Fusion Hive creates new opportunities for thriving digital firms

Iain Forrest, Forrest Digital, Fusion Hive
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Iain Forrest, Forrest Digital, Fusion Hive

A move to the Teesside’s newest innovation centre is helping a digital marketing company expand its business.

Forrest Digital is planning to grow after moving to Fusion Hive at Stockton’s Northshore.

Fusion Hive, which opened its doors last year and is managed and operated by Teesside University, is rapidly establishing itself as a prime hub for businesses which are looking to fulfil their potential.

The innovation centre is already one-third full with 17 different companies creating a collaborative working environment.

It brings together digital and technology companies and gives them the opportunity to network, collaborate and capitalise on opportunities for growth.

Fusion Hive also gives access to the University’s significant business networks, expertise and training provision, as well as assistance in sourcing potential funding.

Forrest Digital is one of the latest companies to move into Fusion Hive. Founded in 2003 as Wynyard Consultants, the newly rebranded business helps other companies to grow, using digital marketing techniques that allow them to reach new customers in the UK and across the world.

The company specialises in customized online marketing strategy and training, with particular expertise in search marketing. Founder Iain Forrest is a Certified Google Partner as well as being MBA qualified and a Member of the Institute of Direct Marketing, the UK’s leading professional body for digital marketers.

He said: “Until now, I’ve been predominantly working with sub-contractors, but the new office has space for three people and I plan to fill it within the next year to supplement our established outsourced team.

“Fusion Hive is in a fantastic location, I’ve got a brilliant view over the River Tees from my office. There’s also a great community of businesses here in the building. I’ve already managed to get some leads from other tenants.

“The facilities are fantastic. It’s very handy to be able to book meeting rooms with no extra cost, and the support from Teesside University has been invaluable.”

Laura Woods, director of The Forge, Teesside University’s business hub, said: “We are very pleased to welcome Forrest Digital to Fusion Hive and delighted that the move is helping to create new opportunities for the business.

“It is fantastic to see so many different companies taking advantage of the unique benefits that Fusion Hive offers.”


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