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Chalgrove-Based River to Expand Digital Capabilities Following £3.1 Million in Funding

Chalgrove-based River, a fast-growing performance improvement and employee engagement agency which counts names such as Vodafone, Jaguar Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Asda, Compass Group, Honda and BP as clients, is to make significant investment in its intelligent data and digital capabilities following a £3.1 million funding deal with Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Chalgrove-based River is to make significant investment in its intelligent data and digital capabilities following a £3.1 million funding deal with Santander Corporate & Commercial.

Founded initially in 2001, River has grown into a firm targeting over £13 million in annual revenues by 2017 and employing more than 75 people. Management completed a Buy-Out in 2013 with the help of Percipient Capital as financial sponsor, with the core River team led by current CEO, Phil Dunk. In 2014 the business acquired Aqua Intelligence Ltd, adding database/ web/ business intelligence services to its employee engagement business.

The funding from Santander Corporate & Commercial will be used to support a number of growth-focused programmes and initiatives, including the development of app-based services for clients and the expansion of River’s intelligent data solutions. The increasing use of smartphones by the firm’s client base has created strong demand for apps, while the exploitation of corporate data to enhance business opportunities for its clients has quickly become a key specialism for the Company.

Phil Dunk, Chief Executive Officer, River said: “River has developed a unique suite of solutions for our clients and we’re investing in developing new and enhanced services to help them further. The strength and experience of the team at River is unparalleled, and we are able to bring exceptional insights and services to our clients. The support from Santander is fundamental to our investment and growth plans and I’m delighted that the bank has become part of our team.”

Steve Bateman, Relationship Director, Santander Corporate & Commercial, said: “River has progressed extremely well and become a significant business, as evidenced by the calibre of its clients, and this funding will help the firm to grow its client base further as well as the solutions it can provide. River’s management team is impressive, having larger agency backgrounds with an excellent relationship focus, and we are delighted to be able to support them as the firm enters this new and exciting phase of growth.”


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Notes to editors

For River Marketing media enquiries, please contact Phil Dunk on 01865 893 402/ phil.dunk@rivermarkting.co.uk

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