Maneesh’s logo claims top prize

A student with designs on success pipped his peers to the post by winning a competition to come up with a logo for a new business group.

Maneesh Rai and other students on his graphic design diploma course at Wallsend’s Tyne Metropolitan College were challenged by the new Cobalt and Silverlink Business Association in North Shields to design it a logo.

Association chairman David Rose said: “We had between 30 and 40 different options from the students, and we made a shortlist.

“That was presented at Cobalt Business Exchange and it was then that participants voted for the one they felt was the best, and that was the one Maneesh designed.”

The association, formed earlier this year, represents 9,000 staff at Silverlink retail and business parks and Cobalt Business Park.

Maneesh, 20, was given an iPod dock as his prize.

He said: “We were given certain colours and texts that they wanted us to use, and then we had to come up with a suitable logo.

“I was very proud when I heard I had won.

“This is something I want to get into full time.”

This is not the first time that students from the college have produced logos for borough organisations, North Shields town centre and Whitley Bay Ice Rink being among the previous beneficiaries of their flair for design.