More digital content specialists move into The Sharp Project
The Sharp Project has consolidated its digital production offer by signing up four new tenants – Digital Stage, Coolbox, Prompting Plus and CAPSLOCK. All have moved into converted shipping containers, one of three office space options available at the digital and creative media complex off Oldham Road in Newton Heath.
Digital Stage is a live digital content production company that moved from a warehouse in Middleton. Specialising in live video production, they offer big screens for festivals and concerts and supply equipment to arenas and other large venues in Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and London. Founder and Director of Digital Stage, Alex Markham, commenting on moving into The Sharp Project said: “We love it here. The staff are brilliant and really switched-on to what tenants need. They understand the industry which is really important. The tenants are also so friendly. As soon as we arrived they knocked on our door to find out what we did. We’ve already been talking to a few about collaborating.”
Video production business Coolbox has moved into The Sharp Project from its previous headquarters in Edinburgh. Coolbox, which was established in 2009, makes fresh and innovative films for clients across a range of sectors, with a particular focus on the food and drink industry. Clients include Glengoyne Whisky, the Agriculture and Horticultural Development Board and the Royal College of Surgeons. The company has also recently created a series of films promoting the East Scotland Seafood trail for the East Scotland Seafood Project.
Commenting on his decision to move Coolbox to The Sharp Project, Founder Marc Grundy, said: “Moving down from Edinburgh, I was keen to have our office in a space that reflects what we’re about as a business – innovation, creativity and flexibility. The Sharp Project definitely ticks all of these boxes and I am looking forward to meeting and working with other like-minded creatives in this space.
“Producing eye-catching films for the food and drink industry is really our speciality and we have come to Manchester at the perfect time – the foodie scene here is so fast-moving and vibrant at the moment and we’re excited to make films for the best in the business.”
Prompting Plus is a specialist in providing and operating autocue equipment for television, conferences and awards. They have a team of operators covering the whole country and work on everything from BBC Sport, Mastermind and Coronation Street Live to the Soap Awards and BBC Sports Personality of the Year, as well as conferences for big brands such as Jaguar .
Founder and Managing Director of Prompting Plus, Peter Larter said: “I have been in the autocue business since 1977 when I was just 19 years old. I set up this business over 10 years ago and have some of the best operators on our books. It’s essential the presenter trusts the operator and often they request the same person every time. We even have one lady who has worked with a well-known presenter for more than a decade and hardly missed a show. The Sharp Project is a great location for us. We can easily hop on the M60 and this saves us time and money.”
CAPSLOCK was formed in February this year by two artists Sean Cheung and Anders Lycksell who are currently writing a comedy sketch show. They also offer video production and product photography. Sean Cheung explains: “Our work is very varied and we like to focus on things we believe in. It’s difficult to label us as one thing as what we do is very diverse. Being at The Sharp Project makes us feel part of the growing digital sector and that makes a huge difference to us. The culture is great but we also value the boring things like 24 hour security and the fact it’s so well maintained.”
Rose Marley, Chief Operating Officer at The Sharp Project said: “It’s great to welcome these new additions. We have carefully created an ecosystem that enables like-minded people from the creative and digital sector to work together in a vibrant and stimulating environment. Manchester is leading the way in creative digital and The Sharp Project continues to support the sector in its growth. No other European city has invested more in the sector over the last few years with more than £3.5bn made by both the public and private sector. There’s been an exponential growth of businesses across the digital sector and this has led to an uplift in demand for content production at The Sharp Project.”
Find out more:
Digital Stage: www.digitalstage.co.uk
Prompting Plus: www.promptingplus.co.uk