An interview with Euan Blair, Director at Big Partnership

An interview with Euan Blair, Director at Big Partnership

 22nd Jul 2020

Nine Twenty are delighted to be working with Big Partnership, a leading UK PR and Digital Agency, on a new recruitment drive. Euan Blair told us more about his role in the business and their current vacancies.


Can you tell us a little about your background, and how you came to join Big Partnership?

I originally studied business at university. My course had a years' work placement, and I was lucky enough to land a role with Scottish Enterprise as an eBusiness adviser, where I helped companies plan and deliver their first websites. This gave me my first taste of digital marketing and development. After graduating, I continued as an eBusiness adviser for a couple of years before moving agency side, specialising in SEO and PPC.

As my career progressed, I started managing digital teams, developing processes and frameworks to ensure digital fully aligns with business objectives.  I moved to BIG Partnership five years ago to head up the digital marketing team. What initially attracted me to the role was their ability to deliver integrated campaigns across on and offline channels, and I was able to work with a strong team of creatives, developers and experts in media relations.


What does your role in the business entail?

In February this year, I was promoted onto the board with responsibility for the creative studio, covering design, development, marketing and digital. It's been an exciting time as we continually refine our approach to delivering integrated campaigns as well as supporting our clients as they adapt due to the impact of COVID-19.

I oversaw the studio's adjustment to lockdown and working from home. It was surprisingly quick and easy, and while we're looking forward to getting back to the office in some form, we've proven remote working is doable. We will benefit from the flexibility this gives us going forward.


Can you tell us what you are working on at the moment?

Lots! The number of opportunities to pitch hasn't slowed down for us during the lockdown. As well as winning new clients, we're also focusing on helping current clients come out of lockdown in the best possible shape. There is a big push to deliver new campaigns, new websites or added functionality to current sites that help support client growth.


You are currently recruiting, what areas are you looking to build?

Web development, specifically around Umbraco, is a key area of growth for us. We're getting more requests for this, both supporting current client sites as well as developing new ones.

Post-COVID, a robust digital presence is going to be even more critical; companies are going online for the first time or are facing increased competition. A well designed, conversion-orientated, stable website is going to be essential, and we are keen to expand our capabilities here to meet that demand.


What can potential employees expect in these roles?

The biggest attraction at BIG is absolutely the culture. We have a tremendous team that is hugely supportive of one another. Every time someone new comes into the company, that's the first thing they remark upon.

The person coming into the role will have the opportunity to help set and guide our approach to website development alongside day to day website support. Firmly integrated into the wider creative studio, they will find a supportive culture where their opinion is listened to, and expertise will be respected. We have a flat structure, and the owners still work hands-on with the team. There's a real sense of open and genuine communication across the business. 

We encourage people to play to their strengths and offer help to develop skills outside their core set if they want.

The work is varied; we have sites across multiple sectors, and it's growing all the time. No two days are the same. We're a close team, and while lockdown has separated us, they'll find people willing to help any way they can.


What's your favourite thing about the industry?

Variety. Working in an agency lets you experience a vast number of different client types across multiple industries. It keeps things interesting!


What do you like to do when you're not at the office?

Right now I'm looking forward to gyms reopening; resistance bands at home is just not the same! I play the guitar (terribly), love reading and enjoy hill walking. And drinking tea.


If you would like to find out more about joining the team please contact Rachael at Nine Twenty on 07825456378


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