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SA Away Day 2014

After everyone’s hard work, and a year of amazing success and unprecedented growth, we figured it was time for a good ole’ fashioned away day.  So, we packed our bags, hopped on a bus, and went wild.

Suffice to say we had an excellent time, and set ourselves a raft of new goals and plans for the year to come.  It’s true, two heads really are better than one, and when you put the whole team together and talk about improving our services for clients, the results are infinitely positive.





Run with us!


scarlettabbott are proud to be the main sponsor of the Clifton Village Coast to Coast Run in support of Martin House Children’s Hospice.

The run, starting in Whitehaven at 5pm on Friday 20th June, will cover a gruelling 138 mile circuit, reaching altitudes of over 2000ft., and will be undertaken by just 7 individual athletes working as a team and completed within 24hours.

We hope that you will join us in supporting this wonderful charity by donating to the Clifton Village Coast to Coast Run:

Twitter: @CliftonC2C




We’re hiring!


Following substantial business growth, we currently have the following vacancies to join our high performing and award-winning team.

Senior Internal Communications Consultant – London
Internal Communications Consultant – London
Senior Internal Communications Consultant – York
Internal Communications Consultant – York

Our agency works with a number of top clients and covers a wide range of collateral from magazines to websites. We offer a great working environment, competitive salary and benefits, and the chance to become part of a fun, highly motivated team.

To find out more, please e-mail




Award winners!

*dusts off shoulders* We’re feelin’ fabulous today because we’ve won an award for our beautiful building. Our offices – The Old Chapel picked up a gong in the Renovation/ Reuse category at  The York Design Awards! Read more about it here. High fives all round!

Wondering how this renovation task was tackled? Take a peek at our stop-motion video to see how Scarlett Abbott HQ was transformed from a shell, into our shiny new offices.

Let us know what you think!



Six short fellas: an editorial mantra for IC?

How does Nobel Prize winning, elephant-loving author Rudyard Kipling, help us write fab content for our client magazines and newspapers?

We’ll tell you how. Fancy a poem?

Kipling wrote:

“I keep six honest serving-men

(They taught me all I knew);

Their names are WHAT and WHY and HOW

And WHEN and WHERE and WHO.”

Good eh? Let’s elaborate.

These six little words are central to writing engaging articles, and super-important when it comes to getting a message across and telling a story.

Our journalists and writers try to get WHAT and WHO across in the intro. What it’s all about, the message, the story? What’s special about this piece and what will make people want to read on? Who’s involved, how they got involved, the team they’re part of and their role within the company?

The nitty-gritty comes in the body of the copy. We’ve got the readers’ attention, now we give them what they want, the WHEN, the WHERE, the WHY, when it happened and why the date is significant, where the action took place and why it’s relevant to the story. Finally, make clear why it’s here – what’s the call to action in this article and what should colleagues do as a result?

Next comes the HOW – how it happened, the challenges and processes involved, final thoughts from colleagues on impact/solutions/effect/outcomes and contact details.

We’re proud to say at scarlettabbott we produce fresh, unique, engaging and entertaining content for a wide range of diverse internal audiences, and by following the wise words of Kipling, and using our IC expertise, we make sure we hit-the-spot with them every time.



New kids on the block

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Hi, from Jeremy Petty, Client Services Director

What gets me out of bed in the morning is… usually my four year old jumping up and down on the bed. OK, being involved in the most exciting growth industry out there and working with, and meeting, great people every day.

My CV is a bit like…  a waste of ink these days. Presence on LinkedIn, Twitter, Blogs and Facebook is the new CV.

Out of work… I’m mad about sport; mainly watching these days but still manage to play a bit of football and cricket. Chasing our two young boys round the football pitch/garden/swimming pool/house seems to occupy the rest of my time…

In the office… I’m helping to spread the word of scarlettabbott across the land and ensuring we nurture and grow all of our client relationships.

For me, internal communication is… the opportunity to create and drive a loyal, bonded colleague base who will deliver improved business performance.

If I wasn’t me, I’d like to be… flying down the left wing at Anfield. 



