Sustainable Production: Locate Productions & albert

It’s becoming increasingly evident that the world needs to react quickly to the impending environmental challenges that we face. Here at Locate we have been looking at how we can make our production processes more sustainable and have teamed up with BAFTA to use their carbon management programme albert. 

Earlier this year we gathered the Locate Productions team at our Clapham HQ, for a days Carbon Literacy training. It was an inspiring day, delivered by the ever enthusiastic Roser Canela-Was from BAFTA, who talked us through the subject as a whole, as well as introducing us to albert. 

“albert is a collaborative BAFTA, indie and broadcaster backed project that provides the film and TV industries with the necessary expertise and opportunities to take action on environmental sustainability. The project aims for all UK screen content to be made in a way that benefits individuals, industry organisations and the planet. Delivered to reduce the environmental impact of the production process, to enable industry organisations to realise the environmental aspect of their stated vision and its implication for audience engagement.” 

 

We also had a visit from Ben Knowles, one of the directors at PedalMe, who explained about their zero emission bicycle courier and cab service – great evidence of a sustainable product, with competitive pricing, thats as efficient as the more conventional motor vehicle options.

We even trialled it out with Lisa and Mike doing a ride around the block…

On top of all this, a fantastic vegetarian lunch was provided by Mark at Salad Days – naturally, delivered to us by PedalMe

Although much work is needed we’ve put a number of things in place with the aim of making our production more sustainable. A lot of these ideas, along with others, can also be found on AdGreen’s website.

  • dedicated recycling / rubbish bags on set
  • switched to sustainable recycling / rubbish collections with Quantum Waste and Spotless Locations
  • use of reusable water bottles on set, branded bamboo tea / coffee cups and KeepCups
  • minimal printing and use of paper
  • encouraged all cast / crew to use public transport where possible
  • donate any wardrobe / leftover food to charities and / or local homeless shelters 
  • reducing the use of correx by switching from plastic floor coverings to Locamats or Ramboards when we can
  • encouragement of low meat menus on set
  • office composting scheme 
  • use PedalMe for couriers

We appreciate these are relatively small steps but are hoping to implement a number of other ideas moving forward:

  • plans to switch energy suppliers to Good Energy in summer 2019
  • implement the albert carbon calculator across the majority of productions 
  • establish a carbon offsetting scheme, working with various tree planting schemes around the UK and beyond.

There’s still more to do but we feel like we are heading in the right direction and the support from the team at BAFTA along with the use of albert has really encouraged and empowered us to keep making positive changes.

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Job Purpose:

Locate Productions is one of the UK’s leading service production companies, producing stills and moving image content in the UK and abroad. Established in London in 2005, the company works with some of the world’s leading brands, producing campaigns such as This Girl Can, NHS at 70, HSBC Premier and Jaguar XE.

Consisting of a dedicated team of producers, location scouts and managers, Locate Productions are experts in providing a high level, cost-effective production that is aligned to a strong business ethic of high standards, impartiality, sustainability and fairness.

As part of their expansion plans, Locate Productions are looking to recruit a Commercial Director to join their small, dynamic team and help attract new business. 

Responsibilities:

  • Working closely with the business owners and Head of Production to develop the company’s short, mid and long-term commercial strategy according to company goals and objectives to drive and accelerate growth. You will be set targets and your performance assessed on the achievement of this growth
  • To carry out analysis and help create and deliver detailed business plans on commercial opportunities such as business development and international growth
  • Develop strategies to identify and acquire new clients globally and drive new business, specifically targeting creative advertising agencies and commercial brand marketing sectors
  • Collaborate and co-ordinate with in-house teams such as International Production, Creative Hub, Production Services and Locations in generating new leads and building on existing contacts
  • Monitor and analyse the performance of the company’s commercial activities 
  • Support the wider company in maintaining the high standards of service across all sectors.

Experience:

  • Demonstrated senior commercial experience working within the creative industries, ideally with a background in ad-agencies or brand marketing
  • In-depth understanding and proven track record of developing and executing winning commercial strategies
  • Experience of managing a prospect through the whole sales process from lead identification and outreach all the way through to signed contract and onboarding
  • Proven success in a comparable targeted role, including an existing network of relevant contacts to be able to hit the ground running.

Key Skills:

  • Excellent organisational and leadership skills
  • Outstanding communication and interpersonal abilities
  • Commercially-minded, with strong analytical skills and a strategic approach to tasks
  • Solution-orientated, with an entrepreneurial attitude
  • Experience of international travel, ideally involving trade shows and industry events
  • Strong understanding of the media production process both in the UK and globally
  • Solid knowledge of marketing trends and strategies along with performance reporting and financial/budgeting processes
  • A desire to be part of a close-knit team within a company that values its staff and adheres to a strong set of beliefs and principles.

Job Details:

  • A full-time role, predominately based in the London office but with flexibility over working hours and place of work
  • International travel (post-COVID)
  • 25 days paid holiday in addition to bank holidays
  • Competitive salary, dependant on experience
  • Basic plus performance bonus salary structure
  • Potential performance-related equity options

Application Process:

Please send a CV and covering letter to locate@locateproductions.com titled ‘CD Position’. 

Please get this to us as soon as possible as this is a position which is immediately available. 

Our communications will be in the strictest confidence; please ensure you outline your availability and expected salary. 

Second-round interviews will see candidates pitching a proposal based on a set topic. 

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