Things are hotting up here at Sharp HQ – we’ve now filled all our office desks with a trio of new starters swelling the team to 11. Here’s all the latest team news…..
Sharp launches graphic design and branding service
We’re excited to share that we now have a branding and design department – graphic designer and branding guru Alex Huntly has joined the team.
Alex is a self-confessed branding nerd – often designing things for the fun of it! With 12 years of experience in both agencies and as a freelancer running his own business, he’s looking forward to being part of a team again and bringing his expertise to Sharp and its clients.
He says: “I’m so excited to work for such a creative company. Creating and sharing designs with such a dynamic team will allow me to create some truly impactful work.”
Favourite food: He’s a huge fan of breakfast food. The thick American-style pancakes with crispy bacon and maple syrup is the go-to favourite.
Favourite drink: Alex loves a freshly ground cup of coffee made with beans from his local Kent roasters Coldblow.
Favourite place to eat out: The Globe Inn, Rye. The atmosphere generated from such a beautiful interior makes every visit feel special.
Fun fact: He’s Sharp account executive Eloise’s husband-to-be (they are getting married in October), making them the second husband and wife team in the agency.
Meet the newest members of the PR Team
New senior account director Zoe Emmitt’s office induction started with a ‘this is how we roll’ potato milk latte courtesy of the lovely DUG team (she’s now a convert!).
Bringing 20 years of experience working in PR agencies, delivering campaigns for snack and beer brands and the hospitality sector, to Sharp, she is making a return to the world of food and drink PR after a stint at a Kent PR agency leading on placemaking, property development and tourism campaigns.
A busy mum of two who finds herself spending a little too much time at the side of a football pitch, Zoe loves days out at the seaside, enjoying her garden and diving into a good book.
Favourite food: The best thing she have ever eaten was spaghetti vongole in a beachside restaurant on the Amalfi coast – so simple and delicious. She would love to recreate it one day!
Favourite drink: She’s never far from an oat latte! Or a nice, chilled glass of rose in the sunshine.
Favourite place to eat out: The Malling Jug, West Malling
Rebecca Eastman (known as Becca) an enthusiastic foodie who loves trying new eateries and cooking for friends and family, has also joined the team as an account executive.
Swapping the classroom for office life again, Rebecca’s new role at Sharp marks a return to the media world. She started her career as an editorial assistant for Dazed & Confused, after graduating in English and History from Goldsmiths, University of London. Then, with a couple of stints in digital marketing under her belt, she qualified as a primary school teacher which has kept her very busy for the past seven years.
She says: “I’m so excited to be working at Sharp and to be using the skills I honed in editorial again! I’m loving every moment.”
She recently moved to Whitstable from London and spends her time walking her dog on the beach and enjoying all the local foodie hotspots. She’s also busy planning her wedding which takes place at the end of July.
Favourite drink: A glass of wine
Favourite food: Anything made by her mum
Favourite place to eat out: Rochelle Canteen in London
Check out our new team pics – we had fun doing a team photoshoot and dodging the storm clouds!
AJ in Fine Food Digest
Have you seen this month’s edition of Fine Food Digest? AJ’s latest column on page 71 is all about how food retailers can leverage the power of LinkedIn to grow their brand.
Wealden Literary Festival
Our head of clients & content, Clare Pope chaired a talk with Kimberley Wilson, chartered psychologist and author of Unprocessed: How the Food We Eat is Fuelling our Mental Health Crisis, at the Wealden Literary Festival. It was a fascinating discussion around the many links between nutrition, mental health and brain development and how we are now paying for a failure in public policy and misinformation from the government. And prompted some brilliant questions and discussion from the audience.
Social Media like a Pro
Claire and Sam stepped in last minute at Produced in Kent’s Future Food Forum to give a workshop on all things social media. The guys were mobbed after with lots of questions from attendees.
Taste of Kent Awards
Some of the team attended the Taste of Kent Awards, the Kent Oscars of the food and drink world, which celebrates the best of locally produced fare.