International ambitions for growing creative agency

Rise at Seven, a Sheffield-based creative agency, has its eyes set on international expansion following a major growth in headcount and significant new client wins in international locations.

The business was founded by Carrie Rose, 27, and Stephen Kenwright, 32, in June 2019, after they noticed a gap in the market for an agency that combined creative PR strategies with results-driven technical SEO.

The business recorded a turnover of £1.5m in its first year, and since the beginning of the first lockdown it has grown from two members of staff to a team of over 50, covering locations in Sheffield, London and Spain.

Rise is currently recruiting for ten new job roles, seeking staff located in Spain, Germany, Netherlands, France and the US to support a series of new client wins including Club Med, Mackeeper and PaymentSense.

Rose, co-founder and CEO of Rise at Seven said: “The COVID outbreak has accelerated a huge change in the marketing industry, with budgets shifting from traditional PR and marketing to online and digital.

“Now more than ever, brands need results-driven marketing, and we’ve built a team of both technical and creative experts that have a solid track record of delivering that.

“We’re onboarding new clients every month, many of whom operate in international locations, and we hope to have a physical presence in the US by the end of next year to support our growing work there.”

The team provides SEO, content and digital marketing services for clients such as Misguided, GAME, ParkDean Resorts and Gocompare.

It recently expanded its creative offering to provide video and social media services following the appointment of Joe Goulcher as creative director, who brings 12 years of global experience working with brands such as PlayStation, Disney, Nike, Reebok and EE.

Rose added: “During a time of heightened unemployment, we’re proud to have created over 40 jobs in Sheffield, and we’re currently working with local colleges and universities to nurture the next generation of creative and technical talent.

“The aim is to grow our headcount to over 100 staff by this time next year so we can continue to deliver award-winning results for our clients.”

Rise at Seven is currently working on the launch of the brand new PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles with GAME, Xbox and PlayStation.