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Case Study 1: Savalas

Scottish Screen National Lottery Investment: £67,500 over 2 years from the Business Development Fund (2007 - 2009)

Savalas is the biggest audio post-production facility in Scotland, providing a range of services across the music and screen sectors. It was established ten years ago and now employs eleven people in a brand new facility at Film City Glasgow. Savalas houses the UK’s first ‘Dolby Premier’ licensed feature film mixing theatre, one of only five in the world.

Scottish Screen’s investment will enable Savalas to employ a sales and marketing specialist for two years to develop and implement a targeted sales and marketing strategy, with the goal of doubling turnover in three years, and expanding their client base across the UK and Europe.

Managing Director Giles Lamb explained: “Savalas is at a turning point in terms of growth; with our expansion into new world class facilities we have increased capacity and have identified a real need to invest in an effective marketing strategy. The Scottish Screen Business Development Loan will help us realise our ambitions to grow the company rapidly over the next few years. We would find it hard to justify this investment without Scottish Screen’s support.”

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Case Study 2 - MNE Media

Scottish Screen National Lottery Funds: £80,000 over two years from the Business Development Fund (2007-2009)

MNE was set up on Benbecula in 1989 and it has grown in size to become one of the largest independent production companies in Scotland, with a turnover of just under £2m. Although MNE’s main base is in Glasgow they also have a full time director based on the Isle of Skye. Central to what they do is a connection to Gaelic language and culture, and they produce programmes across a range of genres: from factual to comedy, drama to sport.

MNE are ambitious in their outlook with plans for expansion and diversification. In 2007 they made a successful application to Scottish Screen’s Business Development Loan, securing the maximum amount available. The Loan was set up to allow companies to access finance, which might not otherwise have been easily available, to help them grow and develop.

MNE’s award has been used to fund research and development, exploring new areas for growth and expansion. This has included investigating the potential of new technologies through their prototype multi-sports web platform, bounci tv, preparing for the huge opportunities opened up by the imminent Gaelic Digital Channel, and developing links with international partners, all of which underpins MNE’s plans for future business growth.

As Margaret Scott, Director of Creative and Business Development says: “You’ve got to think out the box nowadays: technology and audiences are evolving. I think that’s what MNE represents – a company that has taken on that gauntlet and embraced it – is enthusiastic about change.”

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