A very good friend of mine introduced me to Brighton.
I was a media planner/buyer at a Cardiff ad agency at the time and was ready to move on. So I did. And I haven’t looked back.
In 1993, after selling advertising space at MBC in London and a brief stint as Marketing Manager at an FMCG company, I decided it was time to break out and go it alone. It was a desire I could no longer ignore.
I decided to start an agency. An agency that would be honest and hardworking. An agency where I could continue to drink and party, and bring the unique people of Brighton along with me. And of course, by nature of our location, many of those people were working at major London agencies and commuting daily. So my dream was their dream too.
Many great years have followed. And I mean great years. We doubled turnover every year and became the agency we are today. Still sticking firmly to our Brighton roots and often scaring the competition in the big smoke. Our ideas and passion shone as the outsiders. And that still shows in what we do today. I’m proud of what we have achieved. And the fact we have done it all from Brighton is even better.
What our clients say
"They've made us one of the UK's strongest brands. They've given us standout creativity, strategic rigour and big thinking. And we've had business growth, multiple awards and huge amount of fun on the way."
–Nick Whitnell, Head of GI Marketing, LV=
"Designate re-shaped our brand, absolutely understand what we’re about and what we’re trying to achieve as a business, and we see them as an important extension to our own team."
–Jane Perkins, Marketing Manager, Ansvar
“Designate always push us to think outside of the box. Plus their creative ideas are always married with a strong business target and focus."
–Polly Ashman, Communications Manager, Mark Warner
“Designate really get the Kuoni brand. There's a strong blend of strategic thinking and creative and they are as protective of our brand as we are."