About OWB

We’re one of the top 100 agencies in the RAR – Recommended Agency Register. This is independent recognition of our skills and services in design and digital.

Based in Birmingham UK, but working on an international stage, OWB is a marketing agency with a wealth of knowledge and know-how when it comes to creating campaigns that work for a wide range of clients. We take getting results seriously, but seriously enjoy what we do and think creatively about how to add value and get the best results for your business and your budget.

It takes a great agency to add value to your business. And OWB has some seriously good trophies in the cabinet.

We’re proud to be an official Investor in People and an accredited ISO 9001 business. It’s all about quality here.

We are extremely passionate about our clients, our people and what we do

We have expertise but we are also keen to try, test and develop our learning with you on your journey

We are honest, upfront and intensely driven to achieve real results for our clients

We are committed to excellence across design, digital, advertising, direct marketing and research

Meet the team

Andrew Wilkinson

Managing Director

Founding Partner and Managing Director of OWB Creative, the Birmingham based full-service marketing agency.

Andrew has worked in senior client-side positions for global brands including TNT and Blagden Industries Group and marketing agencies across the UK and overseas. Andrew is a member of the Institute of Directors, fellow of the RSA and a member of the Reform Club. He is non-executive director for St Giles Hospice group and Right Estate Agents, past NED of Business Link, where he was also made an ambassador for creative industries.

He was awarded ‘Director of the Year’ in the small business category in the 2017 IoD West Midlands Awards.

Shari Bryan

Operations Director

Shari is Founding Partner and Operations Director of OWB. A qualified marketer and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketers and Women in Business, her main expertise is in developing powerful client relationships, detailed project management, delivery of outstanding customer service, operational improvement and maximising ROI for clients. As well as Account Direction, Shari is responsible for the HR, Finance and process development and improvement of the business through the ISO 9000 accreditation and Investors in Excellence programme.

Aside from day to day running of the agency, Shari is either found in her kayak or indulging her passion for motorcycles which includes running an online classic motorcycle business importing and selling Harley Davidsons from Europe and the USA.

Mark Norman

Senior Designer

Mark Norman (Norm) joined OWB in summer 2009 having worked as In-house Designer for a prestige car company in Birmingham and a Designer/Artworker at a magazine in Warrington.

Norm has a degree in Visual Communication with Illustration from the University of Derby and a Diploma in Art and Design from Manchester Metropolitan University.

As Senior Designer at OWB Norm now works on leading projects, continually developing top quality creative.

Rachel Darby

Senior Designer

Rachel has worked in a variety of design roles since graduating from Coventry University in 2009 with a joint honours degree in Graphic Design and Illustration, and enjoys a particular focus on all things digital, including email marketing, video and animation.

Outside the studio, Rachel likes nothing more than being outdoors, exploring new places with her whippet Willow.

Bryony Cork

Senior Designer

Bryony joined OWB in September 2010 after completing a degree in Advertising Design at the University of Wales, Newport.

Providing a fresh perspective to design and a strong natural flair, Bryony has become an integral part of the OWB Design Team.

Driven to continue her professional development, Bryony puts her motivation down to the pleasure of working with OWB’s broad and exciting variety of Clients.

Dave Potts

Senior Designer

Dave joined OWB in Autumn 2018, he has a wealth of experience from working in design agencies around the West Midlands. Dave is very adaptable and creative, working on traditional print and branding to digital media, animation and web design.

Outside of designing Dave has a love of film and music. He also enjoys swimming, running, walking, snowboarding and cycling.

Zubair Safdar

Senior Digital Designer

Zubair Safdar (Zubes) joined OWB in Autumn 2018.

Graduating from University of Birmingham with a BA honours degree in Marketing Management, his previous roles include in-house CRM Designer for a leading pub retailer & brewer and a Senior Marketing & Design Specialist for a FTSE 100 company.

Zubes is self-motivated & driven, with over 12 years’ experience in design for both print & digital... There’s plenty of creativity still left in him!

In his spare time enjoys going to the gym, long walks with his rottweiler ‘Duke’, and eating (not so much cooking).

Claire Fisher

Claire Fisher

Account Manager

Claire joined OWB in September 2017 having previously worked in the Marketing industry both in-house and agency side. She has a BSc degree in Business Management and Marketing from Cardiff University.

Now an Account Manager at OWB, Claire liaises with our clients, making sure they’re happy and projects are completed on time.

In her spare time Claire loves all things food related, caffeine and exercising.

Christiaan van den Broek

Head of SEO & Social Media

Having worked in the Digital Marketing industry for 3 years, Christiaan joined OWB in May 2015. Christiaan is passionate about digital marketing and is always up to date with the latest industry news.

Christiaan is originally from Rotterdam moved over to the UK in 2010. Birmingham is his new favourite city!

He loves cooking and running.

Rachel Tingle

Rachel Tingle

Account Executive

Graduating from Liverpool John Moores University in 2013 with an MA in Marketing and a degree in Business Management and Public Relations. She has gained 3-4 years marketing based experience in two leading established organisations in the media and the hospitality industry. Her work on creating impactful campaigns has helped her to be innovative, knowing, individualistic and to push herself creatively – all for the benefit of OWB key clients.

