Creative design agency Tucano has seen 75% growth and significant success since receiving a £5k loan from Business Finance Solutions.
Based in Hyde and owned by Daniel Godfrey and Patricia Lopes, Tucano, focuses on print and digital graphic design, photography, web, online design and artistic services for SME and start up businesses. Tucano has have invested their Start Up Loan in new equipment which has expanded their capabilities, with photographic services becoming a bigger part of their client brand development package alongside design and web work.
Since launching earlier this year the agency has already secured over 25 clients which include designer handbags KeriKit, artist Kris Kupskay, Manchester Tiki Bar ‘The Liar’s Club’, organic soap and candle company Olive & Bloom, Trio Clothing and film producer Anattic.
Daniel Godfrey said: “Having worked in agencies ourselves we are very aware of how much it takes to run a big firm and those overheads inevitably have to be passed on to the clients. What we wanted to offer with Tucano was an expert, flexible and competitively priced creative service that works closely with clients to find the very best creative solution for them. BFS offered the funding and the support we needed and with their help we have been able to do develop further services, enabling clients to get everything they need under one roof, with two passionate creative and at an affordable price.
“Between myself and Patricia we have a wealth of design and client expertise and experience and also work with some of the region’s best freelancers so we can offer whatever the client needs, whether that is a new logo or a full suite of design, web, app and photography services. Design and brand are crucial for any new and growing business and we can offer them the best service at a price that they can afford.”
Alex Mearns, Loan Officer, of Business Finance Solutions, which is part of the Manchester Growth Company, said: “Patricia and Daniel are at the forefront of a real trend in creative industries which is seeing talented and experienced people setting up and growing their own boutique design agencies. Thanks to services like Start Up Loans the funding is available to enable them to develop their own model and to offer top class services to clients of all sizes.”