Michael Vassallo of Maven, Sarah Slaven of Business Durham, Jamie Mussett of Muss Styling, Alex Wilby of Swinburne Maddison and Alex Marsh of Maven.
The Finance Durham fund has invested £250,000 in Muss Media Ltd, enabling the company to invest in its design, roll out a national strategy and employ additional wrap technicians to fulfil growing demand.
As a result of the investment, the firm will establish its design, sales and marketing functions in County Durham.
Muss Styling provides professional automotive wrapping services which involves applying large sheets of high quality printed vinyl to cover vehicles. The firm started out wrapping cars for individuals, and quickly established a strong social media following.
As a result, Muss Styling has secured business from car dealerships in the North East and Scotland, including Mercedes, Bentley, Rolls Royce and BMW.
The investment in Muss Styling is the sixth deal from the £20m Finance Durham Fund established by Durham County Council and overseen by Business Durham, the economic development organisation for County Durham. The Fund is managed by Maven Capital Partners, to support the growth of high potential businesses located in, or looking to relocate to the County.
Michael Vassallo, investment director of Maven, said: “Muss Styling is a highly ambitious business with an impressive product range that has already achieved great success in the automotive industry on a local and national level. The fact it has such a large following on social media, and some impressive blue chip car dealership customers and a number of high profile celebrities, is testament to the quality of the company’s products. Jamie is a hard-working, talented businessman with a dedicated team behind him that will help drive the business forward to achieve its ambitious growth plans.”
“This investment is a great fit for the part of the Finance Durham Fund allocated to support innovative companies relocating to the County. We look forward to working with more companies like Muss Styling who are looking to grow their presence and support job creation in the region.”
Jamie Mussett, managing director of Muss Styling said: “We are really excited to expand our offering to provide commercial fleet wrapping, signwriting, commercial signage and graphic design all in-house. Muss Styling has already established itself as a market leader in professional car wraps, tints and automotive design. It is through our team’s hard-work and dedicated support from partners that we look forward to taking the business to the next level. When we started the company we were told you couldn’t do this up here, so we a very proud of our success and overwhelmed with the phenomenal support we’ve received locally and nationally.”