London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) June 23, 2009 -- As Londonâs Location Collective continues to grow in all departments, Managing Director Antony Iredale has revealed his commitment to creating opportunities for personal development for every member of staff based at the agencyâs Camden headquarters. 18 months since its inception, The Collective has seen its membership of location managers grow to 117, its online database swell to almost 4,000 London locations and its staff numbers increase from two to ten. Iredale believes the companyâs continued success is in no small part down to the CV-boosting opportunities offered to employees present and past.
Key to a location agencyâs ability to serve industry clients and location owners alike to a very high standard is an in-depth understanding of how filming works. Knowing what makes a good location - both aesthetically and logistically - understanding a clientâs brief, having a strong knowledge of the agencyâs database, building relationships with location managers and property owners, and bringing about the best possible outcome for both â success in an increasingly competitive market relies on staff confidence and competence in each of these areas. Iredale encourages staff to seek out any training courses and work placements they feel will give the team an edge when it comes to delivering a unique level of service to both production and owner.
âOur clients need to know that our people understand the industry as a whole, and in particular the issues and challenges specific to location managers and producers. Apart from building skills and knowledge for its own sake, work placements and training courses make sense for the company, enabling us to augment our service offer and, we hope, retain the trust and business of our clients. Weâve offered internships in the past that have helped people move on to work on high-profile film and television productions thanks to the experience theyâve gained whilst working here. Photography, scouting, research, contracts, location assisting, London architecture â weâve had colleagues participate in courses in all of these areas. Last month we had someone on placement on Never Let Me Go (forthcoming Kazuo Ishiguro feature film adaptation) and another on Poirot and Marple (primetime ITV dramas). For those looking to pursue a career in TV or film, placements like these are a superb opportunity. Weâre happy to help prepare the industryâs next generation.â
With all employees currently called back to the office for the busy summer period, The Collective is reaping the benefits of its progressive approach to âinvestment in peopleâ, as the enquiries and hires keep the phones ringing and the inboxes full. If you would like to test The Collectiveâs people with your location brief, or if you have a property youâd like to entrust to their location management service, find out more at http://www.location-collective.co.uk or call 020 7284 8910.