September 1995 – October 1998
Invicta Media Productions Limited
Video and multimedia production for education, training and corporate markets.
This was an opportunity to support two friends, Ian Killbery and Ilsa Rowe, in a spin-off / start-up company which has at core a passion for learning foreign languages and associated cultures.
Projects and partnerships included the British Council, Goethe-Institut, Spanish Embassy, Eurotunnel and various departments in Kent County Council.
The German language learning video packs, and much more, are available from www.earlystart.co.uk [opens in new window]
A cross-Channel tourism initiative, part-funded by the European Commission Regional Development Fund, generated a website called theotherside.co.uk [opens in new window] This project has concluded.
It became necessary to look for a new opportunity for two prime and linked reasons. The business was not going to provide the salary and security I felt I needed. Also, I didn’t have clear and distinct enough contribution to make in the production process. It was a frustrating and yet instructive period where much was possible but just not within a shared purpose. I learned more about myself and the role of selling in a commercial context. I think of this as confirming that conviction and disguising uncertainty was not really me.
Having helped get Invicta Media Productions underway, and it still is as Early Start, I turned my attention to the world starting to commute to London working for the