Creative agency Danny & Co kickstarts the year with eight new recruits

Branding, design and content studio Danny&co. is boosting the team and nurturing young talent thanks to a successful application to the Government’s Kickstart Scheme.

Danny Matthews, founder of Danny&co., based near Swindon had been looking to build his creative team. But then Coronavirus put his plans on hold.

The new Kickstart scheme provides funding for employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit. And it’s this that’s helped Danny to create new positions within his business. He intends to take on 8 youngsters.

“I am so grateful. I was one of several businesses to apply to the scheme. And, within our application, only about a third got approval. And of those eight , mine made one, said Danny’

Danny is now looking for young, talented people to fill roles including social media manager, content writer, project coordinator and video editor. The new posts are part Government funded for six months with Jobcentre Plus being the source of the candidates. Danny had help with his Kickstart application by HR consultant Karen Ferris, based near Marlborough.

New recruits kickstart creative agency's year - Danny Matthews of Danny & Co.

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The Kickstart scheme

“The purpose of the Kickstart Scheme is to get people at risk of long-term unemployment into work and to get some experience,” said Danny. “I hope some or all will be able to remain with me beyond the six months. But at the very least have some experience to take on to their next job. I’d planned to create these roles in the business anyway. But Covid put that on hold. So it’s great to be back on track for growing Danny&co.”

The new team will focus on freeing up Danny from the day-to-day business activity. So they’ll work on ssocial media content creation and posting. That will let Danny concentrate on delivering his Brand Confidence programme. This new programme, launched towards the end of 2020, helps business owners do a deep dive into their brand. Danny hopes his team will be in place by February.

Accessing the Kickstart Scheme is the latest in a series of initiatives by Danny&co. to bring new talent into the design sector. Danny has mentored a university design student and also takes part in a regular podcast aimed at an audience of young creatives.

For more information about Danny&co. or to find out more about the Brand Confidence programme, visit https://dannyand.co/.