Screen Shot 2016-04-21 at 11.23.22A Newcastle web design and online marketing agency have kick-started the next phase of its growth by joining forces with an established north east PR agency.

Catherine Harland, founder of Fashion Kicks in 2004 and C-PR Communications in 2009, has been appointed DigiPro Media’s Director of Media and Communications. The merger has seen the expansion of DigiPro Media to an integrated digital agency offering web design, branding, online marketing, social media management and photography, as well as PR.

Ryan Harland, Managing Director of DigiPro Media, founded in 2012, says “After a successful four years with DigiPro Media, I felt it was time to expand the business to offer clients further services. All of our services go hand in hand and our it makes perfect sense to merge with C-PR Communications. Catherine has lots of long established contacts with as well as a great reputation in the region and beyond.  It’s a very exciting time to accelerate our growth plans.”

DigiPro Media appointed Nick Skinner as a web designer and photographer, who recently graduated from the University of the Arts, London along with Steph Harland, Social Media Manager. Steph joined DigiPro with an extensive background in online marketing after returning to the north east from MTV, where she managed several TV social media accounts and devised online marketing strategies. This family-run business also plan to extend the agency into other disciplines beyond PR and launch additional services to their current portfolio. They forecast to recruit four to six employees by 2018, with the current team standing at four.

Catherine says “The world of communications is continually moving fast, clients’ expectations are higher than ever therefore the merger gives us the opportunity to deliver exactly what clients demand from both traditional PR and online PR. Our mission is to bring together enthusiastic minds to produce the best work in their respective fields.  We’ve used the past month to develop a way of working that delivers intelligent thinking and applied creativity to push the boundaries of what DigiPro Media can achieve for clients.”

DigiPro Media have recently relocated to Hoults Yard, an award winning vibrant office space situated in the renowned creative hub of Ouseburn, just outside of the city centre. The newly merged agency has a client portfolio who have included working with Specsavers, Slaley Hall Hotel, Durham CCC, George Bond Design, The Castledene Group and a number of business in the UAE.