Former Hartlepool Mail journalist sells business in £1million-plus deal

A former Hartlepool Mail journalist has sold his stake in a North East publisher for more than £1million.

Monday, 26th November 2018, 11:16 am
Updated Monday, 26th November 2018, 11:20 am
Colin Cameron

Specialist publisher Kingfisher Media was founded in 2007 by former Brinkburn School pupil and Mail journalist Colin Cameron, who has now sold his majority shareholding to co-director Ian Heads for an undisclosed seven-figure sum.

The company publishes a portfolio of more than 70 high-quality visitor guides to cities and regions around the UK and Ireland, both in print and online, and employs 25 staff at its Team Valley offices.

Ian Heads

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Colin, who sold his previous publishing business to Bob Geldof’s Ten Alps PLC in 2006, said: "Ian and I have worked together growing two businesses for more than 15 years now, and I couldn’t be leaving the business in better hands.

"Kingfisher Media has developed an excellent reputation for publishing excellence in our sector, and I look forward to watching the company go from strength to strength under Ian’s leadership, and with the assistance of our top-class staff."

Ian Heads added: “I am delighted to be taking the business to the next level by further growing our superb national portfolio of visitor guides and in the new year a brand new, fully mobile-optimized website to complement the guides and to allow us to compete in the digital world."