Stock market group inks deal for design agency

Nettl of Birmingham

Birminghan agency Artichoke Design has been bought by stock market group Grafenia as part of an evolution of a partnership.

Artichoke was set up by brothers Richard and Dave Morris and was a bolt-on franchise and more recently a Nettl partner.

The deal sees Dave exit the business, with Richard continuing. The £180,000-turnover business will be merged into the Nettl of Birmingham store, when Artichoke’s lease comes to an end at its existing Jewellery Quarter site.

Peter Gunning, chief executive of Manchester-based Grafenia, said: “Richard has been a long-term partner and I’ve known him for over a decade and a half.

“With the support of a larger team behind him, we look forward to making the most of Richard’s tenacity and sales skills to grow our Nettl of Birmingham Business Store.”

Richard Morris added: “We’ve been Nettl partners for quite some time. I was excited by Nettl’s plans and wanted to be a part of making that happen. With the lease ending on our premises, it made sense to combine our businesses and move round the corner.”

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