Expelling agency myths: It’s time to look local

This present day, many manufacturers are pushed to robotically search large, flashy, London-based businesses to work with.

However the MD of inventive design company Good Communications, Andy Johns, is on a quest to induce companies to take a look at the expertise on their doorstep. On this journey, he is seen some weird and mind-blowing issues, like a life-sized statue of an elephant’s behind.


This yr has seen lots of strain positioned on companies and lots of are having to tighten their belts. So certainly, greater than ever, it pays to discover a smaller company regionally quite than a big London-based company with all of the shiny frills, gross sales groups, and the massive value of renting in a major location?

Model over substance

I generally assume that when individuals hear the phrases “we’re primarily based in London”, what they really hear is “we’re the best – you want us.” It’s just like the phrases are hypnotic.

However what are you really paying for in case you resolve to work with an organisation with an workplace primarily based in any giant metropolis? Let’s face it, they’re not going to be cheap.

Mom, a inventive company in Shoreditch, is predicated in what was as soon as a Victorian biscuit warehouse. It’s now house to a life-size elephant’s bottom, a wall displaying everybody’s mum, a soccer apply space and a 250-foot concrete table for everybody to take a seat round.

Thoughts Sweet, in Shoreditch, has a slide, ping pong tables and monsters in every single place! There are additionally white partitions for the staff to attract and paint on.

Splunk, in Paddington, has an precise Pullman coach as their primary boardroom and a Physician Who’s TARDIS demo room. If a member of workers desires to make a private name, it’s transfer over cell phone – enter one of many many old-style cellphone cubicles.

It’s fairly cool and I see why individuals are taken in by it. However is it actually needed for final creativity? And is that this nonetheless one thing that enterprise are literally ready to pay for?

What makes creativity?

I’m fairly positive in case you caught me in a room laced with plastic flamingos donning high hats, my inventive juices wouldn’t move any extra vigorously than they often would. Such a visible assault on my senses might even uninteresting my thoughts, stopping it from developing with the best concepts ever.

To essentially enhance inventive expertise, enterprise ought to focus extra on connecting with and speaking with different inventive individuals. Have enjoyable channelling your interior baby. Doodle when the temper takes you and make a lot of notes. Hearken to music. Get outdoor. Problem your self to see issues in a different way and, most significantly, don’t be afraid to interrupt the principles!

Small is gorgeous

I urge corporations of all sizes to take a look at their native expertise – the businesses in your doorstep are simply nearly as good because the expertise discovered within the largest, most costly cities. 

Ask your self if groups of account managers, fleets of flash vehicles, flamboyant wall graphics and limitless bills actually add worth to the service they supply.

Just remember to have direct entry to the inventive workforce and might preserve in common contact. Present developments come and go rapidly, so you might want to keep forward of the competitors.

Smaller businesses are extra fluid and might adapt and drift greater than bigger businesses, and, as a rule, are completely happy to put on many hats.

Construct that chemistry and preserve them accountable. Smaller businesses acquire unbelievable reputations by giving the final word service and by placing every little thing into strengthening relationships.

Large expertise within the Northern Powerhouse

Three years in the past, James Quincey, Coca-Cola’s CEO, made the choice to convey out extra flavours in its food plan vary to draw the brand new era. The redesign of the Food plan Coke cans was actually carried out by a two-person company in Huddersfield.

The company labored with Coca-Cola’s design result in nail the redesign. On the fizzy drink’s web site, they made this assertion: “If a design challenge is just too internally pushed, we are able to find yourself speaking to ourselves. And if we rely an excessive amount of on exterior companions, issues can go off the rails rapidly. There may be magnificence in each information and naiveté.”

Smaller businesses have the balls to interrupt the principles. As a result of they will.