October 10, 2019
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Cornerstone was founded back in 2007 in an attic room at David’s mum and dad’s house. With just a handful of clients and a mission to create an ethical, down-to-earth marketing agency, we put client service and a focus on results-driven campaigns at the heart of the business.
Over 10 years later, things have changed quite a bit but the same values and mission still stand. With a variety of clients, new and old, a growing team and Wilson the yellow lab, we have diversified and grown to ensure we provide our clients a true full-service offering. We have video and photography facilities, an experienced creative, web development and digital marketing team, and a PR department as well as in-house, wide-format print capabilities.
Cornerstone has been built around results, recommendations, a down-to-earth working relationships with our clients and a desire to achieve better outcomes and ROI. We work with brands and organisations we believe in; forward-thinkers, innovators and fast-movers.
We are also proud to have been shortlisted as finalist for various awards over the years, the most recent being Manchester Publicity Association (MPA) Awards and the Oldham Business Awards.
David brings a wealth of knowledge to our client campaigns, with strategic marketing planning and digital knowledge that enhances and accelerates our clients campaigns over and above their competitors.
With a strong marketing background and passion for driving client’s businesses forward, David is actively involved in all major client campaigns and promotions.
We believe that we can far exceed clients’ expectations on all levels, and do it quicker, and more cost effectively than many of our competitors, which is why many of our clients have never gone anywhere else. Our ethos is a no nonsense approach, and complete honesty. This is a reflection of both my personality, and the way in which I think business should be done.
The ability to multi task on a whole other level!
Too much coffee equals one agitated David (best stick to the decaf)
Head of Creative
Sarah has been involved in Graphic Design & Art from an early age. She has developed her skills over the years to become an extremely creative and artistic designer and now leads our creative team in developing creative advertising campaigns.
Her talent is used to ensure that clients get a piece of artwork that is both effective in communicating the desired message and appealing to the eye, standing out from the competition.
I have been interested in Graphic Design for a number of years, but never had the courage to persue my dream. When the position became available at Cornerstone, I jumped at the chance and have never looked back. The varying client needs are always a challenge which I look forward to, ensuring work is always unique and effective.
The animal whisperer (mainly to the office mascot "Wilson" the yellow lab)
Heat, will melt like a chocolate bar in the sun on a hot day
Nicola graduated from Huddersfield University in 2010. Soon after, she applied for a position at Cornerstone and has become a welcome member of the team, taking on the role of Graphic Designer.
Nicola has plenty of talent in illustration and creative design, ensuring our clients receive a creative marketing piece that meets their requirements whilst driving awareness and demand.
Cornerstone gave me the fantastic opportunity of joining the team shortly after graduating. It’s an enthusiastic, fun and exciting environment to work in. The main reason I chose to join Cornerstone was their attitude & approach towards their clients. They have a great company ethos & always ensure they have their clients’ and staff’s best interests at heart.
Brew making skills that are out of this world!
Terrible sense of direction that even a sat nav can't fix.
Dave has over 10 years design agency experience and has been working in the industry since completing his degree at Salford University, where he gained a 2:1 in Graphic Design.
With a true passion for typography and all things graphic design, Dave helps to add another strong element of creativity and style to our client campaigns, helping to develop and build on their market presence and difference.
For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed designing. From a child, building unique creations with Lego; through education and into my professional career, I always take great pride in what I create and my passion for the industry hopefully shines through. Joining Cornerstone was a breath of fresh air for me as it gave me the opportunity to do what I love within a positive environment with a variation of work that makes every day different and exciting!
The ability to identify a font at a hundred paces!
Coldplay and Comic Sans!
Lead Website Developer
Mubarak joined Cornerstone in 2015 to help further develop our web offering, bringing new technologies to the company that add a further level of customisation to our clients’ online presence.
After graduating from Huddersfield University, he worked at a competing web design agency before making the move to Cornerstone, where he now gets involved in developing bespoke WordPress and Laravel websites, as well as handling all things code related.
With the ever changing and rapid progression in technologies, there are always new challenges and methods to tackle issues that may arise in Web Development – this is what captivates me. I like the problem solving aspect involved with Web development, the instant feedback from writing code, and viewing the outcome in browsers, testing etc. makes the whole process enjoyable.
Adapting to the latest technologies.
Sign Maker & Installer
Chris brings outstanding experience and expertise to Cornerstone’s exhibition and signage capability, helping to further strengthen the core offering to our clients.
His experience in signage, vinyl wrapping and vinyl graphic installation helps to build on our already strong leisure, retail and exhibition offering, allowing us to provide a wider range of interior graphics, external signage, notice boards, vinyl graphics, exhibition materials and much more.
