Graduate company scoops top business award

Graduate company scoops top business award

Michael McDonald, Daniel Stubbs, Ryan Lloyd and Chris Gibbs from Inspired Film and Video.

Graduate film-makers Inspired Film and Video were crowned ‘Start Up Business of the year’ at the Sentinel Business Awards this week.

The prestigious awards evening took place at The Best Western Stoke-on-Trent Moathouse hotel and was attended by businesses from across the region.

The ‘Start Up Business of the year’ category recognises a new independent enterprise that is both entrepreneurial and creative. The judges were looking for evidence of early financial success together with a sound business plan that is likely to ensure continued growth and sustainability.

2008 saw Inspired increase their turnover by 50%, invest in new premises in Newcastle-under-Lyme, new staff, new equipment and training. They have rapidly become one of the leading media production units in the area and 2009 will see further growth.

“We are delighted to be recognised in this way,” said Daniel Stubbs, Inspired’s Managing Director. “Like all businesses we are keen to grow but our company roots are very much here in North Staffordshire and for that reason this achievement is extremely important to us.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Paul Richards said: “It is great to see one of our start up businesses doing so well and for that to be recognised by the broader business community is testament to the hard work Inspired have put in to making their business a success." 

“It was also fantastic to witness so many of our graduates represented among the award winners as Staffordshire University is about creating a dynamic workforce for the region and empowering and enabling students to start their own businesses.”

Inspired started trading in October 2006 and have gone on to make films for a variety of local, national and international organisations and businesses. The company has made films for Staffordshire University, Port Vale Football Club, Skanska, Sibelco UK and Cannock Chase District Council as well as many others.

The company is also responsible for the documentary about the Potteries dialect ‘May Un Mar Language’ which has sold over 1000 copies and the documentary about food and drink in Staffordshire ‘A Flavour of Staffordshire’ which was recently praised by HRH Prince Charles.


Maria Scrivens
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