Early in 2017, Venture Stream will be launching a brand new online marketplace called “That’s Champion Pet”.
With over 50 years’ experience in the field of start-up businesses as well as vast knowledge on how to support and grow SMEs, this venture aims to promote businesses in the North East and build a community of Northern spirit online.
We are looking to showcase everything uniquely wonderful about the North. By curating a selection of the finest North East products from food and drink to clothing and accessories, the ambition is to collaborate and work with the region’s best suppliers, artists and designers.
You can expect to see fantastic products from Low Quay Clothing, Tynemouth Coffee Co., Geordie Genes, Canny Milkshake and not to mention fantastic prints and illustrations of the North East from Ross Pichler.
Not only will “That’s Champion Pet” be a one-stop-shop for the best-of-the-best North East products, it will also help local businesses flourish online with the support of Venture Stream’s expertise, building a partnership of shared knowledge and passion for the North.
Creating a community where businesses can have a visible online presence whilst being cultivated with the right expertise will help boost the exposure of the Northern brands we love so much.
Are you a canny North East business and want to find out more? Simply click here to learn more about “That’s Champion Pet.”
We are delighted to announce that we have entered into a strategic services partnership with the industry leader in print and marketing communications, AlphaGraphics UK. The new partnership will expand the service portfolios of both businesses with AlphaGraphics making a minority investment in Venture Stream as part of the newly formed partnership.
Under the partnership, AlphaGraphics UK has acquired a 30 per cent shareholding in Venture Stream and going forward, we will provide digital marketing services to AlphaGraphics’s clients to complement and expand on AlphaGraphics’s print marketing services.
AlphaGraphics is a long-established national commercial print services business with particular expertise in specialising in delivering data-driven marketing campaigns across multiple channels, while Venture Stream is a fast-growing digital marketing and e-commerce agency, having grown to £1 million in turnover in just three years. We first began working with AlphaGraphics early this year, with Venture Stream providing digital marketing services to AlphaGraphics’s internal School Diaries business.
In an increasingly competitive marketplace, our two businesses will be uniquely positioned to offer an end-to-end range of marketing services, from innovative print campaigns to all aspects of digital marketing.
With the investment from AlphaGraphics, we plan to invest further in our people and technology to expand our capacity and deliver a complete digital solution to help our clients’ online businesses grow.
Vic Morgan, Managing Director at Venture Stream, says: “We’re excited to announce our partnership with AlphaGraphics, one of the few high-growth, profitable commercial printers due to their continuous investment in technology and innovation.
“The partnership fits perfectly with Venture Stream’s view of the evolving world of marketing, which is becoming less about utilising digital marketing channels in isolation and more about how technology and an integrated marketing approach is enabling businesses to become smarter in all functions and aspects of communication. Together as partners, we stand unique in the marketplace.”
AlphaGraphics currently operates out of five offices nationally and in conjunction with its investment in Venture Stream, it has moved its Newcastle team into the agency’s office hub on Pink Lane, Newcastle. We also have plans to launch joint ventures together in the coming months focused on web-to-print e-commerce solutions.
Sean Costigan, AlphaGraphics Director, says: “We’re pleased to be able to extend our partnership with Venture Stream. Vic and his management team have built a strong business with an impressive client base and the team’s result-oriented approach mirrors our philosophy with clients.
“With our investment, we’re pleased to be backing Venture Stream and introducing our clients to a complete range of print and digital services. We feel by leveraging each other’s strengths we can truly enhance our client’s marketing campaign returns.”
To find out more about our services and how we can help your business grow, drop us a note via our contact page.
We’re pleased to report that we’re off to a flying start in 2016, achieving record-breaking revenue gains, taking on six new hires, significantly expanding our office space and officially completing the acquisition of our long-standing partner and fellow North East digital agency, CommVia.
After receiving start-up support from Northstar Ventures and Rivers Capital just two years ago, we’ve experienced 60% growth in the last 12 months and are on course to hit £1m annual turnover by the end of the financial year.
Having set ourselves some ambitious targets, our team of experts continue to deliver and we can proudly boast a 95% client retention rate, having won several big-name clients including The Pen Shop, Barbour, Smithers Oasis, Planet Organic and Yogamatters. As of 1st March, we have also trebled the size of our office space, now totalling over 2,400 sqft.
With six new starters in as many months, we show no signs of slowing and are still on the lookout for a front-end designer/developer. If you’re interested or know someone who might be, click or share this link for details: http://www.venturestream.co.uk/join-us/
We’re also excited to announce that our extended office area will be dual purpose, designed to accommodate the growing team and with excess space to be opened up as a ‘Venture Hub’, which will see individual rooms and shared office quarters made available to local freelancers and creative small businesses in need of professional space. With a local entrepreneur already signed up as our first tenant, those interested in securing shared office space can contact us here to register interest.
Managing Director, Vic Morgan, says: “This is an exciting time for Venture Stream as we continue to grow as a business and build our team of experts. We see reaching all of these milestones as a natural progression resulting from our investment in people, exemplified by the acquisition of our technology partner CommVia and the launch of our Venture Hub to work collaboratively with freelancers and like-minded businesses.”
To provide context to the merger, CommVia has operated as our technology partner for the past three years following a long-standing relationship between respective directors Vic Morgan and Andy Redfern, who together co-founded Ethicalsuperstore.com before the business was acquired to become a profitable division of Spark Response in 2011.
Fast-forward to May 2015, Venture Steam became a shareholder in CommVia, with our Managing Director Vic assuming the role of non-executive director, a role which saw him further develop the relationship between CommVia and Venture Stream. This resulted in both businesses becoming a combined formidable force with an expanding client base, benefiting from joint opportunities, shared IP, best-practice and Magento and e-commerce integration expertise.
Completed March 1st, the acquisition of CommVia will cement our reputation as a leading Magento integration specialist, incorporating valuable IP and technical expertise into the company. Going forward, with over 25 years’ experience in business and tech leadership, Redfern will become Technical Director of Venture Stream and CommVia will officially operate as a wholly-owned subsidiary of Venture Stream.