Archant Ventures Launched To Champion Local Entrepreneurship

Archant is launching a new unit called Archant Ventures to champion local entrepreneurship within the community.

Archant Ventures will invest in local organisations that show real growth potential – to accelerate their success, create new jobs and make a positive impact on the communities they serve.

Led by Kieran Miles, Archant Ventures will provide invaluable marketing and advertising support in return for a small equity stake in the business.

The model is established amongst national media brands, including Channel Four, but thought to be a first within the local media sector.

Kieran, a former Barclays Entrepreneur of the Year, who joined Archant in March said “There are so many brilliantly innovative and exciting businesses within our communities but many find it challenging to maximise their potential.

“Archant Ventures will unleash opportunity by providing access to our complete range of marketing products and platforms, enabling them to forge more connections, increase visibility, reach their target market and accelerate their growth”.

Archant has long championed business innovation by staging over 100 award ceremonies annually. In addition, Future 50, the programme designed to recognise ‘ones to watch’ in Eastern England through learning and discussion groups, continues to go from strength to strength.

Simon Bax, Archant executive chairman, said: “This is another exciting example of how Archant builds and supports our business communities. Start-ups and high-potentials will greatly benefit from our expertise and unrivalled connections, whilst we will leverage new commercial opportunities and relationships with ambitious entrepreneurs to drive profitable growth for our company.”