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Former Birmingham Young Ambassador launches first business

Dan (Centre) winning BPS Birmingham Future’s “The Graduate Apprentice” competition back in 2012 alongside Nicola Fleet-Milne (Left) and Ben Evans (Right) of FleetMilne Property

A previous winner of Birmingham’s prestigious graduate competition has launched his first business.

Five years after winning BPS Birmingham Future’s “The Graduate Apprentice”, Dan Malin, 26, has launched a social media consultancy to support businesses in Birmingham City Centre and the surrounding areas.

Now based in nearby Stourbridge, Dan began his career immediately after graduating from the University of Worcester in 2012 by undertaking three, four-month placements in entry-level marketing roles at FleetMilne Property, ORB and Sport Birmingham as a result of winning the Graduate Apprentice 2012. As part of the prize, he also undertook ambassadorial duties for the city representing Birmingham Professional Services at events throughout the year.

After a unique first year in business, Dan was offered the opportunity to continue building his experience with a full-time marketing role at FleetMilne Property, where he stayed until transitioning into the third sector to pursue a long-standing interest in charity work.

Digital marketing & PR roles at Swanswell Drug & Alcohol Trust and Mary Stevens Hospice followed before demand from friends, colleagues and acquaintances forced him to commit to offering social media services to West Midlands businesses on a more formal basis.

Dan Malin, Founder of Plan Digital Marketing, said: “It’s a privileged position and I am so fortunate to have worked alongside and learned from so many inspiring people on the road here.

We as a global community have never known connectivity and an opportunity for expression like we now have through social media and if I can do my bit to connect fantastic services with people who need them then that’s a wonderful legacy to be building.

To have the opportunity to do it in my home county is the icing on the cake.”

Dan has recently published a short cheat sheet, offering readers three simple steps to instantly improve their use of social media, that can be downloaded for free at: www.plandigitalmarketing.co.uk/freebies.

Or to contact Dan directly, email: dan@plandigitalmarketing.co.uk.