A family affair as businesses merge

Left to right: Catherine Harland, Ryan Harland, Steph Harland, and Nick Skinner.
Left to right: Catherine Harland, Ryan Harland, Steph Harland, and Nick Skinner.

A family have joined forces in a business merger to expand the services of a web design and online marketing agency.

Catherine Harland, founder of C-PR Communications, has merged with her son’s agency DigiPro Media.

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, said: “After a successful four years with DigiPro Media, I felt it was time to expand the business to offer clients further services.

“It made perfect sense to join forces with C-PR Communications.

“Catherine has lots of contacts and has a great reputation in the region and beyond.

“All of our services go hand in hand and our aim is to ultimately grow the businesses we work with, to their maximum. 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.

Catherine said: “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.

“It is fantastic to be able to do this with my family alongside other talented staff and associates.”

DigiPro Media have recently relocated to Hoults Yard in Newcastle, an award winning vibrant office space situated in Ouseburn.