After a difficult year for all of us, I’ve decided to put together a year in review to reflect on the year that’s been, but to be honest, it’s going to be more than that. I’m going to look back further and see what got us here and the journey we’ve been on to create what Blak Bear Creative is today. I’ll also look at what’s in store for 2021 and beyond.

The purpose of this review is two-fold:

  1. To give you a behind-the-scenes look at our business journey and what that means for you, our customers
  2. To showcase who I am as a founder. To show you the man behind the brand so you can understand why our business DNA is what it is

Rewind 10 years

I’ve faced many personal challenges over the years. Back in 2010 I lost my dad, and two years after that in 2012 I suffered a stroke.

I was determined not to let this set me back forever and I starting planning for a brighter future. My main ambition in 2012 was to start my own business within the next ten years…

Fast forward to 2018

I hit my goal and started Blak Bear in November 2018 and it’s been a hugely rewarding first two years in business. From winning industry awards to seeing big jumps in revenue year on year, I’m grateful for what we’ve achieved already.

A year ago in December 2019 we were thrilled to win ‘best social media company’ in the Talk of Manchester Business Awards. For a company that had only been active for 12 months we were proud of our achievement and we’ve managed to kick on from there despite what’s happened this year.

Whilst 2020 has been tough for us all in general, it’s been a successful year for Blak Bear as we’ve seen a 200% growth in revenue despite the pandemic and all the adjustments we’ve all had to make to continue doing business and finding new ways to thrive.

We managed to help our client Kataholos Group move their business operations from face-to-face mentoring to a full digital solution comprising of two new websites. This didn’t just enable the business to continue operating but they experienced significant growth too as a result.

Moving forward into 2021

We’re hoping 2021 will bring more of the same. Well, in terms of business growth at least!

We’re looking at taking on two new apprentices as well as continuing to bring on new clients at a target rate of two per month to continue to add to the existing 40+ companies that trust us with their creative marketing.

All in all we’re looking forward to the year ahead with lots of exciting new additions and growth in the pipeline.

I wish you all the best

Back to why I’ve written this: to show you who I am and why I’ve created the business in the way I have.

I’ve always been big on pushing our values – a business built on ethics, transparency and trust. That’s why I’ve shared this with you and I hope it’s given you more of a flavour about what to expect if you partner with us for your creative marketing.

If you’re looking for some support on an upcoming project or if you need our help with ongoing work, please contact us today. If you want to know more about us first or to see more of our work just follow the links.

From all of us at Blak Bear, have a great Christmas and all the best for 2021.