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Name: Jack Foster and Archie Lamb - Takeover Entertainment
Location: Wymondham/London
Sector: Entertainment
Turnover: £800,000+
Staff: 15
Archie Lamb, Tinchy Strider and Jack Foster - Takeover Entertainment

A string of new signings, a joint venture and the success of a clothing brand have helped record label Takeover Entertainment to further growth in 2010.

Formed by former Norwich college pals and music promoters Jack Foster and Archie Lamb in 2006, Takeover’s flagship signing, grime artist Tinchy Stryder, has had a series of top 10 hits, including two number ones.

This year has seen the duo working with a number of new artists, including singer Jodie Connor, for whom they have secured an album deal, and songwriter Ayak, with a series of new signings on the horizon.

Takeover has also signed a joint venture label deal with US rapper Jay Z’s Roc Nation company, which will fund expansion and further signings. Takeover’s clothing brand Star In The Hood has also continued its meteoric rise.

The branded t-shirts and tops are now stocked in at least 115 stores nationally, and will be sold in national retailer JD Sports over the Christmas period.

The label now employs 15.

Archie Lamb said: “I can’t give you the exact figure yet, but our turnover has definitely improved on the £800,000 of last year.

“We have also taken on an assistant which has definitely helped with all the stuff going on!”