Elmwood Leeds managing partner and design directors leave to start own agency: Something More

The managing partner at Elmwood Leeds and two design directors have left the agency to start their own multidiscipline design studio.

The Something More founders - former managing partner Jon Stubley, along with Stephen Woowat and Simon Morrow – have a combined 35 years of experience in the design industry.

Woowat said: “The way designers and brands work together is changing, so by combining big brand expertise and a small, agile team, we can get much closer. We put design at the heart of a business to help them create a truly single-minded brand experience.”

To promote the new company, Something More teamed with design and illustration studio Hungry Sandwich Club for the creation of a trailer video.

“We want to be able to bring different talents and expertise together, so collaborating on the first thing we created really felt in the spirit of what we’re about­,” explained Stubley.

Elmwood chairman Jonathan Sands told The Drum he wishes the trio "the greatest success" in their new venture.

Elmwood chairman Jonathan Sands said:

“Jon gave twenty years loyal service to our business and that loyalty remained throughout his notice period. Ditto Steve and Si who also had many years at Elmwood. There are ways to leave a business and ways not to - Jon, Si and Steve were exemplars of best practice in this regard and were thoroughly professional throughout. They have left with our full support and we have of course left the door open for any relevant collaborative opportunities in the future.

“Jon’s running mate Sarah Dear who was joint managing partner will be taking on the role as managing director. Sarah has twenty years at Elmwood and works closely with me on our global retail strategy. Over the last three months we have made five internal promotions and several new hires to freshen the team and fill the gaps.”

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