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Apr 19, 2022
Boss of Bristol company that switched to four-day week secures £1.2m in funding Luke Sartain is the founder of a number of technology businesses including digital marketing agency upUgo 05:30, 19 APR 2022 Luke Sartain is a Bristol-based entrepreneur who runs a number of media and tech businesses (Image: upUgo and GoRank) Sign up to FREE email alerts from BusinessLive - South West - your daily regional round-up of latest headlines, comment and analysis Something went wrong, please try again later.Invalid Email Subscribe We use your sign-up to provide content in ways you've consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More info Thank you for subscribing!We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice A Bristol-based entrepreneur who runs a group of technology companies including one that switched to a four-day week has secured £1.2m in funding. Narwhal Media Group (NMG), which is owned by businessman Luke Sartain and is based at Temple Meads, operates a number of firms, including: upUgo – a digital marketing agency providing services including SEO; Lasso Leads – a data analytics and lead generation business; GoRank – a white label marketing product for businesses. Mr Sartain's company upUgo is based in Stokes Croft and moved all its staff over to a four-day week without reducing pay or holiday in 2020. Last year, entrepreneur Imran Hakima - a former contestant on Dragons’ Den - invested £575,000 in Mr Sartain’s group of companies, which is now valued at £18.2m. Some of the upUgo team before the coronavirus pandemic (Image: Upugo) The proceeds of the latest fundraise - a pre-Series A round - will be used to expand the company’s sales function, continue investment in software R&D, and provide working capital for the group’s continued expansion, NMG said. Investors in the round included Robin Saunders of Clearbrook Capital; Elio Leoni Sketi from LSG Holdings; and Bodil Blain, the founder of CRU Kafe. According to NMG, it is planning to raise further funds later in 2022 and is targeting a £200m valuation by 2024. As part of its expansion plans, the business also expects to create jobs across the Bristol region, it said. Mr Sartain said: “This investment round will allow each of our businesses to push on to the next level of growth and so further realise the value in NMG and our IP. “We are unashamedly ambitious about setting targets at NMG – our aspiration is to become the most innovative marketing tech business in the world, operating a stable of best-in-class companies.” Robin Saunders, managing partner and founder of Clearbrook Capital, added: “I am thrilled to be investing in Narwhal Media Group. Luke Sartain and NMG are justifiably ambitious about their plans for growing the group and we look forward to working with them to support that growth.” Like this story? Why not sign up to get the latest South West business news straight to your inbox. Follow BusinessLive
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When was upUgo founded?
upUgo was founded in 2013.
Where is upUgo's headquarters?
upUgo's headquarters is located at 1 Victoria Street, Bristol.
What is upUgo's latest funding round?
upUgo's latest funding round is Angel.
Who are the investors of upUgo?
Investors of upUgo include Hayden Rushton.
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