Manchester creatives are 'Still Buzzing'.
Freelancers including content creators, video editors, photographers and social media experts are now available for small businesses in Manchester to tap into for free.
This is part of the Still Buzzing campaign, launched in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the city.
From social media support and PR & marketing strategy, to content creation or photography and video, freelancers are now available for small businesses to help market their services and continue communicating with customers, all without spending a penny.
The freelance support is being funded by the Still Buzzing t-shirt initiative, where all profit from the sales of the specially designed t-shirts, will be added to a pot to pay the freelancers at a fixed rate for their time.
This is so that small businesses, who may not have their own marketing budgets, can tap into the funds to help them keep trading.
The Still Buzzing campaign was launched in March by photographer and founder of Good News MCR Carl Sukonik and the PR team Down at the Social in response to the ongoing tragedy caused for the local business community by COVID-19.
The team commissioned artist Harrison Edwards to create a t-shirt that captures the spirit of the city.
Daisy Whitehouse, MD of Down at the Social and co-creator of Still Buzzing MCR, said:
It's been heartbreaking to see our community taking such a hit. Small businesses, big businesses, events and freelancers in particular have been knocked hard quickly by the country grinding to a halt thanks to COVID-19. As our clients face challenges, we inevitably will too so I don't have all the answers, but as a team we got together and talked about how we wanted to do something positive to combat the very depressing flow of bad news, so we're launching this scheme to help companies and freelancers get through this and we hope that everyone who can, will help.”
Carl Sukonik, co-creator of Still Buzzing MCR, said:
In 20 years as a freelancer this is the biggest business struggle I have had to deal with but it is even harder to see fellow creatives, clients and everyone around me having to deal with a global issue nobody could have been prepared for."
All freelancers will be paid a fixed rate of £50 for a half day, or £100 for a whole day. Whilst this is probably much less than their regular day rate, it will keep the cogs turning.
Both the freelancers and small businesses in need of support should email stillbuzzingMCR@downatthesocial.co.uk where they will be matched.
If you would like to support the campaign and purchase a t-shirt, you can do so here for £14.99 plus postage (£3.50).