It’s been a fun ride, but I’m leaving the sunny climbs of Redwood. This Friday will be my last day in the rather glorious St Martin’s Place offices.
I came to Redwood to do a single print project for six weeks, and somehow conspired to stay for nearly eight years. It’s a measure of what a lovely company it is to work for that leaving was a really tough decision. I’ll miss everyone I’ve worked with, which, as I’ve spent a chunk of time helping run training courses, is actually most of the company!
I’ve also learned a huge amount while I’ve been here. Client management, presentation skills, how to leave my iPhone in a bar and then wander back just in time – all these we’re alien to me before I started. Some of them are alien still, but I’ve learned how to pretend they’re not.
The list of clients that I’ve worked with over the years has been pretty amazing too. From Apple to BT, Volvo, Barclays, The Co-Operative, Virgin Media, British Gas… It’s been like a who’s who of world-leading brands. And it’s been a pretty amazing experience working with them, and occasionally ending up in Soho karaoke bars at 1am with them (I name no names).
Next stop, Cleveland Street
So what next? Well, in a sense I’m moving home… because I’m heading to Dennis Publishing, to work as senior content strategist at Dennis Interactive.
I’ll be joining the team there with a remit to look in particular at social media, along with lots of other fun challenges too. It’s going to be weird going back to the same building I left ten years ago, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge. I’m also looking forward to meeting all the new Dennis-folk that have joined since I left, and renewing some old acquiantances too.