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North East Business News: Brand firm will stay local

4th April 2009

North East Business News: Brand firm will stay local

North East Business News: Brand firm will stay local

Featured in Evening Gazette on Apr 1 2009 – View article on www.nebusiness.co.uk.

A FLEDGLING digital agency in Stokesley has pledged to remain a local company for local people as it expands from its base in the Tees Valley.

Established last year, Better Brand Agency (BBA) is looking to hit £1m turnover in three years. Run by industry brand expert Declan Metcalfe and Teesside graduates Mark Easby and Peter Jones, the firm specialises in brand, marketing and social media campaigns and works with clients across the North-east and Yorkshire.
Managing director Mark Easby said the company was firmly behind the Digital City project, a 25-year game plan to position Tees Valley as a world-class digital super-cluster to rival others across the globe.

He said: “I hate to see local graduates get on a train to London or Manchester when they finish their degree. I would like to see graduates from outside the area come to Tees Valley.”

He said he would consider opening satellite offices in other parts of the country but “we will manage projects from Tees Valley”. The trio formed the company after their bid to buy out their former employer, Middlesbrough agency Calm Asylum, had foundered.

See Interview of the Week with Mark Easby in www.nebusiness.co.uk next Tuesday.

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