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Supported by our Creative Futures Incubator based at 1 Mill Street, Leamington Spa, multi-media production company Common Story were commissioned by the BBC to produce a documentary about best mate entrepreneurs Cam and Oli.

About the documentary

Meet Cam and Oli, best mates and partners in grime. The two 26-year-olds from Bromsgrove, West Midlands, started their waste management business during lockdown as a way to keep busy. They soon discovered there’s a tonne of money to be made from clearing other people’s rubbish. 

Now at the start of their second year of business, the boys are facing their biggest challenge to date. At the last minute, their biggest job to date falls through, leaving a £50k hole. Can Cam and Oli find enough work to make up for four weeks’ lost income and keep the business on track? 

BBC Three commissioned a number of Indies from the West Midlands as a result of the creative partnership with BBC England and Create Central. The partnership invited independent production companies based in the West Midlands to submit documentary ideas that reflect the life experiences of 13-24 year olds.

Click here to watch: https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00196gn/filthy-business

A word from Common Story

“Being part of Creative Futures supercharged our company.” say Beth Newell and Dom Sant.

“We are thrilled that Common Story won our first broadcast commission for BBC 3 and BBC England. Being part of the Creative Futures Incubator supercharged our company over the last 18 months, giving us space to grow our team and develop mainstream ideas. It has been fantastic to base our production office out of 1 Mill Street thanks to Creative Futures and the University of Warwick.”

Joining the Creative Futures Incubator

The Incubator aims to inspire, educate and incubate start-up and creative businesses like Common Story. It supports the largest cluster of creative businesses outside of Greater London, here in Coventry and Warwickshire. Creative companies and start-ups that successfully apply can make use of the co-working space at 1 Mill Street in Leamington Spa. They also have access to business advice, mentoring and networking to support the growth of creative ideas, enterprises and innovation.

To find out more click here: https://warwickinnovationdistrict.com/creative-futures/

Applications for the next cohort close on Monday 5th September 2022.