Create Your Society 04 November 2022 Society – Reaches #3 on the UK App Store
(overtaking many well known brands)

On Friday 23rd September, the Society App reached Number 3 on the Apple App Store UK Top Charts in the Lifestyle category overtaking apps such as Zoopla, Tinder and WeAre8.

Society is continuing its rapid growth and geographical expansion as the new academic year begins. There are now over 3,000 individual Society Apps operating in over 250 educational institutions worldwide.

A free Society App can be built and launched ready for use in under 60 seconds, making Society probably the fastest community app builder in the market globally. Every branded app is comprehensive but easy to use, functions include: An in-app payment gateway, ticket booking capability and unlimited encrypted chat facilities. Group Chats can accommodate up to 1,000 participants per group chat. Each App is fully GDPR/CPPA compliant and Society pledges to never sell personal data.

“Society App reached Number 3 on the Apple App Store UK Top Charts”

On Friday 23rd September, the Society App reached Number 3 on the Apple App Store UK Top Charts in the Lifestyle category overtaking apps such as Zoopla, Tinder and WeAre8.

This performance was supported by thousands of university students downloading the app at the start of the new academic year in order to join all their respective university clubs and societies.

Each university now effectively has their very own on-line Virtual Freshers Fair available 24/7, 365 days a year. Within each safe and secure university eco-system, student clubs and societies all now have their very own free community app. This allows them to create a thriving engaged and bespoke network maximising membership. Clubs no longer need to use multiple fragmented platforms, which are not fit for purpose, to engage with their members.

“Society App Membership has grown 3x Year-on-Year”

Society was started by co-founder Dr Matthew Billington. Matthew reveals, “Membership has grown 3x Year-on-Year as the word has quickly spread about the Society App. In addition, user experience is excellent, as demonstrated by an overall rating of 4.9 on the Apple App Store.”

The Society App is helping student clubs to grow and properly engage with their membership, whilst at the same time eliminating many of the current tedious administration challenges faced by Club Committees.

“Society App is safe and secure and never sells your personal data”

The Society App is paving the way for a safer and more secure way for students and student communities to engage with each other. Matthew created the Society app while President of King’s College London’s Dental Society because he was frustrated that, at that time, there were no tailor-made solutions to help university club/society committees easily run their organisations.

Only standard general-purpose facilities (like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Email, etc.) were available. These solutions are not “Fit for Purpose” and certainly do not meet requirements for student safety, Internet Privacy, and personal data security.

Matthew said, “There are many well documented cases of data breaches and personal data being passed on to third Parties without consent in relation to the incumbent solutions. Society App is safe and secure and never sells your personal data.”

“Society expects 2023 to be an epic year and is targeting significant further growth in both the UK and the US”

The Society App works with Student Unions (SU) to give them the free facility to provide, administer and oversee a safe ecosystem across all their clubs and societies.

The Society App pledge is to never sell personal data; mobile phone numbers are never revealed (unlike for example, WhatsApp) and only verified students within each University are allowed to be part of the secured campus ecosystem.

The Management Team at Society expects 2023 to be an epic year and is targeting significant further growth in both the UK and the US. They also expect to widen their global coverage by adding to the seven countries that Society is already operating in.

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Notes to Editors:

For further information, and interview requests with Co-Founder Dr Matthew Billington please contact Society via the website www.createyoursociety.com

Create Your Society 15 June 2022 Society Announces North America Team, Headhunted from UCLA

Los Angeles, CA (June 15, 2022): Society is excited to announce the North America Team that will be leading the continental expansion over the coming months. Continuing its rapid growth with over 2,000 branded community apps across the globe, the Society team saw tremendous success over recent months, expanding into 230 educational institutions across 6 countries. It is now time for Society to develop in the largest market available: North America.

