Investment helps filmmaker build future for her business

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TrixPix Ltd is a production company based on the Isle of South Uist. Led by film-maker and artist Beatrix A. Wood, TrixPix makes creative documentaries, visual art and on-line content for local and international audiences.

The company is currently building a multimedia studio on its croft with an edit suite, a studio for painting and filming, and an archiving/storage area. It is also implementing an international marketing and branding campaign to promote its productions and secure new customers and sales. 

The idea to build the studio arose after Beatrix moved to the Western Isles seven years ago and couldn't find a suitable space to rent. 

She said: "Not having a dedicated work space has been a huge challenge and restricted business growth. It has taken a long time to get to this stage but now that the studio is wind and water tight it looks stunning. It's in a great spot and gives us an inspiring space to expand into."

TrixPix secured match funding for the studio and marketing campaign from LEADER Innse Gall, Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE), Sealladh na Beinne Mòire Community Fund (SnBM), and a business loan from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar.    

Beatrix said: "When I first moved to the islands I went to Business Gateway Outer Hebrides to discuss my plans for TrixPix. My adviser's advice and knowledge really supported the business to knit the match funding together for this project last year. Business Gateway workshops have also proved extremely useful."

Lynne MacMillan, Adviser, Business Gateway Outer Hebrides, said: "The studio project and marketing campaign have benefitted from the close working relationship that exists between Business Gateway, Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE), and the funding partners. By working together we've been able to support a creative and innovative project located in a rural area. TrixPix has progressed to become account managed by HIE. This provides the business further access to specialist support that, coupled with the new build and marketing campaign, will enable TrixPix to achieve their medium term business goals." 

TrixPix is currently making four documentary films for BBC Alba, a feature-length documentary, and 10 online films for the University of the Highlands and Islands acclaimed Applied Music course. It has produced digital content for Stòras Uibhist Estates and Hebridean Housing Partnership, curated an exhibition for the Harvest:Toradh festival, and is involved in many co-productions with the Nordic countries.  

The business employs two full-time members of staff and a team of freelancers. Once the studio is complete in January 2018, TrixPix Ltd aim to employ a third person full-time. TrixPix has also offered work opportunities to young people and students, enabling them to progress their careers.

Beatrix said: "My passion is sculpting stories through filming, writing and painting. Last year we undertook a digital innovation project with HIE and SnBM. Using new technology, I have re-invented how I make films, creating a personal style that brings the different medium I work with together. The studio will enable us to develop this work and the marketing campaign will enable us to take these stories to audiences using different distribution platforms."

Beatrix previously ran production company Aurora Films Ltd in England for 20 years, making award-winning international documentary films and leading cultural projects across Europe.

Alongside her creative work, Beatrix is also a seasoned farmer. She jointly ran a Duchy of Cornwall farm with her husband before they were inspired to move their work and family to South Uist. Beatrix breeds Traditional Hereford and White Galloway cattle on the croft and will direct market the finished beef.  

"There's a lot of crossover between the croft and the creative work. They inform each other. Tending the animals gives a contrast to working on the computer. The physical work often opens the mind, giving me new ideas to take forward."

Follow TrixPix's progress on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Vimeo: @trixpixmedia.

To find out how Business Gateway Outer Hebrides can help your business visit: www.bgateway.com/western-isles or call 01851 808240.

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