CASE STUDY: 51 Studio
THE Royal William Yard-based graphic design company specialises in brand packages in print and web.
It spent its first year as a full-time business at Plymouth University's Formation Zone before moving to Stonehouse.
It has now formed a consortium with fellow Formation Zone businesses Actuate Marketing and Altitude Design and worked with several large organisations including Bristol City Council and the NHS.
The business started as a part-time job for creative director, David Tetley, in July 2010, while he worked as a graphic designer for Plymouth City Museum.
By February 2011 it was doing well enough for David to run it full time, taking on managing director Anouska Wilkinson, and moving into the Formation Zone.
Now, the business is flourishing and has partnered with Actuate Marketing and Altitude to form a full-service design and marketing agency.
Mr Tetley said: "The Formation Zone was my first choice of office space.
"The biggest benefit to us was undoubtedly the collaborative nature of the Formation Zone, which led to the partnership between us, Actuate and Altitude.
"Pooling our talent makes us stronger as a collective, and offering a full service agency helped us to win new business."
He added: "The creative scene in Plymouth is looking pretty healthy, with new creative agencies starting up.
"Plymouth has massively untapped potential, and people are beginning to see that and recognise it as a excellent place to live and work."