summ.it Form Part of BackOfficeUK due to launch in May 2014

03/04/2014 Filed under Accounts, Finance, HR, IT, Training

BackOfficeUK is an innovative new service which aims to provide vital business support to the Creative, Digital and Media Sector by dealing with legal, HR, financial, growth, training and funding issues all under one roof.

The new venture, called “BackOfficeUK” is the result of a collaboration between accountancy, HR and IT business summ.it, Bermans Solicitors’ Creative Industries Team, NatWest and recruitment and executive search specialists Rowan Partners.

The team includes:

  • Erica Ingham, Head of summ.it’s  Digital and Creative Team an experienced Finance Director who has extensive blue chip experience at GovToday, BBC Radio, M&S, Chello Media, 20th Century Fox and MTV,
  • Steve Kuncewicz, Head Of IP & Media at Bermans and one of the North West’s most high-profile IP and Media Lawyers as well as a recognised expert on the legal issues involved in social media and allegedly Manchester’s most-followed lawyer on Twitter,
  • Jayne Sanderson Brown, Partner and Head of HR at summ.it, is a leading HR and learning professional with extensive experience in providing strategic and board-level support to her clients,
  • Mike Malone, Relationship Director, Telecoms, Media and Technology at NatWest and a rising star in the North West Banking Sector who has already helped clients such as Fatsoma and Great Fridays secure additional growth funding and scale up their businesses; and
  • Paul Waite, a specialist in working with progressive private equity-backed and privately-owned SME businesses to “future-proof” their growth.

BackOfficeUK will offer a fully- integrated approach to managing business issues and leverage the extensive experience of the individuals involved and their considerable network of contacts to help Creative, Digital and Media Businesses thrive in an increasingly complex, fluid and risky business environment.

Based in the already-iconic venue The Landing in the heart of MediaCityUK, BackOfficeUK will roll out a series of drop-in sessions and surgeries as well as a calendar of events on topics of crucial importance to the Creative, Digital & Media Sector as well as getting on with the main reason for their collaboration, meeting key stakeholders in the Sector to tailor their offering to what is actually needed by their clients and offer a holistic solution to their challenges.

Erica Ingham had this comment on the reasons behind launching BackOfficeUK:

“We have brought together sector experts, enabling quick and easy advice so businesses in the growing digital economy can get on with what they do best and contribute to the growth of the region, reassured that an experienced team have got their back.”

Mike Malone said:

“I am delighted to be involved in the BackOfficeUK project. It’s a fantastic opportunity for Creative, Digital and Media businesses in the region to obtain a variety of business support services from organisations which understand the sector.”

Steve Kuncewicz said this about the opportunities presented by BackOfficeUK:

“Creative, Digital and Media Business have been collaborating with each other for years and enjoyed some fairly spectacular success in winning more high-profile and profitable projects than they could ever hope to individually. The Professional Services sector has predictably moved more slowly, often having loose affiliations with members of their little black books but still working within traditional constraints. We’re hoping that BackOfficeUK will give us an opportunity to offer a genuine multidisciplinary service in innovative ways for the benefit of our clients, who are at the heart of everything we do. We want this to be a tailored fit to their needs rather than us telling them what they should be wearing at a cost they can’t afford. It’s a very exciting prospect.”

BackOfficeUK is supported by MediaCityUK, Creative England and The Landing and is holding an interactive launch event at The Landing on May 6th featuring a keynote address by Caroline Norbury, Creative England’s CEO, on the “State of The Union” of the Creative Industries in the North West and the challenges they face. Tickets are free and available now from http://www.backoffice.uk.com/

Caroline Norbury, CEO of Creative England said:

“Driven by the adoption of digital technologies, the creative industries are the country’s fastest growing business sector. But while creativity is thriving in the UK and in the North West, many businesses struggle to make the step from executing successful projects to becoming fully-fledged, sustainable creative companies. This is largely due to the fact that investing and lending to creative businesses is still a minority activity and creative businesses don’t always get the professional support they need to grow. BackOfficeUk will give creative businesses in the North West the vital network, support and professional advice from experts in the field, which will help them to take their businesses to the next level.”

Jon Corner, CEO of The Landing, said: ” Business support services in Greater Manchester are already amongst the best in the UK, but BackOfficeUK offers something different. By encouraging professional services to get ‘under the skin’ of Creative Digital Media businesses, it can only help drive further growth and success.”

For further details, please contact:

Erica Ingham on 07725 442337 or e-mail erica.ingham@summ.it