We’re really proud of our Nottingham roots. Having based ourselves here in the city of Nottingham since our inception in 2012, we’re invested in supporting local business growth in a number of ways, from employment of local university graduates through to our choice of office space and our involvement in Notts based initiatives.
We regularly attend local meet ups and work with a number of clients in the region too. A few of us have even run the Robin Hood half marathon – a right of passage for any true Nottingham-ite! Here’s a bit more about our Nottingham background – and if you’re Notts based too, feel free to get in touch; we’d love to invite you for a coffee at our Creative Quarter office.
Our investment in the city’s commercial growth starts with our passion for working with local businesses.
Whilst our client list is by no means restricted to the local area (in fact, we have clients across the UK), we’re always especially pleased to work with companies in the East Midlands.
Our client list in the region includes well-known names such as Shredall (NG6), Ikano Bank (NG2), Richard Nelson (NG9), Hillarys (Colwick), Goosedale (Papplewick), Great Bean Bags (NG7), Company Check (Bingham) and the Phoenix Group (Redhill), to whom we provide SEO, PPC, content marketing and digital PR services.
We take an active approach to supporting local initiatives and regularly attend and speak at local events.
Our involvement with Nottingham Means Business has allowed us to contribute to the development of this valuable local resource. As well as designing and developing the website in partnership with RizkMcKay, Aaron sits on the committee and is an active participant in discussions around how the resource will develop into the future.
The University of Nottingham’s Growth 100 programme is open to Nottingham-based businesses and delivered by Nottingham University Business School in conjunction with Nottingham City Council. Aaron delivered a training session as part of the programme and has also been featured as a case study on their site.
Our office location in the heart of the Creative Quarter in Hockley is no coincidence. We carefully selected it to be right in the middle of the creative hub of Nottingham, surrounded by other growing businesses. As part of our contribution to the Creative Quarter, we’re regularly featured on their website where we share our advice and tips for digital growth.
Second Wednesday is a monthly event held at Antenna in Hockley, where members of creative businesses in the area gather to share advice and experiences. As well as speaking at the event, we also regularly attend ourselves. We can also be found at the quarterly Drink Digital event, held at Cape, which is a meeting of Nottingham’s digital marketers.
We’re keen to share our knowledge wherever we can, especially when it means supporting local businesses in their online endeavours.
We run training events with local businesses as well as sessions for the University of Nottingham Business School, the Nottingham Trent University Hive and in partnership with other local business support networks such as Small Business Saturday.
We also hold various events throughout the year at our Stoney Street office, including workshops and ‘insight days’ for local students to tell them about our industry and support them in their career aspirations.
Awards aren’t everything. But that doesn’t mean we’re not thrilled every time we’re nominated for an award, especially when the award recognises local businesses.
We won the New Business of the Year award at the Nottingham Post Business Awards in 2016. Tom and Aaron were awarded the Owner-Manager award in the East Midlands Fastest 40 2016. We were also finalists for the Midlands Business Awards and Great British Entrepreneur 2015.
We recognise the talent in our region and employ a number of Nottingham and Loughborough alumni. We continue to seek local digital marketing talent and recently added a graduate apprenticeship to our job opportunities; take a look at our recruitment page for more information.
Local graduates can join us on our graduate scheme, where we’ll provide both in-house and external training to support them in their career development. We recognise the talent in the local area and are proud to employ graduates of the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Loughborough University.
As you can see here, we really do play an active part in the local community here in Nottingham. So why did Impression’s founders Tom and Aaron choose to live and work here in the city, and why do we continue to invest in our contribution to the area?
For us, the answer is simple. We see the potential for growth here in Nottingham, particularly in the creative industries. We’ve witnessed first-hand the development of cities like Leeds, which have produced some of the country’s best known digital marketing brands, but we know they don’t have the range and talent of businesses that we do.
In our building alone, we see video production agencies, photographers and designers. Cross the street, and there are growing branding agencies and funky, independent bars and boutiques. Just around the corner, the Broadway Cinema and establishments like Debbie Bryan’s and Antenna are hubs of creativity.
We believe all of this, combined with the huge businesses like Boots, Mars and Experian that make the city their home, make for a really exciting time for our region. We’ve no doubt that the East Midlands is set to be the next big creative hub and we’re excited to be part of that. We even wrote about our love of Nottinghamshire in The Guardian – twice!
If you’re a Nottingham business and would like to talk to us about how we can help you to grow through digital marketing, get in touch. We also regularly contribute to local magazines, newspapers and events; if you’re looking for expert commentary or editorial, or you’d like us to speak at your next event, email us on [email protected].
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We’ve contributed to a wide range of Nottingham-focused articles for places such as The Guardian, The University of Nottingham Business School, The Creative Quarter website and more. We’re happy to be approached by members of the press for our comments on Nottingham related topics. Simply email [email protected].
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