Joe sees his business take off while he continues to study at university

News Page 4th October 2019

An entrepreneurial student from Northampton is combining studies with running his own fledgling business.

Joe Drage set up Flux Media Productions with two friends earlier this year, and the company is already attracting a host of clients eager to boost their digital presence.

The 19 year old, who lives in Moulton, splits his time between Flux and studying Creative Film, Television and Digital Media Production at the University of Northampton – and the skills he’s honing on his course are helping to push his company forward.

Joe said: “The course is incredibly varied and importantly, practical, which means I’m learning to master a number of skills, including video editing, filming, grading and using television studios.

“Everything is geared up for forging a successful career in the media industry, and I think Flux is definitely benefiting from the new knowledge I’m acquiring.”

Joe is also full of praise for his lecturers, who have provided him with extra guidance and advice on running a business.

He said: “I mentioned to my lecturer, Nathan Dodzo, that we were buying a drone at Flux to carry out aerial filming, but needed licences to fly it. He pointed me in the direction of a Santander funding scheme and we were successful in our application, and the business now has PfCO accreditation from the Civil Aviation Authority to fly unmanned aircraft commercially.”

Together with friends and fellow Moulton residents, Nathan Clarke (19) and Josh Codner (20), Joe is concentrating on building up a client base for Flux. They’ve had some early success, securing contracts with a cleaning company and a kitchen worktop firm, while Flux was also selected to film the inaugural Digital Northampton conference over the summer.

The team have also produced videos for community events, including Moulton Festival – watch it below – and Woodfest at Irchester Country Park.

Joe said: “We decided to cover the community events for free, as they tend to be run by volunteers or have limited budgets, and they are also great ways for us to get our name out there.”

 

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