Our Story

Where it all began…..

In April 1992, Sue Sowerby saw a gap in the marketing & communications market and decided to set up her own agency. It wasn’t the best of timing – in fact it was the year of a recession, but with a determined mindset and 29 of her own clients, The Sowerby Group was born – and 7 months later, so was her baby boy Ben!  This new business idea had to work – didn’t it? With a Unilever plc background in Public Relations and an exciting career within a range of London advertising agencies – and international ones, the risk paid off!

In the larger ad agencies, Sue witnessed clients being passed ‘down the line’ time and time again so in her own agency Sue made a commitment to ensure that each and every client felt valued and special. 29 years on, we still have some of those original 29 clients on board with us. This is a massive testimony to our strength in such a competitive industry. In fact we are sure there can’t be many female-owned independent agencies operating throughout the UK whose businesses have stood the test of time throughout a 29 year period.

Sure…being an established business such as ours, we receive many third party approaches asking if we are ready to merge, acquire, sell or buy, but for now, we remain independent and proud!

Our business is niche. We win clients predominately through recommendation and referral. We are regularly viewed as an extension of our clients’ own internal marketing, digital and HR teams.

Today and everyday we remain committed to impressing our clients with ideas, digital strategies and creative design work while remaining focused on providing exceptional customer service and a quality product – all executed within suitable timescales and budgets.

If you’d like an informal discussion about how we can assist you just send a brief message through our Contact Page and we will get straight back to you.


Meet the team


Managing Director

Not the usual MD in the sense that every day you’ll find Sue working ‘in the business’ being extremely ‘hands-on’ when it comes to account / client relationship management. Sue works with key clients providing advertising, copywriting, search and consultancy services helping to build and develop brands especially when it comes to employee branding. A massive social media fan, LinkedIn…

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Director of Finance

We leave Richard to keep tracks on invoicing and credit control. Making sure payments come in and bills are paid on time, Richard is in charge of the overall Finance team working creatively (smiley face) alongside Sylvia and our firm of Accountants. Outside of work, you’ll find Richard either at Essex County Cricket or at home watching the cricket –…

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Accounts Controller

If you want to check on any invoice / accounts queries – Sylv is your lady. Working Tuesday and Thursday, Sylv is tasked with checking all invoices, balancing the books, organising the payment run, VAT returns and pretty much everything accounts related. Sylvia is a massive Manchester United fan ( we can’t help that ), loves spending time with her…

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Graphic Designer

Pav discovered his career at Sowerby in January 2016 having worked both agency and client side. He impressed us so much with his creativity from day one. A real branding and print design expert, you’ll find Pav thinking and creating from the moment he arrives in the office until home time. He really is an all-rounder and tackles any design…

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All things digital

When it comes to digital, Ricky knows his stuff! A real expert when it comes to scoping and SEO of new website projects (CMS, ecommerce and bespoke). Ricky is also a highly talented digital designer! Not all designers know how to design for online, but Rick certainly does and this is evident when how he approaches each and every new…

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Front-end, back-end, Ian knows his stuff when it comes to website build and development projects. Ian will wow you with his customisation skills and is always keen to showcase new ways of bringing a website to life. That’s of course without compromising on quality and ease of updating the website, Working through an associate arrangement, Ian will often be developing…

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