Sunderland production company wins business award

Blueprint Winners (L-R) Josh Raf� Coles, Amy Swan, Adam Gerber with the Dean of Faculty of Applied Sciences John MacIntyre
Blueprint Winners (L-R) Josh Raf� Coles, Amy Swan, Adam Gerber with the Dean of Faculty of Applied Sciences John MacIntyre
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ENTERPRISING students who set up their own media production company less than a year ago have come up trumps at a prestigious business awards ceremony.

The seven students who set up Contrapunto have been named the overall winners at the University of Sunderland Blueprint Business Planning Competition 2012 for their “highly innovative” company.

Since setting up in September 2011, the company has already won a number of awards for their innovative productions, including producing movie-style trailers to promote new books.

The award was presented at the National Glass Centre and the winners received a £3,000 David Goldman Scholarship to help further grow their business idea, as well as a £500 prize for winning in their category.

Josh Coles, project manager and producer at Contrapunto, said he was in a state of shock upon hearing that the company had won the award.

“In our uncertain economic climate the name of your brand or company is ever-more important to the organisation’s future prospects,” he added.

“Just to have taken part in the competition has taught us so much about ourselves, our business proposal and what level we would like to take it to.

“Having won the competition, it will generate some fantastic publicity for what we believe is a savvy product entering a hugely- expanding marketplace.”

The company also won the Blueprint Creative Industries Award.

Iraa Kadchha and Adam Wimpenny were named runners-up for their RGB Media business.

The communications and PR company has already added Samsung to their list of clients as they draw on traditional and new media tools.

Other winners included Lee Hall, a senior lecturer in journalism and PR, who won the University of Sunderland Staff Award.

Student Rebecca Robinson won the first Zenith People Early Concept Award for her florists Les Fleurs de Coeur.

SR1 IT won the Software Technology Award for brothers Adrian and Michael McCarroll.

Graduate Angela Mclean won the Alumni Person of the Year Award for her achievements in her Fast Forward Now Limited company, a private enterprise education consultancy in the North East.

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