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Lancaster based internet marketing agency SearchQuest Europe Ltd, who have recently celebrated their 15 year anniversary, has been one of the first company’s in the district to benefit from an £8 million pound funding pot being dished out by the Lancashire Business Growth Fund, offering capital investment grants and international trade support to businesses across the county.

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SearchQuest Europe Ltd, set up by Lancaster born Vilayte Essa, is one of the very first agencies to be launched in the UK offering internet marketing and SEO services and has been awarded a grant of £51,516 to acquire an additional building only feet away from their current premises on Church Street to enable them to expand
the business even further.

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With an aim of providing a service which helps
businesses grow organically online, the
acquisition of additional premises will enable
SearchQuest to grow their business offering
even further and to increase their numbers of
employees. Vilayte Essa who is the company’s
Managing Director and committed to Lancaster
as a community, said:

“We have grown from
humble beginnings into a well-established and adaptable agency with an impressive repertoire of skills and expertise which have helped us develop a bursting portfolio filled with fantastic clients.

“The help from Lancashire Business Growth Fund has given us the confidence to expand and allow us to purchase a stunning Georgian building which we are currently renovating with the aim of retaining and highlighting its original features. As soon as the renovation is completed in December 2015 we will be expanding into the building and will be increasing our staff number from 50 to 80 in the coming months. During this time we will be looking to recruit experienced local people to come and join our friendly team.”

Vilayte goes on to add;

“It is incredible to think how much we have grown as a business over the last 15 years. We have some extremely exciting plans for the future of SearchQuest and a very clear vision about what SearchQuest is going to look like in another 15 years’ time!”

Mandy Lockett, LBGF Programme Manager commented

“Being able to assist SearchQuest Europe in their growth and expansion plans cumulating in the creation of direct employment in the local area is a fantastic opportunity and we would like to see more companies benefit by coming forward to discuss their investment and growth plans. £1.9m grants have already been offered to Lancashire Businesses, so now is the time to open up those discussions”.

Now eligible businesses from across the district have the opportunity to find out more about the Lancashire Business Growth Fund at a breakfast seminar on Wednesday 30th September from 8am – 10am at The Holiday Inn on Caton Road in Lancaster.

To find out more and to register your FREE place contact Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce on 01524 381331, email [email protected] or go to Lancaster Chamber Events .