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10K for 10 Years with Fishtank

You read that right!

We’ve been training hard over the past few weeks on our down time in order to prepare for the Asda Foundation Leeds 10k. We’ve been making waves for the last 10 years so it’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate each and every one of them with a kilometer of sweat, blood and tears!  

It’s not easy to tear ourselves away from behind our desks but we figure, if ever there was a reason to do so, it would be to contribute toward a cause that is held dear to all our hearts.

None more so than MD Damien Fisher.

When Damien’s son, Chester, was diagnosed with an Exomphalos at twenty weeks into his wife’s pregnancy, he and his family spent two and a half years living in uncertainty and constant worry.

Exomphalos and Gastroschisis are congenital abnormalities that affect one in every two thousand and around one in every ten thousand live births, respectively.

Chester underwent abdominal repair aged eighteen months and, thanks to the staff that occupy ward L42 Children’s General Surgical Ward and Neonates/Surgical Newborns at Leeds Children’s Hospital, the surgery was a success!

The team, here at Fishtank, are a proud and thankful bunch.

We think it’s only right that we give something back to the wonderful staff that continue to save children like Chester, today.

We’re unapologetically small with eight full-time and two part-time experts working tirelessly to bring our client’s visions to life.

Working this close everyday comes with certain caveats.

You can’t so much as eat an apple in the office without being scrutinised for it –as Damien recently discovered– but the intimate environment is part of what makes us such a strong team.

That’s why we’re pooling our efforts together with a target of raising at least £100 per member of Team Fishtank.

The fact of the matter is that the NHS needs our help.

Not just Fishtank’s but yours too.

It’s no secret that the NHS has been under fire from the media as of late but not once did this affect the level of care that thousands of children like, just like Chester, receive on a daily basis.

Everyone, from the cleaners to the surgeons have been compassionate, caring, attentive, professional and continue to demonstrate why the NHS is the envy of countries around the world.

It’s high time we acknowledge the service that these ladies and gents do for us and our children and Team Fishtank are proud to be a part of that.

The Fishbowl is a place that thrives on a culture of giving.

Nobody goes without here and this certainly translates to the service we offer our clients.

However, this is one of those rare occasions where we’re asking for your help.

Every penny makes a difference but we understand that you might have other commitments.

That’s why all we ask is that you share this post to your social circle.

If you’d like to contribute to the cause you can do so via our justgiving page here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fishtank

Thank you for your ongoing support.

We’ll see you there!

 

Work Experience at Fishtank Agency

Just last week Fishtank had the pleasure of welcoming a temporary new addition to the team.

Supporting the initiative to close the skills gap and to interest young people in the industry, we have decided to take on a work experience student this year.

Jessica is a Year 12 3D Design student and she joined us last Monday for a duration of 1 week. During that week she supported the Account Management and Design teams by conducting research, analysing qualitative data and helping us with developing a 3D design that will eventually be 3D printed for promotional purposes (watch this space!)

Gemma Curry, our Senior Account Manager was managing Jessica’s work experience and has commented:

“It was a pleasure to have Jessica with us for a week’s placement. She helped us greatly with research, created some fantastic 3d designs and joined our client meetings. I hope we gave her a good insight in to life here at Fishtank!”

Fantastic experience for both Jessica and our team, this week has definitely been a good introduction to a new era for Fishtank… But hush, that’s the topic of our next blog post! For now, read Jessica’s review of her week in our Fishbowl:

“I spent a week at Fishtank Agency for professional placement. The whole team was very friendly, and welcoming, as soon as I walked through the door I felt like a member of the team. The environment was positive all week long which is very motivational and gave me a great insight on working life in the design sector. I am very thankful to have been handed this opportunity as I have developed and learnt many key details that will help with my studies at college and definitely with my future.”

That you for such kind words and for visiting us Jessica – we wish you all the best in the future!

 

And the winner is…

Happy New Year!

We hope you came back refreshed after the Christmas break, excited for what 2018 has got in store for us – just as much as we are. It’s going to be a BIG year for Fishtank, we can tell you that! But only that at the moment – keep your eyes peeled for updates!

