An art studio has won a prestigious business award only a year after opening. 

The UK StartUp Awards was launched to recognised the growing start-up scene across the UK with more than 900 businesses nominated for this year's awards.

Sakura Studio Gallery was shortlisted for two awards in the East of England and came home with the Creative StartUp of the Year Award. 

Founded by Albany Tripp in February 2023, the studio based at Stonham Barns Park is an art space dedicated to showcasing independent artists and providing a space for visitors to try out and experiment with their own creativity. 

East Anglian Daily Times: Albany Tripp, owner of Sakura Studio GalleryAlbany Tripp, owner of Sakura Studio Gallery (Image: Keith Suffling)

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Ms Tripp said: "I still can't quite believe we won regional Creative StartUp of the Year in the East of England. 

"I am so grateful to our visitors, our artists and to everyone at Stonham Barns Park for their incredible support during the last 15 months since I first opened Sakura Studio Gallery. 

"Never could I have imagined winning."

As a winner, Sakura Studio Gallery will be invited to the UK finals taking place on September 21.