Puzzle publishers expand to new base in northeast after growing demand

The publisher of a puzzle magazine has announced plans to expand into a new office in Sunderland after renewed interest during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Puzzle Digest, which started in South Tyneside in 2011, is one of the nation’s leading publishers of subscription-based puzzle and competition magazines, and has seen increased demand during the lockdown last year.

Co-founder and director Adam Yendle said, “In a time when millions of people across the country were isolated and at their lowest ebb, puzzles have comforted so many looking for new ways to be entertained and at their lowest ebb. to stay mentally active. “What we have received from our customers over the past 12 months has been incredibly encouraging. “

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The bimonthly magazine offers a range of puzzles for its players, as well as the possibility of winning cash prizes for themselves or for charities close to their hearts.

More than £ 750.00 in cash prizes have been given away during the pandemic.

Now, the company is looking to move into new offices in the North East Business Innovation Center (BIC) and will recruit two full-time staff, as well as a partnership with Sunderland College to hire two apprentices, with potentially more than ‘jobs. opportunities to follow.

He also plans to expand into new markets from BIC’s 1,291 square feet of workspace, and Mr. Yendle said, “We can rest assured that we have the space available to scale at a fast pace. sustainable and corresponding to the needs of the company.

“We also made a commitment during the Covid crisis to continue investing in the well-being of our staff and employees and the location of our new office, overlooking the river and the North Spit, will really help us achieve our ambitions. ”

Donna Surtees, Head of the North East Center at BIC, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Adam and the team and we are delighted to welcome them to BIC as they embark on the next step. of their growth. We wish them all the best for the future.

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