It’s been an unexpected first year for our business development manager Ben Payne. Find out why by reading his blog below.

I joined 7video at the dawn of 2020 filled with optimism and excited about the strong direction it was heading. Little did I know that Coronavirus was going to sweep through the world, causing a great deal of anxiety for us all. We are living in uncertain times, confined to our homes not knowing how long any of this will last.

Of course, as with any company, we don’t know what the future will bring but over the last 13 years we have been lucky to work with so many amazing, loyal customers right across the UK and we are confident that we can do much more of the same after this is all over.

I was brought in to help develop 7video and, despite everything, we have achieved record results over the last 12 months and won a Best Small Business award too. Our four main services, film, animation, drone and timelapse have never been so important in the way people communicate. You only have to go onto social media to see what impact they all have and did you know over 80 per cent of all online traffic is expected to be video-related in the not too distant future? And during and after Coronavirus, it is going to be crucially important to get clear, concise messages out at the right time – and we can really help with this. So I will continue to support a hugely talented team in letting as many people know as possible about what benefits our work brings.


On top of this, I have a few additional skills that can help. In the year 2000, I began the first of my seven years in journalism. As well as becoming a fully qualified award-winning hack, I covered such a wide range of stories and learnt more about people in happy, bad and sad times than any other time in my life. It really helped equip me with the skills I have today.

Following this, I spent time promoting all the frontline services for a local authority where amongst many highlights I was lucky enough to meet Tubby the recycling Labrador, helping to secure his appearance on the national news, The One Show and even feature in the Guinness Book of Records.

Following this, I spent seven incredible years leading comms in Wales for the Big Lottery Fund (now the National Lottery Community Fund) where I had the absolute privilege of showcasing the difference this funding made to countless lives in communities across the country. I led an amazing team who produced campaigns which reached hundreds of thousands of people and were replicated by the rest of the UK as well as leading projects working with the BBC, ITV and Channel 4.


Until the end of 2019, I spent three years heading up communications for Housing Plus Group in Shropshire and Staffordshire. Again, managing a hugely talented team who transformed internal and external communications, culminating in being a runner up for communications team of the year in the 24 Housing Awards.

Over the years, I cannot think of many things I haven’t written about, communicated or, when needed, defended, including during a crisis. Having said this, Coronavirus is definitely a new experience, but I’m always an optimist believing no matter how bad things get there has to be something good just around the corner. I will help ensure 7video gets around this corner and I know we can continue to go from strength to strength!

If you would like to speak to me about any of our services please email me or call me on 01743 357 111 or 07568 061201.

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