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As a visual communications agency we are always on the look-out for fresh creative talent. As such I was delighted when approached by Birchwood High School, Bishop’s Stortford to ask if we would take part in their student shadowing programme.

I welcomed 14yr old Sophie Hunt to media:cpm early one Monday morning. Now Sophie is not your average student at Birchwood High, she is also my niece so it was even more exciting to share this experience, her first in a real-work environment.

I will let Sophie share her experience in her own words…

Hello, I’m Sophie, a 14 year old student from Hertfordshire. On the 6th of July 2015 I ventured out into the real world as part of a school work shadowing scheme. Upon thinking what would be the right work place for someone like me I thought, ‘what better place to go than Media:cpm’, a company specialising in Design and Print Management. I am currently studying Graphic Design and I.T.

My expectations for the day were none other than to follow Gary, my Uncle, to see what he gets up to! How wrong I was! I was up early and headed to a Starbucks in Braintree to meet Gary and discuss our agenda for the day. After this we headed to the office and I met with Matt one of the Designers. I sat beside a Mac and I was taught the different steps, techniques and Software used in the designing processes. I watched my poster develop from nothing into an attractive and personal design.

JanoskiansAfter this we had a Production meeting. We sat down at a table and discussed new clients, projects and any new requests that they have received. When this was over we received a proof from Matt. This was a finished version of the poster which I had earlier watched develop. I then had to sign this proof to confirm that I was 100% satisfied with the product that had been created. I signed it and it was sent off to be printed.

I then sat with Zoe who works in account management. Zoe taught me how to put a client into the computer system. I was able to put in all of my own details and treat myself like a true client. We had a look at some existing products and saw the different types of books that can be made. For example I learned the different sorts of paper that the product can be printed onto, and the different ways that books can be folded.

After this I went to sit beside Leanne the Accounts Manager. She showed me how they calculated the cost of the jobs that they have done and how she has to chase up anyone who isn’t paying for their work!

When we were all finished up at the office we headed down to the printing company who were to be printing the poster. We wandered around the factory and I was shown all of the different printing machines. I learned about the different printing techniques and saw how quickly they work. When I had finished walking around the factory I returned to the room where my poster was being printed to see 11 copies of it sitting beside the printer. It was amazing and I loved it. I have got a framed copy ready to put on my bedroom wall and I can’t wait to see it up there to remind me of the day.

Overall my day with MediaCPM was a great one. I really enjoyed myself and have been further inspired to enter the world of art and design when I leave school. I took away from this experience a broadened knowledge and a personalised poster which I can enjoy forever.

Thank you MediaCPM for having me and thank you for further encouraging me to do art and design.

Monday 6th July 2015 – Author : Gary Chesterman/Sophie Hunt (Aged 14)

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Testimonials

Jim Christopher, Principal, Mercer Ltd

“media:cpm have become our preferred resource, based upon their proactive approach to project management and professionalism. I would not hesitate to recommend them to other organisations based upon my experiences”
2014-02-12T11:50:45+00:00
“media:cpm have become our preferred resource, based upon their proactive approach to project management and professionalism. I would not hesitate to recommend them to other organisations based upon my experiences”

Sarah Morten – Account Manager – Blackbridge Communications

“The level of service we receive from the team at media:cpm, day-in, day-out is exceptional. They are GREAT at managing expectation and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone!”
2014-02-12T11:54:04+00:00
“The level of service we receive from the team at media:cpm, day-in, day-out is exceptional. They are GREAT at managing expectation and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone!”

Simon Bleasdale, Senior Designer – International, Marsh Ltd

“I have to say that all our expectations have been exceed and I have received nothing but positive feedback since media:cpm took over responsibility for the production and management of our event media. They have a adopted a proactive and client-focussed approach from the outset”
2014-02-13T13:47:53+00:00
“I have to say that all our expectations have been exceed and I have received nothing but positive feedback since media:cpm took over responsibility for the production and management of our event media. They have a adopted a proactive and client-focussed approach from the outset”

Hannah Sheedy – Head of Fundraising and Marketing

“The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has been working with media:cpm since the Trust began in 2008 and we really value the long-term support of Gary and his team. We are extremely proud of the work the agency has produced for us, such as our annual reviews, business plan and event branding and look forward to working with them for many years to come”
2014-05-19T09:02:46+00:00
“The Dame Kelly Holmes Trust has been working with media:cpm since the Trust began in 2008 and we really value the long-term support of Gary and his team. We are extremely proud of the work the agency has produced for us, such as our annual reviews, business plan and event branding and look forward to working with them for many years to come”

Corinne McGee – Business Coach and Trainer Centre for Innovation and Partnerships, Newham College of Further Education

"Gary has been a regular guest speaker on our business start-up courses. He has a real gift of connecting with the students. The story of how he formed and grew his own business, and overcame the challenges he’s faced, has inspired them greatly"
2014-05-20T08:33:21+00:00
"Gary has been a regular guest speaker on our business start-up courses. He has a real gift of connecting with the students. The story of how he formed and grew his own business, and overcame the challenges he’s faced, has inspired them greatly"

Ellen Rowles, Marketing Executive – Skills Active

"Thanks so much for the flyers, your team were very quick in getting this sorted for us, Zoe was a star!"
2014-07-22T11:58:17+00:00
"Thanks so much for the flyers, your team were very quick in getting this sorted for us, Zoe was a star!"

Craig Foster – Managing Director

"I just wanted to thank you. Having a print resource that can forecast and raise potential issues before they become real problems and work with you to resolve them is invaluable. Attention to detail and reliability coupled with people that immerse themselves in what you are trying to achieve gives me great piece of mind."
2015-04-16T14:50:44+00:00
"I just wanted to thank you. Having a print resource that can forecast and raise potential issues before they become real problems and work with you to resolve them is invaluable. Attention to detail and reliability coupled with people that immerse themselves in what you are trying to achieve gives me great piece of mind."

Victoria McElhinney, Communications and Marketing Officer

"The Annual Review has arrived and it looks absolutely fantastic. Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put in to create our first document of this kind. Anna and I are both incredibly happy with it!"
2015-04-20T10:16:23+00:00
"The Annual Review has arrived and it looks absolutely fantastic. Thank you for all the hard work you’ve put in to create our first document of this kind. Anna and I are both incredibly happy with it!"

Julie Harkus, Personal Independence Co-ordinator – Age UK Essex

"The publicity materials were very well received yesterday at the event and went down well in the office too. Thank you - your team has done an excellent job for me. And good timing too!"
2015-05-01T08:24:35+00:00
"The publicity materials were very well received yesterday at the event and went down well in the office too. Thank you - your team has done an excellent job for me. And good timing too!"

Emma Atkins, CEO – Dame Kelly Holmes Trust

"The Trust has worked with Gary and the team at media:cpm from our early days as a charity. We see media:cpm as not just a supplier but as a valued partner of the Trust. The reason for this is that they don’t just provide great design and print resources but go that extra mile to really get to know our needs, provide us with guidance and expertise as we have grown as an organisation ourselves. We are really proud to be able to include media:cpm in our growing team across the UK and look forward to working with them as we expand our work in the future."
2015-06-01T09:36:47+00:00
"The Trust has worked with Gary and the team at media:cpm from our early days as a charity. We see media:cpm as not just a supplier but as a valued partner of the Trust. The reason for this is that they don’t just provide great design and print resources but go that extra mile to really get to know our needs, provide us with guidance and expertise as we have grown as an organisation ourselves. We are really proud to be able to include media:cpm in our growing team across the UK and look forward to working with them as we expand our work in the future."

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