light on Bristol, plus a highly anticipated third series of the Outlaws in the cutting room – no doubt bringing more BAFTAs, Emmy nominations and RTS awards to the region – it’s not surprising that UNESCO is using Bristol City of Film as a case study of a thriving, creative, and innovative city.

“But in the year since the last Summit our freelance community has seen work dry up with productions postponed or cancelled and, although there are positive signs for an upturn in business, it will be a while before it is buoyant again.

“The Screen Summit will bring together key players in the industry to continue the discussion on how to boost the region as a sustainable production location, build on its strengths and overcome the challenges in its way.”

Tickets for Bristol and Bath Screen Summit

The Bristol and Bath Screen Summit takes place on 8 November at Arnolfini, Bristol, from 14:00. Networking and refreshments will follow.

Tickets cost £25 for an individual and £35 for a company and are available online.

40 free tickets for freelancers, with at least one year’s industry experience, are available on a first come first served basis. To qualify, freelancers are asked to include a link to a professional profile on Talent Manager or LinkedIn when booking a ticket. This offer is open until 18:00 on Sunday 22 October.

So, you’ve fist punched the air, danced around the kitchen (in virtual times) and called the CEO. You’ve just received an RFP from a prospect client who needs your full suite of services, in a sector you know inside out! You’ve nailed it, but in truth the way you respond NOW is what really counts!

As the guardian of the relationship, you have probably been speaking with the prospect for months, maybe years, so you know more about that person, their challenges and business needs than anyone else. Therefore, you need to step up and lead the pitch team. That doesn’t mean you deliver the presentation or lead the project, your role may differ, but you make it happen!

I’ve been in this position many times, it’s a responsibility so I hope these tips, will help you and the team get the pitch over the line.

1. Set out a project plan from the off, including timelines and dates for key deliverables such as; agreeing the team, collating questions, the client’s responses, schedule internal meetings, proposal structure, developing content and uploading final document. If it’s a procurement portal it can be a nightmare. Highlight gaps in your capabilities early so solutions can be put in place.

2. Set up a shared file, template and communicate the process. The worst thing possible is to lose or duplicate content, it’s happened!

3. Gather the right team and make sure they are prioritising the response. If you need specialists, bring them in from the off. Agree R&R and when content will be available. Timing is key for content. For example, agreeing the process and team is required before you can create the pricing matrix.

4. Continually review the RFP, agreed & play back to the team the key client deliverables. Think about how to structure the response to answer their questions and make it easy to follow.

5. Identify early on what your USP’s will be and where you can really add value. It may be specific “tools”, data/insights or a process that you adopt. Showcase your IP.

6. Show a granular understanding of consumer trends and how you can help them harness trends and innovate to connect better with their consumers.

7. Remote pitching makes it even more tricky to maintain the attention of the audience and demonstrate your business culture. Try to reduce words and introduce other forms of comms such as video’s, infographics and animation that is relevant, short and reflective of your culture.

8. Be clear about your commitment to the prospect client and how your input will truly benefit their business in 1yr, 2yrs and 3-years’ time.

9. Invest time and money to make the document on brand, accurate, engaging, consistent, formatted beautifully so the content SHINES.

10. Make sure you are part of the final document sign off and attend the presentation. You have built trust with the prospect and you must make sure that all your knowledge is reflected in your response.


This is in no way an exhaustive list, every pitch you do you learn something new. I’d love to know what you would add to the list?