Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Climb Looks to Land Big Fish after Its Big Chip; CREATIVE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Climb Looks to Land Big Fish after Its Big Chip; CREATIVE

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AGATESHEAD creative agency aims to tap into lucrative markets in London after triumphing at the Big Chip Awards.

Climb Creative was set up four years ago by Chris Henderson and Stephen Downey as a studio specialising in creating online and print designs to boost brands.

The business now has five full-time employees who work with a range of firms and organisations, producing anything from e-commerce and brochure websites to e-marketing campaigns and graphic videos as well as stationery, business cards, vehicle livery and exhibition designs.

The clients have been predominantly North East based, but managing director Chris Henderson hopes the firm's win at the 17th Big Chip Awards will now put the business on the national stage.

He said: "We're all over the moon here. This is the first time award win for us and we hope it'll raise our pro-file.

"When we started out it was just Stephen and me but we've got five full-time staff and two contractors now. Around 90% of our clients are in the North East but we do have 10% outside of the region.

"Without a doubt our business aim is to tap into the London market.

We've dipped our toe in the market there and it's very much where we want to be, although we certainly have no plans to go outside of the area ourselves.

"It is quite difficult to find the right people to join us. Everyone here is very passionate about what they do and live and breathe web, but to be honest a lot of students coming through don't realise there's such a design network here. There's an awful lot going on in the North East that we don't shout about as a region, but we're getting there slowly but surely."

The Big Chip Awards provide a perfect way to showcase the very best in digital excellence and are open to all businesses across the North of England, and entry levels steadily increase year after year.

Organised by Manchester Digital, this year's awards culminated in a ceremony at the Midland Hotel in Manchester where more than 400 people with firms from Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Newcastle, Cheshire, Yorkshire, and Lancashire gathered to hear comedian Andrew Ryan announce the winners in 18 categories. …

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