And action! We are creating a film & photographic studio. Can you help us?

 19th Jan 2022 |  How can I help? |  Margaret Ring

As we all know, Covid-19 has hugely accelerated the transformation from face to face selling to online sales in the retail sector. We are seizing this opportunity of online selling and transforming the way we sell Secret Products to be 95% online. This is an area we were working towards anyway, as it's been proved many times that the more platforms a business uses to promote their goods, the wider the audience they reach.

So... we are currently busy putting together a film and photographic studio in our business unit in West Sussex, as we need to be able to create high quality, professional images to use online as well as on our YouTube channel. We are very lucky to have been offered the services of a highly specialised carpenter free of charge and a TV production company have also offered to help us by mentoring us over the equipment we need.  Amazing! However, we do have some way to go and it's not cheap, and we wanted to ask if any of our Customers, Shareholders and Friends would like to help us and make a contribution towards some of the items we need?

We have put together a 'wish list' below and we would be so grateful for any assistance you can offer, whether financial or advice. Please email Fritha, our CEO if you are able to help:

Our wish list:

One Cannon 16-35mm lense for photographing Secret Products to the highest standards: £1000 brand new or £500 second hand

One Windows desk top computer with extra memory for film and photography editing in studio: £1000

Microphones to record sound on videos of Secret Products to the highest quality: £160


Printing of six A4 board with pictures of our Makers in India at work in their communities @£40 each: £240

Three Cable safety systems @ £50 each: £150

Ten sets of wheels to fix to shelves for easy movement @ £10 per set: £100

Ten meters of blackout fabric to create blinds to block out light @ £3 per metre: £30

One Wi-fi booster to ensure there is high speed internet connection: £15

The total amount needed to equip our studio is £2,500

Any help you can give will be very gratefully received. Huge thanks.

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