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Moving on up!


The Mr B & Friends team have been celebrating this week following the promotions of three of our bright young things. Sara Foley has been promoted to Middleweight Designer, Sophie Kemp has been promoted to Account Manager and Anthony Parker has been promoted to Junior Web Developer. Sara joined Mr B & Friends in 2014…

By Sarah Dennis 5 days ago

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Behind the scenes of the Mr B Bake Off


The Mr B Bake Off is an annual fundraising tradition in the Mr B Towers. Taking place in chilly autumn and winter months, the B’ers work their magic to bring the office tasty treats (elevensies) to warm their bellies and stretch their waistbands. This year, our Bake Off has hit new levels of creativeness; from…

By Evangelline Grove 2 weeks ago
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Where Next: First five jobs featuring Chris Tozer


From starting out with the classic paper round through working Mad Men style in London, Chris Tozer found what he loved and has now reached the heady heights of Senior Art Director at Mr B & Friends. For the latest instalment in our Where Next series, Chris talks us through the first five jobs that…

By Sarah Dennis 3 weeks ago
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Creative Kate heads for the board


Creative Director, Kate Gorringe, has been chosen by Bristol Media to join its board of directors to represent the design sector and champion women in the creative industry. The board of the industry-led organisation, which is made up of members from various areas of the creative industry, meets bi-monthly to facilitate collaboration and growth within…

By Sarah Dennis 3 weeks ago
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Where Next: First five jobs featuring George Putnam


This week George, our Junior Front-End Developer, gives us his run down of his first five jobs for our Where Next series. From carpets to camps to coding, he’s learned a few useful life lessons on the way to becoming one of our dev stars. 1. Crown Carpets Around the age of 16 I swapped…

By Sarah Dennis 1 month ago
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Soaring up the ranks


The team at Mr B & Friends are celebrating surging 10 places in this year’s Design Week Top 100 chart, released this week. Now standing at number 45 in the definitive industry list, the leap takes the agency comfortably into the top 50 independent UK design businesses. Based on total fee income, growth, projections and…

By Sarah Dennis 1 month ago
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Going from strength to strength


Hot on the heels of Mr B & Friends relocating to new offices in Bristol’s thriving Temple Quarter, Paul Kirkcaldy has joined the agency as Business Director. Paul is the first senior appointment to the team since the move and will head up our business development, marketing and client services teams. With over 15 years…

By Sarah Dennis 1 month ago
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A round up of the best bits from Mr B’s Inktober challenge


Reportedly initiated by Mr Jake Parker; an Illustrator from Utah, the trend has taken off and has since become an international phenomena. Inktober is based on the idea of drawing on a regular basis creating a positive habit to aid and improve drawing skills. Parker even posts a list of word prompts to help you…

By Katie Lax 1 month ago
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Where Next: First five jobs featuring Neil Lenihan


Our resident artworker, Neil, is widely known for his charm, infectious grin and cricketing prowess. But our latest blog in the Where Next series, scratches a little deeper beneath the surface to uncover more about Neil – here he tells tales of lessons learned in his first five jobs and shares the first steps in…

By Georgia Adsett 2 months ago
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The Future of Apps is the Web: the inside scoop from Google training


Image Credit: Google For the past decade, conventional wisdom has stated that Native Apps – those built for a specific platform – are key to the success of any Digital Marketing strategy. In recent years however, there have been significant counter arguments to this premise from those who highlight the major challenges of distribution, acquisition…

By David Smith 2 months ago
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Choux-stopping bakes raise dough for charity in knead


We’ve officially been the new B in Bristol for 2 months now and it’s about time we introduced another. Yes, it’s that time of the year again, time for the B’s to get blitzing, basting and blending! Introducing the Mr B Bake Off 2017, rolling pins at the ready team, we’re in for a bumpy…

By Evangelline Grove 2 months ago
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Where Next: First five jobs featuring Rob Lowe


