Kelso marketing firm merger targets business growth

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Merging their businesses has helped two Borders entrepreneurs establish a new full-service marketing agency that is projecting a fourfold increase in turnover next year.

Jonathan Harrison and John Hamlin have decided to bring their creative services together to form The Engine Shed, after a successful six-month trial netted a raft of new clients including Tweedside Tackle and Kraftworks.

With market research assistance from Business Gateway Scottish Borders, the Kelso-based company is rolling out its own telesales marketing drive to generate new business leads.

The duo, who hope to triple their five-strong workforce over the next 24 months, believe the push will help them achieve a projected £300,000 turnover by April 2016.

“What we offer is unique in the Borders – a full online and offline marketing service that gives all our clients a high quality, individual service,” said Mr Harrison, who is vice-chair of the Borders Federation of Small Business.

“We want our clients to succeed because we can only grow if we help them grow their enterprises.”

Annie Watt of Business Gateway said: “With the opening of the railway later this year and the continued roll-out of high-speed broadband, local businesses now have a real opportunity to tap into a whole new customer base.

“Already The Engine Shed is working with a group of local B&Bs on a marketing campaign that will help them create the right buzz online and grab the attention of potential visitors.”

For more information on The Engine Shed visit www.theengineshed.scot