The Summer Of 69. The Beatles were riding high with Abbey Road and iconic famous zebra crossing pic, ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid’ was released – and I started my first job in a newspaper.
As an office junior in the advertising department at the Derby Evening Telegraph.
This was the first step in a career that has seen lots of change over the years.
A brilliant time to work in the industry as media and marketing has changed so much since:
- 78,000 copies of the Derby Evening Telegraph were sold every day in six or seven editions
- Waiting list to advertise on Thursday and Friday as capacity was only 48 pages per edition each day
- Brian Clough, Dave Mackay and Derby County’s two league Championships. The paper was alive!
- The launch of free newspapers and the Derby Trader
- The formation of BBC Radio Derby
- First job in an advertising agency in 1977
- The launch of Channel 4
- The Internet – who thought that would catch on?
- Planned the most complex bus advertising campaign the contractor had carried
- Took on the top London agencies in their own back yard in bid for new business
- Started my own agency in Sheffield in 2001
- Created Motorola’s most successful online ad campaign ever
- Co-founded StreetwiseSubbie, a membership website for specialist contractors in the construction industry
From the summer of 69 to 2019, I’m still going strong – and loving it!
Read more about my days now and at the paper here.