Date: 19/12/2017
Author: Relative Marketing
Company: Relative Marketing

Two brothers who started their marketing business in the back offices of a Bolton pub are looking forward to what the New Year will bring as they take on more staff and announce more account wins.

Robert and Simon Barlow are the founders of Relative Marketing based on Bolton’s Wood Street. The agency was set up in July 2011 and now has a team of nine staff. And the brothers are in no doubt that more creative businesses should see the opportunities that come with being based in Bolton – as it has proved such a great location for their marketing agency.

Relative Marketing started out operating from offices at the back of the Retreat pub on the outskirts of Bolton town centre before moving to Wood Street in October 2014.

Explains Managing Director Robert: “We get people asking us all the time why we’re not in Manchester. And there’s absolutely no reason for us to be there. There are so many brilliantly creative people who want to live in and around Bolton who don’t want to travel into Manchester. We are often recommended by companies that know us from the area – but we also have national clients too. And we have fantastic offices down a really nice cobbled street – it’s a lovely place to go to work and that helps us attract good staff too.”

Relative’s clients include bespoke glasshouse companies Hartley Botanic and Gabriel Ash, Tyrers Coaches and insurance brands Stanmore Insurance and dot2dot. Its most recent account win is Bolton-based blinds and awnings company James Robertshaw. Relative now has nine staff and the company is expanding so fast that next year (2018) it is looking to create its own purpose-designed larger space on the top floor of the same Wood Street offices to house its growing team. The company will also be looking to recruit at least three new staff next year.

Adds Creative Director Simon; “It’s exciting to see all the investment taking place in Bolton. We feel quite pleased that we were at the vanguard of what clearly looks to be an exciting period of business growth for the town.”

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