Yet another new sponsor, and a big decision to make

June 03, 2016

It’s been a busy time over the last week or two, as more and more MK businesses are getting involved with the MK50 Photo Book project. This week we announced Newport Pagnell based digital agency westfourstreet as (appropriately!) the fourth sponsor of the book, and we have two more announcements to make next week, so watch this space . . .

Westfourstreet specialises in web design and online marketing and was founded in 2010 by Managng Director Richard Bateman. Since then it has grown to a team of seven people and over the past six years has expanded to offer a full range of marketing services for small and large businesses.

This is what Richard said about the decision to become a sponsor:

“As a creative and digital agency in Milton Keynes we all appreciate the value of great quality photography. So it's only natural that when a project such as this comes around, we're keen to promote and to support it. We know first-hand the quality of Gill's work, and combined with our love of Milton Keynes, we're excited to eventually hold in our hands the finished product. We're delighted and proud to be a sponsor.”

We’re now just over 1/3 of the way towards our £8,500 target, in order to be able to professionally design and print the book – which is great news, but of course we do will need more sponsors to come on board between now and the end of August.

For more information please read my Information for Sponsors sheet and have a look at the full list of Supporters and Sponsors to see which companies and organisations are already involved in the project.

What's in a name?
The other key decision that was made this week was to go back to the drawing board on a name for the book. When I first started work on this last Summer, I gave it a working title of ‘Vision to Reality’ to tie in with the use of the old map excerpts, and then showing how Milton Keynes looks today. But more recently I have discovered that a Milton Keynes book already exists called ‘Image and Reality’ – published in 1992, I guess for the 25th birthday – and written by Terence Bendixson and John Platt.

So, given the similarity of the name, I’ve decided to think again – all suggestions welcome! The supporting line will be ‘A celebration of Milton Keynes at 50’ – but the title could be anything that relates to MK, photography, being 50, and being beautiful, as Milton Keynes is . . .

Since working on this project I have found so many amazing places in MK, and even though I’ve lived here for 25 years, many of them have been new to me. So this book isn’t just to show people from outside the city (or town, but that’s a separate debate!) how amazing we are, but to remind those within it to take a closer look. You’ll almost certainly find something new.