From fresh-faced paperboy to Mr B’s Digital Director, next up in our Where Next series, is Rob Lowe. We quizzed him about what he learnt during the arduous slog of his youth, from charming the residents of Frome, to working up a sweat with paying guests… yes, really! Here, Rob takes us through lessons learned…

By Georgia Adsett 3 months ago

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Reflections of an Intern: Volume 3


Here at Mr B & Friends we’re lucky to have some amazing talent and whilst we’re sorry to ever see it leave, there is certain talent that must fly the beehive and blossom. Cue our marvellous Interns! Yes, it’s that time of year again when we reluctantly say goodbye and wish an enormous (Mr B…

By Evangelline Grove 3 months ago
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Exciting new beginnings and good old times


You may have heard on the grapevine that we’ve just moved to Bristol. Yup, that’s right, we’ve packed our bags and said a fond farewell to the Georgian city of Bath, its wonderful weir, cosy cafes and our fave ever chip shop (love you long time Scallop Shell!) in favour of a room(ier office) with…

By Georgia Adsett 4 months ago
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Introducing the winner of our Future Friends internship!


Earlier this year we set out a creative brief to graduates, offering them the opportunity to knock our socks off for a chance to win our Future Friends internship. One particular grad stood out among the rest. We’re pleased to introduce Nathan Shellard – our Future Friends intern 2017. We asked him to give a…

By Georgia Adsett 4 months ago
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Where Next: First five jobs featuring Georgia Adsett


Today we’re joined by our Junior Planner, Georgia, to talk about her first five jobs. From pulling pints to a year in Paris, great coffee to great content, discover how her career has developed and the lessons she’s learnt along the way. 1.    Waitress & Barmaid – The Canal Side Cafe, Bradford on Avon My…

By Sara Foley 4 months ago

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Emojis. The most powerful language in marketing?


Here’s something disturbing for all copywriters and authors out there: According to a report published by Cassandra – 4 out of every 10 millennials would rather engage with pictures than read. But is a picture really worth a thousand words? Well as it turns out, yes. Studies suggest that our brains process visual information 60,000 times…

By Robert Lowe 4 months ago
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Reflections of an Intern: Volume 2


As the academic year comes to an end, we’re starting to say farewell to some of our interns as they head onto the next part their journey – starting their final year of university. We were curious to hear their thoughts from their year out in agency life! We quizzed Ceri, our Client Services &…

By Georgia Adsett 4 months ago
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The best Away Day yet? Celebrating our future vision and strategy.


On Wednesday, we headed off to Bailbrook House for our annual Away Day gathering. It was a rare opportunity to get everyone together and celebrate our achievements from the last year, highlight our goals for the next and recognise stellar performances from the team in our ‘Mr B awards’ ceremony. After hitting up the posh…

By Georgia Adsett 5 months ago

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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Luke Piasecki


Today we are joined by our Creative Services Manager, Luke, to talk us through all things from Pimpin’ Rides to being Duncan from Blue’s daytime doppelgänger (to cover his hangovers we assume) on the Channel 4 set! Let’s ‘All Rise’ for Duncan’s Luke’s story… 1. Pot Washer – Michelin-Starred Restaurant, Leicestershire This was my first ever job at…

By Kelly Chan 6 months ago
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How to survive Glastonbury – tips from our festival veterans


With Glasto around the corner, people up and down the country are busy prepping their festival essentials, praying for sunshine and googling ‘how to build a tent’. We asked the festival veterans among us for their top tips on how to survive Glastonbury. Here’s what they had to say: What one thing could you not…

By Georgia Adsett 6 months ago
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Reflections of an Intern: Volume 1


As the academic year comes to an end we are starting to say farewell to some of our Interns as they head onto the next part their journey – starting their final year of University. We were curious to hear their thoughts from their year out in agency life! Cue Sophie – Client Services Intern! After…

By Evangelline Grove 6 months ago
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Creative Bath Finalists!


We are ecstatic to announce that we are finalists of The Creative Bath Awards 2017! This is the first year for the Creative Bath Awards and with 184 entries we are so delighted that our work has been recognised locally to be shortlisted as finalists. We are incredibly proud of the whole agency for the…

By Evangelline Grove 7 months ago
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Ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby.


