Moon on the Water takes on new Graduate Intern thanks to grant funding
Moon on the Water, a not-for-profit music, arts and entertainment venue based in Cleethorpes, provides a multifunctional community space with state-of-the-art equipment, for use by local community groups of all ages. The facility aims to operate with minimal impact on the environment, utilising renewable energy sources and recycling and re-using equipment wherever possible. The centre also provides work experience or training opportunities to local people who may be suffering from isolation, deprivation and to help reduce anti-social behaviour.
What opportunity was offered?
Warren Jolly, Managing Director for Moon on the Water, was seeking support to help him to cope with his growing workload, and also to bring some support to the marketing for the facility, helping the business gain maximum exposure and making sure they were able to offer their facility out to as many members of the public as possible. The marketing strategy for the centre included increasing the social media traffic and engagement across multiple platforms, diversifying the range of events and activities offered by the centre to appeal to different audiences and to promote an improved standard of service at the centre, with the overall aim to increase footfall to the centre and café facilities.
How did the Business Inspiration Programme support the business?
Warren was involved in a business diagnostic through the Business Hive, who suggested the Business Inspiration programme as an option for getting further help with the business. Warren spoke to the Business Inspiration team about the possibility for obtaining funding towards an Intern position, with the potential for the position to be a permanent employment opportunity.
Warren found the team useful to work with, helping him to put steps into place to advertise for the post and identify a suitable intern, which led to the employment of graduate intern Beth Scattergood. Beth’s support was valuable in helping to free up some of Warren’s time to focus on other aspects of the business.
What impact has this had on the business?
Moon on the Water has now been able to employ Beth on a full-time basis, following her successful internship. They have also been able to increase their marketing activity through the new job role, which will help to raise the profile of the business.
What would the business say to others looking to access the programme?
Warren said “The support offered to us through the programme has helped us to develop the business and we hope that it will continue to grow with the help of the new role. The programme offers a useful way to trial potential employees and see how their role can have an impact on the business, as well as find someone who thrives in the role”.
Beth Scattergood, who is now employed by the business after her successful placement said “Having the opportunity to complete an internship with Moon on the Water has opened so many doors. It has given me the chance to continue being creative and use the skills learnt throughout my degree, and in turn has given me a job doing what I love straight after leaving University.”