Wednesday, 11 January 2012

2011 - A year in review and reflect.

Now we are pretty much in 2012 ten days to be precise, it  be naughty of me if I don't look back at 2011 and review the achievements made by EWAV and also some personal experiences for myself.

Firstly, I would like to wish everyone a very happy New Year and take a moment to say “thank you and I appreciate you!”all our supporters.

2011 was a remarkable year despite suffering a few setbacks and lost a few contracts we strived on and gained new projects. At the start of the year more schools signed up to our Animation  club. I believe some schools are now seeing the benefits they would get signing up to our Animation initiative not just financially but also creatively improving children's learning ability.  

Some testimonies :- 
Katie -  My children came along to one of your animation courses last summer holidays at the Bridge Academy, and loved it

Mary - Your animation club has really helped my son, he is autistic and not really social. The animation sessions made him more social and this some how had a knock on effect on his key stage 2 SATs. 

EWAV found a new home in Hackney Marshes part of the London Olympic Village. We are excited about this new place due to the fact we can now deliver more programmes to young people within the East London boroughs.

We was awarded a grant over three years. This grant will helps us continue to help change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. This enables us too continue reaching out to the youth through delivery of training in Animation, Digital graphics, modern film making techniques, and digital media in particular.

In May I took part  in The Twenty Ten Club first ever teen mentoring evening at St Matthew Academy in Lewisham. St Matthew Academy in Lewisham hosted a speed-mentoring evening connecting just over seventy girls with a panel of 18 Black female entrepreneurs.

Tuesday 20th September 2011, our team was invited to The London Peace Awards 2011  we were among many nominees nominated for an award. The annual prestigious London Peace Awards 2011 was hosted by The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson at City Hall. Londoners of all ages who have made a significant contribution in the capital had the opportunity to be a recipient of the 10 award categories. We left the ceremony picking up the Certificate of Achievement award which recognises the great work all nominees do within our community. It was an absolute honour to be amongst many outstanding people and organisations who were nominated.

EWAV also teamed up with CLR Consultancy in October to deliver a series of special events to help private businesses and community organisations in these difficult economic times. This exciting events was attended by several of our supporters, friends and associates. We was told by a few attendees that the event was a great programme and they would be working with CLR Consultancy to help get their businesses off the ground.

On Tuesday November 15, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, I participated in a youth enterprise event hosted by Mosaic at the Government Department for Business Innovation & Skills.
Cabinet ministers Dr Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business Innovation & Skills and Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. I was joined by a group of entrepreneurs members from Twenty Ten Club to answer questions from students at the special event designed to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs. I spent the day sharing my experiences of starting and running a business with the attending students from Brondesbury College for Boys, Crest Boys Academy, Westminster City School and Southfields Community College.
We got invited to BBC Television Centre for a special edition of Strictly Come Dancing filmed on Saturday 12th November for BBC Children in Need. This was an extra special edition of Strictly Come Dancing -  different format consisting of dances performed by celebrities and dance partners.

And finally I was able to successfully launch the new start-up EWAV Creative Agency in November 2011, which is EWAV Works sister private company. 
ECA is a company that delivers innovative branding solutions using Digital, Video/Film and the new exciting 3D auto-stereoscopic solutions. An enticing,one-stop bespoke advert/marketing boutique using no-glasses 3D screens displays and we also create 3D and 2D content. If you want to make the WOW happen for your brand. ECA can do exactly that.

There was so many highlights in 2011 it is difficult to pinpoint which one was the best. I believe that due to the fact that we are a social enterprise that is still surviving in this current climate, I think that would be our worthy highlight. 

So we are looking forward to an exciting 2012 with more opportunities and developing projects that I'm passionate about. Both businesses brand would be revitalised and grow in 2012.
Best wishes LA