New directors for BIG as growth continues to £7.8m turnover


The BIG Partnership, Scotland’s largest PR and digital marketing agency, has grown profits by 10 per cent to £1.16 million in the year to May 31 2014.

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With five offices in Scotland and England, turnover increased to £7.8m from £7.1m and profits grew from £1.05m. Headcount increased by three to 105.

The business has appointed three new directors to its board as it eyes increased investment in digital services and further expansion into England.

Andrew Baird, Bryan Garvie and Sharon Mars have each been promoted to BIG’s board, joining founders Alex Barr and Neil Gibson, as well as existing directors Zoe Ogilvie, Allan Barr, Graham Leitch and Marjorie Calder.

Alex Barr said: “It’s been our best-ever start to the year and we feel the market is definitely moving in our direction, with increasing synergies between content, digital and SEO/PPC opening up real opportunities for clients.

“Social media, web design and SEO are becoming ever more central to the broad range of digital marketing skills demanded by clients and we’ve invested heavily in a series of key digital hires, including Jessica McAndrew, formerly head of online marketing at Frame, and Alice Ritchie, ex-search marketing manager at DigitasLBi who have joined the online division in Glasgow.

“We have a very stable core of senior people and the latest additions to the board have each played key roles in our continuing growth. In the cases of Bryan and Sharon, who both joined us at a junior level several years ago, these appointments to the board also underline the tangible opportunities we provide for long-term career progression.

“We’re also accelerating the expansion of digital capabilities across the business and, combined with our long track record in delivering compelling editorial content, we’re helping clients reach and influence online audiences more effectively than ever.”

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