No matter how much university prepares you for working in the real world…there’s really nothing quite like it. To say agency life is a rude awakening for most students is an understatement. Those five-day weeks are going to really hurt, especially when you’re asked to do overtime. The deadlines set by real clients are far…

By Harriet Whitehorne 8 months ago
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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Stuart Nelson


On this sunny month of April, we have our very own Web Developer (and, not to mention ‘Office Table Tennis Champion’) in the limelight as Stu takes the stage to share his first five jobs with us. Join us as we travel through time, from scrubber to Mrs Doubtfire and beyond! 1. Pot Wash My very…

By Kelly Chan 8 months ago
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Lessons from SXSW 2017 – Part Two – Virtual & Augmented Reality


This is our first attempt at distilling the SXSW 2017 experience into manageable chunks, focusing on the key trends from the conference. Part two focuses on the sh*t load of VR and AR tech at this years conference. There was more virtual, mixed and augmented reality technology and software of show than you could possibly…

By Robert Lowe 9 months ago
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Adventure Inspired Packaging


We love a bit of adventure here at Mr B & Friends, whether that is venturing into new corners of the world, running Tough Mudder or even exploring new and innovative design at work. So we jumped on board with Fourpure when they wanted to design two new seasonal cans inspired by adventures! Founded by…

By Evangelline Grove 9 months ago
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Lessons from SXSW 2017 – Part One – An Overview


As SXSW 2017 draws to a close in Austin, the level of insight, innovation and inspiration a person can gain from a single event has only now started to sink in. In addition to enjoying the beautiful city of Texas with all its great food, drink and weather – SXSW brings together the world’s most…

By Robert Lowe 9 months ago
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TechBenefits takes first place


We are extremely proud to announce that readers of The Drum, the UK’s leading marketing title,  have voted our recent identity for TechBenefits the world’s most creative design work. TechBenefits currently heads the magazine’s creative leaderboard beating work from Design Bridge, DigitasLBi and JDO. Late last year, we worked with TechBenefits, the techies with the…

By Evangelline Grove 9 months ago
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Mr B & Friends @ SXSW 2017


Mr B & Friends are thrilled to be attending SXSW in Austin Texas for the first time this week. SXSW is the world’s largest interactive conference focusing on emerging technology, a focus that has earned the festival a reputation as a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies. The conference includes a huge variety…

By Robert Lowe 9 months ago
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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Louise Gandolfi


We all experience several ‘firsts’ in life: Your first steps. First hangover. First Five Jobs. Our Digital Marketing Manager, Louise, holds the talking stick today and tells us of her lessons learned before she became a digital marketing guru, including how she landed her first brief stint in being a Dog Whisperer. Yes we’re being…

By Kelly Chan 10 months ago

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Techies with the human touch!


2017 is off to a flying start in Mr B Towers with the launch of the newly rebranded TechBenefits website. We have been developing a refreshed identity and responsive ecommerce site for employee benefits provider TechBenefits, offering the latest tech through salary sacrifice. TechBenefits (www.techbenefits.co.uk) works by employers, allowing their employees to browse an online shop…

By Evangelline Grove 11 months ago

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Top 5 Digital Marketing Predictions For 2017 


The end of 2016 is fast approaching, and wow, a lot has happened in 2016. As we are all about the Where Next, this post is not a run down of the world’s events in 2016, but all about what to expect in of digital marketing in 2017! 2016 saw the rise in Artificial Intelligence…

By Louise Gandolfi 12 months ago
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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Jen Neville


It’s that time of the week again! Time to have a sit down around the fire, hot chocolate in hand, and listen to our friends’ first five jobs! This week, Jen practices the art of peacocking in the sport shop, takes us through her Co-op antics and leads us on her adventure to the Senior…

By Kelly Chan 1 year ago

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Mannequin Challenge


We love a challenge at Mr B & Friends. Come through the door, and watch us how we’ve never been seen before; crafting the art of being still.  

