Northern Ireland’s top business people have been named in the March 2015 issue of Business First magazine. The ‘40 under Forty’ list is an impressive testament to Northern Ireland’s up and coming business leaders. Sponsored by Willis Insurance & Risk Management and in association with the Ulster University Business School, the list includes individuals who are making a marked difference and adding real value to their organisations.
We are delighted to announce that Flint Studios' Head of Creative, Pete Hanlon, has been named one of Northern Ireland’s 40 under Forty. Pete had this to say “It’s truly an honour to be selected for NI’s 40 under Forty. As co-founder of Flint Studios, I’ve played a role in establishing an award-winning full-service digital agency. I believe our success to due to innovation, creativity and excellent customer service and this has enabled us to secure an impressive client list throughout the UK and Ireland. Going forward, the company will apply the same expertise and customer focus to win clients internationally."
He continues. “The business has an exciting future, working to an agreed three year plan. Our strategy will focus on the sustained growth of the business by expanding sales and developing partnerships in the UK and Asia. We’re also keen to develop new web based products that will provide additional revenue streams.”
At the age of 31, Pete Hanlon co-founded Flint Studios in December 2011. In a short space of time Flint Studios has flourished from a small team into a full-service digital agency. Constantly pushing new boundaries, Pete has overseen the company’s high rate of expansion, now employing 19 members of staff providing technical, creative and digital solutions to clients throughout the United Kingdom and Ireland. Clients include Coca-Cola Hellenic, Belfast International Airport, Todds Leap, Digital Printing, MIS Claims and Plimsoll Publishing.
As a director and member of the board, Pete is responsible for strategic leadership, staff development and improving the company’s performance. He has been instrumental in ‘speeding up’ the company’s rate of expansion by increasing the active customer base year on year by over 25%, introducing professional development plans for all staff and expanding the company’s core service offering.
Pete graduated from the University of Ulster Art College, with a BA Hons in Visual Communications and has worked with a number of leading design, advertising and web agencies in Northern Ireland. With over 15 years’ experience in the creative industries, Pete is a strong conceptual thinker and visually focused designer with proven leadership abilities. As Head of Creative, he is responsible for Flint Studios leading the way in User Experience (UX) and responsive web design. His vision and craft has resulted in two award wins for Flint Studios in the past year; Best eCommerce Website 2014 at the Realex Fire Web Awards and Website of the Year 2014 at the DANI Awards.
Flint Studios provides a fresh approach to technology, web design and digital marketing in response to an ever-changing environment across all mediums but Pete believes great design is at the heart of the company and explains “Creating a dynamic and elegant design will enhance your brand and your message, bringing it to life. It is the visual realisation of your brand where conception and strategic planning come into being.”
He adds “UX design also plays an important role in the future development of Flint Studios. Great UX design should be invisible, evoking natural human interaction in a seamless and efficient way, enabling users to engage with technology, perform tasks and navigate with ease. UX design should also satisfy the emotional needs of the user building a relationship with the technology and helping to improve conversions through happy customers and brand loyalty.”
Do you have a web project coming up and would like to discuss your options with one of Northern Ireland’s 40 under Forty? Then contact Pete today on 02890455554 or email [email protected].
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