A pair of graduates have secured a top businessman to be a mentor in their fledgling animation business.
Bloom Studio, which specialises in animation and graphics for film, television and websites, has drafted in Sir Tom Shebbeare, director of The Prince’s Charities and non-exec of Virgin Money, to guide them as it gets off the ground.
Founded by Teesside University animation graduates Martin Davies and Albin Nilsen, their business was among the region’s first recipients of funding from the Start-Up Loan scheme for young entrepreneurs.
As a result of the Start-Up Loan, the duo were invited to meet Richard Branson at Virgin Money’s Gosforth offices.
And more recently, they were among a handful of young entrepreneurs invited to Richard Branson’s home in Oxfordshire.
Davies said: “It was a great event, a lot more informal than our first meeting with him at the Start-Up launch. It was great for networking and we established contact with Richard’s son Sam who runs independent film company Sundog Pictures.”