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KEO digital creates new innovation centre in Cornwall
KEO digital, the online arm of KEO films, is expanding its operation beyond London and is setting up a new digital innovation centre in Cornwall and creating 20 jobs in the process.
The team behind rivercottage.net, fishfight.net, landshare.net, energyshare.com, peoplefund.it, and most recently cornwalltogether.com, has made a significant investment in Newquay, opening a new beachside office and employing a raft of predominantly Cornish media talent to create UK-leading pool of skilled jobs and expertise.
It's TV and broadcast related work will continue to operate out of London, while it's Cornish office will focus on innovation and incubation of start-ups.
“As a company we’re highly committed to the West Country, and we want to create a digital production and communications hub in Cornwall where we can attract and grow local talent - and share our cutting edge digital media marketing skills,” said Rob Love, Executive Director, KEO digital.
“We’ve recently got more involved in projects in Cornwall and the South West and have found partners like Cornwall Council and Plymouth University share a similar vision and ambition for the region. We’re excited about the opportunity to get involved in the community here and make a positive difference.”
The KEO digital core team has a track record of high growth and award-winning success.
It's the original group of people behind Victoria Real, the ground-breaking interactive TV, e-commerce, and web agency based in Brighton.
In March 2002 the company became the fastest-growing company in the UK and chief executive Rob Love, became a finalist in the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of The Year.
Their online projects, produced by Creative Director Simon Deverell, included Big Brother, UEFA and The National Lottery and won multiple awards and worldwide accolades.
Simon said: “We’ve always set ourselves the challenge of delivering world class projects that create lasting effect and notable change."
"We are really excited about building on and complimenting the creative industries in Cornwall. We want to encourage talent to stay and develop in Cornwall and deliver fantastic work.”
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said that he especially loves "this fantastic part of the coast" and was pleased to be at a gathering of "talented" and "visionary" people from the South West during the launch event (pictured above).
"It was great to be at the launch of the new KEO digital office in Newquay," he said.
"I always love coming to Cornwall, especially this fantastic part of the coast, but what makes today particularly exciting is this gathering of talented and visionary people from around the South West, and the big ideas they are going to be kicking around in the coming months and years.
"I wish them all the best of luck, and the best of inspiration."
Meanwhile Newquay MP, Stephen Gilbert added: “We are delighted to welcome KEO digital to Newquay and Cornwall."
"It’s very exciting to see such a talented team choose Cornwall as their base, with an ambition to create jobs and deliver world class projects," he added.
"With companies like KEO digital in the County there’s no need for some of our best people to leave. They can stay and do their best work here - and help drive the Cornish economy. We wish them the very best of luck.”
Read more: VIPs attend KEO digital's launch party for its new innovation centre in Cornwall