It is time to lead a movement, the Road to 2.0, one app, one college at a time

The North America Team includes some of the most talented student leaders at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). They are accomplished individuals in their own right and together are a formidable force. It is with great delight that Society Inc. announces the beginning of the North America journey with the following team:

  • Ernst Ma, Head of North America

  • Michael Balourdas, VP of Strategy

  • JJ Knight, VP of Operations

  • David Sutherland, VP of Finance

  • Eli List, VP of External Outreach

  • Coltyn Steinheimer, Head of Brand Ambassador Program

  • Nathanial Whiteman, VP of Marketing

  • Nima Khazani, VP of Communications

Ernst Ma, President of UCLA Interfraternity Council (IFC), shared his passion as the new Head of North America, “It is an amazing time to be joining Society and leading the North America journey. When Matthew first introduced me to the idea, I saw great potential. It is incredibly exciting to join the vision, and grow this app across the continent. It is time to lead a movement, the Road to 2.0, one app, one college at a time.”

My co-founder and I are ecstatic to welcome our new North America Team, headhunted following the success of the 2022 Philanthropy Die Tournament that raised over $30,000 for charity

The UCLA team has worked extensively together and there is no better group of people to come up with out-of-the-box initiatives and execute them flawlessly. Ernst believes that their greatest strength is their varied backgrounds. On this team there is an accomplished journalist, a film producer, an economic researcher, a published legal philosopher, and several with extensive business experience.

It was through a philanthropy event that the Society Co-Founders met Ernst. Matthew Billington, Co-Founder of Society reflected on what impressed him, “My co-founder and I are ecstatic to welcome our new North America Team, headhunted following the success of the 2022 Philanthropy Die Tournament that raised over $30,000 for charity. Their track record of success at UCLA speaks volumes and having personally worked with them closely we have been amazed by their sharp strategic thinking and creativity to manoeuvre challenges.”

Each community app can be built in 60 seconds making Society the fastest, free community app builder in the market globally

The North America Team all live with each other, creating a fun startup atmosphere. Many of them are leaders of the fraternity system at the school, and in six months have totally changed the culture of Greek life at UCLA.

Krishan Joshi, Co-Founder of Society commented, “Each community app can be built in 60 seconds making Society the fastest, free community app builder in the market globally. Together with Ernst’s leadership and his UCLA team, we believe Society will prove that this group of college students have the tenacity and strategic prowess to tackle any entrepreneurial challenge.”

Developing the US as a major market is now the priority. The US educational market is materially larger than the UK market. In comparison to the UK, the US has 10 times more secondary schools and 24 times more universities/colleges.

It is a phenomenal time to be a part of this journey. The North America Team is ready to revolutionize how college organizations host events. With features such as in-app ticketing (with the lowest transaction fees on the market), unlimited encrypted chat facilities, and group chats with up to 1,000 participants, every college is invited to join the Society journey and Road to 2.0.

For further information, and interview requests please contact Society via the website www.createyoursociety.com

Create Your Society 07 June 2022 UCLA launches Society App to raise $30,000 for charity

The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Interfraternity Council (IFC) launched the Society app for over 500 participants to attend the biggest philanthropy weekend of the year. The 2022 Philanthropy Die Tournament saw multiple UCLA fraternities compete over the 2-day event.

The UCLA IFC joins over 2,000 community apps in over 230 educational institutions worldwide

Society App Co-Founder Matthew Billington said, “Congratulations to the UCLA IFC, Society is proud to announce that they raised over $30,000 for charities, planted 700 trees, and recycled 7,000 cans. The UCLA IFC joins over 2,000 community apps in over 230 educational institutions worldwide.”

Overseeing 22 social fraternities and over 1,600 UCLA Students, the IFC works to provide programming and leadership opportunities

Society is the free community app builder for schools and university clubs. Apps can be built in just 60 seconds. Every branded app is comprehensive but easy to use, functions include: An in-app payment gateway, ticket booking capability and unlimited encrypted chat facilities. Group Chats can accommodate up to 1,000 participants per group chat.

The UCLA IFC is the governing body of the nationally recognized fraternity chapters at the University of California, Los Angeles. Overseeing 22 social fraternities and over 1,600 UCLA Students, the IFC works to provide programming and leadership opportunities within the Greek community, within the Bruin community, and within the greater Los Angeles area. The aim is to provide chapters a chance to build relationships with each other, unite on issues concerning the Council, and provide an opportunity for student chapter members to excel both inside and outside the classroom.

UCLA IFC President Ernst Ma said, “Congrats to all of the teams who came out to participate in the 2022 Philanthropy Die Tournament, and to UCLA Sigma Nu for sending a team that took it all home.”

