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Zeal Creative get a boost in their pursuit of growth


Zeal Creative delivers promotional and shopper marketing campaigns from its offices at MediaCityUK, working with brands including Bacardi, Weetabix and ASDA. A recent campaign involved working with frozen food brand Aunt Bessie’s creating a competition offering the chance to win a dinner on the set of the iconic Downton Abbey. In addition, the business helped the brand win the pitch for sponsorship of I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here.

The challenge:

The firm needed to secure the necessary funding to launch the business, as the team looked to work with some of the biggest brands in the country. “Something which is so often overlooked when you’re starting out as a new business is how you’re going to get hold of essentials such as office space, technology and staff”, commented Stewart Hilton, creative director at Zeal Creative.

“For start-ups such as Zeal, one of the biggest challenges they face is taking their ideas and ambitious and translating them into a successful business structure”, added Peter Newton, growth start up advisor at the Hub. 

The solution:

The Hub worked with Zeal Creative to articulate a business plan along with financial forecasts, which helped the firm to secure a loan of £10,000 from Hub partner, Business Finance Solutions (BFS). The funding was initially used to launch the business, allowing the firm to secure office space as well as contributing to the cost of technology such as computers. The firm recently hired its first apprentice, increasing headcount to 18. Zeal hit £1.8m turnover in its second year of trading and were the winners of the Rising Star Award at the Salford Business Awards 2016.

“It has been a great experience working with Business Growth Hub”, said Stewart Hilton. “The team was always on hand to provide us with the advice and materials we needed to get our business off the ground. The support has allowed us to transform the firm from the brainchild of two partners into an award-winning marketing agency.”

“Despite forming a mere 18 months ago, Zeal has already worked with some of the best-known fast-moving consumer goods brands in the UK, demonstrating the potential progress that can be made with the correct funding and support behind them”, added Peter Newton. “We are excited to continue our work with Zeal, as they continue to boost the profile of the North West as a creative media hub, delivering recognisable and prolific campaigns across the country.” 


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