If there’s one thing we love at Scriba HQ – even when working remotely – it’s celebrating a birthday.
And while we’re not normally the type to ‘blow our own trumpets’, we wanted to mark a particularly special milestone in our calendar – that being our seventh anniversary!
Borne from a flip of a coin by managing director Katie Mallinson, Scriba has transformed into an award-winning, B2B-loving, crime-fighting – against bad grammar – comms agency with oodles of soul and a fearless appetite to write the stories that others might typically find too complex to tell.
So, that’s it, we’re not hiding away this time around, in fact we’re going to enjoy this one the best we can – lockdown style!
Over the coming weeks, I’ll warn you now, you WILL see plenty of – hopefully entertaining – social media fodder as you scroll through your newsfeeds. There’s going to be loads of fun-loving videos, images and copy to help you escape from the ‘real world’ too, even if it’s for only a few moments a day.
And kicking-off our birthday bash of killer content is this – a round-up of the seven biggest achievements during an anniversary we’ll never forget. Let’s go…
1. The office move
Lugging chairs, desks and the rest 100 yards across the courtyard at Heritage Exchange was no mean feat but it signalled a huge moment for the agency.
Having loved our former home a stone’s throw away in the refurbished mill complex, we needed somewhere to match our growing team – and get our creative juices flowing in terms of deciding on the décor!
Our new top floor accommodation is the sixth space that Scriba has ‘lived in’ and provides enough space for social distancing, quiet rooms and Instagrammable views of Castle Hill – as well as an amazing large feature wall brought to life by our graphic display client Leach.
2. Prolific North’s Top 50
Although we might be a small – but perfectly-formed – agency in Huddersfield, we received the fantastic news that we were one of the Top 50 PR agencies in the North!
Voted for by Prolific North, the region’s leading platform for PR and marketing news, the announcement came off the back of being shortlisted for three awards, including Prolific North’s ‘Best Small PR Agency of the Year’.
The list reflected financial achievements across 2018-19 and included our biggest year to date with turnover up by 22% (132% compared to 2017) and nearly 3,000 pieces of media coverage spanning a 95 million audience reach!
3. Welcome Alice!
Full of enthusiasm and eager to learn, Alice Kelly joined the Scriba family as a PR executive in March 2020. Despite the difficult climate – having arrived just nine days before the UK went into lockdown – our new recruit has come in complete with creativity, killer copy and quizmaster skills that know no bounds!
Having previously worked as a content executive at a Huddersfield advertising firm, Alice supports various accounts, drafts social media, newsletter and web news content – and she’s got a keen interest in graphic design too!
4. Livi arrives
From one new addition to another… If you’re well-versed on social media, you’ll have seen that Katie, and her partner Steve, welcomed Livi Belle McMann into the world back in February!
‘Scrumptious’ is definitely the word to describe the little word-nerd-in-training!
She did, admittedly, miss her deadline but soon sailed in at 11.22pm on February 18, weighing 9lb of total gorgeousness.
5. Supporting marvellous Maisie and giving back
As well as gifting us one day of paid leave per month to help a good cause, our word-nerd-in-chief Katie has also led the charge when helping to host free PR webinars to upskill during lockdown.
Set up by our client Pimento, the online series – held in association with Marketing Agencies Action Group – focused on providing advice and expertise to existing members.
Additionally, our senior account manager Ruth – who was already volunteering at the Rosewood palliative day support and therapy unit at Dewsbury and District Hospital prior to COVID-19 – has provided pro-bono support for the magnificent Maisie Catt.
Telling the inspirational story of the tenacious 10-year-old – a double amputee who walked 26 miles to raise money for LimbPower – Maisie’s fundraising has already eclipsed her £10,000 target following media coverage from BBC Look North, Sky News and the Yorkshire Post, to name a few.
(you can still donate by visiting her JustGiving page here too.)
6. Awards shortlists – and a cheeky win!
The prosecco was well and truly flowing after we lifted the ‘Creative Impact’ trophy in the latest Huddersfield Examiner Business Awards. Our winning entry centred around how we simplify complex copy and transform it into engaging content that people want to read.
And, not too long after the celebratory fist pumps had finished, we received some further amazing news that we’d been shortlisted for two PRmoment accolades!
Despite the finalists’ ceremony being postponed due to the current climate, we’re looking forward to hopefully raising a glass in September in the ‘B2B Agency of the Year’ and ‘B2B Campaign of the Year’ categories.
7. Maintaining a positive company culture – even during the toughest of times
Like many others, COVID-19 has frazzled businesses on a global scale and presented us with challenges we never thought we’d have to face – nor ever wanted to.
And as the crisis continues, we’ve been using it as a chance to truly take our self-care seriously – and somehow trying to enjoy the world around us during truly scary times.
As a collective, whilst working from home we’ve made it our mission to ensure clients have been supported throughout via phonecalls, video conferencing, emails and WhatsApp messages, and have been one another’s virtual sounding boards when we’ve needed it the most.
Keeping our comms positive has been something we’ve been proud to have maintained, and hopefully it’s provided a little bit of light in the dark for our amazing friends of the business.
Enjoy the rest of our celebrations and – when it’s safe to do so – let’s get the bubbles flowing once again.