Ian Downes

Start Licensing

Founder & Director

Ian Downes

Ian Downes is the Founder & Director of Start Licensing. Start Licensing is an award-winning Licensing Agency & Consultancy whose clients include Nadiya Hussain, The Ashmolean Museum, Britvic Soft Drinks and Aardman Animations. He has worked with a wide range of  production companies from start-up companies through to long-established companies. Prior to establishing Start Licensing Ian was Group Managing Director Consumer Products at Fox Kids Europe. Entertainment brands he has worked on include Star Wars, Power Rangers and Shaun the Sheep. In addition Ian has acted as a consultant to a broad range of organisations including  Penguin Random House, Channel 4, Sky Television ,The National Gallery, Rebellion Publishing and the Royal Mail. He also co-owns Brands Untapped  a website and editorial hub for the world of brand licensing.