Founded in 1998, London-based Double Negative says it is Europe’s largest provider of visual effects for films, having grown from 30 staff to more than 1,000 today. It has worked on more than 115 films, including three Hollywood blockbusters – Inception, Sherlock Holmes and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, which won a Bafta for special visual effects in 2011. In 2009 the company opened an office and visual-effects studio in Singapore that now has 200 staff. Such moves have boosted international sales, which have grown 240% a year, from an annualised £1.7m in 2008 to £19.2m in 2010, under managing director Matthew Holben.
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