Raccoon is thrilled to announce the acquisition of visual merchandising company VWVM in a move to enhance our offering to the retail sector. We are combining our award-winning print and brand production capability with VWVM’s renowned creative approach to delivering bespoke solutions for luxury brands such as Harrods and De Beers Jewellers. Raccoon is fully embracing this by setting up a dedicated Visual Merchandising team to be led by former VWVM Director and co-owner Steve Belgrave. Creative consultancy will be delivered by Viv Williams, previous VWVM co-owner.
There is a natural synergy between the two brands, and by combining the experience, resources and talent of both companies means we are in a unique position to push boundaries further and drive creativity. Having collaborated with VWVM to deliver stunning solutions in recent years, we have always been in awe of VWVM’s approach to detail, and the elegance and finesse they bring to a project.
As a result of the acquisition we can offer the retail sector a wealth of high-end services including creative, consultancy, 3D scanning, prototyping, print, production, prop making, installation and project management.
Raccoon is particularly excited to acquire a company with the same passion for sustainability. As an eco-champion, we have led on green solutions for brands such as Vivienne Westwood and adidas, and delivered recyclable and sustainable solutions without compromising on the wow factor. The team look forward to combining our production, manufacturing and packaging processes to continue to minimise the impact on the environment.
Overall, this acquisition will help us to accelerate the growth of Raccoon within the retail VM sector and make our target of a 100% sales increase over the coming financial year achievable.
Richard Clark, MD at Raccoon comments:
“We are genuinely delighted to acquire VWVM and welcome their highly talented team to the fold. We look forward to getting under the skin of the most challenging briefs and delivering the results that both Raccoon and VWVM are renowned for. For us it’s about creating an engaging and memorable environment that really gives a brand the opportunity to connect with its audience. This has to start from a bedrock of creativity. With over 35 years of experience between us, retail brands can trust us to unleash an idea with grace and precision so that they can tell their story with confidence”
Former co-owner at VWVM Steve Belgrave adds:
“We are extremely excited by the wealth of opportunities that being acquired by Raccoon presents. As a premium agency, VWVM had worked with Raccoon on several projects in the last few years, and we were keenly aware of what they offered in terms of their outstanding production capability. Together we can now provide both our renowned design and concept development capabilities with leading prototyping and production capabilities, giving us a clear edge over the competition. Having end-to-end oversight of the production and quality control aspect is pretty much the gold standard as we see it. Add to this our combined experience, I’m left in no doubt of the benefits this will provide for our clients”
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