In her spare time she horse rides and is an Avid Foodie type so is passionate about cooking and taste driving Birmingham’s eclectic and ever growing food scene.

Melissa Boult

PA and Admin Manager

Melissa (or Liss..or Lissey..) is our Administration backbone, handling all things administrative and working with the team to maintain and manage projects through the CRM system and supporting the OWB accounts function.

Jenny

Jenny Holden

PR

Jenny is a PR practitioner with more than 15 years of traditional and digital PR experience

Having worked across a broad spectrum of market sectors, both in-house and consultancy-side, Jenny’s true passion lies in unearthing brand, company and client stories and developing them for press exposure.

Jenny’s work has taken her across the UK, developing and implementing PR campaigns for the British Army as well as the housing, construction and consumer sectors. She has also worked in Central America, setting up a social media presence for an adventure travel company located in rural Nicargua.

A keen media spectator and speaker, Jenny is also a PR trainer for small business owners.

She enjoys photography, music, dancing and keep fit, and is also a mum to creatures with wings, with fur and most importantly, two legs.

Awards

We strive to create the most dynamic, effective work for our clients, achieving results that far exceed our clients expectations. Whilst there is no greater accolade than amazing feedback from a delighted client…it’s also nice to win an award or two…

WINNER MEDIA & CREATIVE | Insider International Trade Awards

WINNER MARKETING & CREATIVE | Birmingham Post Business Awards

HIGHLY COMMENDED IoD Awards

TOP 100 RAR Top 100 Agency

ACCREDITED Google Partner

WINNER DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR | IoD Director of the Year West Midlands

FINALIST DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR | IoD Director of the Year National

WINNER AGENCY OF THE YEAR | Birmingham Prestige Awards 2019

Timeline

2001

OWB founded by Directors Richard Oakley, Shari Bryan and Andy Wilkinson.

2002

OWB moves into new premises at Faraday Wharf, Birmingham.

2007

MBO to re-structure to present format.

OWB achieves ISO9001 Accreditation and Investor in People standard.

2009

OWB joins international marketing network.

2010

Andy named in Insider ’42 under 42′.

OWB achieves ICO Accreditation.

2011

Due to expansion OWB moves into larger, new premises
at The Bond, Birmingham.

2012

OWB wins Insider ‘International Agency of the Year’.

OWB wins Birmingham Post ‘Marketing Agency of the Year’.

2013

OWB named in RAR Top 100 Design Agencies.

2014

Andy Highly Commended at IoD Awards.

Awarded Google Partner Status.

2015

Digital Entrepreneur Awards – Shortlisted Finalist

Birmingham Post Awards Winner – Creative Comunications and Digital Agency of the Year 2016

2016

National Business Awards – SME of the Year Finalist

Financial Services Forum – Marketing Effectiveness Awards Highly Commended

2017

Andy Wilkinson MD shortlisted for the IoD Director of the Year Awards 2017 – UK Finals in the SME Company award category

Andy Wilkinson Wins Director of the Year, IoD West Midlands, SME category OWB Finalist Birmingham Post Business Awards

International

At OWB we are proud of our Birmingham heritage and the businesses we work with and support locally. But our reach goes far beyond the Midlands, and beyond the UK too. Recently our work with our International partners has reaped awards in the form of Insider International Marketing category Winner for our work in Europe specifically with our partner Eluere in France and Trio Group in Germany, Hong Kong and the Windward Isles, helping our clients to make important International contacts and deliver marketing strategies in new markets.

Our international network gives us unparalleled reach for research and brand knowledge, unique partnering to boost your international marketing programmes and the scope of huge global facilities that can innovatively add an exciting new dimension to your campaign.

To open global opportunities for your business speak to Andy, drop in for a coffee and let’s see how we can help you.

Community

As part of the LDC tour in 2010 we were a part of a team that raised a cumulative £185,000 for 9 charities, see www.ldclessordinary.co.uk

We support and sponsor amateur and grass roots rugby through our sponsorship of Walsall RFC.

Belfry Sporting Club, supporter of this dinner club which assists in fundraising across the region and is the oldest dinner club of its type in the UK.

In 2014 we supported Walking with the Wounded to help injured troops to get into work with a sponsored walk attended by 800 people on the Langdale Pikes raising some £250,000.

OWB is proud to support the all-new Gibbon Forest at Twycross Zoo this fabulous new environment launched in 2016.

Each year OWB attend the LDC annual charity quiz which raised a staggering £120,000

We supported the Copa del CL football tournament at the famous St George’s Park, where our very own Mark Norman made his debut. This year, we’re entering the full OWB team, with our very own Andy Wilkinson in goal.

In 2019, we donated our name and purchased a plaque in the Centre of Haematology which will help raise money to fund a Cure Leukaemia specialist research nurse for 3 years.

If you’ve got a project, get in touch with the team and we’ll get the ball rolling…