Teesside animation firm Bloom Studio expands

Bloom Studio, which has been based at Teesside University’s Victoria Building business hub since launching in 2010, has moved to new premises in the Phoenix Building

Albin Nilsen and Martin Davies
Albin Nilsen and Martin Davies

A Teesside animation and visual effects company is expanding after securing a number of contract wins as well as a start-up loan backed by Sir Richard Branson.

Bloom Studio, which has been based at Teesside University’s Victoria Building business hub since launching in 2010, has moved to new premises in the Phoenix Building, doubling its office space to 1,000 sq ft.

The new offices, based on Teesside University’s campus, provide Bloom with the necessary space to grow and are also home to essential technology including a green screen which is used for filming visual effects. Currently employing six members of staff, the company plans to grow this number thanks to the new office space.

The firm, founded in 2010 by animator Albin Nilsen and programmer Martin Davies, specialises in animations for all media and platforms including web, TV and film, also creating visual effects for film and TV.

Since setting up, Nilsen and Davies have created a range of opportunities for people in the region and secured a number of high-profile contracts.

Bloom Studio has recently produced a music video for Norwegian pop star, Kid Exodus, who is signed to Sony, and online 3D effects for international beer firm, Tuborg.

The company has also been commissioned for a range of projects for local authorities, manufacturing businesses, engineering companies and large corporations around the UK.

Thanks to its success to date and plans for development, Bloom Studio has also secured a Project North East start-up loan, backed by Virgin Money, Virgin Unite and the Northern Rock Foundation.

Despite both coming from outside the area – Nilsen from Norway and Davies from North West England – the founders said they plan to stay in the North East to grow their business and create new opportunities for graduates and those already working in the industry.

Nilsen said: “We believe the North East is the best possible location for our business thank to the facilities available for this constantly growing sector and the skilled workforce on our doorstep. The time is now right for us to put our growth plans into place so we’ve moved to bigger premises to allow us to take on more staff.”

Davies added: “We’re very fortunate in the North East to have an incredible mix of experienced producers and animators as well as emerging graduates with new skills. Being in the region is allowing us to grow more quickly than we anticipated and we’re now in the running for some exciting projects both in the UK and Europe.”

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