Find out more about Podio below
Whether you need more customers through your doors or the city of Preston makes up part of your life, below, we explain who we are, why we’re here & what you can expect from our free, pocket-sized, quarterly publication, Podio Magazine.
At the heart of our existence is the determination to celebrate the good in Preston.
Whilst volunteering in a rural Nicaraguan village, our founder became frustrated by the number of disproportinately negative articles that appeared online whenever he searched for updates about his home town. He therefore launched Global Amigos; a grassroots social enterprise with big ambitions. Podio Magazine was the flagship project; which is now led by inspiring Preston-based community members.
Our founder and Editor, Andy Neale, is now living in Thailand but, through these fab local superstars, the work of our quarterly publication continues. Although in its very early stages, a Community Interest Company has also been set up to further secure our future (especially if Andy doesn’t return..)
The one thing all involved in Podio have in common is that we are dedicated to celebrating the good in our city; the good promotions & services our businesses have to offer, the good charitable organisations that thrive here & as many of the good people doing good things across the area as possible.
We also believe that everyone has the ability to better themselves and their situations. By working alongside local young people, the unemployed, those reaching retirement, aspiring business owners, and a range of professionals, we all share and learn and believe that we all benefit. For more information on our overall company ethos, visit the parent organisation’s website, Global Amigos.
To publish a seasonal magazine which celebrates only the good in our city & distribute this to city-centre residents, visitors & businesses.
To develop a strong and supportive online presence for community members and organisations; by reposting materials which we get tagged in.
Co-founder, Andy Neale is Preston born & bred. During international development work abroad with International Citizen Service, he became frustrated by negative articles which constantly appeared online whenever he Googled what was happening in Preston. He’s benefited from and supported various city centre organisations over the years and knows full well that there’s loads of great things happening. And thus, Podio was born; the word is Spanish for platform/podium – the idea being we give good organisations a platform to promote themselves from.