Allan Barr - Marketing Director

BIG Wins, BIG Profits and a BIG Bonus

Marketing wins and growth bring BIG bonuses for our team

We are celebrating our most successful year in business with employees sharing a £250,000 bonus pay-out.

Turnover has increased by £1.4 million to £8.8 million in the year to May 31st, 2018 and profits have risen to £1.4 million following heavy investment in our creative and digital teams.

We’ve experienced major account wins across our offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee, Dunfermline and Manchester. An increase in marketing accounts with existing clients including Loganair, Stewart Milne Group and global energy skills body OPITO, has further boosted performance this year. Winning more integrated accounts, where we combine digital, marketing, design and PR is making a measurable impact for clients.

Our Manchester team has doubled profits in the last year after new wins including packaging enhancement specialist API Group, leading planning consultancy Turley and an expanded remit with legal firm Addleshaw Goddard to support its Manchester and Leeds offices.

BIG director Allan Barr said: “As well as new account wins, we’ve also expanded the range of services we provide to existing clients, which has made a major contribution to fee income. Increasingly, clients are looking for an agency which is adept at combining SEO, PPC, social media and PR to give returns that they can measure, so we’ve worked hard to recruit really effective, experienced experts in these fields.

“We have a hugely talented team which works incredibly hard for clients and it’s important that they share in the success of the business, so we’re genuinely thrilled to be paying out our largest-ever staff bonus across the entire company.”

Digital income is up 51% and our offering around SEO, PPC, social advertising and video content has been strengthened.  New business has been secured across a range of sectors, including energy, food and drink, sport, transport and property including new assignments for the Offshore Europe partnership, which leads one of the world’s largest oil and gas conference and exhibitions and property developer Dandara.

BIG runs a successful intern scheme, paying the living wage, which has benefitted 26 interns in the last year, with a further eight taking up placements over the coming months. Currently employing 107 people, we are gearing up for further growth and expect headcount to increase significantly over the next year, particularly in digital, design, creative and strategy roles. Our transparent bonus system is based on company, team and individual performance.

Allan Barr added: “This year has been the strongest in our history and we have continued to invest heavily in our people. We have strong momentum as we start our new financial year and will be unveiling some further senior hires very soon.”

We are always on the outlook for the best talent, so get in touch if you think you have what it takes for a career at BIG.