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October Round Up

Chloé joins tothepoint

Our new account manager Chloé joined the account management team earlier this month. Chloé thrives working in a busy, inspiring studio and loves being thrown into new challenges.

Having worked in a variety of different agencies and bringing experience from digital, production, print and social, she has mastered scoping out projects, delivering on time and ensuring the communication is on point. She has plenty of experience dealing directly with creative and production teams where the correct management and implementation of the brand is vital. 

Chloé is a lover of all things creative whether that’s brand creation, making things (homemade croissants anyone?) or having a dance party! The question that is always on Chloé’s mind is who has chocolate?!

The pawfect afternoon!

Our account manager Diana was in puppy heaven this month, as she stopped by the Discover Dogs show at the Excel.

Held every year, it’s the place to be for dog lovers, who can enjoy a range of activities from petting a puppy at the stressbuster clinic, to watching the agility competitions, The Scruffts Semifinal competition and meeting the Metropolitan Police dogs. A picture is worth a thousand words, so if you’re having a bad day just look at these adorable pups. Diana managed to cry only once this time, after petting an adorable little corgi. Good for you, Diana.

#ttptryit – Halloween Special Edition

For some of us here at tothepoint, Halloween is the perfect time to indulge in more sweets than are acceptable, for others it’s the best occasion to show off some of their crafty skills.

Enter Alice, Diana and Chloé who challenged themselves to carving pumpkins at their desks… And it’s safe to say it wasn’t as straightforward as they thought but nonetheless, they persevered and we have the pictures to prove it!

Alice went for a spiders web, Chloé for a scary face and Diana for the classic poo emoji (odd choice indeed!). Although it seems only Alice got the Halloween dress code memo…

Show us your pumpkin skills and tag it with #ttptryit!

 

James builds skateboards at the V&A

Continuing the cultural education of (no longer our only) resident Northerner, James recently went to the V&A for a skateboard building workshop. Nothing to do with a mid-life crisis but connected to the V&A’s current exhibition on Plywood: Material of the Modern World and one of the first of their new series of creative workshops.

Anyone interested in product design or interiors should go and visit the exhibition for an insight into how plywood has been adapted to suit all manner of applications, from chairs and bowls through to boats, planes and even race-cars.

The workshop was run by the FAR Academy, an organisation in Kent aimed at an alternative teaching style for the young, using skateboard building and creative arts to engage with the disengaged students. Rather than using complex or heavy machinery, the class was shown how plywood can be glued and formed around a mould using nothing but a plastic bag and a hand pump. A few hours later and you have your moulded plywood, ready to shape and finish your creation.

Cue James limping to A&E soon after he plucks up the courage to ride his new deck!

Big data for small businesses

Working with Sage, and using their product for our accounts, this month our MD Simon was lucky enough to be invited to the House of Commons for the launch of the ‘The State of Small Business Report’ that was conducted by Nesta in partnership with Sage.

As we are a ‘Micro’ business in the SME range of companies, it makes for interesting reading and if it does lead to more support it will have done its job. CEO of Sage, Stephen Kelly, is a huge advocate of SME’s and their ‘buccaneering’ drive, so it was clear to see his passion for this report. It captures the true entrepreneurial spirit of UK SME’s and gives recognition to their enormous value to the UK economy.

Stats support this message – SME’s have created 73% of new private sector jobs since 2010 and of the 5.5million UK SME’s, 95.7% are micro-businesses employing fewer than 10 people! Diversity and innovation are other topics with equally interesting facts and stats… so explore their big data, you can even see how your local area is performing. Visit http://stateofsmallbiz.com where you can also download the report.