Belfast Telegraph

Co Down creative agency gives helping hand to start-up firms

By John Mulgrew

A Co Down creative agency is teaming up with a US start-up company to work on design and development for 25 new firms.

Kilkeel-based David Henderson Design (DHD) will work with LA-based Wonka Lab, to provide consultancy work, graphic design and web development for more than a dozen start-up firms. The so-called 'Dream Builder' programme aims to create joint economic development opportunities between the US and the UK.

The scheme, which begins on May 1, will see starts-ups from around the world applying to pitch their idea to win a 'golden ticket', which would allow them to become part of the programme.

Wonka Lab's chief executive, Mike Murphy, said following a meeting with DHD at the Web Summit in Dublin he "immediately knew that they were the right fit". "As Wonka Lab's core focus is to seek out the best talent around the world, we are always on the lookout for opportunities to work with agencies like DHD.

"What stood out most was their attentiveness, due diligence, drive, and willingness to get creative."

David Henderson, managing director of DHD, said: "We are very excited to be working with Mike and the team at Wonka Lab.

"From our first conversation over Skype in early January, it was clear to us that Mike was an intelligent guy who had a very clear vision of what he wanted to achieve. The fact that these guys wanted to assist start-ups and provide solutions that have a positive impact on the world around them struck a real chord with us and was something we wanted to get involved with immediately.

"We were delighted when Mike asked us to become their exclusive design partner."

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