New growth phase for comms agency Purplefish as it lands at Paintworks

November 8, 2018

Bristol communications agency Purplefish has moved to larger premises in the city’s Paintworks creative hub after three years on a boat on the Floating Harbour.

The relocation to dry land follows a period of growth for the agency, which was established in 2012 by Joanna Randall, pictured.

Over the past 12 months Purplefish has increased its client portfolio to include Crediton Dairy’s Arctic Iced Coffee brand, Redrow’s West Country region in addition to the South West, SME funding firm Optimum Finance, BGF (Business Growth Fund) and Bristol law firm Gregg Latchams.

Reflecting Bristol’s burgeoning tech and creative sector, the agency has also secured contracts with debt resolution platform firm Flexys, identity and access management service OpenAthens, and tech firm Envolve.

Originally launched as a social media agency, Purplefish now provides full service communications including public relations, issues and crisis handling, events and experiential campaigns. Its recent client wins have also led to a larger team, which now numbers nine.

The move to Paintworks, on Bath Road, coincides with a strategic partnership with Bristol videography team Inov8 as the agency bolsters its video production capability. The Inov8 duo of Tom Miller and Lucas Haynes are now based in the Purplefish office as they work with the agency’s clients to provide visual communications services. The video team will be headed by senior account manager Alice Bradshaw-Smith.

Purplefish managing director Joanna Randall said: “Being based in the creative community of Paintworks is already giving us a new lease of life.

“It’s so important for our work to make an impact on our client’s businesses and digital communication and technological advances are changing our industry all the time – we’re always looking at what’s coming next and that is why we’re also going to be working closely with Tom and Lucas from Inov8.”   

Purplefish non-executive director Andy Maher added: “I have partnered with Purplefish closely over the last three years and we have been very focused on delivering communications campaigns which are commercially tangible.

“Joanna and the team have such an energy and belief in what they do. It is a pleasure to be actively involved with this great team and more so, I am delighted to see them reap the results of all their hard work with this latest move and their newly expanded client base.”

Purplefish was previously based on the MB Tempora, a former Dutch barge on Bristol’s Floating Harbour and also home to Floating Harbour Studios.






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