MadeBrave making moves

May 21, 2015

MadeBrave is a full service digital creative agency that was started by Andrew Dobbie in March 2012 with nothing but £1000 of personal savings and an idea. Oh, and his wife had just had a baby! Here, MadeBrave share their story of how a partnership with Scottish Enterprise has helped them rapidly grow and develop over the course of the last three years…

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Since 2012, the MadeBrave team has gone from Director, Andrew Dobbie himself to 20 strong and counting. With each person hired came an additional skill, ultimately helping us to attract the attention of high profile clients, including Springbank Whisky, Aggreko, Vango, Bowmore and Air Space.

We needed support through this growth spurt we were experiencing, and luckily we got it. Firstly, from Wasps Artist Studios, who looked after us as we grew in our first home – South Block in Glasgow’s Merchant City area. In the early days when MadeBrave had a small team, the creative space at Wasps Artist Studios provided us with the ability to partner with other specialist agencies on projects and share expertise – helping the business to learn, work and grow.

Then in November 2014, just as our studio was bursting at the seams with the number of staff, Scottish Enterprise recommended that MadeBrave apply for an RSA grant. This came as great news for us, as we were looking to move to a bigger studio that would allow us to continue to grow.

Having a dedicated account manager at Scottish Enterprise gave MadeBrave a point of contact for advice, providing financial support in the form of a grant but also peace of mind that we were doing the right thing.

So the search for a new space began. The team at MadeBrave hunted the length and breadth of Glasgow for a new space before finding The Albus building in Bridgeton in the city’s east end. After a period of planning, building work and some interior design, we had a new place to call home in May 2015.

Our move is part of the larger regeneration project by Clyde Gateway to transform the communities of the city’s east end and build upon a long-lasting post Commonwealth Games legacy.

When MadeBrave chose The Albus building, we knew we were going to create something that was more than an office: we wanted to build a space that showcased our creativity and reflected our culture. Already, there has been a great response to the new MadeBrave studio, from both team and clients, and we’re really looking forward to what the next chapter in our new home will bring.

With more space comes the opportunity to continue growth – so the company is currently advertising another 2 roles, this time within our digital team. The agency has also launched MadeSocial, offering services provided by a team of social media gurus. The move and the bigger team will help us to continuously improve our work – which is great for the businesses that we work with – and of course for the creative community in Glasgow and the West of Scotland in the form of further job opportunities.

The growth of the company has also made for a new collaborative partnership with a social enterprise called Bad Idea. Bad Idea hosts workshops with young people inspiring them to go forward in education, find a job or think about starting a business. MadeBrave’s function in this has been to design social media and digital marketing workshops that Bad Idea will deliver to young people, for example, teaching them how to use social media for business and not just for themselves.

2015 is shaping up to be an incredibly exciting year for MadeBrave – who are Official Creative Partners with TedXGlasgow for the second year running and recently announced a partnership with Pedal for Scotland to re-launch their formerly named Corporate Team Challenge as the MadeBrave Team Challenge. On top of that, they’ve been nominated as ‘Tech Business of the Year’ at this year’s Scottish Business Awards!

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