In September 2014 on a dark and cold evening after devouring a 15” Domino’s Pizza/whole packet of Hob Nobs the guilt set in and I started to google phrases such as ‘how long do you need to train for a marathon’ ‘slowest marathon times’ etc. Then I did something I often do which is sign up for a sporting event online. In the past I’ve signed up to everything from ‘The London to Brighton bike

In the first of four posts in the run up to our Future Sessions seminar in London on 30th April, we will shine the spotlight on each of our speakers. Up first is Steve Endacott – Non-Exec Chairman, Teletext Holidays. Steve has the unusual distinction of having extensive experience within both the corporate and entrepreneurial environments. After the collapse of Steve’s On Holiday Group business, triggered by a £4.5m VAT dispute with HMRC, he has spent more time

We like to stay close to the Travel Industry here at Designate and the phrase ‘if you can’t beat them, then join them’ springs to mind. Whilst we have many fitness fanatics around the office, runners, swimmers, cyclists and triathlonists - we can count the number of golfers on one finger. One. Me. On Monday, 9th March, TigerBay's Business Development Manager, Neil Morgan, Bill Maxwell, and also Jeff Orton, Company Secretary at UK General Insurance Group and myself attended

Instagram is my favourite social network. There. I said it. After initially giving it short shrift (from years of shooting on film I HAY-HAY-HATED retro-filters) I caved, accepted then embraced the 'nice network' after Twitter became Troller and Facebook became, well, Facebook. So it's with knitted brow that Instagram are introducing a new ad model which will allow brands to post carousel-style ad stories on the timeline with links to web content browse-able within the

It’s all about that BRAND Free marketing seminar - top industry speakers Thursday 30th April 12-2pm - Electric Cinema, Shoreditch, London Book your ticket here Speakers: Steve Dunne – Executive Chairman, Brighter PR Ruairidh Roberts – Head of Travel, Google UK Steve Endacott - Chairman, Teletext Holidays Miriam Boote - Group Account Director, Designate It’s not the first time you’ll hear us talk about Brand here at Designate, or the last. The more dynamic a marketplace, the more important brands are, to both their

A few months ago I was ambling back to work after my lunch break and stopped outside the Brighton Dome to see great swarms of 16 year old girls milling around outside. This is a regular occurrence in Brighton, and usually means that an X-Factor runner up or the latest boyband are playing. I stopped to see what all the fuss was about, (and also just to make sure it wasn’t actually One Direction). I

Following a 5-way pitch we are delighted to be working with News (UK) and The Sun Holidays. In fact it’s all been a bit of a whirlwind and the work is already live! You can take a look here So let’s rewind a little. At the back end of 2014 we received the brief; to create a new and exciting travel product platform direct from The Sun. For years The Sun has promoted £9.50 holidays and is

Cool and aspirational, I love the cinematography of the TV ad for the the blue-bottled drink that David Beckham is currently promoting (and involved in). Sadly, I had to look up its name because I had no recollection of what it actually was. The only memory I had was that David Beckham was in the ad, and the only connection I could make to remember the drink was the blue bottle, feeling sick and Victoria