The best marketeers in the business

If you’ve started your business from scratch, you’ll know how many sleepless nights it takes – how many missed birthdays and family celebrations, how much money, time and stress goes into it. The concept of ‘overtime’ probably seems laughable to you. And you’ll know that building a great business depends too upon building its brand image – something professional marketing companies could really help you with. Here are eight brilliant firms to consider.

Abbott Mead Vickers

It’s easy to see why AMV bills itself “the UK’s most creative agency”. Over the past 40 years, it has worked with clients including BBC Worldwide, BT, Mars, Sainsbury’s and Walkers. The team’s humourous, playful approach to branding has seen it win many awards, and grow to be the country’s biggest agency.

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Our fantastic Charlotte (@itookthis) created these totes for @she.votes and here we are totes modelling our hearts out! – "Women under 30 are the least likely to vote apparently. Which makes me sad on so many levels. Not only is there huge power in those votes. But I’m not sure I remember what it’s like to be a woman under 30 👵🏼😂 ⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️⚡️ I’m helping #SHEvotes spread the message to TURN UP AND USE YOUR VOTE tomorrow💥🗳You don’t need your polling card, or even id. Just get there! . 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️ Thanks to @mattswinny @vezfen and @couldbebenson for helping me create the #totesforvotes ⚡️screen grab and SHARE! #generalelection2019" – @itookthis

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Barrington Johnson Lorains

BJL has built its reputation working with trusted household brands like Ronseal, ASDA and the Co-op Bank, and become one of the UK’s biggest agencies, with teams in both London and Manchester. Its strategists, planners, creatives, digital specialists and brand teams know how to sort every stage of the marketing mission. 

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@caratmanchester IPA #Effweek agenda kicked off this morning with a fantastic insightful talk from BJL’s own Head of Planning Tony Evans

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Brave by name and brave by… This agency has created zesty campaigns with Chambourd, Superdrug, Red Bull, and even the adult shop LoveHoney. Its team thrives on taking creative risks and making bold statements, meaning you’re likely to get just the right sort of attention for your business, if you choose to work with them.

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C R A F T W O R K S with @mrdavidreviews 🙌 #filmcraft #advertising #showcase #documentary #filmmaker #director @2am_films

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This London-based team has spent more than 15 years working with major organisations, including AXA, Macmillan and Birkbeck University, as well as helping to build the reputations of smaller startups GamaLife, Crosshead cycles and more. They could help you with everything from choosing your company name to developing a business strategy and digital campaigns.

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While your visual logo is an important component of what makes your company different, a sonic logo can help to take your company to the next level. Visit the link in our bio to read our full guide on sonic branding.

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This agency has created some of the most memorable ad campaigns of recent years, including the Cadbury drumming gorilla, and the Sony city of multicoloured bouncing balls. The team creates work that is intriguing, taking simple concepts to the highest standard.


This Scottish agency creates in-your-face campaigns that are full of fun. Famous Grouse, and IRN BRU are among the brands to have benefitted from the Leith treatment, seeing their social media presence and sales soar. 

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Exciting agency news! 🎉 We're very pleased to announce the expansion of #Leith to include the digital agency Signal Edinburgh, which is now part of our single #digital and #creative brand 💪 #Leith #madeinleith #Edinburgh #creativity #creativescotland #agencynews #digitalagency #creative #seo #design #softwaredevelopment #digitaldesign #socialmediastrategy

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Green & Black’s, United Airlines and BBC Radio 1Xtra are some of the names to have been enhanced by McGarrybowen’s beautiful approach to branding. The team is particularly adept at using music in its work, for example in the Honda stepping advert, and even worked with the lauded contemporary dance company Hofesh Shechter on redesigning its logo. 

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that’s a wrap • thank you so much to the teams from London and Kiev for pulling off a monster of a shoot … now to edit ✂️🎥👏

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Red Brick Road

We can thank this team for revolutionising the image of cider in the UK, when its now-iconic Magners campaign got the country salivating at the sight of the fizzy, sweet apple nectar being poured over cubes of crisp, refreshing ice. With clients including Hilton, L’Oreal, and La Roche Posay, this agency is a safe bet for building your business’ success.

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