Award winning Lytham based Airship Interactive is an external development company which provides art services for some of the world’s largest gaming companies including Disney, EA, Microsoft, and Supermassive Games.
Set up in 2008 by chief executive Joe Harford, it has earned a reputation as one of the leading artwork studios for the games industry by being at the forefront of research and development into new design and production techniques.
Airship Interactive has been backed by NPIF - FW Capital Debt Finance since 2020 when it received £350,000 investment for new job creation.
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This latest round of funding will deliver £450,000 NPIF - FW Capital Debt Finance investment to support Airship Interactive’s significant growth plan.
This includes the recruitment of 50 new staff, key strategic hires, securing a second office, alongside investment in research and new service lines.
Joe Harford said: “The gaming industry has been very strong over the last few years, and we have been able to capitalise on this increased demand for our art services and increase our share of the market. Through continued investment we have built a highly skilled team of specialists complemented with the latest technology and equipment and this new investment will allow us to expand the business even further.
"We are working with major global gaming companies for some of the highest profile projects and thanks to this substantial investment we can continue to attract the best talent to join our team. FW Capital has provided exceptional support over the last two years, and we’re delighted they are helping us with this next stage of growth. We’re really pleased to continue to work with them.”
Alistair Igo FW Capital’s Senior Investment Executive, said: "Airship Interactive is a fantastic local growth story and have continued to enjoy success during the pandemic.
"When we first started working with Airship Interactive, they had 15 staff and sales of £1m but in just two years they have grown to employ more than 70 staff and £3.4m of sales. The business is forecast to grow further in the next 12 months to employ 100 staff and reach £6m sales.