Witchford design agency awarded £7,500 from European Union via Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER program

PUBLISHED: 09:34 11 January 2018

Adrian Fry, chief executive officer and founder of virtualdesigncloud.com,

Adrian Fry, chief executive officer and founder of virtualdesigncloud.com,


Witchford-based design agency virtualdesigncloud has secured £7,500 of funding from the European Union via the Cambridgeshire Fens LEADER program.

The Cambridgeshire Fens Local Action Group awarded the money as a ‘start-up grant’ so the company can ‘boost the digital economy in rural areas’.

Adrian Fry, chief executive officer and founder of virtualdesigncloud.com, said: “Our E.U. funding win is a real vote of confidence in the potential of virtualdesigncloud, its systems and concepts.”

With more than 25 years’ experience in the creative industries, he has been developing virtualdesigncloud since the beginning of 2016.

“I identified the need to bring the creative services industries into the 21st Century,” he added.

“We aim to cut businesses’ design costs for items such as brochures, adverts, point-of-sale and product packaging.

“When using traditional design agencies, businesses are faced with massive creative costs, in large part paying for agencies offices and infrastructure – with virtualdesigncloud, their design costs for marketing are halved.”

Kieran Carr, EU programmes manager at Cambridgeshire ACRE, said: “The Cambridgeshire Fens Local Action Group, who make the decisions on funding, were fully supportive of the project and felt it is important to embrace the digital economy in rural areas.

“This project offers excellent value for money and I look forward to watching the business grow in the coming years.”

The LEADER program in Cambridgeshire, delivered through the Cambridgeshire ACRE rural community council, has invested over £3 million in 80 initiatives since 2009.

It was set up to ‘support the sustainable development of the rural economy by investing in proposals which optimise the unique assets of the Cambridgeshire Fens, offer good value for money and strengthen the sustainable economic, social and environmental well-being of local communities”.

LEADER is part of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development and is managed in England via Defra.

For more information visit virtualdesigncloud.com


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 15:22

A five bedroom, two storey farmhouse has been put forward to East Cambridgeshire planners by Charles Shropshire on his company’s Dimmocks Cote Farm at Stretham.

Yesterday, 11:53

A major road through the Fens re-opens on Monday following a £1 million improvement programme.

Yesterday, 17:31

A weather warning was in place on the day that a bouncy castle blew across a fairground with Summer Grant inside it, a court heard.

Yesterday, 13:04

The team at Ely’s new leisure centre, The Hive, will be out and about on the Market Place tomorrow morning.

Most read stories

Digital Edition

Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter