A Dundee teenager, once voted one of the UK’s top young digital leaders, has officially opened his own studio with the aim of showcasing Dundee to the rest of world.
18 year old Andrew Batchelor, who created the impressive and well-known social media brand Dundee Culture, opened up his new studio on Friday August 23.
The studio was officially opened by Peter Scott, CEO of Independent Living Fund Scotland (the organisation that helped fund the workplace in granting Andrew £7,000).
Dundee Culture started in 2013 by then 12 year old Andrew to support Dundee’s UK City of Culture bid.
It has now grown into an illustrious full-time business with thousands of followers, something which Andrew admits is entirely unprecedented.
If you asked me if I would be opening up my own space for my own business six years ago, I would have laughed, but this is incredible. The opening of the new studio marks the start of a ‘new beginning’ for Dundee Culture
Dundee Culture’s stylish back-garden studio is equipped with a practical tech space, a branded coffee and meeting station, a ‘Dundee Culture HQ’ sign (adding to the studio’s quirkiness) and a wall adorned with Andrew’s many community accolades.
When discussing the unexpected nature of Dundee Culture’s success, Andrew said:
I originally intended to end Dundee Culture once the UK City of Culture process ended, whether Dundee lost in 2013 or won and celebrated in 2017. But the support grew and it has now come to a point where it is viewed by thousands every month. I have adopted a new strategy of showcasing Dundee and its culture to the world.
On the organisation’s next steps, the founder stated:
Re-launching Dundee Culture’s website, and looking for sponsors and partners (as well as businesses) to help build up Dundee Culture’s new Business Club is the main priority for me. I am aiming to re-launch Dundee Culture’s website in late September, early October and I’m already starting through the process of looking for sponsors
It is clear that exciting times lie ahead for Dundee Culture as it continues to do fantastic things for our city.
Congratulations to Andrew and the team.