2017 looks set to be an exciting year for the Mackman team…Here’s why..
2016 saw our business grow by 35%, which we hope is the beginning of a strong 2017.
In the second half of last year we began working with a number of European clients. We look forward to continuing and developing these relationships throughout 2017.
The boom in business has allowed us to welcome new members to the team…
Soph Simmonds joined Mackman as a web developer in the summer. The winter saw the arrival of Kerrie Scott to the team as a graphic designer.
“2016 was an amazing year for growth for all of us at Mackman. The team has worked incredibly hard and this has reflected positively with well-earned promotions, new team members and our work with globally recognised clients”, said Paul Mackman, our Managing Director.
Paul added, “Despite the uncertainty that’s come with Brexit, we have found that European businesses want to work with us. We now have clients across Germany who we’ll continue to work with into 2017.”
Promotions also featured heavily throughout the year…
Bruce Burgoyne and James Royce became Directors within the business. Natasha Clarke was named Brand and Communications Manager and Jim Carr Marketing Co-ordinator. At the start of 2017 Amanda Ansell was appointed as Insight Manager.
Paul, who is Vice Chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s East of England branch, explains: “Businesses are realising they don’t have to venture into London to find branding and marketing companies that excel in what they do. We have home grown talent right here in Suffolk and Essex. Companies like ours are nurturing that talent and helping it grow. As a result, this new generation of talent is choosing to work locally rather than in London. That all helps feed into the local economy.”
Kerrie was one such commuter to London. Having completed her degree in Design for Publishing at Norwich University of the Arts, Kerrie worked with a creative agency in London before joining Mackman.
She says: “One of the things I love about working at Mackman is the fact I feel I’m giving something back to the local community where I grew up.”
Paul adds: “We are expecting 2017 to continue last year’s growth trend as we have built strong relationships with existing clients, while new ones come on board.
“We are also focusing heavily on staff development this year. Marketing is such a fast-moving field that if you don’t develop your staff, they won’t be able to give your clients what they need. It also means staff are happy, more productive and stay with you, growing the business with you.”