(L - R): Graham Cornforth from Azets with Andy Castle from FW Capital and Andrew Dalton from AlphaGraphics.
(L - R): Graham Cornforth from Azets with Andy Castle from FW Capital and Andrew Dalton from AlphaGraphics.
Matthew Neville

Teesside cross media specialist expands via Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

Stockton-on-Tees based print specialist AlphaGraphics has received a loan through FW Capital as part of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

AGNE Ltd, trading as AlphaGraphics, is a cross media marketing specialist business with three locations across the North of England. Founded as a traditional printing business in 1993, it currently employs 69 staff and two directors, with a turnover of more than £7.5m.

Clients include NHS England, Durham University, The Premier League, and Arriva Group. AlphaGraphics pivoted during the Covid-19 pandemic to launch a new service offering tailored social distancing signs for commercial and corporate clients.

The company is now expanding further following the acquisition of one of its key clients, Class Fundraising Ltd, a company raising funds for schools by providing products personalised with the children’s own designs.

The NPIF investment will provide additional working capital to allow for growth following the completion of the purchase of Class Fundraising and has safeguarded six jobs and led to the creation of a further two roles.

The deal was facilitated by FW Capital Investment Executive Andy Castle, following an introduction by Graham Cornforth, of Azets. FW Capital Investment executive Andy Castle said: “We are extremely excited to work with AlphaGraphics, an important employer in the Teesside area with many years of experience and ambitious plans for the future.”

Andrew Dalton, AlphaGraphics managing director, said: “Working alongside NPIF and FW Capital, this investment will allow us to successfully implement our growth strategy and realise our ambitions. We are now well-placed to move the business forward and take advantage of the fantastic opportunities presented to us by our recent expansion.”

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “In both its response to the coronavirus and its latest acquisition, AlphaGraphics has a strong track record in adapting and innovating to grow and create jobs. Thanks to this investment, they can go further, faster and are the latest example of how our money is being invested to help drive the region forward.”

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