I love being involved in the entire process from initial site survey to final production and installation, which is extremely rewarding, especially when working alongside our creative team seeing the work coming to life.
Each day at Cornerstone is totally different thanks to the wide range of clients and services we offer; plus working as part of a team which is 100% focused on quality, client satisfaction and generally having fun is a great environment to work in.
Lightning fast vinyl weeding ability
Fast food and can't resist a bag of kettle chips!
Jess joined Cornerstone as an account executive in January 2017 following freelance roles within marketing and PR fields.
Exploring her passion for all thing digital, Jess embarked on several training courses and became Cornerstone’s dedicated digital marketer within 12 months of joining the Cornerstone team. Jess gets involved in all digital work at Cornerstone including SEO, PPC, Social Media Management, Email Campaigns, UX, and Digital Strategy and Planning.
Cornerstone is an incredibly fast paced and exciting working environment where no two days are the same. The level of autonomy and experience I have gained in my role (in such a short space of time!) is something I owe to the growth and success level of Cornerstone as a company. Digital marketing allows me to use both the creative and analytical sides of my brain every day which I love. With our digital service offering growing rapidly at Cornerstone, I can’t wait to see what’s next!
Netflix – especially true crime documentaries
Kat joined the Cornerstone team in 2017 as a critical part of our digital marketing development. With video being a huge part of client campaigns, Kat has been brought in to create exciting, engaging video for our clients that helps drive action through each and every campaign.
Moving to Manchester from London, Kat relocated for the position and is involved in all things video and animation related.
I’ve always loved Video and Photography and after studying I knew it was the direction for me. Being able to turn my passion for visual media into my job is just fantastic. I get a lot of satisfaction from being able to see a video through from pre-production to the final edit; I love how quickly you see a project take shape when you’re working on each step of the process.
Cornerstone is such a lovely team and I enjoy the variety of work. There’s always a new project kicking off! I enjoy that I am able to be involved in and learn about other areas of the business too.
Spice master in the kitchen
Much happier behind the camera than in front of it!
Writing business news, marketing and public relations material for our clients is Robbie’s specialism. A journalist whose reports and features have been published in local, regional and national media, Robbie writes copy for our clients to use across digital and print channels.
Businesses are great sources of news and photography. Robbie helps clients get their news, products and services seen by their target readers. He also has a strong interest in photography which is a vital part of PR.
Variety is the spice of life. I enjoy meeting people and writing about all types of business.
With Cornerstone, I meet a fascinating range of clients and visit all sorts of workplaces. Manufacturing, science, construction, property, leisure, health, charity and public sector organisations. We work with a great range of clients.
Curiosity, friendliness and an eye for ‘a good story’ and photo.
Jargon. Cut it out. There’s no need for it.
Zuzana’s role is looking after our clients, liaising with them and Cornerstone’s multi-disciplinary team to identify and produce the best and most-appropriate design and marketing services.
Originally from Slovakia, Zuzana has worked in Greater Manchester for over 10 years. Her CV includes extensive experience of working for a small design agency in Stockport, where she began in business administration as a director’s PA before moving up to operations manager. She later joined a large Manchester city centre agency as an account manager on global brands before joining Cornerstone.
I really enjoy working with a variety of clients across a range of brands. I like meeting clients face-to-face. Talking and good communication is really important for my role.
My roles: I work across all Cornerstone’s services including graphic design, web development, digital marketing, social media, video, photography and PR.
I understand horses’ language.
My name being spelt wrongly!
I love the idea of everything being perfectly balanced, so accounts seemed a good fit for me. Cornerstone has developed rapidly over the last few years so bringing the accounts functions in house was the next logical step and I am thrilled to have joined the team at this exciting time.
Organised, I start shopping for Christmas in March and everything has to be wrapped by the middle of October!
Black and White films – they don’t make them like they used to!
Lauren has broad range of experience and interests. She has previously worked in roles including customer service, visual merchandising for the retail fashion industry and administration for Transport for London.
She has also studied fashion and textiles, is a fan of iconic punk designer Vivienne Westwood, and is a qualified theatrical and media make-up artist with experience of make-up work in commercial photography studios.
I like multi-tasking, being at the centre of the business and being busy. I like working with people and the variety of activities at Cornerstone.
I’m a mum, which requires having super power, and I can also name all the Disney animation characters!
I have a weakness for Krispy Kreme doughnuts, TV crime documentaries and Harry Potter films. I’m a bit of a Harry Potter nerd. I’ve even visited Harry Potter World.
