What’s been a highlight this season?
This quarter has probably been our most dynamic and affirming to date. In the spring we won the largest contract that the company has procured in six years, working with CogX on the UK and Europe’s biggest AI festival. Spread across 12 stages at Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross, it attracted 20,000 people including the Mayor of London as opening speaker along with hundreds of the most influential tech thought leaders from around the world. It was a landmark moment for Marble and the culmination of all of our skill sets being brought together in an extremely tight timeline. We produced the entire project over six months, from January to June – no mean feat for a project of this scale. from January to June – no mean feat for a project of this scale (read more on p.30). We’re also thrilled to share that this project has been shortlisted for “Technology Event of the Year” by the C&IT Awards. Watch this space!
How has the rest of spring/summer 2019 been for the company?
Outside of CogX we have continued to flourish in our more traditional sectors. We’ve enjoyed a strong return in the UK festival and music scene, along with a return from our Bollywood clients, and strong and continued success within the fashion world.
What’s the plan for the rest of the year?
Marble was created to bring the expertise of our front-facing and back-facing services – story, production, tech and music – to market as partners with the strong independent marketing agency sector. Working alongside them, we can offer their customer base a broader opportunity within the marketing space by bringing experiential and live events to the forefront of their campaigns. This will be a real focus for us over the next six months and we’ve already started working with some fantastic partners in this regard, such as The Communications Store and John Doe.
Any internal news?
At home we’ve got a bit of housekeeping to report. We’ve recently doubled the size of the office, and while still located in Great Western Studios, we’ve had to make room for the expanding team with new hires across music, marketing and support staff, as well as key hires from production and a new technical lead. We are currently on the hunt for a new Event Director who will take on the next stage of growth and management of our event portfolio while Emi Perez-Fragero moves to the position of COO, where she will join myself on broader strategy and implementation over the coming years.
What’s your personal pick of the content in this quarter’s journal?
We have some fantastic content as ever within the journal but a special shout out must go to our friends at Orca Sound Project, with whom we have started working with on their mission to repurpose sea waste. They produced the world’s first sustainable Glastonbury stage in the Shangri-La camp this year, a fantastic effort that is paving the way to show what is possible within the events world. We will be collaborating with them and Incisive Media on a large range of exhibition solutions using these materials in the near future. This sustainability mandate will continue to be a massive focus of our internal strategy.