Programmes like the Apprentice and Dragons’ Den portray a view of business which is aggressive and extremely competitive. This caricature is a world away from the world of real small businesses in the UK and, more importantly, can be very off-putting to some people who otherwise could become successful entrepreneurs.
A Life in Business will be a short film in which we’ll follow the struggles and successes of the people who run and work for small businesses, sharing both their champagne moments and their 3 am nightmares. The film will be set against the beautiful landscape of the south-west of England.
Running small businesses in the south-west, like other remote parts of the UK, is harder than it is in more urban areas. Mobile phone reception is patchy, the internet is slow and companies are at a greater distance from their suppliers and customers, which increases costs.
Linking the stories of the businesses will be a pair of business advisers, Elliot and Jonathan, who run their own private sector business advice service in south-west England.
We would like the film to be the start of something bigger, perhaps even a factual series on the BBC or ITV which will encourage more people to enter the exciting world of enterprise.
We will be working on the project with James Garrett of Clearview Productions. James is a former head of regional programmes for ITV in the West of England. He has commissioned hundreds of hours of programming across all genres. An award-winning journalist and factual programme producer, he has won and managed output deals for Channel 4 News and Teachers TV, as well as researching and presenting investigations for Dispatches (Channel 4). He has been executive producer of output for BBC1 (Panorama), the ITV network, BBC4, Discovery, Sky & UKTV. Clearview is preferred supplier of video content to the Russell Group of leading UK universities and also developing ideas for UK broadcasters, with a documentary currently in pre-production for Sky.
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