Hi, from Tony Beresford, Creative Director

What gets me out of bed in the morning is… normally my wife Louise and the promise of coffee! But being a designer, I like going to work knowing that fresh challenges await me every day.

My CV is a bit like… The truth is I’ve not moved around a lot so I’d most probably compare myself to a lighthouse. Tall, bright, well-weathered and stalwart, that’s me! I’ve seen all sorts of ships come and go – in all weather conditions – from large tankers to little dinghies and I’ve helped steer them all away from the rocks and sent them on their way.

Out of work… I’m moving to York from London so I’ll mainly be exploring the city and the beautiful countryside.

In the office… I’m dedicated to design in all its forms – from what we do with print and digital – to clothes, buildings, machines and technology.

For me, internal communication is… helping people on IC budgets achieve levels of design they had thought were reserved for those with external budgets.

If I wasn’t me, I’d like to be… Oscar Wilde said “Be yourself, everyone else is taken”, but if I had to give a name it would be Dr Peter Venkman.



Hi, from Minda Galvin, Senior Internal Communications Consultant

What gets me out of bed in the morning is… Usually a small pale boy called Caspar whispering “Is it time to get up yet?” (Not the ghost, but my eldest son).

Out of work… I like playing eye-spy, bike rides, getting lost in books (not always good ones), buying red lipstick, going to farmer’s markets and snowboarding – if I get half the chance.

In the office… I’m first and foremost part of a team. I’m always amazed by the ideas people have when they put their heads together. I try to be true to myself and authentic in everything I do. I’m big thinker, but I’ve also got loads of experience, so I’m practical, pragmatic and passionate about great execution. People tell me that my eyes light up when I talk about business culture, great places to work, good design and well put together communications. I’m an enthusiastic sort, so having me around can help keep energy levels up.

For me, internal communication is… an absolute passion. It is the backbone of any good business. Good quality internal communication changes the game. Without it, employee engagement diminishes and companies can’t change effectively to be ‘match fit’ for the future.

If I wasn’t me I’d be… JK Rowling – getting lost in a magical world for more than a decade, I can think of worse things to do.



Hi, from Rebecca Marsden, IC Editor and Project Manager

What gets me out of bed in the morning is… a big mug of coffee and a to-do list.

Out of work… I like escaping to the coast, watching old films, listening to old music, dancing, trips to the Tate and meandering around markets.

My CV is a bit like… a smart kid’s toy box – full of fun, creative and educational jazz.

In the office I’m powering through my list-writing, interviewing, proofing and meeting up with like-minded creative people.

For me, internal communication is… about letting people know they’re valued and part of the bigger picture.

If I wasn’t me, I’d like to be… in the 80s, singing backing vocals for Bryan Ferry.



Here’s what happened at 1!…

Craig and Josh laid on a fantastic spread with games – thanks guys!

This is what we got up to…




Say hello to our new team member!

We have an exciting announcement… this week we welcome Rebecca Marsden who’s come back to her native York to work with the dream team here at scarlettabbott.

So, it’s over to the lady herself:

“After nearly six years down in Oxford I’ve finally come home to York! In Oxford I worked  in various editorial roles, making lots of nice print and digital products. I’m a trained editor, proofreader, project manager and copy writer and learnt most my stuff through doing a Masters Degree in Publishing way back when. I’m really excited to be doing what I love, where I love, and I can’t wait to get started making lovely new friends and shiny new mags!”






Right on cue

We’ve only gone and got a pool table! AND the green cloth is gone and we’ve got a fancy red one to match our SA colours.

Alice M and Rich went head-to-head in the first game. 30 minutes later and we had our first SA pool champ – well done Rich!


new pool table



Food Friday!

This lunchtime we downed tools, picked up a hat and made our way down the rabbit hole (the kitchen door) to our monthly Food Friday… The theme this week was Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.

From chocolate strawberries to teapots filled with tomato tea, it was a great spread! Well done and a huge thank you to Hannah and Rich for organising it.

Take a peek at our hat-based soirée…

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