2015 Great British & Northern Irish Entrepreneur of the Year sells business after 8 years

We’re raising a glass to congratulate Ed Bussey, our 2015 Great British & Northern Irish Entrepreneur of the Year, after seeing the news that he has sold his business, Quill.

The UK’s multi-language e-commerce content production company has been acquired by French media group Webedia.

Since launching in 2011, Quill has rapidly established itself as the leader in the e-commerce content production sector, with flagship global clients including Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, eBay, Google and Amazon. The company is tracking to generate over £7m in content bookings in 2019, demonstrating a 40% year-on-year growth rate.

Webedia is a global media and technology company specialising in the recreation and entertainment industries. The acquisition of Quill significantly enhances Webedia’s B2B content offering and will merge the two companies’ networks of freelance content creators, creating the European leader in business content production, with an expanded network of over 7,000 creatives worldwide.

Raphael Grandemange, CEO of Webedia Services, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming Quill to the Webedia Group as we expand our brand and business content offering, while continuing to find and back inspiring entrepreneurs to realise their visions within the group. Our goal is to engage audiences with passion worldwide, and Quill has a significant part to play in advancing our entry into new markets. Their technology-driven approach to the challenges of high-quality content production at scale is a perfect match for us, and I look forward to working closely with Ed and the Quill team.”

Ed Bussey, founder & CEO of Quill said: “This is a hugely significant milestone in the Quill journey. Having taken the business from a blank sheet of paper in a Starbucks eight years ago – with prominent voices from the traditional media industries telling me that what I envisioned was impossible – to being acquired by one of the largest pre-eminent European media companies, I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved.

“It was clear from our very first conversations with Webedia that they shared our vision of a best-in-class approach to content creation, and particularly its value for the e-commerce sector. I’ve been really impressed by both the Webedia team and their understanding of the space in which we’re operating. We’re incredibly excited about working with them on this next phase of our journey, as we broaden our service offering and continue to expand our client base internationally.

“I want to sincerely thank all of our investors and partners for their support in helping us to reach this remarkable point.”