We are thrilled to have been named Sutton Coldfield’s Small Business of the year by the Chamber of Commerce.

The awards ceremony took place at The Belfry and was attended by members of the Sutton Coldfield, Lichfield and Tamworth Chambers of Commerce.   We were up against stiff competition and were thrilled to be announced as the winners.

The Chamber of Commerce were particularly impressed with Ark’s activity in UK disability cinema.  Ark have produced and overseen a number of schemes aimed at helping young disabled people get into the film industry and help empower them through the use of video production.  Ark have also produced an award winning feature length documentary called The Social Model, about how disability is represented in main stream cinema. The documentary is an empowering piece of film advocating for people with disabilities in the industry.

Phil Arkinstall, Managing Director at Ark Media, explains “I was born and raised in Sutton so to be recognised as the small business of the year is the cherry on the cake for what has been a great few years for us.   We have produced two feature films and won several other accolades for various client projects.  Businesses continue to see video as a great way of getting their messages out to their target audience.”   

Ark Media Team at the Sutton Coldfield Business Awards

Whilst Ark are a small business we are proud to employ local people and give them opportunities they may not otherwise achieve.  One of Ark’s editors, Joe Grayston, is one such example of this.  Joe is from the Falcon Lodge estate in Sutton Coldfield and was taken on by Ark as an apprentice when he was 17.  Fast forward to today and Joe has successfully completed his apprenticeship and is now a full time employee working on a number of projects for high profile clients.

Phil explains; “Because we are a small business we are able to get our staff involved in projects they may not have exposure to elsewhere.  2018 saw our editor, Joe Grayston, work on his first feature film which Ark filmed and produced and we can also claim to have trained one of the main editors at the Great British Bake Off”.  

Not a company to rest on our laurels Phil and the Ark team are constantly looking at innovative ways of using video.  Phil explains “Video production is becoming a crowded marketplace.  We know we have to stand out and that’s why we have recently launched our personalised video offering, TibiVideo, which enables businesses to personalise a video for the individual”.