By developers 1 year ago
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Where Next for Student Accommodation?


We are absolutely delighted with our recent brand transformation programme for student accommodation provider Victoria Hall Management Ltd. Rebranded as Host, we have worked with the organisation to develop a new brand positioning, name, identity, trademark, brand guidelines and transactional website which features student accommodation across the UK. Victoria Hall’s 20th anniversary was the perfect…

By Amy Osborne 1 year ago
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Mr B & Friends delivers a breath of fresh air for Eastbourne


A brief that entails a trip to the seaside, how fantastic, we thought as we dusted our bucket and spade off. It’s not every day we get the opportunity to create a new place and destination brand strategy and identity for a much-loved UK Seaside town. Our objective from the client was to put Eastbourne…

By Amy Osborne 1 year ago

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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Amy Osborne


In this week’s series of ‘Where Next: First Five Jobs’ Amy takes us through some of her exciting (and mainly coffee-filled) experiences before she joined the Planning and Marketing team here at Mr B & Friends. Amy, take it away… 1. Seedbeater Would a 16 year old be allowed to work 12-hour days a day…

By Kelly Chan 1 year ago
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Making Friends and Influencing Online #OiConf


With the likes of Jeremy Waite from IBM, Simon Baker from ITN, Steve Bartlett, CEO of Social Chain and Ben Phillips from MediaCom, I had high hopes for the Online Influence Conference 2016. The focus for the conference this year was on social media and mobile innovation; as Digital Marketing Manager for Mr B &…

By Louise Gandolfi 1 year ago

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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Simon Smart


Welcome to the fourth week of ‘Where Next: First Five Jobs’ where we find out a little more about where our friends came from pre-Mr B. Today, Simon Smart (AKA ‘The SS’) tells us of his journey from Butlins’ Magnum P.I. to the Operations Manager we know today. Buckle up your seatbelts… it’s a good…

By Kelly Chan 1 year ago
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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Liam Smith


This week, our Senior Strategic Planner, Liam Smith, takes center stage to tell us of his journey to Mr B & Friends. Liam will take us through his first five jobs and outline some of the most important lessons learnt from these experiences. Take it away, Liam… 1. Labourer This was my first job whilst…

By Kelly Chan 1 year ago
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Where next for revitalising brands. To simplify or amplify?


Recently we’ve seen a number of high-profile rebrands, some drawing on the heritage of the business, and others really elaborating with new innovative brand assets. What drives this? Why choose heritage over a fresh start? Let’s explore why the creatives, strategists and businesses make a clear, decision to do this. To be clear I’m not…

By Steve Richardson 1 year ago
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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Nicola Jarvie


At Mr B & Friends we’re all about looking forward and discovering Where Next, but we also thought it would be great to see where our team started out and the journey that set them on the way to their current role at Mr B & Friends. Our ‘Where Next: First Five Jobs’ will be a…

By Kelly Chan 1 year ago

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Where Next: Lessons learned in my first five jobs – Starring Sarah Dennis


A common cliché we all heard growing up was to “remember where you came from”. Take That sang a song about it back in the 90s. Mufasa’s ghost wisely told Simba this at the end of the Lion King (spoiler alert). It is for this reason that we are introducing the ‘Where Next: First Five…

By Kelly Chan 1 year ago
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Blood, sweat and cookies!


After a gruelling and intense three weeks of competition, I (along with everyone else!) am relieved to announce that the GFAW Challenge is over! Get Fit In Bath head honchos Dave Bowler and Tash Lewis set us the rather formidable task of completing 250 cals on the watt bike, 150 squats, 150 lunges, 150 press-ups,…

By Alice Hampshire 1 year ago
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The sky’s the limit for UKCloud with new brand by Mr B & Friends


Brand, creative and digital agency Mr B & Friends has revealed the new brand identity for UKCloud just as the cloud services company tops the Tech Track 100 league table. UKCloud www.ukcloud.com  (formerly known as Skyscape Cloud Services) crowned the leaderboard of this year’s Sunday Times Hiscox Tech Track 100 league table, which ranks Britain’s…

By Sarah Dennis 1 year ago
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GFAW gets fierce!


