The UK has huge creative clout around the world, and the creative industries are an important and growing part of the global economy. From fashion, advertising and design to film and TV, publishing, music, and art, the creative industries generate over £100 billion a year for the UK economy.
Along with our partners Starling Bank, the Great British Entrepreneur Awards prides itself on supporting exciting entrepreneurs making waves in the UK. Here are our 15 most exciting creative industries entrepreneurs to watch in 2020.
Anthony Geffen – Alchemy Immersive
Anthony Geffen is the founder of Alchemy Immersive, a BAFTA-award-winning company that has created virtual experiences for Titanic Belfast and David Attenborough. Using augmented, virtual and mixed reality, and artificial intelligence, it creates cross-platform content to enhance immersive storytelling experiences.
Alex Book, Simon Hobbs & Jonathan Meggitt – Arcade
Alex Book, Simon Hobbs and Jonathan Meggitt are the founders of Arcade, an augmented reality practice that brings real-world experiences to life through play. Arcade has created experiences for the Welsh National Opera, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, Madame Tussauds London and Camden’s Music Walk of Fame.
Jane Tranter & Julie Gardner – Bad Wolf
Jane Tranter and Julie Gardner are the founders of Bad Wolf, an independent scripted production company based in South Wales, London and LA. Among other projects, Bad Wolf recently led the production of the critically-acclaimed drama His Dark Materials for BBC One and HBO.
Alex Jobling & Maddy Raven – Burstimo
Alex Jobling and Maddy Raven are the founders of Burstimo, a marketing agency dedicated to musicians. Utilising modern approaches and leaving behind traditional music PR methods, Burstimo develops full end-to-end strategies to help artists secure greater exposure and build a following of listeners worldwide.
Dr Gareth Edwards – Cubic Motion
Dr Gareth Edwards is the founder of Cubic Motion, a real-time model-based computer vision and digital animation agency. It brings ultra-realistic characters to life in films, broadcast media, immersive technologies, and video games including Call of Duty: WWII, God of War and Horizon Zero Dawn.
Hector Macleod – Glassworks
Hector Macleod is the founder of Glassworks, an award-winning visual effects company with over 20 years’ experience working across advertising, films, streaming content, music videos and digital media. It has worked with the likes of Nike, Stormzy, KIA, The Crown, Black Mirror, Huawei and even our partner, Starling Bank!
Amy Williams & Daniel Winterstein – Good Loop
Amy Williams and Daniel Winterstein are the founders of Good Loop, an ethical advertising company. It never forces someone to engage with an ad, but donates 50% of the advertisers’ revenue to a relevant, charitable cause when they choose to engage with one.
Tom Robinson & Jon Cockley – Handsome Frank
Tom Robinson and Jon Cockley are the founders of Handsome Frank, an illustration agency that represents some of the world’s leading contemporary artists. It has worked with some of the world’s biggest brands, including Nike, Coca Cola, Virgin Atlantic, Audi, Vogue, McDonalds and GQ.
Kostas Koukoravas & Michael Michelis – intelistyle
Kostas Koukoravas and Michael Michelis are the founders of intelistyle, an artificial styling service for fashion retailers. Addressing the needs of people who want styling advice online or in-store, intelistyle creates personalised outfit recommendations based on items the customer already owns or wants to buy.
Saul Klein, Yonatan Raz-Fridman & Alex Klein – Kano
Saul Klein, Yonatan Raz-Fridman and Alex Klein are the founders of Kano, a platform that teaches people of all ages and abilities to code. Its Star Wars, Disney Frozen 2 and Harry Potter-themed coding kits engage younger users, while the Kano PC allows them to build their own computer to use in classrooms.
Rupert Rixon – Perspective Pictures
Rupert Rixon is the founder of Perspective Pictures, a digital-first video agency that creates cinematic stores for brands in the digital and social age. Starting as a YouTube channel when Rupert was 16, it has grown to work on digital ads, documentaries, music videos and crowdfunding films around the world.
Matt Mower, Jude Ower & Martin Grenfell – Playmob
Matt Mower, Jude Ower and Martin Grenfell are the founders of Playmob, a developer of ‘small but mighty’ mini-games based on science and fun. Playmob reaches and engages audiences through the games they already play every day. It has created games for the likes of the UN, Lipton, Dove, KFC and more.
Emily Forbes – Seenit
Emily Forbes is the founder of Seenit, an enterprise video crowdsourcing platform that allows its users to direct employees through an app. It enables customers to curate, film, edit and publish video content. Some of its customers include the BBC, PepsiCo, Vodafone, great run and Citibank.
Karoline Gross – Smartzer
Karoline Gross is the founder of Smartzer, a video platform that allows audiences to interact with and shop for products seen in its content. Working with brands such as adidas, Jo Malone, Harvey Nichols, Burberry and Sephora, users simply click on a product while watching a video to explore and purchase.
Joe Steel & Ross Dannmayr – Visualskies
Joe Steel and Ross Dannmayr are the founders of Visualskies, an aerial tech company providing photography, video and visual effects for the film, TV, heritage and construction industries. Alongside its aerial filming and photography, it also specialises in HD 3D mapping and creating virtual environments.
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