Well, that’s it, folks… Almost the end of another year.
So, what were some of the best bits from another exciting year at Forepoint?
Drum roll please… and in no particular order:
No 1 – From strength to strength
Managing Director Steve got in there first: “2019 saw us notch-up… wait for it… 27 years as a leading design and digital consultancy, our 24th year of operating our London office and the second year of being housed in our fantastic, new, purpose-designed Preston HQ. The health of the business is of paramount importance to those working for us and with us. I’m pleased to report that 2019’s been another great year, we’ve exceeded our targets and are looking forward to building on our continued success in 2020.”
No. 2 – You can’t put a price on loyalty
For Director Keith, the highlight has been another year spent working with an ever-loyal client base: “We’re often reluctant to call the businesses and people we work with ‘clients’, they’re more like colleagues and friends. The relationships we’ve developed are so strong and we’ve been working alongside some of these people for such a long time that we’re almost a part of their extended team. The mutual trust, respect and loyalty we’ve worked hard to gain is priceless.”
No. 3 – Environmental concerns
Studio Manager Neil’s top pick is gaining ISO14001: “We’re all (hopefully) aware that the clock’s ticking when it comes to the future of our planet. Being able to demonstrate our commitment and compliance to current and future statutory and regulatory requirements is so important to all of us, it’s certainly not been a tick-box exercise.”
No. 4 – Strength and depth in numbers
For Director Graham it’s the HR successes we need to celebrate: “The appointment of Matthew Simpson as a new Head of Digital is very exciting. His extensive digital marketing experience is allowing us to offer a much broader range of digital solutions to existing and potential clients. In addition, we’ve celebrated not just one, but two members of the team who’ve clocked up their quarter century with Forepoint – congratulations to Ali and Steve. It’s Keith’s turn in 2020 – keep your eyes peeled for a blog post and some embarrassing photos!”
No. 5 – Inspiring the next generation
Senior Designer Abi’s top pick has been working with an increasing number of north-west universities: “Before I joined Forepoint I’d spent time as a part-time lecturer. Being given the opportunity to continue inspiring the next generation, working with an increasing number of institutions has been both exciting and personally rewarding for me. We’ve enjoyed developing live briefs and arranging regular visits to UCLan, University of Bolton, Blackpool & Fylde College and University Campus Oldham to crit the work and mentor and support the students.”
No. 6 – Pulling the proverbial cat out of the bag
Senior Designer Karen’s top pick was working on a series of videos: “This was a great project to work on. It involved getting backdrop graphics produced and revolving mirrors on wheels! It was challenging for the camera crew, the actors and members of our team who were drafted in as extras but it was also so much fun and very rewarding, being able to pull off such a challenging project.”
No. 7 – Win:win:win:win
2019 has been a great year of new client wins. Unfortunately, we’re not at liberty to say a lot – yet! Make sure you keep your eyes peeled on our social channels throughout the course of 2020 when we’ll be revealing the projects we’ve been working on and the new relationships we’ve forged. Exciting times!!
No. 8 – Look what she can do now
For designer Alicia, 2019 has been a year of personal development: “I’ve already enjoyed developing my motion graphic skills and have been involved in developing a number of animations for clients under Lee’s guidance” [our motion graphics ace]. “I’m now halfway through a course and am looking forward to honing, developing and putting into practice the skills I’m learning.”
No. 9 – They’ve been following us
For Marketing Manager Alison, this year’s seen an increase in followers and engagement: “It’s tough out there, there’s an awful lot of competition for people’s time and attention. Our campaigns have performed well (particularly ‘Making Complex Simple’) which has gained more and more traction, we’ve also had some great PR. Watch this space for some brilliant new content planned for 2020 – make sure you’re following us on social media and are signed up to receive our regular updates.”
No. 10 – Growing network
Last but not least, we can’t sign off our 2019 Top 10 without highlighting the fact that we can’t do it on our own. We’ve never set out to be the jack of all trades and the master of none. Our partner network is hugely important to us – the copywriters, the strategists, the exhibition contractors, the photographers, the printers, the video suppliers, the accountants… you get the idea. Their contribution is extremely valuable to us and continues to allow us to offer a broad, high-quality and truly integrated range of services to our clients.