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New agency Battenhall launches founded by Drew Benvie

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By founder of Battenhall, Drew Benvie.

These are incredibly exciting times we live in. There is fundamental disruption happening in the media landscape and its impact on the way brands do business, the way we communicate and the way we consume is nothing short of seismic. We will look back on these times in the future and see them as a renaissance.

I cut my teeth in-house doing PR at the dotcoms, during the boom times. Then I joined comms agency land during the tough times. And I became an accidental early adopter when my passion for what we now call social media got me into blogging, tweeting and defining the social media landscape long before it was socially acceptable to admit to being involved in it. I have had the pleasure of working on some truly amazing campaigns over the years, with brands like Red Bull, The Financial Times, Evernote and Microsoft.

I am now incredibly excited to launch what I hope will become the next great comms agency

Today I am launching Battenhall, a comms agency for the social media economy. Battenhall launches with three clients and a team of five. HQ is in London, just across from Google and next door to Mind Candy on Bonhill St, in Tech City.

At Battenhall we are helping brands to engage, to build their reputations and to manage those reputations across all media, especially social. Our pedigree in public relations, digital marketing, creative, design and build means we are able to work across a range of comms disciplines and be the trusted agency and an extension of our clients’ teams.

Redefining work: the agency model and disruptive innovation

My aim is to redefine how we work. I have seen fundamental shifts in how we deliver excellent work as a team in recent years, and I know the biggest changes are still to come. Battenhall employees are all partners in the company. We all share in the profits, we all vote at the meetings and we all have a say in the direction of the business. Team members are all makers too – we set aside 20% of work time for side projects so that people working here can invent new things and innovate rather than feel it needs to be done on top of everything else. We also have a vibrant CSR programme, putting a lot back into the causes we believe in.

We work hard too, naturally, as we want to be the best. So we offer unlimited holiday to all the team, remote and flexi working, a Moleskine allowance, and enough technology to get you a sore shoulder (so yes, we cover the costs of the masseuse too, naturally).

My experience as former UK CEO of PR agency Hotwire and founder of social media agency 33 has been instrumental in how Battenhall is evolving. I have spent almost eight years at Hotwire and 33 Digital, and am sad to be leaving behind many good clients, friends and memories. Experiencing this time with some awesome friends and clients has been epic.

But the future beckons and I hope you will join me for the adventure in some way, either by getting in touch and catching up over a coffee, or just by following our progress in the growth of this new agency.

Update: 11/3/2013

The launch has now been and gone and feedback has been better than we could ever have hoped for. Here are the highlights:

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12 Responses so far.

  1. Ben Matthews says:

    Congrats on the launch, Drew! Will have to drop by for a massage when all the tech is wearing me down ;)

  2. Bradley Tubb says:

    Exciting times Drew! Congrats on the launch

  3. Tom Glover says:

    Congrats and good luck Drew. The Moleskine allowance is a stroke if genius!

  4. Al Fox says:

    Exciting times Drew. Like the branding btw. Best of luck with it all, have a blast.

  5. Rich Leigh says:

    Congratulations Drew – I especially look forward to seeing what comes of the 20% project time.

  6. Claire says:

    Best of luck Drew – it looks like a really exciting company!

  7. James Warnette says:

    Nice one, Drew. Keep on innovating and trying new things, big respect for what you’re doing.

  8. Elena Antoniou says:

    Congratulations Drew!
    Sounds like a great place to work. When do I start? Good luck. Not that you’ll need it.
    That Midas Touch will no doubt strike again.
    Enjoy the journey!

  9. Huge congratulations Drew. Best of luck for today and beyond, Rachel

  10. Louise Fisk says:

    Congrats Drew! Good luck with the new agency

  11. Bastiaan van Amstel says:

    Congratulations Drew — really exiting and refreshing concept! All the best, Bastiaan