Company keeps it in the UWE Bristol family

Issue date: 21 October 2015

Two UWE Bristol students have recently been taken on by a web design and online marketing company, already steeped in UWE Bristol history, thanks to apprenticeships encouraged by the University.

Bristol-based GWS Media has employed Lauren Dickson, who graduated with a BA (hons) in Marketing, on a full time basis and Jack Roebuck, currently studying Business Management at the University, has recently embarked on a placement.

GWS Marketing Executive, David Graves, himself a UWE graduate, set up the company in 2000 with his father, Richard Graves. He says, “I think it's essential to renew our skillset and respond to a changing market.

“The apprentices have been brilliant, bringing new ideas and a fresh perspective. In return, we offer training and mentoring, which aids personal and professional development.”

Richard Graves, Marketing and Financial Director for GWS Media, says, “In many ways this is a young person's business and they help keep us on our toes.

“We are optimistic about the future and hope to continue to grow in the upcoming months whilst continuing to develop young talent.”

Senior graphic designer, Ian Richmond, has been one of company's longest serving employees after the family firm spotted his work at UWE's Arts, Creative Arts and Education degree show in 2006. Ian says, “My employment happened much quicker than I expected or hoped for. I think UWE helps to develop a creative mind while also providing practical support.

“We had help working on the practical side to get work. The exhibition also got me in front of a number of people and led to me getting a job with GWS Media.

“I really enjoy working for GWS because of the variety of work involved and the range of clients we work with. We cover anything from branding to web design.”

Lauren says, “UWE supports students by developing our professional portfolio and raising our profiles through business workshops and annual exhibitions, in order to help us better understand what employers are looking for and how to get in front of them.

“I've learned so much since I started working with GWS and would definitely recommend an internship to anyone interested in developing their skills in the workplace.”

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