Creative content and photography firm Greybox Studio is set to double turnover one year after a £50k funding package from NPIF – BFS & MSIF, part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), helped the company to develop its new 6,000 sq ft Manchester headquarters.
Founded in 2014 by Simon Grimley and Lindsy Agana, Greybox is a leading creative photographic studio specialising in content for publication, social media and point of sale for clients including Joules Clothing, Cotton Traders, Matalan and Boda Skins.
The company was awarded a £100k funding package in July 2017, including £50k from each of Barclays Bank and NPIF – BFS & MSIF Microfinance, which provides loans between £25k and £100k and is managed by GC Business Finance (formerly BFS) and MSIF.
Since then, Greybox has added six more employees , taking the total to a team of10, and relocated from its Ardwick studio to new premises at Capital & Centric’s Foundry development on the edge of Media City. The move has tripled available workspace and allowed the company to expand its client further.
The company is also set for a bumper growth year, with revenues expected to double from 250k to 500k following the investment.
Simon Grimley, Director at Greybox Studio, said: “The funding we received from NPIF and Barclays has been invaluable to the direction of our business. It allowed us to recruit a highly skilled and motivated team. The move to our new studio has added a much greater level of professionalism to our service and has allowed us to accommodate a huge uplift in business which has seen us build our client base into new sectors.
“The growth which has followed, both across our team and financially, has been very pleasing and has put us on a trajectory that we hope will help us to achieve our ultimate aim of becoming the number one creative content agency in the UK. GC Business Finance and NPIF made the funding process very straightforward, so I would highly recommend small businesses get in touch with them to see how they can help.”
Mark Gibbons, Senior Loan Manager at Business Finance Solutions, said: “I liked the business straight away, and wanted to work with the GreyBox team to provide the extra support they needed to help get them to the next level. After 15 months we can now see that progression, which is exactly what these funds were designed to do”
Grant Peggie, Director at British Business Bank, said: “Making differences to businesses and communities across the North is key to our objectives, so it is very positive that the team at Greybox has achieved early success since receiving NPIF funding. It is especially pleasing to see the new jobs created, and it gives us great encouragement for the future.
The MSIF group of funds are managed by Alliance Fund Managers Limited which is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the course of investment business. Financial Conduct Authority Registration Number is 180891.
BFS Funding Managers Limited is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority as a Small Authorised UK AIFM under firm reference number 608682.