Young Gosport film maker looks to inspire business enterprise after coronavirus pandemic

A YOUNG Gosport man has made a short film to encourage new enterprise as the town’s businesses look to emerge from the financial impact of coronavirus lockdown.

Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 2:54 pm
Updated Tuesday, 21st July 2020, 2:54 pm

Brad Mackay, aged 20, works as a freelance social media marketer and wanted to use his film-making skills to create a short fictional video to help inspire people to help regenerate the local economy. The idea for the video originated from a competition advertised by Musicbed – a UK online music licensing platform.

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Brad said: ‘The theme for the competition was about reopening the economy and trying to inspire people to get back out there. In my job I help businesses with their online profile and so I thought this was a way to do something similar for Gosport. I want to help put the town on the map for the right reasons.’

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Honor Davis-Pye, aged 10, who plays the leading role of a young entrepreneur

Rather than produce a standard documentary about the trials and tribulations of the High Street, Brad decided to make a fictional story about the business exploits of a 10-year-old girl whose mother worked as a nurse.

‘I wanted to do something which was also connected to the NHS. It is called Little Business as it is about a little girl who starts up her own business selling face masks. The aim is to inspire people to get into setting up their own small enterprise. The underlying message is that your never too young to get into creating your own business,’ he said.

While many of the town’s businesses have now reopened Brad said a number still remain closed. He believes it is small independent businesses which will play a fundamental role in helping the economy to recover.

Brad Mackay, right, directing the short film Little Business, alongside director of photography, Jacob Neller

Brad commented: ‘Small businesses give you the freedom to be creative. I think people need to realise that small enterprises are the way forward for the economy.’

To watch the full video and to vote for Brad’s film go to Musicbed’s website.

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Brad Mackay, 20, who produced the film to help inspire young entrpreneurs.

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