esign and marketing agency, Magpie Comms, was established in June 2009by Becky Edlin and Gerard Savva, and works with a range of clients, whichhave included the BBC, NHS and National Union of Students (NUS), butspecialises in creating graphic design and marketing campaigns for theHigher Education sector and companies who communicate with a studentaudience.Becky commented: ³Once we decided to set up the business, OldBroadcasting House became a space to meet and develop business ideas.We began meeting clients there, using the Macs and software provided andcollaborating with fellow coworkers. As our client base grew we moved intoour own office and took on a full-time Graphic
esigner. Through word of mouth and referrals, our client base has continued to grow and we have beenable to offer internships to two students.
espite moving into a new office,Magpie Comms still keeps a residency in Old Broadcasting House, which weuse for meetings, networking and equipment hire, and to keep in touch withco-workers.³The coworking space and equipment provided meant we were able to startup with really low overheads ± the subsidised rent and readily availablecomputers and software were ideal when starting out. The space has allowedus to make connections with a huge range of other professionals in thecreative industry which has lead to referrals, collaboration and support. Plus,we have received free training through the NTI Works programme - a freethree-month training programme for recent graduates in digital subjects.´
ovinder Manku, BSc Animated Technology and Special Effects
Govinder graduated from Leeds Metropolitan in 2009 and has found hisexperience with NTI to be invaluable: ³Freelancing was something I dived into just days after finishing my studies and most of this time was spent workingfrom home and at the university library. I began regularly working on small