Create Your Society 13 May 2022 The Society App returns to take over Birmingham with the African Caribbean Society

In October, Birmingham ACS’ joined forces with the free Society app to create the ultimate party experience celebrating African and Caribbean culture. The Society collaborative event ‘Litty Committee’ caused waves throughout Birmingham, checking in over 700 students inside an unforgettable night. The dream team consisted of Aston ACS, Birmingham City ACS, and University of Birmingham ACS, who have all created their own branded community apps on Society and grown a huge presence gaining over 300 student members in each app.

“Litty Committee” captured the vitality of ACS’ in Birmingham and provided students with an affordable night out without any compromise in experience. Society awarded students with hundreds of discounted student tickets via the Society app, which sold out in a matter of days – earning a record-breaking sales campaign on the app.

Society app has connected over 3,000 ACS students from across the country
The event provided a stepping stone for Birmingham ACS’ and created early connections between student members and committees, all of which we hope will form into long-lasting relationships.
To date, the Society app has connected over 3,000 ACS students from across the country. Society is now on pace to make exponential growth with the ACS network and beyond.

Joshua Olagunju, Strategy Executive at Society and former Aston ACS President, expressed his dedication, “I vow to continue supporting ACS with the aim of creating a model that can benefit ACS and other student networks on the Society app.”

You can now create your very own branded community app for free in just 60 seconds

To finish the academic year off on a high in June, Society and ACS have decided to return the famous “Litty Committee” brand back for the students, doubling up on its capacity and fun. Hundreds of tickets have already been sold via the Society app, and are set to sell out well ahead of time.

Matthew Billington, co-founder of Society, said “I’m super excited to see the vision become a reality with thousands and thousands of students thriving on Society. You can now create your very own branded community app for free in just 60 seconds, you can create unlimited apps, each and every app branded to you with easy in-app bookings, event tickets and group chats all in one place. The growth has been huge and we’ve only just got started – now it’s the UK, next it’s the US. Watch this space!”

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Notes to Editors:

For further information, and interview requests please contact Society via the website

www.createyoursociety.com

Create Your Society 07 November 2021 Thousands of Students with Free Branded App

More than two hundred Society Ambassadors attended Freshers Fairs at Universities across the UK to promote the Society app to clubs, societies and students. All ambassadors wore the Society hoodie while spreading the word about the features and benefits of the app. The awareness campaign was a huge success with over 1,200 clubs now on the Society app.

“Your own free branded app in an instant”

Society is now the fastest growing app at University for clubs and societies. And, it’s completely free for students. The Society app made its debut at King’s College London when Matthew Billington who was the President of King’s College London Dental Society decided to revolutionize the way his club was run by developing the app to solve engagement problems.

Society app Co-Founder Matthew said, “What an honour, providing thousands of students with their own branded app. Society and the team have performed incredibly showing huge growth every day. Let’s continue until every society in the UK gets their own branded app.”

“Societies were very eager to get on the app”

Society is your own branded app in an instant. App features include push notifications direct to all your members for instant alerts and updates for events and announcements. It has your club’s calendar of events, an instant searchable network, personal profiles, direct messaging, group chats, free e-tickets and much, much more. With over 1,200 clubs with group chats in over 130 Universities, Society is growing extremely fast.

Student Hannah who attended the Freshers Fair at the University of Surrey said, “Societies were very eager to get on the app. They loved the functionality of it and how easy it would be for students to find them and see what the society is about.”

Student Polina from Manchester Metropolitan University added, “Everyone was very curious to know about the Society app and the great majority found it very convenient having all of their information about the society in one place. Overall, everyone had a very positive attitude towards the idea!”

The Society Ambassadors spoke to hundreds of students and committee members. They even managed to capture some of the moments. Social media was filled with photos and videos from the Freshers Fairs they attended. The ambassadors shared it was a great experience to promote the Society app.

Student Jade, from University of Surrey said, “Incredible! It was so fun and refreshing to get very hands-on experience interacting with so many people within my University. It was really lovely to be able to talk to so many people I otherwise may not have had the chance to and tell them about a platform that can really help out their society or club!”

