8th July 2005




A business set up by two university graduates has won a top accolade at the prestigious Lincolnshire & Rutland Business Awards 2005.


Print and web design company Studio View overcame two other finalists to scoop this year’s Creative Industries Award.

Directors James O’Leary (25) and Wayne Christian (24) started up the business just over two years ago in Sparkhouse Studios, the University of Lincoln’s incubator centre for fledgling media and creative companies.

Before being shortlisted James and Wayne had to go through a lengthy application process including an interview before a panel of three judges.


They were presented with their prize at a ceremony at Lincoln Castle on Wednesday (6th July), by Gary Cook, the Director of Research and Commercial Partnerships at the University of Lincoln which sponsors the award. They received £500, a trophy and a certificate and will appear in an editorial feature in the Lincolnshire Echo.


James graduated in 2001 with a first in Graphic Design while Wayne gained a 2:1 in Graphic Design in 2002.


The pair, who met whilst studying, decided to set up the business after Wayne graduated, having identified a gap in the market.


According to James, having the opportunity to use the facilities at Sparkhouse was a major advantage. “Being able to rent an office space in Sparkhouse and have access to the university’s resources and business support services meant we were able to build up a client base before committing ourselves financially,” he said.


Two other companies based in Sparkhouse Studios were also shortlisted. Hotwire Media was one of the other finalists in the Creative Industries Award while i4C Marketing Ltd was a finalist in the Future Winning Business category.


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