Chadderton man withdraws money from social media company he co-founded

A man considers his next challenge after selling his stake in a social media group that has received major investment.

Ryan Williams, from Chadderton, cashed in after spending six years at KOMI Group, one of the UK’s leading social brands that create and build social media pages and channels.

For the 33-year-old father, what started as a hobby became his full-time job when the social media pages he created started to gain popularity.

Ryan worked in the IT department at Manchester Metropolitan University while creating parody social media pages such as Deluded Brendan and Slow Sports News.

However, in 2016 he took a gamble when he saw the growth of these pages and started a business with Andrew Trotman and Matt Thomas, quitting his job to go full-time and lead the content team.

The company, which was renamed KOMI Group in 2020, now runs pages with millions of followers and has over 80 employees.

Ryan said: “It was something I loved doing so much and my day job kept me from fully committing to it.

“It got to the point where I wanted to try, otherwise maybe it’s something I’ve always wondered, ‘What if?'”

It was a huge gamble for Ryan, but it paid off as the Pages and Sites started gaining more followers.

Among the KOMI Group’s social media pages is It’s Gone Viral, which has more than 10 million followers on Facebook.

The Oldham Times: Ryan said he would enjoy some time off before taking on his next challengeRyan said he would enjoy some time off before taking on his next challenge (Photo: Ryan Williams)

Now the group has received a significant investment from investment firm British Growth Fund (BGF), leading Ryan to decide it was time to move on.

He said: “Honestly, I was made an offer that for me and my family’s situation was too good to refuse.”

Looking ahead, Ryan said he hopes to help young people cross over and follow a similar path.

He added: “I would love to inspire younger generations of entrepreneurs – I fell into business and would be able to help others prepare and do it themselves.

“The next few weeks and months will be spent networking with the right people and building relationships to grow my profile.”

Cathy W. Howerton