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Which Yorkshire agency is the most admired?


By The Drum Team | Editorial

November 11, 2011 | 3 min read

Yorkshire’s creative reputation continues to survive and thrive, despite tough economic conditions. Whilst the entire industry suffers from post-recession slump, it must be said that Yorkshire’s fruits of creativity continue to grow. The region remains the home of some of the industry’s most innovative creative work and partnerships.

Today we ask agencies:

Which Yorkshire agency do you most admire?

Simon Bollon, director, Boutique Media: Considering the wider agency spectrum rather than just the creative sector I admire agencies that have stuck to their knitting; Gratterpalm continue to thrive whilst staying focused to retail, DS Emotion continues to deliver in retail and destination marketing. Both remain successful without giving up on their sector focus. In the media landscape, Brilliant Media have faced a great deal of negative coverage yet they continue to deliver exceptional results for their clients. They have won some great businesses and have quickly reverted back to growth.

Rob Colley, managing director, Plump Digital: Thompson Brand Partners strike a really good balance between winning Yorkshire-based clients such as the National Railway Museum and picking up fantastic briefs from London which is sure to help the region’s reputation.

Jason Madeley, founder, Hatch Communications: Too many to mention! However I believe the PR sector particularly has strong owner managed representation in agencies such as Umpf and Finn who provide a real focus on PR that drives consumer engagement both on and off line.

Andy Weir, managing director, We Are: As a new business, Sharp in Huddersfi eld have had some great successes on large client projects – which is encouraging for new agencies like our own

Jo Swann, Managing director, Chocolate PR: I think it’s great to see Leeds agencies competing nationally and internationally for market leading retail clients. We’re always proud to see agencies like Coolpink and Gratterpalm, who have created a real name for themselves in the retail sector, beating off stiff competition to win new accounts. Knowing both these agencies I think their honest, straight talking (could be read Yorkshire) approach, when mixed up with innovation, creative ideas and guts to follow them through, hits on a winning formula.

Alf Lombardi, managing director, Shrewdd Marketing: There are too many to mention.

John Morgan, chief executive, Brass: I don’t think that any one Yorkshire agency really stands out creatively at present. There are pockets of strong work being produced all over the region, but I think the challenge is to deliver outstanding work despite the considerable time and budgetary pressures. There’s no question that hard commercial realities are the primary focus of agency owners right now, even though there is a real desire to raise the creative bar.

Jonathan Leafe, managing director, Strawberry: There are many good ones and I’m too shy to share a guilty pleasure.

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We’re a special kind of marketing agency that exists to design and deliver amazing consumer experiences for our clients. We’re a collective of creative and strategic thinkers from every conceivable marketing background - digital, shopper, media, PR, insight, advertising, mobile, branding, search and content – focusing on acquisition, content and UX to create unique ideas and powerful solutions that exceed expectations for both clients and audiences. We’ve also won a few awards along the way.

We love to explore new ideas but we’re also nimble and get stuff done. We’re straight talking, open-minded and fun to work with. We work hard but are always learning and we never stand still.

We’re Brass. A special kind of agency.

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We work across the full plethora of media platforms with key disciplines in media, digital and PR helping clients to find, engage, convert and retain their customers.

We unify brand and performance, by bringing multiple disciplines together.

From household names to the next big thing, what connects our clients is a restless ambition for growth.

We’ll always start at the beginning, applying rigour to our thinking, allowing data and insight to shape the strategy and channel. Our DISCO model is built in the pursuit of extraordinary and weaved into everything with do.

Our clients include Black & Decker, Costcutter Supermarkets Group, Hammonds,, Idealo, Limitless, Eurocell, Ted Todd, Neal & Wolf and Astonish.

As well as ambitious clients, we work with some of the country’s best agencies to produce compelling, collaborative partnerships.

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To see how we can work together, email or call 0113 394 8990.

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Plump Digital

Plump Digital is a creative web design and development studio. We apply our skills in design and online technologies to gain exposure for our clients, engage their audiences and build their brands

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Big Communications

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An award-winning integrated creative agency with specialist expertise in brand, digital, strategy, PR and sales activation.

We believe in thinking ambitiously for our clients; in unexpected ways.

We create ideas that cut through and get results.

Want to grow?

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A client once described us as “relentless in the pursuit of brand truth”. We certainly question everything. And we expect to be challenged in return, because experience tells us that’s when things get exciting.

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Chocolate PR

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Shrewdd Marketing

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Strawberry was established in 1993 and is a full-services creative digital agency with a team of 37 highly talented staff.

Our client base reaches far and wide to include a diverse range of businesses. We create ideas that help our clients to stand out and add value to their business, working as an extension of their in-house marketing team. Our services include digital marketing, website design and development, eCommerce, creative branding and graphic design.

We also have a strong commitment to nurturing the next generation of marketing and creative talent, which is why we have launched StrawberryToo - a spin-off agency that is staffed entirely by graduates and apprentices. The aim of StrawberryToo is to support the next generation of design and digital stars by giving them on-the job, real life experience from day one.

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Brilliant Media

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Thompson Brand Partners

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Coolpink is a leading, full service digital agency. This means that if you’re looking to develop a knockout digital strategy, delivered via fiendishly clever digital media planning and buying, cutting edge website design and development, all backed by world class hosting, site analytics and reporting, then you’ve come to the right place.

We understand the opportunities digital has to offer.

Since 2001 we have been creating powerful, engaging campaigns that can build a business or brand successfully online. The company was founded by two digital strategists and entrepreneurs in the early days of t’internet and since then, Coolpink has grown to become a leading force in the digital playground thanks to their leadership and vision and the support of a great team.

Whatever your online needs, Coolpink will design a digital marketing strategy is right for your business.

We do all things digital ranging from online business strategy and marketing to bespoke website (CMS) development and creative design. Coolpink constantly push the boundaries and explore new opportunities to exceed expectations. And when we’ve done that, we will continuously monitor, analyse and refine your strategy to ensure it continues to deliver the best results.

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Coolpink’s online campaigns are devised with you and your business in mind. We consider the key to success is continuous two-way communication throughout the project lifecycle. With close account management, detailed creative briefs, technical specifications, site maps and project time plans, you can be sure we will deliver high quality work on time and budget. Our long term client relationships are based on trust and confidence in the work we do.

We like to stand out from the crowd.

The Coolpink team are a talented, professional group of people who enjoy their work and will go the extra mile to ensure the project is completed to the best of our abilities. In addition to the dedicated web development, creative design and marketing teams, our excellent account management team will guide you through the minefield of information and misinformation, decode the industry jargon, and help you to develop a digital marketing strategy thats right for your business.

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