Cracking first year for Walnut Creative

Cracking first year for Walnut Creative

Barnsley-based marketing agency, Walnut Creative, has got off to a strong start, enjoying rapid growth just eleven months after launching.

The company, which specialises in marketing for the food services sector, is set to triple their expected first-year turnover. Initially setting a target of £70,000, they are on track to hit £250,000 by the end of October.

Glen Crossland, 27, set up the company in November last year and won two new contracts within his first week of trading.

He now works for clients as far afield as Indonesia, offering design and web services as well marketing. This early success saw the business move into Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre and take on two members of staff at the beginning of this year.

Glen said: "I started out working on my own from my kitchen and never intended or expected the business to grow so quickly - but the opportunities came along and it would have been foolish not to take them."

Walnut Creative is supported by Launchpad, the start-up and growth support service from Enterprising Barnsley, which is an integral part of the Digital Media Centre’s offer for businesses. Launchpad is funded by the England European Regional Development Fund.

Glen said: "There’s been so much to consider as we’ve moved forward so having access to Launchpad has been a huge help. Dealing with bigger clients brings big opportunities, but also big risks, so it’s great that we have that additional support to keep us on top of our game."

Glen is now looking to recruit another full time employee, to add to the three-strong team at the centre, and plans to move into larger office space within the building. 

Enterprising Barnsley’s John Heckingbottom said: "It’s great to see Walnut Creative doing so well and gaining such a fantastic reputation within their industry. With the business less than a year old, and the team all under 30, it’s exciting to see what the future holds for the company."

Enterprising Barnsley is the economic development arm of Barnsley Council and aims to help businesses across the borough develop and expand; generating economic growth and creating jobs.

The Digital Media Centre is a creative and digital business hub and part of a portfolio of business support and accommodation available through Enterprising Barnsley.