A Harborough creative design firm has been nominated for a national ethnic minority business awards.
The Curious Agency, based at 149 St Mary’s Road in town, is one of three companies from Leicestershire to be shortlisted for the Minority Supplier Development (MSD) Awards as part of a biennial celebration to mark the achievement of UK small and medium-sized enterprises with at least 51 per cent black or ethnic minority ownership.
Alongside Micro-Fresh and Douglas Wemyss Solicitors, the trio of county companies impressed the MSD judges and bagged a total of four out of 11 nominations for the finals, to be hosted by actor David Harewood at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London on October 16.
The Harborough creative design agency was set up in town in February 2012.
Its year-one turnover reached £160,000 and it has been nominated in the Responsible Business category for the MSD awards.
Its services include branding design, marketing material, animation and websites.
It has two full-time members of staff – founder and creative designer Nish Wickramasinghe and Loughborough University arts graduate Sarah Gracey – plus three local partners who deliver copy and the animation service.
It plans to recruit a second arts graduate from Loughborough’s School of Art and Design, Leicester College or De Montfort University in Leicester later this year.
The firm has worked with big clients such as Grant Thornton and West Bromwich Building Society.
It dedicates four days a month to pro-bono work through Pro-Help Leicestershire, a group of firms committed to making a difference in the community by offering their services for free to community organisations.
Founder Mr Wickramasinghe, who has lived in Harborough for 15 years, studied at Loughborough University then worked all over the country for 22 years before deciding to start up his own business here in Harborough.
He struggled to find work as a graduate due to a lack of commercial experience, so promised he would hire local arts graduates if he was ever in a position to do so.
Nish was born in Sri Lanka, and his family came to the UK when he was a six. For more details about the company, go to www.curiousagency.co.uk.