Student Mithara, who attended the fair at Durham University, also added, “It was fun working at the Freshers Fair and promoting the Society app.”

On another celebratory note, a fresher from the University of Bristol, is the winner of Society’s Freshers MacBook Air giveaway. Thousands of students from Universities across the country entered the prize draw. The winner was chosen at the beginning of the academic year.

Sujal, who is from India and currently studying Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol said, “When I signed up for it, I did not expect that I would be the winner. I’m very thankful to the Society team!”

Sujal has already received his brand-new MacBook Air and shared a video with all Society App’s followers showing his excitement. Matthew also wished Sujal to have a very successful first year at University.

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Notes to Editors:

For further information, and interview requests please contact Society via the website www.createyoursociety.com

More pictures and videos from the Fresher’s Fairs are available on Instagram – @createyoursociety

Create Your Society 24 September 2021 Society App – as seen in The Daily Telegraph

Student exchange improves employability

ESN UK is set to digitise the student exchange experience with their new Society App partnership.

Formally the Erasmus Student Network, ESN is the largest student-led organisation in the world. The organisation has been championing student exchange since 1991, supporting students working and studying both abroad and in the UK by developing the professional skills and professional networks necessary for our students’ future careers.

87% of students who have studied abroad have said that their exchange was a catalyst for increased maturity and more than 90% said that studying abroad increased soft skills such as communication, language proficiency and adaptability.

Together with Society App, ESN UK are launching a new app specifically for their members to help them to develop these skills to a higher proficiency. The app will be the first of it’s kind and scale to transform cross-university communication in student mobility organisations. It presents new and exciting opportunities for our digital generation as the app hopes to increase student engagement and participation as well as utilising the virtual platform to more widely promote the benefits of student exchange.

As businesses across the world are becoming more globalised and internationally focused, ESN UK are putting their best foot forward in the mission to give our students the best chance of employment as they enter the postgraduate market.

Find out more
Visit esnuk.org for more information or contact pr@createyoursociety.com

Create Your Society 26 July 2021 Society launches app for Erasmus Student Network

By Wojciech Salski

Over the past year Erasmus Student Network (ESN) UK has been actively looking for partnerships that would prove valuable for the student body. As a part of the National Board’s mandate, multiple partnerships have been signed, such as with The Economist, Dell, Ryanair, the Trainline as well as ‘Society’, the fastest growing app at University for student clubs and societies.

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has left students stranded and there is an even greater feeling of disconnect, than ever before. Student Unions and University clubs have struggled to engage Generation Z, year on year, as a result of the decline in Facebook usage and communications being lost across multiple social media channels such as Instagram, Twitter and WhatsApp.

ESN UK are pioneering the way forward with the goal of increasing student engagement, bringing students closer and promoting international awareness. The Society app is their solution to allow all 21 ESN UK University sections, from Aberdeen to London City, to finally all be in one place. ESN UK alongside the Society team embarked on the quest to create the ESN UK app, which will be available for all International students at ESN UK universities.

Matthew Billington, Co-Founder of Society, has been involved with the project from the very beginning, frequently meeting with the ESN UK’s Vice President, Stephen Kingdon. Taking up the challenges closely associated with the specificity of Erasmus Student Network, the two have been in constant cooperation, which drastically enhanced the potential of the project.

Matthew said, “Society is thrilled to be growing with ESN UK and supporting their vision. Society is their all-in-one solution to the fragmented status quo, helping them cut through the noise and clutter of social media and email. It’s inspirational to see ESN UK taking the lead in offering students their very own Society app. We are excited to see many more student networks follow in their footsteps.”

Stephen said, “Since the beginning of the partnership, Society has been wonderfully helpful and understanding, ensuring all needs of the student organisation would be met. With the shared mission in mind the two organisations are working closely making sure this new app offers a great opportunity to all the ESN UK’s members.”

ESN UK is excited to launch their Society app once the new academic year arrives. Keeping the expectations of the student body in mind, addressing the needs specific to the student group’s unique qualities, and reorganising the layout of the app to make it work best for the targeted audience, the two organisations continue to work on their shared goal.

