Wolfenden strengthens board and makes two senior hires
Digital marketing agency Wolfenden has appointed Meghan Burton as Operations Director and Emma Barnes as Senior Data & Insights Strategist, in two senior appointments which have seen the agency widen and strengthen its offering.
Meghan Burton joins from Epiphany (now Jaywing) where she was most recently Production Director, having also been the agency’s Director of SEO for over four years.
Emma Barnes also joins the now 31-strong agency from her previous role as Senior Analytics Strategist at Edit.
Photograph is Ben and Daisy Wolfenden.
The Covid-19 pandemic period has seen a 400% increase in cyber fraud*, with statistics reflecting that small businesses – and particularly the self-employed sole trader or micro business – have found themselves at greatest risk without access to relevant cyber support and services.
In response, Leeds City Region Enterprise (the LEP) has commissioned the North East Business Resilience Centre (NEBRC) to deliver free support to organisations with less than 10 employees across the Leeds City Region (excluding Barnsley) at a time when it is needed the most. The support programme will help participants to take preventative measures to stop accounts being hacked, confidential data being accessed, fraudsters infiltrating bank accounts and successful ransom and phishing attacks from taking place. Find out more here. Closing date is 31.12.2020.
BUILD is a new entrepreneurship programme from Leeds City Region's MIT REAP (Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program), and we've just opened applications for early stage founders within Leeds City Region with business ideas that mix profit and purpose.
We're on the lookout for people who have brilliant business ideas to solve the big problems that matter to our community and to our world. Successful BUILD applicants will benefit from the shared knowledge of, and connections to, world class experts and over 30 of Leeds City Region’s most successful entrepreneurs. Read more on our News page here.
Starts 18 January 2021.
Duke Studios are offering students who are desk-based creatives 50% off co-working space, which means the cost is only £57.50 per month.
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The re-branding and change of name of this Leeds agency pays tribute to its Founder Ben Wolfenden. When Ben started the company in 2011, he had already built and sold an agency to WPP in South East Asia. Wife Daisy joined him in the business in 2015, since when the company has doubled in size and now has a team of 26.
Wolfenden's main specialism is search marketing, which has produced strong financial growth this year and surpassed £1m in turnover, with revenue in recent months having increased by 45%. Quite and achievement in a year which is exceptional by other standards, too! Clients include Seasalt Cornwall, Kiddies Kingdom, Terrys Fabrics and Lakelovers.
Founded by Joshua Atkins in 2008 at the age of 15 after working on Messenger Plus Live! plugins and skins, Jublo has since grown into a digital technology company and expanded into global language translations in 2016. As a certified UK translation and digital technology company, we work with over 160 people across 39 countries and several time zones.Joshua previously worked as Head of Technology at Force24, before joining Sky Betting and Gaming as a Senior Engineer & Solutions Architect and moved into the full time role of Managing Director from April 2019. The company recently welcomed Laura Kenny on board to head up the marketing team at Jublo, as well as moving into Bruntwood’s SciTech Platform. Exciting times.Jublo is looking forward to getting more involved in the Leeds Tech community.
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Kane Fulton of Tech Nation reveals how the Leeds Digital Festival team is a leading example of the resourcefulness, resilience and dynamism of the tech community in the Leeds City Region. You can read the details over at Tech Nation.
Nic Redfern, Finance Director of Know Your Money, has identified Leeds' rising status as a Fintech hub, recognising the City as a viable alternative to London for those companies established in the sector or starting up.
With the uncertainties which remain post-Brexit, Nic recognises that, in the right location, tenacious tech companies can survive the initial years and thrive in the longer term.