North East entrepreneurs celebrating digital marketing business launch thanks to funding boost

~ Inpro Media receives support from Virgin StartUp & TEDCO Business Support ~

A South Tyneside business has hit the ground running thanks to funding and support from Virgin StartUp and TEDCO Business Support, Virgin StartUp’s delivery partner in the North East.

Brian Ridley, 42 and Shaun Causer 34, founded Inpro Media, which aims to support small and medium sized businesses in their digital marketing needs last month.

The digital marketing company secured a Start Up Loan of £7000 from Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin StartUp company, to get the business off the ground. TEDCO Business Support provided one to one support to get Inpro Media Investment Ready to apply for a Virgin Start up loan which included assistance with Business planning, financial forecasting and planning for growth.

Shaun Causer said: “Starting a business is a huge adventure. Just getting to this point and welcoming our first clients has been hard – but rewarding – and it wouldn’t have happened without support from Virgin StartUp and TEDCO.  We’re delighted they believed in our business and we look forward to future growth with their support.”

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Brian Ridley – Co-owner, Inpro Media (left) Bill Hartshorne – Business Advisor, Tedco (centre) Shaun Causer – Co-Owner, Inpro Media (right)

Bill of Hartshorne of TEDCO Business Support said:

“We’re delighted to have supported Inpro Media on this journey. Working with Virgin StartUp to support entrepreneurs in the local area has given Inpro Media a great opportunity to help their business ideas come to life. Our support doesn’t stop here; we’ll be working with Inpro Media in the coming months to help make their business idea a reality.”

Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder, said: “Inpro Media has found a niche in the digital marketing sector and has a convincing plan on how to establish themselves and grow. Entrepreneurialism, like that shown by both Brian and Shaun, is vital for our economy and I’m delighted to support the next generation of British businesses. I wish Inpro Media every success and look forward to watching the business go from strength to strength.”

Brian and Shaun were inspired to start the company due to the lack of specialist and affordable small business marketing support in the borough. They hope to grow their customer base to 40 businesses in their first year as the look to achieve ambitious turnover plans of £250,000 within 3 years.

For more information visit:, @InproMediaNE on Facebook or @inpro_media on Twitter. To speak with Shaun or Brian call 0191 466 1117 or email

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