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Notes to Editors

For further information, pictures and interview requests with Matthew and Stephen please contact Society via the website www.createyoursociety.com

Co-Founder of Society app – Matthew Billington

ESN UK’s Vice President – Stephen Kingdon

About Society

Society is your own branded community app for clubs, groups and events in an instant. Society pledges to never share or sell your personal data, it’s the trusted alternative to the status quo. Your personal all-in-one app for event management and promotion with e-tickets, instant network and in-app payments. All private and group chat messages are secured with end-to-end encryption. Society allows unlimited free group chats for all of your events and community needs, including push notifications direct to every mobile of all your members for instant alerts. And, it’s completely free for University students.

The Society app made its debut at King’s College London when Matthew Billington who was the President of KCL Dental Society decided to revolutionize the way his club was run by developing the app to solve engagement problems. Society is now the leading University app in over 130 Universities. Clubs and societies from Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, Edinburgh, Queen Mary, Aston, Royal Holloway, Leicester, Leeds, Liverpool, Cardiff and Bristol, just to name a few, are all registered on the app.

About Erasmus

Erasmus Student Network United Kingdom (ESN UK) is a not-for-profit student organisation representing local ESN sections (local associations). Our mission is to foster student mobility in Higher Education, provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students. ESN UK aims at working in the interest of students who are spending parts of or their entire formal education at a Higher Education Institution in the UK. We are working on a volunteer basis in 21 Higher Education Institutions in the UK. All the sections of ESN UK together help over 10,000 Erasmus, international exchange and local students every academic year.

Create Your Society 09 September 2020 Society® app success in 117 Universities for Freshers Week

There are now 117 Universities signed up to the free Society® app as student unions, clubs and societies prepare both social distanced and virtual events for Freshers Week in order to offer first year students the highly anticipated freshers experience.

The Society® app made its debut at King’s College London when the then President of KCL Dental Society decided to revolutionize the way that its society was run. Several months later, Society® is now the leading university app in over 117 universities. Clubs and societies from Cambridge, Oxford, LSE, Edinburgh, Queen Mary, Aston, Royal Holloway, Leicester, Leeds, Liverpool, Cardiff and Bristol, just to name a few, are all registered on the app. The app is free for students to enjoy a free branded app experience for their university or college club, group or organization.

Matthew Billington
Matthew Billington, Co-Founder of Society App

The 22 year old Co-Founder of the Society app Matthew Billington recalls: “When I entered my 4th year as a dental student at King’s College London, I soon discovered that being elected President of the KCL Dental Society came with its fair share of problems. After engaging with Presidents from other dental schools I soon discovered that nearly every new President of a university society is in the same boat, re-creating the wheel, each and every year.”

He originally came up with the idea of an app to have a profound and positive impact on committees and society members. Helping committees to save time through automating event management, certificates, ticketing/e- tickets for events, whilst having the committee displayed and available for all members to directly contact through the chat. A great way to interconnect all the societies in a university.

Matthew explains, “As years go by, we are finding Facebook is becoming increasingly outdated, seeing a progressive decline in engagement with university students. Society® is a fresh new app available for all of us to use, evolving new levels of engagement.”

With popular event booking platforms such as Eventbrite and Fatsoma, having high transaction fees, Matthew also wanted to create a platform with the lowest possible ticket transaction fees for students, whilst remaining free for free events.

Matthew continues, “We now have a university society platform which allows everyone to engage in multiple societies and events are all in one place. No more lost links on WhatsApp chat groups!”

That’s why Matthew decided to create a free, all-in-one app, to increase engagement and productivity for all Presidents and Committees of student societies. The idea: to save time for committees while connecting students on a whole new level. His vision is to automate, digitize and revolutionize university societies and college clubs, groups and organizations.

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Notes for Press:

Co-Founder Matthew Billington is available for interviews and public speaking.

Competition details can be found on Instagram @createyoursociety

Contact Matthew via the website www.createyoursociety.com

Create Your Society 08 August 2020 Sky rocket student engagement – the key to being elected

Guest Blog by Joshua Olagunju
President of African-Caribbean Society (ACS), Aston University

We live in a world of what-ifs; like what if I went to college instead of sixth form or what if the earth was flat? We do all this to question common knowledge and build an alternative to old ways of thinking.

