Creative business Epix Media has crowned an hectic six months by doubling its team – in a move which proves that Lincoln is a cost-effective base from which to serve customers in the UK and overseas.
After an increasingly busy period, which has seen the creative digital media business double its turnover, benefit from taking part in the national Growth Accelerator Programme and move into professional offices, Epix has recruited two interns.
Epix Directors Senior Web Developer Zoe Easey and Videographer Will King – who provide web design and ecommerce solutions, graphic design and a full videography service – graduated from the University of Lincoln
And the “Uni-factor” has come into play once more, because this is where Zoe and Will have searched for their first employees.
Zoe said: “Tapping into the University’s emerging pool of talent and taking on interns has been a fantastic way for us to find the right people. We have had great support from the University and it is superb to be able to give local graduates jobs.
“We are particularly pleased to have been able to offer internships to ambitious young people who are keen to work within the highly competitive media sector.”
Will said: “Our business is part of the creative industries sector in Lincoln, which is capturing more and more attention and we are very proud to be helping to grow that.
“Currently the majority of our work comes from within the East Midlands, but we also have clients in London, Manchester and Brussels and we have done work for customers in South Africa, the Netherlands and California.”
Epix – which is based at BG Futures on the Bishop Grosseteste University Campus – is multi-faceted and different parts of the business complement each other, creating confidence for the future.
And interns Stefania Palmisano (who has a Masters degree in Media Production) and Sam Kelham - who has just completed his BA in Media Production - are thrilled to be part of the team.
Stefania said: “Joining Epix as a Video Production Assistant means a lot to me. It has made the transition from being a university student to joining the world of work, in an industry where it is hard to find openings, much easier.
“In many cases someone like myself is faced with a “Catch 22” situation. I have qualifications, but not lots of experience. I’m keen to continue learning with Epix.”
Sam Kelham said: “I had previously done work experience with Epix. I’ve literally just finished my degree course, but when I heard about the internship opportunity I was immediately interested. Getting the job of Junior Web Developer is a great start for me.”
University of Lincoln Head of Media Studies Dr Sarah Barrow said: “This is brilliant news for Stefania and Sam. To walk straight out of university into media industry employment is testament to their determination and hard work.
“The School of Media is committed to ensuring that as many of our students as possible are highly employable once they complete their course and we’re so pleased that Epix Media has been able to expand its business and provide these opportunities for new graduates from Lincoln. I look forward to see how they progress.”
Zoe established Epix in 2010. After graduating, she went into paid employment but then set-up the business in order to utilise her skills more fully.
After graduating, Will joined a Nottingham-based company, gaining four years experience in video production in the UK and Europe, before joining Epix in 2011 – strengthening the firm’s platform.
Both network extensively and have benefited from word-of-mouth referrals from satisfied customers. Epix has also tuned into the fact that Lincolnshire has a
wealth of small businesses and Will said it has had amazing support from the local business community.
With its rising success and its new recruits poised for permanent employment, Epix hopes to add a couple more people to its team within the next two to three years.