March 8, 2018Published by: Drew

Battenhall turns five

A lot of people, it turns out, have a five-year plan. I’ve been asking around and I can confirm these plans are almost always incredibly exciting. To travel the world. To buy a home. To swim with dolphins. To start up a business. Some people just plan for health and happiness, which is sensible I think. But five years ago, my plan was to build a business myself, around something I felt I could do well, and for it to succeed. When I say succeed, I meant still exist in five years… that’s all really. And now here we are five years later.

I was asked in March 2013 what my vision for Battenhall was, and I said something a little different to my humble inner plan. "I want to create the next great agency", I said. And Battenhall was born. Today marks five years since that plan got under way, and what a five years it has been.

The last year in particular has been transformative for Battenhall. We are now ranked ‘best agency’ by five separate industry bodies. We have invested heavily into all areas of our business foundations by opening up a new, expanded HQ in London, rolling out new internal systems, by expanding our team with new hires and new skills, and developing software products that enable us to differentiate our service and create our own IP. 2017 was a whopper with all the trimmings.

The backdrop to this last 12 months in the media landscape has also been full of change. The effect social media can have on public opinion has never been more visible, and the ethics of how media should work never more in the spotlight. As government bodies, media brands and social media platforms all look at ways to improve consumer experience and media transparency, what’s left is pretty much what we saw when we started Battenhall five years ago: a world where technologies are evolving faster than your average communications team can keep up with, and a real need for consultancy that has a depth of specialist technical skills combined with a breadth of media consultancy experience.

What we are proudest of here at Battenhall, though, is the recognition that has come for the working model we have developed and the people we have brought into the Battenhall family – clients, team members, and supporters alike. From our daily, monthly and annual flagship publications and events, to the little everyday things that happen in the office, like our 20% time and side projects, we all deeply believe we are helping to build a new way of working through innovation and experimentation.

Today we are meeting as a company to discuss our next five years as a brand, and we have ambitious plans. So, as we always say, if you are interested, intrigued, or think you might one day feel like joining the good ship, we’d love to hear from you.

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