The Biz Dev 100: Steve Garside, head of new business, MRM Meteorite

Steve Garside

Welcome to The Biz Dev 100, powered by The BD 100, which aims to recognize and celebrate important role played in the media and marketing industry by those who source and bring in new customers and keep the fortunes of businesses on track.

Below is Steve Garside, one of those at the top of their field who work in the UK biz dev sector.

Name: Steve Garside

Job Title: head of new business

Agency: MRM Meteorite

What were your highlights of last year?

Cadbury's and Coca-Cola pitches at my last place were pretty memorable, but more recently, putting the gears in place to build a new business machine at MRM Meteorite.

What has been your most memorable win - and why?

One of the first things I ever worked on - COI's Change4Life programme. A campaign that, despite a decade's worth of political change, is still going strong today.

How would you describe your approach to business development?

Put your hours into creating a culture that prospective clients want to be a part of.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

"Remember - we are, or we should be, the fun part of our client's jobs - and if we're not, then we know where we need to start" - from the late, great, Mike Spicer.

What would be your number one tip to anyone starting in business development?

Say yes to everything. Make noise. And be nice.

What is your new business soundtrack?

The Maccabees - Latchmere... it's "got a wave machine..."

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