Cosgrove Hall, the company behind classics such as Danger Mouse and Wind in the Willows, was shut down by owner ITV in 2009 but the company was resurrected two years later when Cosgrove (right) and Mark Hall teamed up with Irish entrepreneur Francis Fitzpatrick. Mark Hall died in 2011 but his son Simon (below) – the former MD of Manchester post production house Hullabaloo Studios before its closure in 2010 – is now managing director with Cosgrove as creative director.

hallNow operating from a new 5,000 sq ft space in Didsbury, the company has been busily staffing up over the last few months to work on new cartoons including Pip Ahoy! for Channel 5 and HeroGliffix and Powwow Pando for ITV. Much more is set to follow, with a turnover of £50m forecast within the next four years. The company has recently set up a fund to offer potential investors a share of its future output.