A Birmingham marketing and creative agency is celebrating its 15th birthday by launching a new sister business.
Start 2 Finish Marketing, which employs 11 people at its base in Harborne, has invested nearly £100,000 in creating S2F Media to help new and existing clients maximise the opportunities of video, photography, animation, 3D modelling and digital marketing.
It has already won two new contracts since launching with care provider Pebbles and vehicle safety equipment specialist Spillard Safety Systems to deliver a host of multimedia projects.
Warren Albutt, who is leading operations at S2F Media, said: “More and more businesses are turning to video and online media to tell their story and we want to make sure we are in a position to continue to support our clients while also going after new business opportunities.
“We have recruited a strong team of experts who cover all of the different media disciplines and they are backed up by a network of specialist suppliers who operate across the country.”
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S2F Media used a £40,000 grant from the Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership’s Pivot and Prosper Fund to support the start-up phase and this enabled it to offset some of the disruption caused by covid-19.
Start 2 Finish Marketing was launched in 2005 with just two people and now turns over £720,000, working with clients across the care, professional services, manufacturing and technology sectors.
Katie Trout, director of Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP, added: “Our economy has been severely impacted by covid-19 and we are determined to play our part in supporting businesses through these unprecedented times.
“We’ve worked closely with partners across the private, public and academic sectors to develop a suite of interventions to help organisations respond to the challenges created by the pandemic and adapt their working practices, products and business models.
“I am really pleased that 52 businesses will benefit from £1.9 million of grants from our Pivot and Prosper programme.
“As a result, hundreds of jobs have been created and safeguarded across the LEP’s geography. The levels of innovation shown by successful businesses like S2F have been hugely impressive.”