Twenty members of the Get Fit At Work team are taking on a challenge to truly test their mettle. Having regularly taken part in twice weekly fitness sessions since January, the increasingly fit participants have been set a tough task to show just how far they’ve come. Teams of two will compete to win gold, silver…

By Sarah Dennis 1 year ago
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Planning for the future


This summer we’ve welcomed two new faces to our team in the form of Adam Partridge and Liam Smith, who will work alongside each other in our supercharged Strategy and Planning team, helping to answer where next for even more clients. With 15 years experience working for some of the most respected branding and design…

By Sarah Dennis 1 year ago
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Mr B’s crew get their sea legs


On Friday 19th August eight members of the Mr B’s team took to the water for a yacht trip to Cowes. The excursion on an elegant 45ft yacht was organised to reward those who went over and above in their roles throughout the last financial year. Voted for by a combination of the senior management…

By Sarah Dennis 1 year ago

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The rise and rise of voice search


We all know that voice search has been around for a few years now. Following a sluggish start for people using these voice-activated apps, with 85% of IOS users saying they did not use Siri in 2013, they’re now much more commonplace. But with the release of Google Assistant and Google Home later this year…

By Louise Gandolfi 1 year ago

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Going for gold!


The IOD’s Director of the Year National Award is fast approaching and this year it includes Simon Barbato, founder of Mr B & Friends, one of the fastest growing marketing agencies in the UK. Earlier this year Simon won the IOD’s Regional Director of the Year for The South West. The IOD’s national award recognises the…

By Sarah Dennis 1 year ago

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A halo but no angel…


In our marketing literate society we are all familiar with the concept of people as brands, but what makes one person good brand material and the next a non runner? What, for example, makes Muhammad Ali a memorable brand and another world title-holder, Chris Eubank, a bizarrely dressed laughing stock?  And just what is it…

By Peter Gandolfi 1 year ago

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Pokémon Go – Gotta share it all!


Over the past few days, the internet has been ablaze with all things Pokémon Go, an augmented reality smartphone game that allows players to search the real world to find and capture Pokemon. It launched big and became the top-selling app on both iPhone’s app store and Google Play just days after its release in the US, Australia and…

By Robert Lowe 1 year ago

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Culture, spirit, energy: life at Mr B & Friends


It’s fair to say that for the best part of the twentieth century the UK’s advertising industry belonged solely to London. The arrival of a high flying New York agencies after the second world war inspired fierce competition with their UK counterparts, resulting in what many have described as the golden age of British advertising….

By Jamie Kenyon 1 year ago
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From Bedroom to Boardroom – Mr B & Friends founder wins IoD Director of The Year


Simon Barbato, founder and CEO of Bath-based brand, digital, marketing and creative agency Mr B & Friends, has been named Institute of Directors South West Director of the Year. Simon launched the agency in his bedroom 10 years ago and today it is one of the fastest-growing in the region. The company now employs 39…

By Jamie Kenyon 1 year ago

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Under par brand management


Are we all a bit blasé about sexism? The suffragettes at the beginning of the twentieth century struck the fatal blow and feminists finished the job in the seventies, didn’t they? Now all we need to worry about is whether Kim Kardashian’s revealing selfies are an example of girl power or letting the side down. Perhaps…

By Peter Gandolfi 1 year ago

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Happy birthday to us


Today is a very important day in the history of Mr B & Friends, exactly 10 years since the agency was founded. We’ve come a long way over the past decade, from a humble bedroom start up to one of the UK’s leading independent agencies, and would like to take a moment to thank everyone…

By Jamie Kenyon 2 years ago

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Thread talks…


The chaps over at Fiasco treated us to another great evening of speakers at the latest Thread event. Previously Animade inspired and entertained us with their brilliant animations and sound approach, with John McFaul taking us along his journey from the start before that. This time Paul Bailey of Brand in Process and James Greenfield from Koto shared their experience of working in the complex field…

