Design company goes global

Design firm Glad Creative has broken into a number of overseas markets including the US, Southern Africa and Bermuda on the back of a profile-boosting accolade.

Gateshead-based Glad Creative has enjoyed strong growth since its inception last year and already lists Tesco, the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and The Victoria and Albert Museum among its UK clients.

The company was set up by Northumbria University graduate David Burdon, who has won a string of design awards in his career to date, including Scottish Design Awards, Cream Awards and the Fresh Face of Design title at the 2010 Fresh Awards.

However Glad’s profile outside the UK is now growing after the firm was named a Top 40 design consultancy in the prestigious Design Week Creative Survey, ranking it alongside the likes of Apple, the BBC and Barber Ogersby, the designer of the London 2012 Olympic torch.

The company has since picked up two new contracts in the US, one with an Apple accessories firm based in Seattle and another with a fashion brand based in North Shore, Hawaii.

In Zambia, Glad recently picked up a new contract with a newly established safari operator, while Bermuda is also proving a particularly fruitful market for the firm.

A Bermudan business called Nova which makes shareholder solutions software has enlisted Glad to develop their company brand and the branding of their products.

Glad now aims to grow its presence further on the islands having uncovered a market which, although home to a large proportion of global firms, has a sparse design and marketing sector.

Meanwhile the company has been approached by a number of French-based businesses on the back of its work with supermarket giant Tesco.

Company founder David Burdon, who hopes to create new jobs in the next two years as his firm’s global presence continues to grow, said: "Although we’re a small team and a relatively young company, we’re really pleased to be working with some great international brands from our North East HQ.

"The Design Week Top 40 ranking has certainly helped to boost our profile and it’s obviously a fantastic feeling to have our work recognised in this way and to be ranked alongside so many established names."

Closer to home in London, Glad have formed relationships with Leicester Square-based Musical Theatre Network and South Kensington based Harriet Anstruther Studio, one of the capital’s most exclusive architectural interior design practices.

Other recent contract wins for the firm include work with Dance City, the Gateshead International Festival of Theatre and the Brighton Road Studios business hub in Gateshead.

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