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27 May, 2020
H&H Reeds widens portfolio to become one of Cumbria’s foremost all-encompassing creative and media agencies through acquisition of noted web development company, Dotcom Associates.

Multi award-winning print, design and graphic media company, H&H Reeds, part of H&H Group plc, has today announced the acquisition of Cockermouth-based web development company – Dotcom Associates. This acquisition sees the merging of two highly renowned businesses into a strategic partnership to provide a full suite of print, signage and digital services and adds further expertise to &H Reeds’ portfolio. In the planning for some time amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the move is part of a continued expansion plan for H&H Reeds, which is the largest commercial printer in Cumbria.

Just last year the business acquired Print Graphic, to develop its services to offer a bespoke creative consultancy incorporating a full suite of branding and graphic solutions, along with commercial print, signage, photography, websites and digital marketing.

Commenting on this further significant development, Andy Jackson, Managing Director for H&H Reeds said: “This is the latest chapter in our ongoing evolution and growth plans and has taken a lot of collaborative engagement. We have been working to put this on a formal footing for six months, so I am thrilled that, despite the pandemic, it has finally gone through.

“This highly strategic move increases our technical and web development hosting significantly and gives us the capability to advance our business plan by two to three years. We have merged two very progressive companies, and two very talented groups of people with a blend of skills. Our new team members are not just website builders, they are website developers and marketing strategists and will extend our web design and digital media offering. In bringing these skills and specialisms in-house it takes H&H Reeds to a whole new level.

Established over 11 years ago, Dotcom Associates, like H&H Reeds, has grown its UK-wide customers based on its reputation for excellent service. It has carved out a niche digital services offering, and over the years has built up an impressive portfolio of clients from the agricultural, rural and general business sectors. Culturally, the merger has many synergies as both businesses overlap sectors as well as customers.

Although currently working remotely, it is hoped that the company’s team of four will be joining the H&H Reeds team at the Creative Hub in Carlisle whilst retaining a base in Cockermouth, once the lock down is lifted.

Commenting on the decision, Allan Bewley, owner of Dotcom Associates, and now Web and Digital Services Director for H&H Reeds, said: “Over the years we’ve helped a wide range of businesses and organisations to showcase and sell their products and services with innovative websites that get results. There is no doubt that the combined skillsets resulting from this merger presents a new and exciting opportunity to provide a full creative agency service.”

What the COVID-19 lock down has also demonstrated for the business is that working more remotely and creatively has produced a demand for more smarter web based applications for our customers. Looking ahead, H&H Reeds will now look to implement the capability to develop bespoke, scalable web and e-commerce applications with the efficiency, accessibility and security to support these new ways of working. Allan adds:

“This awful pandemic has given us all an insight into how digital technology can help businesses continue to trade and communicate with their customers. H&H Reeds is now well placed to help businesses achieve their full marketing potential with innovative creative solutions for branding, graphic design, web, print, signage and display.”

Speaking on behalf of H&H Group, the parent arm of H&H Reeds, Richard Rankin, Chief Executive said: “This is an exciting development for our Group, the continuation of our vision to become a turnkey service for our clients. We completed a significant step last year with the acquisition of Print Graphic but what we didn’t do was include the more creative digital service at that stage, this merger fills that gap perfectly and slots neatly into our existing business plans.

“Our vision was never to be an off-the-shelf provider, we want to give our customer a multi-faceted, bespoke, end-to-end service, resulting in a much better customer experience all round.”