Glamour girl Chelsea Ferguson's website business sees 20% lockdown growth as it celebrates £15m turnover
A business created by two Hartlepool cousins including glamour model Chelsea Ferguson has celebrated an incredible £15 million turnover as it marks its second anniversary.
Chelsea and her cousin Rebecca Sharp have celebrated two years in business running AdmireMe.VIP, a subscription-based social media website for the adult industry.
It hosts 7,000 models, both men and women from all continents of the world, with users paying a subscription to view their content.
The coronavirus lockdown has seen more models join the site and customer subscriptions increase by over 20%.
And Chelsea and Rebecca have just taken on more staff and sought out larger premises in the town as the business continues to grow.
Chelsea said: “After years in the modelling business I knew exactly what was required to succeed and the internet has allowed us this opportunity.
"Subscriptions escalated during the lockdown by over 20% so the service we provide to members has proved to be necessary and valuable.”
The entrepreneurs said the 24-month £15m turnover is beyond all expectations for a new venture and they are now closing the gap on their American rivals.
They have just taken on their tenth member of admin staff and big name investors in the City are taking a keen interest in its success and long term future.
Rebecca added: “Our family orientated business model suits our models and members and that is our advantage over our rivals.
"The lockdown worked to our advantage, it allowed many new models to take an interest and pursue and alternative career in the safety of their own homes.”
Former McDonald’s worker and stripper Chelsea previously told how she wanted to create the business to give sex workers more control and ‘right the wrongs’ that she experienced in the industry.
Through the business, she and Rebecca have been able to provide generous support to a number of local charities including St Aidan’s Church food kitchen and an appeal to replace a Boer War statue in Ward Jackson Park.
The company stressed AdmireMe.VIP complies with regulations regarding the detection of money laundering, people trafficking, fake identification, under age applicants, modern day slavery and fraud.