If We Can You Can: Tri-Aperture

If We Can You Can: Tri-Aperture

Entrepreneurs Andrew Robson, Austin Spinks and James Watson set up Tri-Aperture after they met studying Digital Film Production at the University of Sunderland. Now they are entering the If We Can You Can Challenge, and they chatted to BQ to talk about what winning would mean to them...

What did you do before setting up your business?

We all attended The University of Sunderland, where we were studying Digital Film Production. After graduating we were offered an internship for Hitachi to document their new rail factory.


What inspired you to set up your business?

After completing our internship for Hitachi, the finished video was a great success and we were encouraged by this to continue to work together and start our own business.


What makes this business different?

Although there is a lot of competition, our business is unique because of two main factors. One is that we all have a background in film production and therefore we have a strong sense of story and highlight the narratives in all projects we partake. The second reason is we are constantly adapting our business to keep up with the advancement in technology and therefore offer new, popular services such as Aerial videography, 360 photospheres and stabilised tours. We also intend to offer Virtual reality video services in the near future.


What inspired you to enter the If We Can You Can Challenge?

We first heard about this challenge through The Enterprise Place in Sunderland. This is where we are based and Laura the project manager said we should enter as she thought we had done really well since starting up there.


Where do you see your business in three years’ time?

In three years time we see Tri-Aperture as one of the leading Video production companies in the North East. Offering a variety of video services that are indicative of the advancements in technology.


What has been the most rewarding part of your journey so far?

The most rewarding part of the journey so far has been setting up the business together and pulling together to make the business viable.


What has been your biggest challenge?

The biggest challenge for us has been learning about running a business. We all understand the production aspects of what we do (using cameras, editing software, sound etc) but it has been a challenge to learn about how a business operates as this meant learning a lot of new information and skills.


Who/what gave you support or advice?

Fortunately, we have had a lot of free advice through The Enterprise Place, funded by the European Union’s development fund. We initially began a short business course lead by an advisor at the BIC in Sunderland and we’ve since been able to see an advisor from there anytime we need guidance. Our advisors are Ron Anderson and Janice Marsh, both of which have been fantastic.


What advice would you give to someone looking to set up their own business?

We would say do something you enjoy and be prepared to put a lot of time and effort into it to making it work. If it’s something you enjoy then it will be easier. Also use everybody and every resource you have at hand to help make the business a success.


The competition is now open to all pre-start business ideas or start-ups established in the North East within the last 3 years, regardless of the business leader’s age or experience.

For information on how to apply, the competition and its benefits please visitwww.ifwecanyoucan.co.uk Deadline for entries is 16th of October 2016.