Tees publishers breaking the mould as they plot future growth

A growing Teesside publishing company says it plans to create future jobs, with a number of new publications in the pipeline.

Middlesbrough-based Resolution Media and Publishing – publishers of the Tees Business and Tees Life magazines – already supports more than 30 local jobs all year round.

Resolution is owned by former Middlesbrough FC colleagues Dave Allan and Martin Walker, who launched their new company – named after Captain Cook’s HMS Resolution – in early 2017 after the success of their pilot publication, Tees Business.

Now with two established quarterly publications, they’re printing a whopping 3.4million pages of news and features covering the Tees region a year.

Resolution’s printing work supports Middlesbrough-based MV Print and its 22 employees, while they also use a pool of more than 10 local freelance photographers and writers.

Local freelance designer Sarah Carlton, of KINSHIP, is utilised as well as neighbouring digital agency Eighty8 Design to create and maintain their websites.

Now the young but ambitious company says it plans to create full-time posts to support future growth plans.

Co-director Allan, who also owns Middlesbrough-based DNA PR and Publicity, said: “While running our own businesses we started collaborating on Tees Business almost four years ago now.

“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.”

Walker, who owns Newton Aycliffe-based Mantis Media, added: “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.

“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.”

After 10 years working in the internal communications structure of petrochemicals giant ICI, Allan spent 17 years leading Middlesbrough FC’s PR strategy throughout a period that took in five major cup finals, two UEFA Cup runs and a multitude of superstar signings.

Walker, who trained as a journalist with the Teesside Gazette, worked in Allan’s media team from 2000 to 2005 and then spent four years in Sunderland AFC’s PR team before starting his own business.

• Pictured (top) the Resolution Media and Publishing team (left to right): Writer Jacky Stevely, photographer Chris Booth, writer Lou Murray, director Dave Allan, photographer Doug Moody, director Martin Walker, writer Michael McGeary, designer Sarah Carlton and printer Steve Allgood.


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