By Pete Sturgeon 2 years ago

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It’s a ‘Mr B’ thing…


Like most companies, we have regular social events where we all go out and get a little merry together. We are, after all, fairly partial to the odd tipple every now and again… But aside from the usual drinking shenanigans, we also have GFAW – Get Fit At Work. As a creative agency, we all…

By Alice Hampshire 2 years ago

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Greenergy Annual Report gets shortlisted


Some great news from HQ this afternoon – our 2015 Annual Report for Greenergy has been shortlisted in the report and accounts category for the Print, Design & Marketing Awards 2016. The ceremony will be taking place on the 30th of June aboard the Silver Sturgeon on the Thames, and looks to shine the spotlight…

By Jamie Kenyon 2 years ago

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Refreshing Fourpure’s core range


Fourpure Brewing Company, a London based craft beer producer was launched in 2013 and enjoys successful listings at M&S stores nationwide as well as countless bars and restaurants. But, as they gained share in one of the fastest growing categories in the UK drinks market, Fourpure tasked us to increase shelf standout and underline the…

By Jamie Kenyon 2 years ago
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Simon shortlisted for IOD award


Our CEO Simon Barbato has been shortlisted for this year’s Institute of Directors regional Director of the Year Award. The ceremony will take place on the 9th of June at Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium, and looks to celebrate and bring together outstanding business people from across the South West Simon, who started Mr B &…

By Jamie Kenyon 2 years ago

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Render Conference 2016


Render Conf (formally known as jQuery UK) is an annual front end web developer conference in Oxford, with talks ranging from front end testing to how you can use javascript to create a pattern for a wooly jumper. I was lucky enough to be sent along to the first day of the conference by Mr…

By Stuart Nelson 2 years ago

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Future Creative Directors wanted!


Are you an ambitious young creative in your penultimate or final year of university? If so, it’s time to get real and start thinking about your first career step. Mr B & Friends is on the lookout for the stars of the future. We want some of the best young designers to join us for…

By Jamie Kenyon 2 years ago

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Memoirs of a Hack


5pm, Wednesday the 4th of May. Mr B & Friends HQ is brimming with excitement, anticipation and a measure of trepidation. The crew await close of play like greyhounds in the docks, like a colony of ravenous penguins close to feeding time at London Zoo. Weeks in the pipeline, it was the eve of the…

By Jamie Kenyon 2 years ago

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Two brands score on the back of Leicester victory


I love innovative marketing and I love football, so you can imagine my excitement this week when both happened at once following Leicester’s remarkable role reversal from underdog to top dog! The team’s latent league topping potential and their exceptional win has certainly thrown up some spirited marketing effort by some of the UK’s top…

By Peter Gandolfi 2 years ago

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Immersive engagement, it’s all about you…


Brands are constantly searching for new things to say that will cut through the noise and make them standout. But it’s not just about what they’re saying; they also have to consider their physical appearance as another aspect of a consistent, multi-faceted brand experience. As the use of mobile, smart technology and the internet of…

By Kate Nicol 2 years ago

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Mr B & Friends ranked in the Top 10 UK Elite Agencies


We’re delighted to reveal the results of The Drum’s 2016 Design Census (run in partnership with the RAR).  In a stunning year, we have performed brilliantly against our peers achieving 2nd place for UK agency performance in our category, and amongst the top 15 independents for client satisfaction. The combination of which  resulted in Mr B & Friends being…

By Jamie Kenyon 2 years ago

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Will football teams give club badges the boot?


Across the UK, schools, golf clubs, town councils and especially football clubs have a coat of arms as their identity, it’s all as British as a cream tea. However, it seems that this particular form of logo or corporate identity might just turn out to be a ticking bomb for thousands of them. In the…

By Simon Barbato 2 years ago

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The art of storytelling: from soap to substance…


Since the early 1900’s when advertising centered on the sale of a product or a commodity we have been consuming brand stories. Brands such as ‘Fairy’ have been recognisable since the late 1800’s known predominantly for soap. In 1950 Proctor & Gamble revolutionsed the market by launching the first liquid product and Fairy Liquid was…

By Kate Nicol 2 years ago

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Where next for banking?


