Golden Bear invests in growth with new digital facilities and team members

The investment has been part funded with help from the Marches Building Investment Grant Programme (MBIG).


Golden Bear has completed a further expansion and investment programme which has brought new digital facilities to its Telford head office, as well as the recruitment of a team of digital marketing executives.

The company has invested over £150,000 in the creation of purpose-built office space encompassing a video and photographic studio and editing suite, plus state-of-the-art meeting and video conferencing facilities. The investment has been part funded with help from a grant programme supported by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership through their Marches Building Investment Grant Programme (MBIG).

“With the help of this vital support we have been able to move forward with our growth ambitions and enhance our facilities for the future,” said Barry Hughes, managing director. “The new digital suite means that we can now produce top class photo imagery and online assets in-house to support our products at retail.”

Emily Swinnerton Digital Assets Coordinator
Emily Swinnerton
Rachel Longstone Digital Marketing Executive
Rachel Longstone


Two new specialists have also been recruited to strengthen the Golden Bear digital team. Emily Swinnerton is the firm’s new digital assets coordinator, while Rachel Longstone joins as digital marketing executive.

“With the acceleration of online retail we have seen post-Covid, we are delighted to have appointed Rachel and Emily, allowing even more resources to be concentrated on this burgeoning sector,” added Barry. “Their experience and skills will allow us to service our retailers’ needs better with even more innovation, agility and efficiency. I am convinced that both Rachel and Emily will make an immediate impact in driving more sales for the business.”

The MBIG programme offers grants of up to £150,000 to help meet the cost of building new premises or extending and reconfiguring existing ones. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and supported by the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and Marches Growth Hub.

Programme Manager Caroline Cattle said: “Golden Bear is a landmark company in the region and we are delighted that this grant help has allowed the company to develop its digital offer and take on new staff.”

Gill Hamer, Marches LEP chief executive, said: “This is excellent news for Golden Bear and for both Telford and the wider economy. The MBIG programme is specifically designed to help companies meet their growth ambitions and ensure that the Marches LEP and Growth Hub are delivering real results to drive forward our economy.”

Mr Hughes added that Golden Bear had received help from both the Marches Growth Hub and Enterprise Telford through the application process and was also building additional meeting room space at its head office, where a total of 50 people are employed.

The five-acre site, which houses a modern warehouse and distribution facility of 74,000 sq. ft., is supplemented by a Hong Kong office which co-ordinates production and oversees manufacturing quality.

The MBIG programme, which is delivered by Herefordshire Council, meets up to half the cost of successful applications, meaning that projects costing up to £300,000 could secure a grant of £150,000. The scheme covers B2B businesses and does not include retail, social welfare or agricultural companies.

Herefordshire Council is the accountable body for the MBIG scheme. Full details are available from Caroline Cattle and Alison Rogers on or by calling 01432 260 662.

The Marches Growth Hub Herefordshire can be contacted on 01432 261758 or email

The Marches Growth Hub Shropshire can be contacted on 01743 250526 or email


The Marches Growth Hub Telford & Wrekin can be contacted on 01952 567589

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