A NEW design studio in Bury is striving for excellence in the middle of lockdown.

Kasim Shah has launched Orion for 2021, at a time when a firm's online presence has never been more important.

The founder and chief executive of the venture has more than five years experience in the fields of web design, digital marketing, print design, UX design and branding, and is confident he can continue to build his client portfolio.

Kasim said: "Last year was a very strange and testing time for us all, especially those who run their own small or independent business.

"I was fortunate enough to still be able to work freelance during this time, however, it made me realise how much businesses across all sectors have been affected by this and that we are all looking to 2021 to be bigger, better and more productive.

"This is when I knew it was the perfect time for me to create Orion Design Studio to help those businesses get back on their feet, create a fresh look and be better than not only 2020, but all years previous.

"We are looking at a 'new normal' and as businesses begin to change and develop to fit that, their branding should do the same.

"I felt a competition was the perfect way for me to help a local business do just that, as well as give a few others the chance to grow their brand at a fraction of the cost, at a time when I’m sure it’s needed more than ever."

His aim is to provide a complete package for Bury area companies, to market their services both online and offline, whether that is business cards, media packs or pop-ups.

He has also launched a competition as part of the launch, to attract more custom, with a winner securing a free website worth more than £1,000 and five runners-up receiving discounted design services,

Kasim is seeking entries via their website, www.graphicdesignmanchester.com/competition