We Are An Award-Winning Social Enterprise
Made with Joy is an award winning social enterprise based in Oxford. Joy Foster started building websites and marketing them in 2003 and later founded Made with Joy off the back of a £5,000 UnLtd ‘Do it’ award which she won in November 2014. Made with Joy provides professional website development and digital marketing solutions to charities, non profits, social enterprise and small business.
We aren’t just about creating digital solutions though – we also believe in improving lives. Which is why, in February 2015, Joy took on her first trainee, Declan Hunter, who was 18 years old at the time. Declan had just finished an engineering course at college but had struggled to secure an engineering apprenticeship. He signed up to do some training with SOFEA (the Southern Oxfordshire Food and Education Alliance) in Didcot and Made with Joy took him on as a trainee one day a week. After a successful 6 month traineeship, Declan was offered a part time paid position for an additional 6 months. Declan returned to college to do a gaming and technology course and in 2016, graduated with a merit! Declan is just the first of several youth who have gone through the Made with Joy programme.
In May 2015, Made with Joy secured a second award from the Oxfordshire Social Enterprise Partnership (OSEP) which was backed by the Oxfordshire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership). The award was for £1,666 and was for the express purpose of taking on staff. Made with Joy capitalized on this grant and has since provided 18 people with part time contracts, nearly all of whom came through the Made with Joy traineeship programme. To learn more about the individuals on our team, check out the team page.
We didn’t stop there! In October 2015, we helped set up the TechPixie programme with a £16,000 service contract from the Oxfordshire County Council. The TechPixie programme is an initiative aimed at helping Mums return to work after taking a break in their careers to look after children. The programme accepted and trained 12 women in the fundamentals and practical application of digital marketing. Five of the original TechPixie cohort have stayed on with Made with Joy and now look after our digital marketing clients. Our marketing clients include the Gone for Good app, which helps you reduce clutter and and give to charity all from the ease of your phone and Proviz, the world’s number #1 hi-viz sportswear for whom we successfully ran a £100,000 Kickstarter campaign. We plan to launch a new cohort of women in October 2016, watch this space!
Our most recent ‘big news’ is that in May 2016, Ben Newton joined Made with Joy as a partner and took on the role of CTO. With him on board, things have been going from strength to strength as we’ve been able to provide a higher level of website development and support for our clients. We’re also excited to announce that in September 2016, we received our first private investment AND we moved into our first official office AND our founder, Joy Foster, was shortlisted for the 2016 Social Enterprise UK ‘Women’s Champion’ Award. All in all, we’d say it’s been an exciting few years and we look forward to many more to come!
How can we help you?
If you need your website built, re-built or refreshed, or if you just need some advice on how to make it better, the Made with Joy team is willing to help. We also fix hacked websites and provide WordPress support packages for people organisations who already have a WordPress site but need technical expertise at a reasonable rate and of course, our amazing team of TechPixies are ready to help you with all your digital marketing needs!
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Awards and Affiliations
Linda has taken over Made with Joy as Managing Director. She looks after the support requests that come in from our clients and works with Ben to create new websites. If she had spare time, she’d be found in the … Read More
Made with Joy Alumni
Zach was told by his IT instructor at college that he was rubbish at tech, so Zach had written it off as an option as a career path. However, after 3 months training and a 3 months part time job … Read More
Joy Foster is a 3x Social Entrepreneur based in Oxford. She is an American married to a Brit and is a mother of two. In her free time she likes to train for triathlons and paint. She set up Made … Read More
We are delighted to welcome Isaac Carr to the Made with Joy team. Isaac will be heading up any and all branding and graphic design work for our company as well as for clients who need design work incorporated into … Read More
Sadly, almost as quickly as OG joined the Made with Joy Team, she was snatched up into a full time management accountant job! While she was at Made with Joy, OG made sure our accounts stay balanced and in the … Read More
Colby Mounter joined the Made with Joy team at the end of May 2017 as a trainee in graphic design. He will be in charge of our website portfolio pictures and any other small graphic design jobs that our clients … Read More
Matt – the man with no fear! Matt Fletcher comes from a technical background and has been at Made with Joy since March 2015. Matt is our chief WordPress theme and Plugin wrangler – whenever we need someone to figure … Read More
Our games pro, Graham joined the team in 2015 with a willingness to grow his knowledge of all things WordPress. Graham loves all kinds of games including Mahjong. He is also a LEGO master builder. Graham is now an account … Read More
Our original guinea pig and a most impressive young man, Declan was the first Made with Joy trainee. He joined Made with Joy in February of 2015 as a trainee. After 6 months, he moved into a 6 months part … Read More
Need something done graphically? Matt Phillips is your guy. Matt also joined Made with Joy as a teenager and is now in charge of all the lovely graphics you see all over this website (and several of our clients’ websites). … Read More