And now, for the results of our Christmas Quiz

After meticulous analysis of all the answers (for fun purposes) we have chosen the winner at random via a raffle. The person that will be making a move this year by winning the FitBit Alta is David Worthington of 10 associates!

Congratulations Dave! Will be a good excuse to come over for a brew and get them steps up. 🙂

Well done to everyone else who participated in our quiz – we hope you enjoyed it just as much as we liked creating it. As for the answers? Well. Although absolutely no one had Joe down as a straight tea drinker, I’m left wondering – how did everyone know I still believe in Santa?…

We’ve made a move this year… What about YOU?

We’ve got a special treat for you this year – a gift that ensures you’re always on the move, keeping up to your New Year resolutions. A sleek new FitBit Alta could be yours this January if it turns out you know us well!

We’ve prepared a little Christmas quiz to check how well you know the Fishtank team – click below to take your chance at guessing who’s a Mince Pie Monster and who’s on the naughty list this year…

Christmas Giveaway

The competition runs from 20th Dec 2017 to 7th Jan 2018 and we will publish the results on our social media platforms so make sure you follow us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram!

We’re hiring a junior designer

We are looking for a creative and talented Junior Designer with a position to grow into and make your own. Join our expanding, award-winning creative agency.

The Junior Designer will be responsible for supporting our Senior Designers with designing for our key accounts and working with a wide range of well-known national and global brands. We’re looking for someone who’s enthusiastic and who strives to exceed the expectations of clients and the team.

Welcoming Mike to the Fishtank Team

Hey, I’m Michael and I’ve just joined Fishtank where I’ll be leading their digital/web offering as Senior Frontend Developer. I am looking forward to my future working with the team here and with clients old and new.

Having been working in a large full-service agency in Leeds for the past 3 years I decided to make the move to Fishtank after seeing the new and exciting challenges that Fishtank and the role has to offer.

I began my interest, and later my career, in web development over 11 years ago whilst playing drums in a metal band where (here’s a tell of my age) I found myself re-skinning my band and other bands MySpace accounts. Fortunately, when my teenage dream of becoming the next Metallica didn’t happen, I found my true calling in web development.

After university I was asked to go back to the company I completed a year’s placement at while studying and in the time since, I have honed my craft in modern web development using a popular CMS platform many other development languages.

But all work and no play makes Michael a dull boy and so outside of work I still have an interest in playing music but most of all I am embracing family life having a 5 year old daughter and 7 year old son. Between standing on lego bricks and explaining why you need to eat your broccoli I enjoy watching anything Sci-Fi and going to see live bands.

Fishtank is my new home and I’m looking forward to getting to stuck in so if you need help with an existing website or if you’re interested in starting a new project with us, get in touch…

Name: Michael Garlick

Job title: Senior Web Developer

Email: mike@fishtankagency.com

Interests: Sci-Fi, coffee and Real Ale

Welcoming Gemma to the Fishtank Team

I’m two and a half months into my role at Fishtank and what a two and a half months it has been – never a dull moment working on various different projects, sometimes all at once, and I have enjoyed every minute! 

No two days are the same – one minute we’re on a conference call with our clients in the US discussing up and coming projects and the next we are scoping a new website with a small, local, family run business, all the time working with a very talented bunch here at Fishtank Agency (they paid me to say that!)

I come from a strong agency background with vast experience of working in both B2B and B2C markets, so I bring a wealth of knowledge to my role of Senior Account Manager. My key focus is supporting and working with our clients to help deliver marketing solutions tailored to their objectives and requirements but also supporting Damien with the growth of Fishtank and our own strategy and business objectives. 

We really do have wonderful clients, we feel like part of their team, there are no barriers to how we work together which is refreshing to see and our clients respond well to our approach to work.

There are some exciting times ahead for Fishtank and I am thrilled to be part of the team to enjoy them.

Name: Gemma Curry
Job title: Senior Account Manager
Email: gemma@fishtankagency.com
LinkedIn: 
https://www.linkedin.com/in/gemmacurry/

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