Spokes Education is a Northampton – based digital learning agency.

They work with a wide range of organisations around the world providing a variety of services from learning design, creative design, and animation/film, to training and development, consultancy, and administrative services.

Phil Spokes formed Spokes Education in November 2013, initially as an independent contractor and freelancer. In December 2018, he  took on his first member of staff and since then the company has grown to a team of 15.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Spokes Education experienced a number of projects being delayed or cancelled, including a film project that would have enabled a move into a new service area. However, they were also able to secure new business which minimised the impact of the pandemic.

Receiving the Additional Restrictions Grant which was funded through West Northamptonshire Council and administered by the Business Support Team at the University of Northampton enabled Spokes Education to undertake a smaller filming project that would otherwise have provided risks for the company due to the cost of equipment required negating any income generated. The grant allowed Phil and his team to purchase the necessary equipment without risk to complete the filming work. Subsequently they have been able to enhance their service offering, which in turn will provide a better client experience, a higher quality product portfolio, and the chance of winning future filming opportunities.

When asked about the process for the Additional Restrictions Grant, Phil said:

“The process was really smooth. Our Adviser Adam was fantastic throughout, providing advice and updates regularly. The forms were easy to navigate, and help was always on hand for any questions. All in all, it was extremely simple and quick.”

Adam Lawton said:

“Phil at  Spokes education is a pleasure to work with, so organised and quick to respond. It makes the process very simple. It was great to work with Phil on this project. The new equipment will enable Spokes Education to diversify and grow in their market.”

Spokes Education aim to continue expanding and undertake more film work now that they have the equipment and experience to do so.


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