Barns Bulletin #1: September
A monthly roundup of Freestyling.
Article | Jake Hudson-Wood
First up, we have been shortlisted for Communication Company of the Year by the Midlands Business Awards, so stay tuned for updates on that. But the main event this month was winning Bronze for Best Digital Rebrand at The Digital Impact Awards for our work with Pegasus Life. Great work from the PL team, making all your fellow Freestylers proud!
In addition, we’ve attended a flurry of conferences this month, with Freestylers bouncing all around the country, picking up valuable insights and making new contacts. After every conference we hold a team meeting where we present our most valuable takeaway, and occasionally pictures of delicious treats we found on the way.
“Early success is a terrible teacher. You're essentially being rewarded for a lack of preparation, so when you find yourself in a situation where you must prepare, you can't do it. You don't know how”
This event was held at the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in Birdcage Walk, London, with around 400 attendees in a packed lecture theatre. Blair Enns entertained and lightly scolded us all for our terrible agency practices, taking us point by point through the 12 key chapters of his approach. If we get it right, there will be 400 agencies doing a better job of building their businesses and serving clients in a more equitable way than the client/supplier model. Must remember, ‘I am the expert, I am the prize’.
Freestylers Amy and Claudia took a trip up to Manchester to take part in the Northern User Experience meet-up and they brought back loads of UX knowledge to share with the rest of us, including:
To reward ourselves for a great third quarter of 2018, a huge gang of Freestylers headed up to Birmingham for the Digbeth Dining Club, a street food/drinks evening where we all got to try (waaay too much) amazing food; everything from mutton curry to gourmet hotdogs. We even finished off with some award winning desserts, Guy really enjoyed his chocolate maple marshmallow pancake, as you can see below.
One of the many perks of working at Freestyle is that every Wednesday we get a delivery of freshly baked bread and cakes from Knead It! bakery. The bread is so good that a few of us went on a course to learn how to recreate the magic at home! For an entire day on a chilly Sunday, these Freestylers were hard at work baking red bread, focaccia, cinnamon buns, Chelsea buns, and pizza; much to the enjoyment of everyone in the office on Monday morning! Hopefully this means fresh bread will be a daily occurrence at the Barns…
Finally, the bulletin wouldn't be complete without our obligatory office dog picture, so here is our Freestyle Dog of the Month, Lola!