Sky rocket student engagement

So, one day I thought, what if societies had their own app? A way to connect students away from the congested reality we find in social networking sites, such as WhatsApp. Surely this would tackle the age-old issue of student engagement as everything would be in one place?

Through discovery, I found that my ‘what if’ was already a beautiful reality inside the app, Society®. The student app built by the students, for students, is nothing short of revolutionary, as it creates an unmatched bespoke app experience for student clubs, organizations, groups or societies under its wing.

“everything is now in one place…”

As a presidential candidate for Aston ACS (African-Caribbean Society), I used this app in my campaign to offer a solution to the age-old problem of student engagement. I received an overwhelming amount of positive responses on the potential future initiative, which gave me a huge competitive advantage to other candidates also in the running. With the help of Society® and a clear strategy, I was elected Aston ACS President.

Since being elected I have used Society® to connect our students on a whole new level, whilst also utilising its features to support student talent and student businesses. We now have increased student visibility on the latest announcements and events, which makes our job as committee members a lot easier. Students are now knowledgeable on who to contact and what’s happening around them, as everything is now in one place.

I can now provide my sponsors with unmatched promotion efficiency as my society ads demand targeted student traffic. From selling e-tickets to communicating with other students, Society has streamlined the student-club experience whilst improving student engagement in a way that uses technology that students can recognise. I couldn’t ask for a better experience!

As student organizations, I believe we have been left behind with advancements in technology, which has capped our potential year in, year out. Tools such as WhatsApp and Instagram are no longer effective in connecting our students to what they value most whilst at university or college. However, upon joining Society®, my community no longer have to conform to old ways of communication. I am now excited going into this year as ACS President, as I can bring an experience that our group has never seen before, whilst addressing the problem of student-society engagement head-on. Our potential is now limitless, and our path is a lot clearer, all thanks to Society®.

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Create Your Society 19 April 2020 Society® app launches at King’s College London

The Society® app made its debut at King’s College London with the President of KCL Dental Society deciding to revolutionize the way that its society was run.

Society® is now the leading university society app in over 25 universities, within just 6 months of launching. Other societies from the University of Leeds, Liverpool, Cardiff and Bristol, just to name a few, are already registered on the app. The app is free with already over 2,000 student users, giving over 270 five star reviews, all enjoying a free branded app experience for their university or college club, group or organization.

Matthew Billington
Matthew Billington, Co-Founder of Society App

The 21 year old Co-Founder of the Society app Matthew Billington recalls: “When I entered my 4th year as a dental student at King’s College London, I soon discovered that being elected President of the KCL Dental Society came with its fair share of problems. After engaging with Presidents from other dental schools I soon discovered that nearly every new President of a university society is in the same boat, re-creating the wheel, each and every year.”

He originally came up with the idea of an app to have a profound and positive impact on committees and society members. Helping committees to save time through automating event management, certificates, ticketing/e- tickets for events, whilst having the committee displayed and available for all members to directly contact through the chat. A great way to interconnect all the societies in a university.

Matthew explained, “As years go by, we are finding Facebook is becoming increasingly outdated, seeing a progressive decline in engagement with university students. Society® is a fresh new app available for all of us to use, evolving new levels of engagement.”

With popular event booking platforms such as Eventbrite and Fatsoma, having high transaction fees, Matthew also wanted to create a platform with the lowest possible ticket transaction fees for students, whilst remaining free for free events.

Matthew continues, “We now have a university society platform which allows everyone to engage in multiple societies and events are all in one place. No more lost links on WhatsApp chat groups!”

That’s why he decided to create a free, all-in-one app, to increase engagement and productivity for all Presidents and Committees of student societies. The idea: to save time for committees while connecting students on a whole new level. His vision is to automate, digitize and revolutionize university societies and college clubs, groups and organizations. The start-up Society® app has already received seed investment and has plans to raise further rounds of funding to grow the app and keep it free.

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Notes for Press:

Society® is a UK registered trade mark of WeClikk Ltd trading as Society®.

Co-Founder Matthew Billington is available for interviews and public speaking.

Contact Matthew via the website www.createyoursociety.com