Three Sunderland businesses are working together thanks to support from the North East’s primary
access point for business support; Business Link. Sweeney Miller Solicitors, marketing consultancy
Blackhole Creative and design agency Rufus are benefiting from funding which will help Sweeney
Miller to become one of the areas most prominent and innovative legal practices.

Sweeney Miller Solicitors have decided to invest in marketing and creative expertise in an
effort to improve the service they provide to their existing clients and to expand the firm.

Sweeny Miller partner Mr Paul Miller said “We have built a reputation for providing friendly, straight
forward advice and have a strong client base. But we want to take the business to the next level
by investing in the website, customer communications and marketing. We spoke to a number
of potential suppliers and decided on Blackhole Creative and Rufus as they demonstrated an
understanding of our business and what we were trying to achieve.”

“We approached Business Link for advice and they have been fantastic in understanding our
requirements and referred us to the North East England Investment Centre where we were able to
access funding to support the projects. We were keen to work with local businesses as we believe
the community needs to work together to support each other in such difficult economic times.”

Business Link adviser Mr Mark Wynn, who helped Sweeney Miller to access funding, said “I was
delighted to help Sweeney Miller in their project to market and develop their business. Their plans
for expansion, improving their services and increasing the awareness of their business is exactly
what Business Link is trying to support. The fact that they planned to use other businesses from the
area to carry out their plans was an added bonus as the funding is benefiting three businesses in
our region.”

Work on the ambitious plans will start immediately with marketing consultancy Blackhole Creative
devising a marketing strategy and implementing customer service initiatives which will increase
the number of customers and hopefully lead to expansion and recruitment for the firm. Rufus will
use their design and web development expertise to rebrand Sweeney Miller and produce a new
interactive website which will improve communication with customers.


Sweeney Miller Solicitors provides a full range of expert legal advice to individuals, families and businesses.
From our offices in Sunderland we deliver an outstanding legal service to meet your personal and business
needs both now and in the future. We have a strong reputation with dynamic, client focused lawyers who will
provide support from start to finish.

For further information relating to this article please contact:

David Jackson at Blackhole Creative on 07734805256 or via email at

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