Teesside publisher outlines expansion plans

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by Stephen Chapman

Middlesbrough-based Resolution Media and Publishing has outlined plans to create jobs and new print titles.

The company, which is behind Tees Business and Tees Life Magazines, is owned by former Middlesbrough FC colleagues, Dave Allan and Martin Walker.

“While running our own businesses we started collaborating on Tees Business almost four years ago now,” explained Allan, who also owns DNA PR and Publicity.

“Despite people telling us we were making a mistake in launching a printed magazine ‘in this day and age’, we felt confident there was a gap in the market and a demand for certain types of publications – some people still like to read it in the hand.

“Since launching it has more than doubled in size and we’ve since launched a new lifestyle magazine which is heading in the same direction.”

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The 2 quarterly publications are made locally with Middlesbrough’s MV Print handling publications; Eight8 Design creating and maintaining the website; and a team of 10 freelance photographers and writers.

However, the company now wants to create full-time posts to support future growth plans.

“Our business model of the quality free publication funded by advertising has been a great success for us, and we plan to roll the same model out to other areas,” said Walker, who also owns Newton Aycliffe-based Mantis Media.

“We have some exciting plans for new business publications in other parts of the North-East as well as another publication for the Tees region.

“To support these plans we’re aiming to take on new staff over the next 12 months which will enable us to grow, so it’s certainly exciting times for us.”

Allan spent a decade in internal communications at ICI, before leading Middlesbrough FC’s public relations. Walker, meanwhile, is a former Teesside Gazette journalist, who worked under Allan at Middlesbrough, before joining Sunderland AFC’s PR operation.