Date: 08/02/2018
Author: Cornerstone Design & Marketing
Company: Cornerstone Design & Marketing

A design and digital marketing agency celebrated its 10th anniversary with a party attended by business clients, the Mayor of Oldham, friends and family.

Cornerstone Design & Marketing held the celebration at the White Hart restaurant in Lydgate, Saddleworth, with over 100 guests.

The agency is based in Lees, Oldham, and was founded by managing director David Wadsworth.

Launched from his parents’ attic, Cornerstone has grown steadily over the years and currently employs ten people. Its’ services including graphic design, website development, digital and social media marketing campaigns, print, advertising, signage, video, photography and PR.

At the anniversary party, David welcomed the Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Shadab Qumer, and daughter Fiza Shadab, along with other guests.

During a speech reflecting on Cornerstone's development, David first paid tribute to his mum, Anne, and late father, Tom. He also thanked his fiancée, Sarah Smethurst, who now heads Cornerstone's creative team, and long-serving designer Nicola Adamson, who was their first employee.

David attended Our Lady’s RC High School in Royton, then graduated from Huddersfield University with a marketing degree. He worked for an agency in Leeds before setting up his own business.

The agency later moved to an office at Wood End Mills, Oldham, and then to its’ current base nearby on Lees High Street.  Now the company is again looking for a new, bigger home in Oldham to accommodate its growing portfolio of work and employee numbers.

Cornerstone has become one of the largest, full-service design, digital and marketing agencies in the Oldham area. It works with private, public and charity businesses and organisations in sectors including leisure, health, manufacturing, engineering, scientific, textiles, property, construction, arts, retail and recycling.

Clients include furniture components manufacturer and distributor Hills Panel Products (HPP), Oldham Community Leisure, Age UK Oldham, Dr Kershaw's Hospice, North West Ambulance Service and Fineline Interiors.

At the White Hart celebration, David thanked everyone who had played a part in Cornerstone's success including clients, who he saw as partners and friends.

He was also proud of Cornerstone's role in Oldham's contemporary economy, especially its’ contribution to digital skills and employment.

For more information on Cornerstone, visit

Picture shows (left to right) Nicola Adamson (Cornerstone), Fiza Shadab, Cllr Shadab Qumer (Mayor of Oldham), David Wadsworth (Cornerstone) and Sarah Smethurst (Cornerstone).