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6th June 2017

Check out the Top 10 on the 10th at SHA.

Like most people, we were fed up with recruiters taking 3-months to respond to applications, we also realised that too little time is given to graduate positions simply because the big money is made elsewhere. The students we spoke to, who wanted to get into the advertising and communications industry, were really struggling with the ‘how’ rather than the ‘why’. We realized these issues were probably resulting in a great loss of prospective talent to the industry, and that’s never a good thing.

Time for a change? We thought so.

So, this year we are proud to announce the introduction of the annual Top 10 on the 10th.  A brand new, refreshingly fast and stunningly simple way to secure a brilliant position at one of the most dynamic independent agencies in the region.

How does it work?

Every 10th October, at 10:00am, starting this year, we will be asking the Top 10 candidates to present their case for 10 minutes each. We are open for applications for entry positions in Client Servicing, Creative and Production. The agency will make their decision 10 minutes after the last presentation and offer up to 3 successful candidates, jobs that fit their skill-set and ambitions on the spot. Right then and there before you leave the agency.

You would start within 10 days of the offer and earn £1,000 for one month. Should you pass the one month probation period, we guarantee full-time jobs at the agency, with competitive remuneration dependent on position and review. If you don’t make the grade after the one month trial, don’t fret, you still walk away with a cool £1,000 and some priceless work experience for your resume, plus of course our thanks and respect for trying.

To be part of the Top 10 on the 10th simply send in your details to top10@sha-agency.com, along with a brief explanation, 200 words maximum, letting us know why you think you should make the Top 10.

Please note that we will be welcoming applications just 10 weeks before, so don’t start sending your applications until 8th August. Our Top 10 registration closes 10 days before presentation date, on the 30th September.

Check our website, or participating colleges or universities for details and we can’t wait to hear from you!


6th June 2017

From London to Shanghai, Dubai to Newcastle. Welcome Phil!

With over 27 years of experience in the communications industry, Phil decided to bring his family back to the North East in October last year.

In December, Phil joined SHA. and has been working on developing and introducing some new proprietary strategic planning tools to the agency and helping the agency plan and pursue its grand ambitions for 2017 and beyond.

During his career, Phil has set up and managed some of the largest agencies around the globe including McCann, Ogilvy, Gyro and Tag Worldwide. He was Regional Director for Asia Pacific and EVP of Momentum Worldwide, where he also sat on the board of McCann WorldGroup in Asia. Before that, Phil was also Managing Director and Regional Vice President of McCann in Dubai and the MENA region where he has been regular columnist for Campaign ME over the last 14 years.

When it comes to delivering Intelligent Ideas that Get Results we are delighted that Phil will be helping to lead the agency moving forward and if you want to speak to him about getting better results from your marketing efforts just drop him a line at phill@sha-agency.com.

Welcome Phil!


31st May 2017

For the last 3 years we have been working with Durham County Council on the BRASS Music festival. A great client open to loads of fun and creative ideas. But this year I think we have taken it to another level with the design of a double-decker open top bus.

The Big BRASS Bus is a mobile stage and classroom for kids to learn and play brass instruments, aiming to inspire the next generation of musicians. The bus then turns into a stage with brass bands playing on the top deck to audiences at venues throughout Durham. The client wanted a design with impact that would get noticed. So we delivered!

The Big BRASS Bus unveiling was this weekend, touring the North East region visiting landmarks and promoting the BRASS festival. Our client described the bus design as “Awesome”.

We’re not ones for blowing our own trumpet, but when it comes to a creative project like this, and it is the BRASS festival, blowing our trumpet is a must!

To find out where the Big BRASS Bus will be search #BRASSbus The main BRASS festival is 7 – 16 July all over County Durham.



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