Four friends who all work in different sectors of the creative industry have come together to launch their own Yorkshire-based advertising and marketing agency.

Ian Watson from Harrogate, Chris Barker from Ilkley, Jason Kelly from Leeds and Matt Christie from Halifax have spent years working for other agencies based in cities such as Manchester and London; each gaining reputations for producing campaigns for some of the UK’s best-known and best loved brands, including Dulux, Sony, Fat Face, Cunard, Lloyds Bank and Virgin Media.

Now all four friends have come together to launch The Expose Agency, producing advertising, marketing and digital services to brands looking to build relationships with consumers living across the North of England.

‘All four of us know that Yorkshire has some of the most exciting and successful businesses in the UK and we now bring our advertising and marketing talents to those companies. We decided after spending so long working for other agencies in cities like London that it was time to come back home and launch The Expose Agency.’ States Ian Watson, founding partner.

Although only launched in September, The Expose Agency has already gained a number of new clients, including Yorkshire Linen, Ramsay Health Care and Warner Leisure, with further client wins due to be announced over the next few weeks.

Chris Barker, client relations partner, states: ‘Being from Yorkshire means we tell it like it is. We’re an honest, straight talking agency that puts our clients interests first. There is no other business that has access to the insight we use to understand consumer thinking, and it’s this knowledge that forms the backdrop to every client campaign. We’re so proud to have that USP which is already helping us win new clients’.

Currently based in Harrogate, The Expose Agency is already looking at moving to larger premises to accommodate its anticipated growth forecasts following recent new business wins, the move will also start a subsequent recruitment drive to attract new staff to the agency.

Jason Kelly, partner for brand and social relations states: ‘Combined, we have over 80 years of experience, with each of us specialising in different areas of the advertising, marketing and digital industries, this guarantees our clients are getting a multi-channel offering built on knowledge earned from experience’.

The Expose Agency will offer an integrated mix of advertising, marketing, digital and public and social relations, working with fledgling online setups and established businesses. Over the next five years they plan to become one of the best performing agencies in the Yorkshire region.

Written by
Jason Kelly