Martin James Network launches creative incubation centre to nurture young talent

Martin James Network launches creative incubation centre to nurture young talent

In December, we launched Epic Youth – a charitable project to help disadvantaged young people with business and entrepreneurial success. Fast forward to today, and we’re delighted to have launched CoLab – a creative incubation centre to mentor and support entrepreneurial talent across the Midlands.

As a network, we strongly believe in supporting young people who have experienced adversity. We work to transform the social and emotional health and wellbeing of disempowered and underserved communities so they have access to equal opportunities within society and can flourish, prosper, and realise their dreams.

We do this by providing pathways to employment and personal development aimed at business and entrepreneurial success. CoLab will play a huge part in helping us to achieve this. But on top of that, it will provide a dedicated safe space to cultivate entrepreneurial mindsets within the Martin James Network too.

CoLab is equipped with all the tools and inspiration people need to get creative and turn ideas into opportunities. It’s a space for people to work collaboratively on projects, express themselves candidly, and pursue new ideas. We’ll also soon be introducing Creative Bites – a series of taster workshops to help people develop skills in disciplines ranging from photography and cinematography to coding and virtual reality .

We’re hugely excited about the potential of CoLab and we can’t wait to see the impact it has. Not only will it serve as an incubation centre for budding entrepreneurs through our Epic Youth programme, it will boost internal wellbeing by giving our people opportunities to get creative, learn new skills and express themselves.

Take a look at the video below to see what CoLAB looks like.

Martin James Network – connecting minds, shaping futures

Birmingham business expands with VR acquisition

Birmingham business expands with VR acquisition

Birmingham-based business, the Martin James Network, has expanded its portfolio further with the acquisition of VR company, VR Simulation Systems.

Headquartered in Edgbaston, and employing over 1,200 people globally, the Martin James Network is formed from a variety of organisations ranging from start-ups to well-established brands that have been in business for over 15 years.

The network has gone from strength-to-strength over the last two years, having started as a team of ten in rented offices in October 2018.

This latest move sees the network expand its mental health group, TalkOut, as it looks to help businesses navigate new ways of working and support staff wellbeing following the coronavirus outbreak.

Headed up by CEO, Jill Mead, TalkOut will now be able to offer workplaces across the country access to the best employee mental health support using the latest technology, in addition to its existing training and consultancy services.

As well as the new VR offering enabling employees to better understand and manage mental health through simulated environments, TalkOut has launched an app to help businesses connect and engage with teams as the nation adjusts to home working.

Rigorously tested for 18 months, and developed to work across countries and continents, the app helps businesses encourage collaboration, boost engagement, break down silos and provide crucial mental health support and counselling through a specialist chat function.

Ayyab Cockburn, chief operating officer at the Martin James Network, says: “We’re an ambitious network of businesses and we’re always looking at ways to diversify and grow, whilst keeping an eye on emerging trends.

“This latest acquisition is our response to what is a global issue. We’ve all been forced to work remotely, and whilst flexibility is an attractive benefit, this way of working can lead to isolation or silos.

“Businesses now more than ever are faced with both emotional and physical barriers that can and will impact on their success. Accepting that we need to change how we communicate with our employees, will be key in driving businesses forward during this challenging time.”

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