Two Welsh facility companies have put money into new Soho graphics and post-production house Platform Post, writes Barbara Marshall.

Barcud Derwen and Mwnci have each taken a one-third share in the new

Two Welsh facility companies have put money into new Soho graphics and post-production house Platform Post, writes Barbara Marshall.

Barcud Derwen and Mwnci have each taken a one-third share in the new facility which has been set up by former UPC creative director David Tasker and freelance editor Simon Cruse.

Based in D'Arblay Street, the 1,300 square foot facility opened at the beginning of the month with Smoke, online Avid, DigiBeta and graphics suites. A second Avid suite plus an audio suite are planned for next year.

Tasker said he had been trying to get the venture off the ground since April but, despite the market downturn, he believed it was in 'fairly good shape' with a number of stable customers, such as Gullane and UPC, already lined up. Tasker said the focus would be on mainstream broadcast work.

Tasker expects the team to grow from four to six within a year. 'We will keep it small, hand-picked so that when the market turns around, we will be ready to pick up on it,' he said.

Tasker and Cruse first met when they worked at TVS before the loss of its franchise in the late 1980s and have since worked together 'on and off'. Cruse was senior editor at Lynx Digital before going freelance 18 months ago, while Tasker's career includes spells at Flextech and At Entertainment before its sale in 1998 to UPC.