Client: 3Sixty Web Design
Knowledge Provider: Belfast Metropolitan College
Sector: Creative and Digital Media
3Sixty Web Design
Belfast-based 3Sixtycreate is a young and fresh company that provides innovative solutions to clients through the use of emerging technologies and social media. 3Sixtycreate has been growing in strength since start-up in 2009 by concentrating on maximising the return on investment for every project they carry out. By working closely with clients to identify their requirements and budget, 3Sixtycreate deliver a solution which is unique to each customer. This approach allows clients to differentiate themselves and maximise the potential of new opportunities and market places in today’s difficult economic environment.
3Sixty Web Design
About the case
Like most small companies human resources are often limited, which can hamper both overall business and product development. This was the case with 3Sixtycreate. Through the Connected project Belfast Metropolitan College has been collaborating with the University of Ulster across a number of projects. It was these links that were instrumental in helping 3Sixtycreate secure a placement student. The placement student was able to start work straight away taking on live projects.
About the Knowledge Provider
Belfast Metropolitan College is the largest further and Higher Education College in Northern Ireland and by far the biggest educational institution in Belfast. The College has recently opened two very exciting buildings. The state-of-the-art building located in the Titanic Quarter area of the city and the e3 building designed to promote employability, entrepreneurship and enterprise. Facilities at e3 are second to none and include an animation and digital editing suite, TV and radio production studios, a hospitality training facility and manufacturing and engineering facilities for innovation.
Belfast Metropolitan College is highly focused on working closely with employers and sector skills bodies to deliver education and training that is current and relevant to industry.
This enhanced capacity amongst the small team and allowed 3Sixtycreate to free up staff so they could take on new projects. They did not incur high costs in recruitment and the turnaround time in securing a student was completed in a matter of weeks. Addittionally the company were able to avail of the knowledge Belfast Met gained at the South by South West conference held in Austin, Texas. This conference focused on emerging technologies and has earned the reputation as a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies. It has been seen as probably being the biggest of its kind in the world and it was an ideal environment to learn about emerging technologies and how they can be used to support the growth strategy of small businesses. I was delighted to be able to learn of the details of these emerging trends, possibly a year before they became available in the UK. This knowledge has certainly impacted on how I do business and now with the extra capacity within the company I am able to act upon this knowledge.