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One theme that is often common to independent businesses is their passion for investing both culturally and commercially in the place where they are based (something global corporates generally aren’t very good at!).
Take Cambridge-based indie Studio 24 as an example. An award-winning digital agency working with clients across many sectors – from major infrastructure projects such as Crossrail and HS2, public sector clients including Crown Commercial Service, DHSC, and UK Parliament, and the charitable/not-for-profit sector with W3C, the international web standards organisation, and CBM – a global disability inclusion charity.
Locally they have worked in arts and culture with Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Cambridge Film Festival and Cambridge Arts Theatre. They also sponsor and help to organise the Cam Creatives Meet Up and are a sponsor for the Cambridge Literary Festival.
The work they carry out for their clients ranges from strategy and planning, content strategy, design and technology development of websites and web apps, alongside ongoing support and management services.
This breadth of client-base and services offered also reflects the variation in budgets Studio 24 are presented with. Major web development is not inexpensive, but whatever the size of the project or the budget, Studio 24 make it a priority to point clients in the right direction for their digital needs from the very start.
All very impressive, but there is something else that makes Studio 24 more than just ‘another web company’. Speak for just a few moments with Founder and Managing Director Simon Jones, and you soon realise you are talking to someone passionate and committed to the long-term wealth of both the commercial and cultural sides of Cambridge.
As a company Studio 24 regularly takes on interns and work experience students – from around the UK and Europe, and Simon himself is involved in technology-related groups such as the BIMA Sustainability Council . He’s also a trustee of the Cambridge Film Trust and Studio 24 sponsors the Film Festival’s digital requirements.
So, once again, a local independent business run by a ‘real’ person, making a huge contribution to what makes Cambridge such a richly diverse place to live and work.