Portsmouth digital marketing agency Vertical Leap is one of the UK’s fastest-growing - and there are jobs up for grabs with beer in the fridge

SURROUNDED by Portsmouth’s rich heritage in the Historic Dockyard, Vertical Leap is leading the city’s future as one of its fastest-growing and most exciting places to work.

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Monday, 6th September 2021, 9:56 am
The Vertical Leap team. Picture by Ross Young.

Established in 2001, the 60-person strong digital marketing agency, whose clients include KFC, P&O Cruises, Amazon, Harvester and Tilda, attributes its success to two combined factors: its intelligent automation technology, Apollo Insights, and the creativity and innovation of the specialists who use its findings to implement groundbreaking marketing campaigns.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Vertical Leap is part of one of the fastest-growing independent group of agencies in the UK, securing its spot in The Sunday Times Tech Track 100 for Britain’s fastest-growing private technology companies.

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Managing director Chris Pitt said: ‘Right now, we’re at one of the most exciting times for us as a business in our 20-year history. Despite the challenges of the past 18 months, we’re growing exponentially due to the talent and hard work of our incredible team, and we’re looking for more talented people to join us.’

The agency is at a real turning point in its history and has grand ambitions for its development.

He said: ‘We want people who are going to be the best of the best – we’re passionate about creativity, innovation and growth, and we want people who are eager to learn and have a real impact on our future.’

For three years, Vertical Leap has championed their wellbeing Initiative, partnering with Solent Mind and encouraging staff to break down the stigma around mental illness and talk openly about topics such as stress and motivation. As well as regular wellbeing sessions, they also have a wellbeing comms channel managed by a fully-trained Mental Health First Aider, where employees share blogs, podcasts and tips on ways to navigate mental health.

Also integral to their wellbeing practice is their flexible working opportunities that empower their staff to work in a way that best suits them.

Chris said: ‘We put the power in our employees’ hands; whether they want to work from home, come into our office, or adopt a mixture of both, we support and encourage flexibility. We’ve seen just how capable everyone is to work from home, so there’s no pressure on our part to work in one way or another. However, we are making sure that the office is welcoming to both staff and visitors, dog-friendly, and that the fridge is stocked with beers for 4pm each Friday for those who want to enjoy them.’

Vertical Leap is actively hiring new specialists across a range of their service departments, including SEO, PPC, CRO, content marketing, digital PR and website design. Vacancies can be found at vertical-leap.uk/about/join-our-team/ or email your CV to [email protected]

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