3 Minute Sizzle with: Adrian Mogg and Damian Proctor from Redweb
In 140 characters or less, tell us what your agency does.
It’s about hiring the best people, trusting them, helping them to be successful, creating great work and allowing people to grow. And having fun!
Tell us what you do at the agency.
AM: I’m Head of Project Management at Redweb, so I’m responsible for our team of Project Managers and looking after the delivery of client projects through our build teams.
DP: I am an Executive Creative Director. I’m responsible for our clients’ strategic and creative direction whilst guiding our Design, User Experience and Front End Development teams.
Describe your company culture, flavour or important values.
AM: It’s about hiring the best people, trusting them, helping them to be successful, creating great work and allowing people to grow. And having fun!
What qualities do you look for when hiring new people?
AM: When hiring I’m rarely looking for the finished article. Usually I want to see core attributes and personal skills that are difficult to teach or learn. Personality, potential, communication skills and passion for what you do are all really important.
DP: We recruit for culture, so emotional intelligence is important to us as no-one works in isolation and technical skills can be learnt.
What’s your favourite book / movie / album?
AM: Book: Project Management for Dummies / Movie: Pulp Fiction / Album: Metallica – Black Album
DP: Rogue Male by Geoffrey Household / Out of Sight by Steven Soderbergh / MTV Unplugged in New York by Nirvana
What was the best piece of advice you ever received?
AM: Own your career.
DP: A bad idea presented well beats a good idea presented badly.
And the worst?
AM: Good things come to those that wait ….. they don’t!
DP: Do what you love.
What was your first job (obviously with a creative context, we’re not too interested in paper rounds and bar work!)?
AM: My first “grown up” job was working in Lansdowne Computer Centre selling Sega Megadrives and Super Nintendos! This then led to working with PCs (in the days of 8MB ram and 250MB hard disks!). I then spent over 10 years working in the mobile/wireless industry.
DP: Flash Designer for a small creative shop in Bakewell.
How did you get that first job?
AM: My first couple of jobs came through an agency and were temporary positions. My last temporary position gave me a chance to prove myself and led straight to a permanent position – the rest is history!
DP: Serendipity of a mass CV drop in shiny silver envelopes via snail mail (it was last century!).
Aside from Meetdraw(!), what’s the best way to introduce oneself to your agency (which person / media channel / format)?
DP: Rich Maidment our Talent Manager / LinkedIn / email
Bournemouth seems to be a hotbed of creative digital talent at the moment, why do you think that is?
AM: I think this has been the case for some time, but Bournemouth is getting more publicity and recognition now than ever before. The quality of people in the area is already really high and we have some really exciting agencies and other companies doing great things. We’re also able to attract some great talent from other parts of the country/world. Bournemouth, Poole and the surrounding area is such a great part of the world to live in that once someone has decided that living and working in London is not for them there is only one place to come to. We also have a steady stream of new talent coming through our universities and colleges who can help the local digital economy continue to grow further.
DP: Our geographical location has allowed the perfect storm of agencies and universities to attract a wide range of very smart people without suffering the normal levels of churn.