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A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by PinPoint Media's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from PinPoint Media is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

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OliverBruce, Managing Director
of PinPointMedia
On location – crew
In 2013, PinPointMedia set out to revolutionise the film
industry by making film content accessible to all. Five years
later, the revolution is in full swing.Founded with no seed
capital, they have since gone on to become one of the fastest-
growing media firms in the UK. Managing Director Oliver Bruce
TheParliamentary Review
Through the production of high-quality films at unrivalled prices, we have been
able to work with a multitude of companies, from local businesses to large
conglomerates and blue-chip plcs. Our accounts over the last three years show net
profit increases of 22.3 per cent, 13.6 per cent and 47.9 per cent, respectively, and
2018/19 is set to be our most lucrative year to date, with turnover set to double.
Increasing demand for film content
The growth of our business has undoubtedly been facilitated by the increasing
demand for film content throughout the past decade, with the digital revolution
resulting in more and more businesses moving their operations online. Film has fast
become the must-have medium for companies wanting to engage their customers
across social channels and drive traffic towards their websites. Film is projected to
claim more than 80 per cent of all web traffic by 2019, and businesses that use film
have seen revenue grow 49 per cent faster than those that do not, with 51.9 per
cent of marketing professionals worldwide agreeing that film is the form of content
with the best return on investment. We have pinpointed two key factors for the
increased popularity of film content:
»Managing Director:
»Founded in 2013
»Based in Cheltenham with a
business development office in
»Services: Video media and
»No. of employees: 27
»Founded by a university
undergraduate at the age of
19 with no investment, later
becoming one of the fastest-
growingmedia firms in the UK
1) The rise of social media
»Consumers spend nearly two hours
on social media every day
»The share of marketing budgets
spent on social media is expected to
more than double over the next five
»100 million hours of film content are
now being watched on Facebook
every day
»YouTube is now the second-largest
search engine
»Adding film to your website
increases your chance of a front-
page Google result by 50 per cent
»Having film on your landing page
means that visitors are likely to stay
there 88 per cent longer than sites
without film
Additionally, we believe that the
recent implementation of GDPR will
see the end of impersonal, automated
marketing campaigns and will instead
demand that businesses re-evaluate
and revitalise their strategies. A new
age of content marketing will be
ushered in, in which we believe that
film content will take centre stage.
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We have been able to capitalise on this
increasing demand for film content
by filling the gap in the market for
low-cost, high-quality filmmaking. The
increased demand has, to a degree,
been supplemented by the continued
advancement of camera technology.
This has resulted in anyone possessing
the latest smartphone having the
capability of shooting film of a
comparable visual quality to the output
of many DSLR cameras. This has
democratised filmmaking to a certain
extent, meaning that it is no longer the
sole property of industry elites, whose
high prices appear increasingly more
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Adding film to
your website
increases your
chance of a
front page
ranking by
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We have been able to populate the
space between simply shooting a film
yourself on your smartphone and
fronting the costs to hire a large media
agency. What we can offer to our clients
is the benefit of having some of the most
skilled and experienced professionals
within the industry take care of the
process for them at a reasonable cost
and with a far faster turnaround.
Keeping costs low and quality
As a company grows, it becomes
harder to keep costs competitive due
to the increased overheads. Since our
founding, we have grown to become
a company of 27 full-time employees
while keeping to our mantra of making
film accessible to all.
One of the main focuses over the last
18 months has been to try to increase
cash flow allowing for enough liquidity
to invest in new staff hires as well
as new to market technology and
R&D. We have increased cash flow
by ensuring that the majority of our
work is kept in-house allowing for
reduced outgoings, the upkeep of
a strict quality control process, and
the maximising of our operational
efficiency. By making our internal
processes more efficient and increasing
our communication with our clients,
our longest debtors have been reduced
from 72 days to just 35.
Structure and culture
It is of utmost importance to us that
the excellence and diligence of our
staff are recognised through a number
of avenues, starting with the working
culture that we have fostered.
We have striven to create a truly
entrepreneurial environment whereby
any member of the team, regardless of
their standing within the company, can
input ideas and make suggestions as
to how the company and its processes
could be improved.
A four-day working week has been
implemented for all staff in the media
department, while all members of the
New Project staff can still find plenty
of time to relax away from work in
the evenings through our compressed
hours programme. In addition to
this, we are a National Living wage
company, we have trimonthly reviews,
annual pay reviews, a bonus scheme
and meticulous time management to
ensure that all team members are not
overworking or taking on more than
they can handle.
We also invest heavily in the
development of our staff, including
training courses and qualifications
through the CIPD, CIM and IoD
amongst others. Of course, like all
fast-growing start-ups, we naturally
have to utilise outside hires, but with
our unique recruitment and screening
process, whereby the full team are
involved in the interview process, we
can always ensure that anyone we do
hire is a perfect fit within our already
stellar team of Great British filmmakers.
By ensuring
the majority of
work is kept
in-house, we
can keep our
costs low and
quality control
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Business of the Year

This article was sponsored by PinPoint Media. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from The Rt Hon Theresa May MP.

The Rt Hon Theresa May MP's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By The Rt Hon Theresa May MP

This foreword from the then Prime Minister appeared in the 2018/19 Parliamentary Review.

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review. For Her Majesty’s Government, our task in the year ahead is clear: to achieve the best Brexit deal for Britain and to carry on our work to build a more prosperous and united country – one that truly works for everyone. 

The right Brexit deal will not be sufficient on its own to secure a more prosperous future for Britain. We also need to ensure that our economy is ready for what tomorrow will bring. Our Modern Industrial Strategy is our plan to do that. It means Government stepping up to secure the foundations of our productivity: providing an education system that delivers the skills our economy needs, improving school standards and transforming technical education; delivering infrastructure for growth; ensuring people have the homes they need in the places they want to live. It is all about taking action for the long-term that will pay dividends in the future.

But it also goes beyond that. Government, the private sector and academia working together as strategic partners achieve far more than we could separately. That is why we have set an ambitious goal of lifting UK public and private research and development investment to 2.4 per cent of GDP by 2027. It is why we are developing four Grand Challenges, the big drivers of social and economic change in the world today: harnessing artificial intelligence and the data revolution; leading in changes to the future of mobility; meeting the challenges of our ageing society; and driving ahead the revolution in clean growth. By focusing our efforts on making the most of these areas of enormous potential, we can develop new exports, grow new industries and create more good jobs in every part of our country.

Years of hard work and sacrifice from the British people have got our deficit down by over three quarters. We are building on this success by taking a balanced approach to public spending. We are continuing to deal with our debts, so that our economy can remain strong and we can protect people’s jobs, and at the same time we are investing in vital public services, like our NHS. We have set out plans to increase NHS funding annually by an average by 3.4 percent in real terms: that is £394 million a week more. In return, the NHS will produce a ten-year plan, led by doctors and nurses, to eliminate waste and improve patient care.

I believe that Britain can look to the future with confidence. We are leaving the EU and setting a new course for prosperity as a global trading nation. We have a Modern Industrial Strategy that is strengthening the foundations of our economy and helping us to seize the opportunities of the future. We are investing in the public services we all rely on and helping them to grow and improve. Building on our country’s great strengths – our world-class universities and researchers, our excellent services sector, our cutting edge manufacturers, our vibrant creative industries, our dedicated public servants – we can look towards a new decade that is ripe with possibility. The government I lead is doing all it can to make that brighter future a reality for everyone in our country. 

British politics provides ample material for analysis in the pages of The Parliamentary Review 
The Rt Hon Theresa May MP
Prime Minister