Redu's Neil Stephenson, Gary Hunter, Emilie Hampton, Sam Morton and Paul Marshall.
Rebecca Wayman

Seaham marketing firm appoints renowned director to board

North East marketing and tech company, Redu Limited has appointed renowned financial expert, Paul Marshall as a non-executive director to its board.

Marshall has joined the team with immediate effect to strengthen the existing board and support the medium-term growth and development of the company.

Currently managing director of the family office, Vesuvius Ventures Limited, Marshall has held senior financial roles in a number of public companies including Rank Group Plc, Hard Rock Inc, Forte Plc, PartyGaming Plc and the Granada Group Plc.

Redu was set up around four years ago by entrepreneur, Gary Hunter. This was quickly followed by local businessman, Sam Morton, and chairman, Neil Stephenson.

After rapid growth and working up through the ranks, Emilie Hampton was appointed as managing director, allowing Hunter and Morton to work strategically on its brands, developing a highly engaged social audience of over one million online users.

Redu has recently been named as the 18th fastest growing tech-based company in the North, as announced at the Northern Tech Awards - beating The Lad Bible.

The current fold of brands includes Ashleigh Money Saver, Ashleigh Plus Size, Ashleigh Home, Ashleigh Mother & Baby, Ashleigh Kids as well as the Ashleigh app.

Paul Marshall.

Paul Marshall said: “The aim is to get Redu in the top 500 companies and we will do that by taking this to international market.

“There is potential for the company to be agile. We will be scaling up, be the ones to watch. This next phase of overseas expansion is the natural next step for this fast growing, high performing company.

“The business is at a crucial point in its development. We will look to attain new scale and growth beyond the UK market, internationalizing the business, adding new revenue streams and new product streams.”

Chairman of Redu, Neil Stephenson, added: “The interesting thing about Redu is that they have a very strong management team and they have managed the company to an impressive turnover from their base in the North East.

“The next stage five-year plan will be highly profitable and successful, scaling up, double and trebling the revenue.”

Redu will look to take on approximately five to 10 further employees to help grow and scale the company, working with the right partners to achieve the five-year plan.

Gary Hunter said: “While we already have an active buying market of over one million women in the UK, it really is just the tip of the iceberg with huge potential for growth.

“There are vast numbers of people looking for the ‘best deals’ and we have identified that the plus-size fashion market is exceptionally buoyant. This is a main point of focus and longer term there is vast potential to take the brands oversea.”

Sam Morton specified that the company’s turnover has grown significantly year-on-year, standing at around £2.5m at the end of this financial year period. The business’ net profit is around 65 per cent.

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