Stewart Hilton, the co-founder of Zeal Creative, got the chance to meet George Osbourne, Chancellor of the Exchequer on March 27th 2016. This followed a number of award wins and some amazing turnover milestones over the last year.
Stewart started Zeal Creative in 2014 with the support of a £10,000 Government-backed Start Up Loan. The business has proved a hit with its 2015 annual turnover reaching £1.8m.
Zeal are hoping to double this over the next 12 months. Currently they employ 18 staff, five of whom are recent university graduates.
Despite being a start up Zeal Creative already has some major clients having produced creative campaigns for ASDA, John West, Kellog’s, PZ Cussons and Nestlé.
Stewart Hilton, founder of Zeal Creative, was quick to thank the Start Up Loans Company, saying:
“Support from the Start Up Loans Company was essential in enabling Zeal Creative to launch and since then we have gone from strength to strength. It’s an honour to be recognised as a standout business by an initiative that helps so many innovative and hardworking people make their dreams a reality.”
After their meeting in Stewart’s hometown of Knutsford, Chancellor of the Exchequer and MP for Tatton, George Osborne, said:
“Zeal Creative is a real local success story and entrepreneurs like Stewart are the lifeblood of the Northern Powerhouse. It’s very encouraging that the Start Up Loans programme the Government launched is helping people like him. I am so pleased that in return he will be helping fledgling businesses across the UK and using his experiences to encourage more creative people with great ideas to set up their own businesses.”