Video Production Company Sheds Investments After Record Year | North East Deals

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left to right: YourFilm directors Kevin Owens, Matthew Newman and Marc Runkee


A Gateshead-based video production company released a five-figure investment ahead of schedule after its best year ever.

YourFilm produces television commercials, promotional videos and training films for clients including Admiral Casino, Frank’s the Flooring Store, the NHS, Sage and Thomson Reuters.

The company acquired the investment two years ago from the North East Small Loans Fund backed by the European Regional Development Fund.

He secured the loan through regional fund management company NEL Fund to support his plans to scale up his business development activity and attract more and bigger clients from outside the region.

YourFilm has since merged with Gateshead-headquartered film and animation studio Digital Sidekick, while securing a series of new contracts and doubling its forecast revenue for the past 12 months to record its best year.

The company, based at the Northern Design Centre, was established in 2005 by Matthew Newman and Kevin Owens.

Newman, who is also a managing director, said: “Our objective when investing the North East Fund was to use it to bring the knowledge, capability and scale into the business that we felt we needed to achieve our ambitions, and it is a position that we have been able to achieve more quickly than expected.

“We have worked successfully with the Digital Sidekick team for several years and our expectations that we would be stronger together have proven true over the past year.

“Our goal for the next few years is to continue on this path of growth, work with more high-profile clients around the world, and put in place all the structures and capabilities we believe we need by the middle of the decade. .to achieve our long-term business goals.”

He added: “NEL’s support has been absolutely crucial to the progress we’ve made over the past two years and we wouldn’t have been able to achieve as much as we have without them.”

Mark Wharton, Senior Portfolio Manager at NEL Fund Managers, added: “YourFilm has made tremendous progress in a short time and is ready to move into the next phase of its development.

“Investors leaving their investment relationships with us earlier than expected is good news as it means our growth capital is having the desired positive impact on their business performance, and we will be watching to see how YourFilm fares. forward with great interest.”

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