In the world of marketing it has become a cliche to say that a brand or even a whole market must “evolve or die.” However, the cliche is perhaps becoming reality for the UK’s major banks as they find themselves facing a cohort of innovative web-based challengers. With their copybook well and truly blotted by…

By Peter Gandolfi 2 years ago

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Awwwards gives us a nod


March saw the launch of our new Mr B website. A year in the making, we’d been aware for some time that our website needed a facelift. We wanted our new website to represent us as an agency and what we pride ourselves upon; exponents of ‘where next’ thinking, known for beautiful creative, craftsmanship and…

By Kate Nicol 2 years ago
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Mr B & Friends discover hot spring of inspiration


Whilst installing a new downstairs toilet at Mr B & Friends HQ last week, plumbers discovered a naturally occurring hot spring underneath the office. Located only a stone’s throw from the city of Bath’s historic Roman Baths, it should come as no surprise. However, alongside the clouds of piping hot steam, surprise definitely still lingers…

By Harriet Whitehorne 2 years ago

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Climbing the ladder


It’s always nice being the bearer of good news, and as such we’d like to say a massive congratulations to Nicola Jarvie who has recently been appointed to the role of Account Director. Nicola has been with Mr B & Friends since August last year, in which time she has established herself as an integral…

By Jamie Kenyon 2 years ago

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Where next for your business?


If you’re not being challenged by your agency, are you in danger of standing still? Whether you’re an established brand in a mature market, or a disruptive start-up breaking new ground in a fledgling space, thinking and planning where next for your business will always be front of mind. If you’re a consumer brand owner, or market…

By Simon Barbato 2 years ago
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New faces at Mr B & Friends


This week we say a warm hello to our two newest recruits, Nathan and George…. Nathan Crosby joins our creative team as a Designer. Nathan comes to us having cut his teeth in Bristol creative agency 375, with experience that covers brand creation, digital campaign design and motion work, working with sustainability brands that include…

By Jamie Kenyon 2 years ago

Creative

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News

A creative culture isn’t grown in a dish. It’s growing in Bath.


We all know it – profitability, accurate time management, teamwork, strategy, planning and process all help to make a creative agency tick along, but the age-old problem is always… how do you keep a creative team fresh, enthusiastic, brave in its thinking, in short, up for it? Mr B & Friends CD Kate Gorringe and…

By Steve Richardson 2 years ago

Digital

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News

Hack’leberry Finn


The more musically inclined among you may have noticed that the 6 Music festival took place in Bristol a few weeks ago. To coincide with it, a 3 hour hack night was hosted at @bristol with a theme of, I’ll give you 1 guess, music. So myself and Stuart, another developer here who happens to…

By Clifford Williams 2 years ago

Mr B Talks

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News

Mr B Talks: Hat-trick Studio


Last Wednesday a group of us finished work and left Mr B towers to head for the Arnolfini in Bristol. We managed to get hold of tickets for a talk that was being given by two of the top dogs at Hat-trick design studio. Eager to hear the processes and ideas behind Creative Review’s number…

By Sara Foley 2 years ago
Adidas doping sponsorship

Insights

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News

Don’t let the sports field become a mine field


Recently the German sportswear giant, Adidas, announced they were leaving four years early from their sponsorship deal with the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation).  The decision appears to have been prompted by the current scandal and a recent report by the World Anti-doping Agency claiming “corruption was embedded” in the IAAF.  This isn’t the…

By Peter Gandolfi 2 years ago

Digital

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Opinion

How mobile will change travel


We have clocked up a more than a few miles in the travel industry here at Mr B & Friends, working with leading travel brands like Trek America, Exodus and Explore Worldwide, and therefore we realise, probably more than most, how rapidly the industry can change, not just for our own clients but for all…

By Simon Barbato 2 years ago
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News

