Name: Dario Grandich

Age: 23

Business: Snapshot Media

Service: Digital Media

Website: www.snapshotmedia.co.uk

University Attended: York St John University

Year Graduated: 2009

Background:

Snapshot Media is a new digital media company based in the heart of Yorkshire. They specialise in everything from brand identity design through to web design, web application development, and mobile apps. Snapshot Media make the web work for their clients. Snapshot Media has a very diverse client base, ranging from financial organisations to visual effect studios. Their clients cover every corner of the UK from Edinburgh to Cardiff to London as well as working with a number of international clients based in South Africa, the Middle East and mainland Europe.

At a glance....

Started Trading: October 2009

Investment: £500 + Time

Number of Employees: 4 Full Time

Business Start Up Growth:

The company started out carrying out small scale projects locally; they soon realised that the quality of work would be better suited to bigger organisations. They successfully acquired regional, national and international professional clients. Snapshot Media then started providing high quality services to bigger, more corporate businesses and as a result has undergone rapid growth, which has included doubling its workforce in less than 8 months and also creating partnerships with some of the most prolific and successful digital companies in the UK.

Business Achievements/Awards:

Nominated for new business of the year in York 2010

Nominated for young entrepreneur of the year in York 2010

Moving into commercial offices in less than a year after trading start date

Developed a bespoke content management system that is recognised globally

Developed a custom project management system used by some of the most prolific digital media companies in the UK

Developed an open source web application that to date has had over 500,000 downloads

Lecturing entrepreneurship in a Yorkshire university.

In collaboration with The Yorkshire Mafia business group, they helped organised a business networking session with over 170 people attending.

Creating projects that have been recognised worldwide and nominated for awards.

One of the directors now has an interview for the BBC show ‘the Apprentice’.

Snapshot Media on how Make It Happen has helped:

“We attended a Make It Happen event on the week that we launched our business and it gave us a valuable insight into networking, business growth and accounting which we incorporated into our business strategy. In fact, the make it happen mentor that sat with us gave us the best advice we have ever had, and that’s won us numerous big clients. Thanks!’”

About the Make It Happen Programme:

Make It Happen (MIH) is a new national programme to support recent and ‘about to become’ graduates setting up in business. It's FREE to take part and is funded by the UK Government and delivered by National Council for Graduate Entrepreneurship, HSBC and Business Link. www.mihmentoring.com