Kirsten has worked in graphic design for a number of years, with experience of print and digital projects.
This includes national business and professional magazines covering retail, hospitality, tourism and the hospice sectors along with print adverts and leaflets, email and website banner adverts, and other website elements.
I’ve always like graphic design, art and creative things. As a child I was always drawing and colouring.
At work, I’m especially interested in typography and colour. At home, I’m kept quite busy with two children. But if I ever have a little bit of free time, I still like to draw.
Cheese is my weakness. I love Cheddar. Mature Cheddar with a bit of salt sprinkled on top or melted is gorgeous. But nothing mouldy. No Stilton, thanks.
Mark has over 15 years’ experience of developing websites and technology based products both in the public and private sector. Prior to that he has worked as an electronic engineer, tax man and an investigator, to name but a few.
He is now a full stack developer who also has a great deal of experience in SEO, digital marketing and content strategy. He joined Cornerstone from a digital agency in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, and now finds himself building custom websites using WordPress and other technologies.
I love the fast pace of our industry and all the opportunities that present themselves to us.
I always put the client first and go the extra mile to ensure that the finished product that we hand over is not only amazing for the client’s website visitors but is also a complete solution that makes the client’s job a whole lot easier. I understand that a couple of hours of my time can potentially save hundreds of hours for our clients.
Knowing exactly what technology to use in any situation.
Sport. Can talk for hours about almost any sport, but not darts.
Before Cornerstone, Karis previously worked for a small agency as marketing and communications manager, managing the agency’s own marketing strategies and also those for small businesses and organisations in retail, art and charity sectors.
Soon after graduating, she had a number of roles with various organisations including a three-month placement in rural Cambodia on a health, education and community development project.
With this background in visual art and agency experience, she brings creative ideas and a strategic approach to marketing campaigns.
I believe a good team is the most important part of any career, and Cornerstone’s team is an incredible group of talented and lovely people. We all are passionate for growing businesses in order to reach their full potential. That shared attitude is what makes a difference to our clients and the atmosphere of Cornerstone HQ. It’s a fantastic environment to work in!
I’m a secret artist in my free time
Turning into mush at the sight of any animal!
My role is to create strong, positive relationships with our clients and ensure they have the best possible experience and best possible results. I’m the reliable and pro-active, go-to person for your business or project.
I am a strategic thinker who will focus on the bigger picture so you can get on with running your business. Backed up with the experience, organisational skills and know-how to deliver what you need, on time and on budget!
My passion for marketing started in business studies at GCSE and A-Level – taking a particular interest in the theory behind marketing and what makes people ‘tick’. Afterwards, I began an apprenticeship at a full-service agency, developing the knowledge and skills to deliver successful, fully-integrated marketing services and also went on to become CIM qualified.
I love getting under the skin of a business or project so that I can fully understand the challenge and develop solutions that make a difference. There is no “one size fits all” in this game. The variety of projects and people I meet along the way make for genuinely interesting and engaging work. There is nothing more satisfying than a job well done. Account management also satisfies my need to be constantly learning and constantly on the go. This industry never sits still.
Asking the questions that really get you thinking. Digging deep for the most valuable insights.
I cannot and will not function without breakfast. You have been warned.
Social Media Executive
Paige works across a range of social media channels creating content for consumer-facing and business-to-business clients, including on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Linked In.
She studied management and IT at Lancaster University, which included modules on accounting and finance, marketing, organisational psychology, change management and web development.
While at university, she started her own home interiors e-commerce business in the first year. Through that, she learnt the importance of social media marketing for business and put her web development skills to the test. She later worked at a digital agency in Manchester as a social media executive on a temporary basis.
She continued to work as a freelance social media executive for SMEs whilst at university. After graduating earlier this year, she joined Cornerstone Design & Marketing.
Social media is the new shopfront for businesses. It can create such an impact on the perception of a business; its values, integrity, culture, offerings and quality. Cornerstone has given me the opportunity to show what a positive impact a well-planned social media strategy can have on every aspect of the business whilst using my creative side too.
I love the culture at Cornerstone and the wide range of clients we work with. The opportunities to develop my knowledge and career are what really excite me.
Getting at least nine hours of sleep every night.
Iced coffee and chocolate, separately… actually, together works even better.
Our agency has been built around results, recommendations, a strong working relationship with clients and a desire to achieve better outcomes each and every time.
We work with brands and organisations we believe in, forward-thinkers, innovators and fast-movers.
We love what we do for our clients and can do the same for you.