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Work

Network surfing


Striking a deal with a prospective client or employee over a round of golf has been commonplace in the business world for a long time. Its handicap system and leisurely nature allows people of all abilities to compete against each other without too much exertion or awkwardness – fertile ground for doing business. However in…

By Jamie Kenyon 2 years ago
Business-leader-awards

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Work

We’re award winners! Siniat Bulldog wins Campaign of the Year


Last night Mr B & Friends’ Bulldog campaign for Siniat saw off some stiff competition at the 2015 Business Leader Awards to claim Marketing Campaign of the Year. The integrated digital and point of sale campaign launched in February this year and focussed on Siniat’s range of “Bulldog” value metal frames. Targeting builders through merchants…

By Simon Barbato 2 years ago

News

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Work

Rugby World Cup 2015: A New Age of Sports Sponsorship


Sponsorship of major sporting events has always been a hugely attractive prospect to large multinational brands. The commercial rewards can be great, and ever since the advent of professional sport brands have been shelling out fortunes just to have their name alongside some of our favourite teams and competitions. However, for too long brands have been…

By Jamie Kenyon 2 years ago
Mobile Apps in 2015

Digital

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Mobile Apps in 2015: New Technologies, New Opportunities


Creating applications which run on mobile devices (or “Apps”) has been an expensive operation, and for good reason. To create a quality App has always required the skills of specialist developers who are well versed in writing code which is “native” to a particular platform or device. Like any specialist such programmers have always been…

By David Smith 2 years ago

Careers

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News

The Graduate


Unlike Dustin Hoffman, Jamie knows just what he wants to do with his life…. Meet Jamie, he’s fresh out of university and has joined us for a six-month internship on the coalface. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, Jamie wasted no time in stepping up to the role of Digital Producer. Nobody would guess that a short while…

By Simon Barbato 2 years ago
Sheena-kate-creatives

Creative

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News

Here Come The Girls!


We’re thrilled to announce that there have been some exciting changes going on at Mr B & Friends recently. Our uber-talented creative team has been developing and we’re excited to reveal our strong new line-up. Throwing out the tired perception of advertising being the domain of Old Spice wearing Don Draper wannabes, we’ve appointed some…

By Steve Richardson 3 years ago
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Digital

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News

Festival Season But Not As We Know It


It’s official, festival season is here and it’s time to start compiling your survival checklist. Wellies are essential, as is a good anorak and a packet or two of paracetamol… but will you need to take your wallet with you this year? Over the last few years Barclay’s have been trialling their wearable payment wristband…

By Harriet Whitehorne 3 years ago

Digital

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Marketing

Selling Politics Like Soap Powder


It’s well documented just how much of a game changer The Tories’ 1978 ‘Labour Isn’t Working’ poster was, inspiring a golden age of political advertising in which competing parties would spend fortunes securing the most sought after high street spots for their billboard creations. However, this format of campaign advertising is very much in the…

By Jamie Kenyon 3 years ago
Social-media-girls

Are You Mobile Friendly? If You’re Not, Time Is Running Out…


Google are regularly updating their search algorithm. Most of the time, these changes are small and don’t effect the way your website ranks. However, occasionally Google will roll out a major update, such as Panda or Penguin, that can affect the search performance of your website in a huge way. Last week Google announced that…

By Robert Lowe 3 years ago
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Careers

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News

Mr B & Friends Appoints Digital Chief


Brand, creative and digital agency, Mr B & Friends, has appointed Rob Lowe to the newly created post of Director of Digital. Lowe joins from Harte Hanks, where he was previously Head of Digital, leading teams across the UK, Europe and US working with clients including Samsung, InBev and Vodafone.  His appointment follows an 18-month…

By Simon Barbato 3 years ago

Digital

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Work

New Campaign Launch For Siniat


We have recently launched a new product range into the builder’s merchant market for European firm Siniat. The brief was to pitch Siniat’s new product, an innovative range of metal partition frames called Bulldog, in competition to more traditional timber products. The key task was to communicate Bulldog’s superiority over traditional timber to an audience…

By Simon Barbato 3 years ago