Northumbria University graduates support growth of local creative agency

A Newcastle based marketing agency has expanded its portfolio of clients with the help of Northumbria graduates. Established in 2005, O Communications is an “evolving” creative agency, covering design, and digital and strategic marketing.

The Northumbria Enterprise and Business Support 2 (NEBS2) scheme from Northumbria University, offers financial assistance and expert advice to SMEs thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Through this scheme, O Communications was able to employ Sam, International Sports Management graduate at Northumbria University as an intern. Sam said: “Stepping into this role was a natural progression for me. I had always been interested in PR and had done a lot of research into sporting influencers as part of my university dissertation.

“Working for the Consumer PR team, presented me with the opportunity to explore this further, and so much beyond that. I gained experience in various areas including, influencer marketing, media outreach, content creation and event planning.

“Having not worked in the industry before, I was really motivated to get stuck in and eager to do a good job. As a result, I was offered a permanent position at the agency.”

“I’m grateful for the skills and experience my internship has given me and would recommend all graduates looking to gain valuable insight into the industry they’re hoping to step into, to consider a similar role.”

Lauren Regan, associate director of O Communications, added: “As an agency we believe in doing what we can to drive careers forward, which drew us to NEBS2.

“We have employed a few graduate interns through the scheme and each one has brought real value to the company. Having Sam on board, brings a new set of ideas and creates the space for us to win new clients.

“NEBS2 has given us that extra bit of support, which we needed in order to continue growing at such a fast pace. Northumbria has always produced us with high quality graduates, who are brilliant additions to the team and Sam has been exceptional. So much so that we are delighted to have offered him a permanent position on the team.”

Credit: Bdaily

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