2018 Creative Industries Business of the Year finalistsRecognising innovation and excellence in creative industries businesses.
Growth story: West Design Products has been a family-owned business throughout its history, passing on from the West family to the Bray family. It has shown consistent growth incorporating a continued policy of acquisition and consolidation. The company employs more than 130 people across two premises, working with over 20,000 products at any given time.
“Having our own product development and design team that has a wealth of experience, ensures we can create unique designs that target our market. This level of investment and commitment creates a strong foundation upon which our products can be successfully designed and developed, allowing us to stand firm and stand out against the competitive brands.” – West Design Products
Growth story: Set up in 2009, ARTIQ was founded to bridge the divide between the art and business worlds and promote the fair pay and treatment of artists. Since its creation, ARTIQ has paid over £2 million to artists, with a projected £1 million to be paid to artists in the next year alone.
“ARTIQ believe that art has a power far greater than the aesthetic. We bridge the divide between the art and business worlds, proudly disrupting the traditional opportunities on offer to creatives. From productivity and wellbeing, to guest experience and brand storytelling, ARTIQ encourages workplaces, hotels and residential developments to unleash the power of art to inspire staff, clients and guests.” – ARTIQ
Founder: Richard Barnes
Growth story: Buffalo 7 originally started life in 2009 as a full-service agency. It was reinvented as a specialist presentation agency in 2014. The company has seen major growth over the last two years – expanding to close to 50 employees – in areas like motion design and digital animation. This has manifested in a turnover of over £2 million – in presentation services alone.
“Buffalo 7 is extraordinarily proud of its people, and remains focussed on keeping them engaged, motivated and happy. It also channels its creativity through to the superior customer service journey it provides. By delivering value before, during and after each presentation (such as presentation workshops, tailored training and user guides) our clients come back for more, time and time again.” – Buffalo 7
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Growth story: Working largely with the pharmaceutical and consumer electronics industries, MCCGLC’s philosophy is based on elevating the customer experience. It operates in 18 countries, delivering 100% of its business outside the UK. Since 2013 the company has shown consistent growth, with a 152% increase in revenue. If the trend continues, MCCGLC will be looking into further expansion.
“Exhibitions and live events have long been a cornerstone of B2B marketing, but simply building a logo-clad booth is a thing of the past. MCCGLC is revolutionising the event space, combining architecture, graphics, video and interactive technology to create environments that facilitate memorable human interaction.” – MCCGLC
Growth story: Founded in 2013, Reel Film was borne out of frustration at expensive video production costs. The Wetherby-based company now employs five employees and operates across numerous market sectors, including banking, fitness, construction, charity and retail. With over 160 clients and 700 successfully completed projects in eight different countries, the business consistently enjoys rapid growth.
“Versatile and forward thinking, we invest in the latest equipment. Clients work with Reel Film because of the Return on Investment (ROI) they see, excellent customer service and ability to turn video around quickly. Overall client reviews for Reel Film score 4.7 out of a 5-star rating.” – Reel Film Media[article id=”122839″ title=”Growing Business Awards”]
2017 Creative Industries Business of the Year finalists
100m+ video plays (film content, such as trailers) in ten months
4m+ unique users
550,000+ average unique users per month Additionally, we have numerous commercial agreements such as Andes Films (Disney, Universal Pictures, Sony, Paramount), Metro International, Picturehouse and many more exclusive agreements signed. We’re a Wayra cohort (Telefonica) – one of only 15 startups out of 1,000 accepted into their 2017 programme – and Real Business Future 50 Winner 2017, and have an international presence, all of which was delivered with two staff.Amazon Growing Business Awards is headlined by Amazon and sponsored by Santander, Bridges Fund Management and ECI Partners. It is supported by CBI, the Department of International Trade and Real Business. This year, the awards partnered with Beanstalk, a charity that recruits, trains and supports volunteers to provide consistent, one-to-one literacy support to children aged 3 to 13. Interested in attending the Amazon Growing Business Awards?
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