Unique Social Enterprise Launches
Unique Social Enterprise Really Real Resources launches despite the lockdown
Despite the turmoil in the World due to the COVID 19 pandemic, new Social Enterprise, Really Real Resources, has decided to push ahead and launch its web and e-commerce platform.
Launching with an intent to make a difference
It’s a business and social enterprise that has been two years in development. ‘For a long time, I have realised, that the images we see in the media, rarely represent the realities of life for some of the most vulnerable in society, and so we’ve created a unique archive which will change that’ says Graham Miller, the new organisations founder.
Graham is joined by fellow director, Leon Wilkes.
Supported by funding from Firstport, RRR first received a Start It grant to test out the viability of the concept and then were very pleased, at the end of 2019, to receive substantial Build It funding which is aimed to subsidise people costs. Its funding which has been critical in accelerating the launch of the platform in the last three months. The final result is striking and designed to encourage engagement with the community. The second linked website is a custom e commerce platform designed to make it easy to buy images, whilst being secure to protect those who are featured.
More recently Business Gateway in Perth has been providing welcome advice on legal and HR questions for our social enterprise.
‘Without showing life as it ‘really’ is how can we begin to challenge stigma. Greater understanding through engaging and realistic images can only encourage inclusion’, Leon Wilkes
A social enterprise with a goal to create a social impact
The decision to launch now was taken due to the high current demand for content. Digital Media and communication have never been more important and Graham and Leon felt that we should make our content available.
The library contains images of the highest documentary photographic standards which are contributed by Graham, and other photographers, on subjects from Autism through to single homeless mothers.
Leon Wilkes says ‘Without showing life as it ‘really’ is how can we begin to challenge stigma. Greater understanding through engaging and realistic images can only encourage inclusion’.
The business proposition is simple in that Really Real Resources (our social enterprise) will supply images which are of higher quality and more representative, at a price similar to that of the regular stock libraries. Its motives are all about making a difference through social impact and not about profit. Something it is then hoped that both Third sector and mainstream media will support.
Launching now is of course not without its challenges. At the time of writing we’ve just heard the disappointing news that we will not receive Coronavirus Business Support funding, due to a timing issue. We hope that third sector and media in general will quickly realise the value of what we do and will support us through buying our images.
‘I want to thank everyone who has supported and encouraged us until now, I hope when you look at the new website your hearts swell with pride, just like mine’. Says Graham.
‘For a long time, I’ve realised, that the images we see in the media, rarely represent the realities of life for some of the most vulnerable in society, and so we’ve created a unique archive which will change that’ says Graham Miller.