The Media Collective was established in 2003 by Matt Wattis and Jez Currin to provide affordable graphic design to small businesses. It grew from an attic office to a garage to our current location in The Piggeries, a converted pig shed on a farm in Coleshill where we now employ a team of amazing, hard-working, fun-to-be-around people who make the magic happen.
Ben Wattis came on board early in the journey to set up a large-format print department, which grew quickly and continues to be an unlimited source of new ideas for us.
In around 2010 we decided to focus on what was quickly becoming a new area of expertise and passion for us: the education sector.
Today we operate as a core team that exists to help schools become the best they can be. We are connected to a wide group of freelancers that provide specialised skills where required. We own and make Inflow display boards and Wonderwalls and also birthed The Print Handbook - Hi Andy!
In 2017, in line with our values, we established a charitable trust, The Sponge, to provide a better way to give money away. We are very excited about seeing how this grows!
We think that schools should be the most fun, imaginative, inspiring places on the planet.
Our mission is to make world-class design accessible to school leaders to help them improve their identity, their message and their environment in the pursuit of this goal. Our values keep us aligned:
We will actively take steps to stay nimble and responsive in the pursuit of excellence. It honours those around us when we bring our best every day.
United by our humanity and a clear mission we will laugh lots, learn from each other and achieve more together. We grow when we put others first.
We want our words and actions to be completely aligned and will respond positively to feedback that suggests otherwise. We build trust when we do what we say we will do.
Inspired to help create a better tomorrow we will fearlessly take on challenges that are bigger than ourselves. When we take risks we learn.
We want to inspire people to lead themselves and others well. When we trust people to be themselves they can achieve great things.
We acknowledge the generosity of others in our lives and will look for opportunities to pay it forward, with interest. We think it is always better to give than to receive.