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10 | Aycliffe Today Business Resolution Media and Publishing directors Martin Walker (left) and Dave Allan and with the firm’s new business development executive Jenny Williams. Mantis Media director launches new venture with business partner Newton Aycliffe-based Mantis Media, publishers of Aycliffe Today Business, has launched a new lifestyle magazine with a newly-created publishing company. Mantis managing director Martin Walker has launched Resolution Media and Publishing with business partner and former colleague Dave Allan, who runs his own successful PR business in Middlesbrough. The pair, who worked together at Middlesbrough Football Club, first reunited to work on Tees Business, Teesside’s only business magazine, which was initially published by Mantis Media and launched in February 2015. The quarterly publication has grown from 36 pages to 68 in two years, with more than 100 companies across the Teesside region using it for their marketing and networking purposes. But now Walker and Allan have jointly created their own publishing company, which is now responsible for Tees Business and their new lifestyle magazine, Tees Life, which launched early May. Mantis Media, based at The HUB Workspace on Aycliffe Business Park and owned solely by Walker, continues to publish Aycliffe Today Business, which was launched in November 2012, as well as running the ever popular aycliffetoday.co.uk and associated social media channels, which combined reach thousands of people every week. Walker, who trained as a journalist with the Teesside Gazette, worked in Allan’s media team at Boro from 2000 to 2005, writing for club publications such as the matchday programme as well as magazines and books. He then spent four years in Sunderland AFC’s media team before setting up his own company, Mantis Media, followed by Aycliffe Today Business four-and-a-half years ago, which was named Newcomer of the Year at the first Make Your Mark awards event in 2014. Walker, who was brought up in Newton Aycliffe and went to Greenfield School in the town, said: “I’m really proud of the fact that our concept of the high-quality but free business magazine, funded by sponsored content as well as traditional advertising, was launched here in Newton Aycliffe and has now really taken off in Teesside. “Of course, we remain absolutely committed to Aycliffe Business Park and Aycliffe Today Business, which continues to be used by dozens of companies every year