SPEY NAMED ‘NEW AGENCY OF THE YEAR’ IN TOP UK INDUSTRY AWARD
Even though they opened their office doors just a year ago, Speyside based creative communications agency ‘Spey’ has picked up a top UK industry award being named ‘New Agency of The Year’ in the PR Moments Awards in Manchester on Thursday (26th April) evening.
Based in a former sweet shop on Aberlour High Street, the office is now more likely to stock whisky than sweets, and has built up an impressive client base including the entire Scotch whisky portfolio of Jack Daniels-owning drinks giant Brown- Forman, Slane Irish Whiskey, The Malt Whisky Trail, Loch Fyne Oysters, Dualchas Architects, Hebridean Homes and Gordonstoun School.
The company was officially opened by Joint-Managing Director of Walkers Shortbread Jim Walker in August 2017, and since then has has gone on to win ‘Most Promising Enterprise Award’ by Moray Chamber, ‘Working Together for Tourism Award’ by Highlands and Islands Tourism Association, Drum Creative Awards and Scottish Rural Awards finalists as well as being an accredited Living Wage Employer.
Welcoming the award, Managing Partner, Jennifer Robertson said:
“Spey has taken on the big boys from the city from our rural location proving that local can be global, and that you don’t need a city postcode to deliver award- winning work for small and large, national and international clients.
“Headquarted in the malt whisky capital of the world, a region which is a food, drink and luxury goods hub, we now service clients from Skye in Scotland to Slane in Ireland but there is no doubt Speyside has been an amazing springboard for our business.
“I set up Spey to retain and attract creative talent to service this important whisky region and beyond, providing a full suite of services including PR, marketing, design, digital and creative. For example our designer Hayley Fraser is on the Moray Council Graduate Programme and would otherwise have hadto look at leaving the area to find work. We have also recruited leading industryprofessionals such as award-winning BBC journalist Eleanor Bradford, with another major hire being announced soon.
“2018 is shaping up to be an exciting year for team Spey.”
Sarah Medcraf, CEO Moray Chamber of Commerce added:
“This is a well deserved award for Spey who are a modern and energetic company and work tirelessly to put Moray on the map. Spey is one of a kind in the region, providing high-quality creative services to top local, national and international businesses. It is great that they have received the recognition that they deserve and I am confident they will continue to go from strength to strength.”
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Recently at SPEY we have adopted a flexible working scheme, allowing team members to find balance between working from home and out of our offices, based in Speyside and Edinburgh. On Mondays, we like to kick-start each week with all members based out of our two office spaces, where we plan for the days ahead and can maximise the time for in-person catch-ups, something we have really missed over the past two years.