Atomhawk represent the North East at national awards

One of the region's most innovative creative teams will be blazing a trail for the North East at a prestigious national awards ceremony in November

Atomhawk director Ron Ashtiani
Atomhawk director Ron Ashtiani

One of the region's most innovative creative teams will be blazing a trail for the North East at a prestigious national awards ceremony in November.

World-leading art and design specialist, Atomhawk Design, is one of six regional business champions who will be representing the North East at the national British Chambers of Commerce Awards.

The Gateshead firm, which is based at the Northern Design Centre at Baltic Business Quarter, is part of the regional delegation being taken to the awards by the North East Chamber of Commerce (NECC) after success at the North East Business Awards earlier in the year.

With clients such as Sony, Warner Brothers, Marvel and BBC, Atomhawk has become a major player in the media sector providing creative content to the video games, film and digital media industries and will compete for the BCC Award for Excellence in Innovation.

Atomhawk chief executive, Cumron Ashtiani, said: “Since our inception in July 2009, the company has grown from four employees to 18, with an increase in turnover of 300% in three years.

“This year we have also released work on our own unique I.P, an innovative adventure game called The Realm, which has led to direct sales and had a powerful impact on our profile and reputation.

“Our main objective is to continue to provide clients with a firstclass service and industry-leading work. To achieve this, we will carry on hiring and maintaining the best creative talent from around the world and anticipating and responding to new trends and changes in an ever-evolving industry. Excellence in innovation is at the heart of everything we do.”

Atomhawk Design has worked on a host of high-profile games such as Mortal Kombat 9, Injustice: Gods Among Us and Dead Island: Riptide, all three of which topped gaming bestseller charts. It has also secured the signing of J. K. Rowling’s online interactive experience, Pottermore, for which it provides illustration and design work, and a focused effort on export has led directly to a significant increase in US sales.

Atomhawk Design will be joined by Derwentside Homes, Elddis Transport, Nortech Solutions, Guardian Marine Technology and Andrew Moffatt of Port of Tyne in the NECC delegation.

NECC chief executive, James Ramsbotham, said: “The region has produced and nurtured some of history’s great innovators and I’m delighted to see Atomhawk Design carrying on that proud tradition. They are blazing a trail across their industry and playing its part in putting North East innovation on the worldwide map.”

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