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City Design Firm Celebrates 10 Years

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A graphic design and web design agency celebrating 10 years in business is offering its services free of charge to a needy cause.

Studio View, based at Park Street in Lincoln, was launched by University of Lincoln graduates Wayne Christian and Jim O’Leary at the start of 2003 thanks to the university’s creative business incubation centre, Sparkhouse, and £3,500 of funding and mentoring support from The Prince’s Trust.

They have since worked on some major local and national projects, including creating three apps and installing an 18-screen plasma TV wall for HSBC at Canary Wharf in London, branding and designing the website for the first ever 3D Printshow in London and rebranding Napier Turbochargers, which although based in Lincoln, are world leaders in the design, manufacture and support of industrial turbochargers.

The agency now plans to mark a decade in business by offering their services free of charge to a charity or not-for-profit organisation in Lincolnshire.

Jim, 32, said: “We’ve worked really hard to get to this point and we’re really pleased to be able to celebrate our 10thanniversary this year.

“It’s been an eventful decade which has seen us grow as a business, with highlights including buying our offices in Lincoln city centre and working on major new projects such as the 3D Printshow, which we’re now taking to Paris and New York.

“We started the business through hard work, support from the university and funding from The Prince’s Trust, so we feel it’s only right to try and pay back something to the local community by offering our services free to a worthy cause.”

The firm specialises in graphic and web design, from flyers and brochures to corporate branding, marketing campaigns and websites. They are offering one Lincolnshire charity the chance to have up to £2,000 worth of work done for free. The work could be a free website designed from scratch or redesigned, or can design a brochure which could be used to illustrate what the charity does and help with fundraising.

The offer of help to local charities isn’t the firm’s first foray into giving something back. The pair also spends time developing the content for the university’s Interactive Design course and teaching budding designers and their six staff are all graduates from the University of Lincoln.

In the past ten years Studio View has worked for more than 160 clients across the UK and internationally.

Wayne added: “We owe a huge debt of thanks to the University of Lincoln and The Prince’s Trust for helping us get to where we are today. We’ve found some excellent home-grown talent in Lincoln and this has helped establish Studio View as the agency of choice for businesses from Lincoln and London to Chicago. Our aim over the next ten years is to stay as a small, close-knit team which can be proud of the creative and innovative work we produce.”

Paul Beesley, senior head of Enterprise at The Prince’s Trust in Central England said: “We are delighted that Studio View is still going strong 10 years after receiving support from The Prince’s Trust. Our Enterprise programme continues to help thousands of young people turn their business ideas into reality. If you are aged 18-30 and think self-employment might be the right path for you then we would love to hear from you.”

Studio View is now asking anyone interested in the free offer to visit http://studioview.co.uk/charity and fill out the forms detailing the kind of help they are looking for and how it would benefit them. Any Lincolnshire charity or not-for-profit group which would like to apply should be in touch before 31st March 2013.

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