Bounce Video was recently recognised for their work supporting young people in Oxfordshire. The company achieved a ‘Runner Up’ position for ‘Most socially minded-business’ in the OxLEP Business Elevate Awards.
An awards ceremony took place at OxLEP’s Celebration Event at Oxford University’s Natural History Museum. The event was attended by businesses which had all received support from the local enterprise partnership over the last three years. It included a networking session, guest speakers as well as the awards ceremony itself.
Bounce – a socially-minded business
Bounce was shortlisted for the award for their work supporting young people in Oxfordshire with work experience and training. The company has a partnership with the local further education college offering placements to a diverse range of students aged 16 to 18. Bounce founder, Grace Gibbons also runs careers workshops in schools and acts as a mentor to young people in the region wanting help to get started in film and video.
Bounce has had over 20 students on placement at the company so far this year. Many of these students have gone on to secure places at university, or find their first paid role within the industry, since working with the company.
Grace Gibbons said: ‘It was great to be recognised with this award nomination. Having work experience students at our company is a big part of what we do now. The students are always so enthusiastic and talented and it’s a real privilege to have them on our shoots’.
Bounce filmed the event
As well as being nominated for an award, Bounce filmed the event which was attended by over 80 local businesses. Here is the event highlights video:
21-year-old media student, Aleksandra Wajda, from Abingdon came to the event with Bounce on work experience.
A work experience student joined Bounce on the night
Aleksandra, who studies Media and Television at The University of Brighton said: “This was the first work experience that I’ve done within the industry. It was great to be offered the opportunity after contacting Bounce by telephone. Working with the company was so much fun. I got to learn first-hand what it’s like to work in on a fast-paced event production. Being surrounded by all sorts of individuals, from producers to cinematographers, has given me a great insight into the industry and the whole process of creating a video. I also enjoyed being given the opportunity to capture the behind the scenes photographs at the stunning venue.”
Helen Brind, Growth Hub Manager at OxLEP Business, said: “Too often the great ideas, enterprise and sheer hard work that goes into small businesses goes unnoticed. We’ve recognised their value with these awards.”
The award winners on the night were:
- Best socially minded business – Generation medics
- Most impactful new product or service – Oxwash
- Social media star – Orange Bakery
- Best new employer – Global CTS Recruitment
- Best use of grant funding – Priory Cast Products Ltd