Peter Mumford, senior account executive
TWO directors and longstanding staff members at leading full-service marketing agency Cartwright Communications have taken equity shares in the company.
Annie Brafield, who has been with the agency for nearly a decade, and Rose Hayes who joined in 2016, have both been made shareholding directors.
Liz Cartwright, managing director at Cartwright Communications, said: “Since being made company directors in 2021, both Annie and Rose have played a crucial role in supporting me to drive business growth and shape our plans for the future and I am thrilled they have taken shares in the company.
“This is a hugely exciting time for Cartwright Communications as we lay out our plans to build on our successes and further develop the business. In the last year, we have established two new office locations and expanded our in-house digital team with ambitious plans to grow even more; both Rose and Annie are central to those plans.”
Annie is the agency’s longest standing team member and was made a company director just weeks before heading off on her second maternity leave. She said: “Growing our own talent is vital to the success of the agency and is part of having a clear team culture. I am the perfect example of the opportunity for development that is open to all employees.
“I started here as an account manager and have risen through the business into an equity director position and couldn’t be more proud to say that. I am grateful to Liz for the opportunities she has given me during the last 10 years and support in taking on this new challenge alongside Rose.”
Former head of PR at the agency, Rose, added: “Both Annie and I are passionate about the business and recognise the significance of being granted shares in an agency that Liz has grown from a team of one to over 30 in three locations.
“Cartwright has a very distinct feel – whether you are working with us as a client or for us as a colleague. Our plans will look at how we can grow while always retaining the agency’s personality, as well as continuing to learn everything we can from Liz’s experience and expertise.”
The transaction was managed by Richard Stanley and James Simmonds at UHY Hacker Young and Duncan Taylor and team at Nelsons Solicitors.
Cartwright Communications now boasts a 30-strong team of PR, digital, social media, brand and marketing experts across its three bases in Nottingham, Birmingham and London. It is an accredited ‘Great Place To Work’ ranking the sixth best small business for women to work for and in the top 25 for wellbeing in the UK. It was also placed as one of PR Week’s top agencies in the UK in 2022.