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Beattie adds 30 staff to mark birthday

Laurna Woods 2Beattie, the creative communications group, is increasing its payroll by a third by creating 30 jobs across its UK office network.

Founded in 1986 in Lanarkshire initially as a news agency, the group has evolved into one of the UK’s biggest integrated communications and marketing consultancies.

With a turnover of £13 million, its three headline brands now employ 100 staff.

The new roles will be created across Beattie’s eight UK offices, including Glasgow, Falkirk, London, Manchester and Leeds.

Managing director Laurna Woods said: “Having piled on more than £2m of new business in the past six weeks, we are currently enjoying the most auspicious start to a new year in the history of the group.

“There really is no better way to kick off our 30th birthday celebrations than to announce a 30% growth in our staff numbers.

“This is not PR fluff. We have taken on six new starts since January 1, so we are well on our way to fulfilling our recruitment pledge.”

Ms Woods is confident Beattie will push turnover up to £16m and total job numbers – boosted by newly-hired PR specialists, search marketers, affiliate marketing managers, email marketers, Umbraco developers, designers and video makers – up to 130 by the end of 2016.

New business wins include Blu Cigs, Vue and Innocent in addition to extensive new business briefs from existing clients.

Ms Woods added that the company is investing £20,000 in the creation of a high tech training academy in its media village in Falkirk. It will be operational by the end of March.

She added: “Everyone will undergo at least three days of intensive residential training over the next 12 months.

“Our aim is to become the UK’s most admired creative communications consultancy within five years. To achieve that goal we need to upskill our people and that includes myself and our senior team.

“The group already has a training facility in Spain and classroom technology across each office.

“Nothing beats face-to-face training. That’s why we are investing £20,000 to create a state of the art training academy in Falkirk.”

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