Website Sells Top Artists' works
A fine art company has launched a website selling limited
edition reproductions of Cornish scenes by popular artist
Andrew Giddens. Mr Giddens, who is based in West Cornwall,
has been painting professionally for three years and in that
time his work has become highly valued, with paintings selling
for up to £4,500 to collectors in the UK and America.
One of the first collectors and champions of Andrew's work
is Sir Tim Rice.
Mr Giddens' father in law Godfrey Higgins has now set up
selling the first ever reproductions of Mr Giddens' work of
Cornish seascapes and landscapes for buyers including private
homes, hotels, guest houses, restaurants, businesses and interior
designers. The high quality digital prints range from £350
to £550 and can be mounted or framed.
Mr Higgins undertook a New Deal preparation for business
course via West Cornwall Enterprise Trust to help establish
the business after having recovered from ME. An application
for investment was made to SWIG (South West Investment Group),
via the Objective One Lizard Pathways Project.
Mr Higgins has a background in engineering design and manufacture,
which is serving him well with many of the practicalities
involved in running the business. It operates from a workshop
at his Helston home and is already generating sales from outside
Cornwall from adverts in Country Living magazine and elsewhere.
He said: "I am grateful for all the help given in
order to set up this little business and encouraged by recent
responses to our national advertising. Although these are
early days we have an excellent, unique and desirable product
and the key to success will be in wise marketing. In August
we will have a quarter page advertisement in The English Home
magazine which sells some 44,000 copies in the States. We
hope that this will be the beginning of interest across the
John Peters, SWIG spokesman said: "I am delighted that
SWIG has been able to assist this family enterprise, which
has taken a very professional approach to selling these beautiful
images of Cornwall far beyond the county."
The project has also received support via actnow, a scheme
that has also received Objective One investment and is successfully
aiming to give high speed broadband access to all of Cornwall's
businesses and residents.
For further information please contact Clare Morgan of the
Objective One Partnership Office on 01872 223439 or 07973
813647 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly has invested in SWIG and the Cornwall
Business Development Funds through the European Regional Development
Fund (ERDF). The Programme has also invested in actnow through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
SWIG (South West Investment Group)
was set up in 1989 and offers interest free loans to eligible
businesses. It manages an Objective One gateway scheme, Cornwall
Business Development Funds, which offers three levels of start
ups. In the first part of the scheme180 Cornish small and
medium sized enterprises (SMEs) were supported. The second
phase of the scheme, worth more than £2 million, began
early in 2005.
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439
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