Studio Something is a lean, progressive and passionate creative business that thrives on partnerships and collaboration that launched in 2014 by duo Ian Greenhill and Jordan Laird. Studio Something have worked with a variety of clients including Tennent's, See Me and Glasgow Science Centre and won Gold in the Public Sector category of the 2017 Star Awards. When did the dynamic duo of Studio Something first meet? Jordan and I met at The Leith Agency before we set up our own content agency, Studio Something in 2014. The company has since grown to offer creative, digital, social, production and now has its own venture arm. When did you guys know that you were on to something? I think Jordan and I like creating simple ideas that people get. So whenever people genuinely connect with an idea, we feel like we are onto something.
As employee number 5, Leah has been integral to the development and ambitious growth of the Pickering’s Gin brand which has been making and marketing award-winning gin at Summerhall Distillery since 2014. From humble beginnings producing a batch a week from an old kennel, Pickering’s now employs 19 full time staff members and is available in 16 countries worldwide. Following their successful Pickering’s Gin Baubles campaign in 2016, Pickering’s Gin is on track to quadruple their annual turnover with one product alone.
Whitespace was founded in 1997 with a focus on digital and brand design. A commitment to building long-term client relationships has resulted in consistent organic growth. Now, 20 years later, the team of 70 Whitespacers is based at Norloch House, at the foot of Edinburgh Castle, with a diverse portfolio of clients across the private, public and third sectors. Core specialisms of digital and brand are supplemented with expertise in mobile, integrated campaigns and content marketing, reflecting the changing nature of marketing over the last two decades. Three time winner of Scottish Design Agency of the year and recently named top independent agency in Scotland, we have won over 160 awards over the years. We caught up with Managing Partner, Iain Valentine to find out more. You’ve been with Whitespace since 2004. What has been your proudest moment as a Whitespacer?
CPAG has for more than 50 years been the leading charity campaigning for the end of child poverty in the UK. We make a difference; empowering families with the right advice, combatting unfair social security legislation in the courts as in last year’s challenge and win against the infamous “bedroom tax” and standing up for families and children in the media. But a combination of factors including a sustained assault on our benefits system, means child poverty is forecast to rise sharply. 50 years on, the challenge is as great as ever but the skills we need to rise to that challenge are changing. Now you have the chance to support the dedicated people who work for CPAG to stay at the cutting edge of campaigning, playing your part in the struggle to end child poverty in the UK. We need to arm our Trustee Board with new skills, in digital media, campaigning and fundraising. We are looking for two people to join the board.
Another event about digital marketing. Hurrah? You could probably spend every day of your working life attending training, workshop or a conference on the subject. But over the years the Marketing Society Scotland’s Digital Day has built up a reputation as truly being a must-attend event and this year’s was no different. In fact, it was undoubtedly the best yet.