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Four new faces at Fluid Ideas

Creative agency Fluid Ideas has added four staff to its team, including a digital artist who has worked on videos for singer Ellie Goulding and rock group The Wombats, and a co-founder of Derby’s Bustler Market.

Steve Askey has joined the image and motion team at Derby-based Fluid Ideas as a CGI, special effects and motion graphics artist.

He has more than 20 years’ experience in the field and has created visual effects for music videos and a number of films, including short sci-fi movie Pulsar, starring David Gyasi and Jesse Buckley.

Web developer Stuart Costen has joined the agency from Marketing Derby, where he was a digital marketing executive. He has more than 10 years’ experience of website development and digital marketing.

Stuart co-founded the popular street food market in 2017 with three friends after visiting similar events in Birmingham and Sheffield. Bustler Market has so far attracted more than 100,000 visitors.

Rebecca Utley, a graduate in commercial photography from the University of Derby, has joined Fluid Ideas as a photographer and account handler in the image and motion team, which will see her involved in shoot planning and co-ordination, art direction and image processing.

Making up the quartet of newcomers is Liam Allman, who is studying information technology at the University of Derby. He has joined as a web developer on a 12-month placement.

Fluid Ideas is a full-service agency whose operations span branding and campaigns, graphic and website design, computer-generated imagery, 3D animation and video, photography, copywriting, digital marketing, content management and social media.

Its client base includes companies involved in sectors including healthcare, retirement living, property, professional services, education, leisure and hospitality.

Ed Bowler, joint managing director of Fluid Ideas, said:

“The new arrivals provide a great blend of experience and emerging talent to help drive the business forward.

“All four are extremely talented individuals who will enhance our technical edge over competitors and will enable us to serve an expanding client base.

“Image and motion is increasingly important to our clients, and Steve and Rebecca are superb additions to the team, while Stuart and Liam will help us to meet growing demand for web development.

“We have offered an annual placement scheme to local developers for a number of years. It’s an important way of maintaining our talent pipeline, as people with those skills are hard to find.

“A lot of our team are graduates of the University of Derby who have joined us on a permanent basis.”

The quartet’s arrival takes staff numbers at Fluid Ideas to 33.

Picture caption: L-R, Steve Askey, Rebecca Utley, Stuart Costen and Liam Allman


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