Strong international sales with help from a provocative Kelly Brook photo have helped UK fine art print retailer ObsessionArt.com grow turnover by a recession-busting 120% in the six month to February 2010 against the same period last year.
The online store - which specialises in fine art nude, figurative and erotic art prints and decor - launched in 2006. It quickly became a popular destination for UK customers, but found sales growth slowing as the recession kicked-in and discretionary purchases for home interiors became a luxury indulgence in uncertain times.
Against a backdrop of austere lending conditions to small businesses in the UK, Natwest Bank agreed to advance a loan for international sales development. The loan was immediately invested in web marketing and sales have been on the rise ever since.
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