Supported by BSEEN (Birmingham Skills for Enterprise and Employability Network), Digital creative agency Studio Bonito was formed in August 2010 by recent Aston University graduates Steve Heyes and Chris de Souza. From its base at Birmingham Science Park - Aston, it is already making waves in the web industry through building quality brands, improving communication and designing modern and innovative websites. It has now won the contract with Chemex having been chosen over long-established and larger rivals.
Michael Graham, Managing Director for Chemex said: “Chris and Steve impressed us with their knowledge and their passion for design, they had some incredibly fresh ideas and a very novel approach. I’m sure the results will benefit Chemex as a business once we launch the new website and I think Studio Bonito is a name to watch.”
Studio Bonito’s Chris de Souza commented: “We are thrilled to have been awarded such a prestigious contract from such a large and well-established business. We are looking forward to building a long-term relationship with them and we hope this will help us establish our name with other major businesses locally. Birmingham is fast becoming the digital centre of the UK and we hope to be able to contribute to that growth.”
Funded by Birmingham City Council, BSEEN aims to enable local graduates to pursue their entrepreneurial ambitions in a supportive learning environment. Currently, there is little support available for graduate businesses once their owners have left their universities, and an extremely challenging labour market.
Aston University manages BSEEN, alongside partners Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham, and offers 6 months of free incubator access at Birmingham Science Park - Aston - with training, mentoring, coaching and a wage subsidy. In total, 30 businesses will be supported over a 12 month period at Birmingham Science Park - Aston.
Katherine Preston (BSEEN)0121 204 3214