NEW BUSINESS FOR CREATIVE AND MARKETING AGENCIES

About US

Why should you choose Manifest as your new business agency?
New Business Development

Adam Whittaker and Sam Reardon Smith first set up their new business agency in 1992 and have worked with hundreds of agencies of all shapes, sizes and specialisms.

Over the years we have discovered that there is one overpowering differentiation that is the make or break of a good new business programme and that is, quite simply, the person who is representing your agency. Obvious really isn't it and yet many new business agencies will try to tell you otherwise.

At Manifest provide a fabulous working environment and culture to attract and retain the best people; the kind of people our clients deserve.

We expect, and our team delivers, 100%.

  • Experienced

    The average tenure of a new business director at Manifest is five years and several have been here more than ten.

  • Knowledgeable

    A pre-requisite for a job at Manifest is a background in either an agency or client side marketing department.

  • interesting

    We look for that little something different in our team. Be it a passion for Dr Who, flying planes or being a magician.

  • Passionate

    You are passionate about your agency; we get it and you can be sure we will be as passionate as you are.

Our focus

We specialise in helping companies within the creative and marketing services industry win more new clients.
Strategy

The first stage is to identify and define the agency proposition; what is it that you actually do? Why do your clients love working with you? And crucially, why should a prospective new client give up an hour of their precious time to meet you.

Planning

Once the strategy has been agreed upon the next stage in the process is planning the campaign. Who do you want to meet with? What is the ideal outcome of the meetings you want to attend and what colateral can you provides with?

Outreach

Once the strategy and planning stages have been followed we will be ready to start outreach; whitelabeled as a member of your team we will contact the decision makers within the target organisations by telephone and email to fixing a meeting.

Reporting

Your contact at Manifest will keep you fully informed of progress at all times. You will be provided with a monthly report of all contacts that have been made with a précis of the exchanges, meetings arranged and attended plus stats.

Our Team

The Manifest team all have experience of having worked in agencies or the client side.
Adam Whittaker
Adam Whittaker
Joint MD
Adam started in agency new business back in 1989 and has since then monitored more than 1m hours of business development outreach. Adam’s role is primarily sales and marketing and has overall responsibility for the delivery of the service and the day to day management of the business. In his spare time Adam follows Chelsea FC and walks Didi and Riley the dogs around Richmond Park.
Sam Reardon Smith
Sam Reardon Smith
Joint MD
Sam worked at an agency called Halpern before packing it all in to set up in business with Adam back in 1992. A business studies graduate from Kingston University, Sam’s first role was at The Industrial Society before embarking on a short career in recruitment. As such her primary role at Manifest has always been in the recruitment side of the business.
Sally Danbury
Sally Danbury
Managing Director (Australia)
Sally first worked with Sam and Adam in 2002 when the agency was based in Putney. She then went on to work in the marketing department of Ernst & Young before founding her own new business agency, Cake, in 2005. After she moved to Australia she merged her business into Manifest and now runs our Australian operation. In her spare time Sally teaches Pilates and is a mum to two wonderful girls.
Tony Cross
Tony Cross
Client Services Director
Tony has worked in new business development since 1992 both in-house & in new business consultancies. He has experience working for clients in most areas of marketing services and management consultancy targeting senior and C-level decision makers inside large organisations. In his spare time Tony watches far too much Doctor Who for his own good and writes a lot of reviews.
Lucy Barcoo
Lucy Barcoo
Client Services Director
Lucy has been part of the Manifest team for many years, her current role is Client Services Director encompassing new client set-up, management of all non-prospecting activity such as database development and reporting, admin/IT support and the general day-to-day running of the office. Outside of work Lucy is a keen baker and regularly appoints her husband chief taster of the celebration cakes she makes for many different occasions.
Peter
Peter
Finance Director
Peter was an army officer before entering the hotel and leisure business in the 1960’s, managing the Windermere Motorboat Racing Club. He then moved on to become the Bursar at a leading all boys boarding school before joining the Manifest team as our FD. In his spare time Pete plays golf and has been a fan of Burnley FC all his life.
Jennifer
Jennifer
Database Management Executive
Jen joined the Manifest team in 2010 and is responsible for developing some of the more bespoke list creations we are often asked to develop. This can take many hours of predominantly online research using LinkedIn and other social networks to find out who the REAL marketing decision makers are. Jen is a renowned breeder and international judge of Boxers and Bostons.
David
David
New Business Director
David worked at several PR agencies prior to joining Manifest in 2008. Originally from Paris France, he now lives in Surrey with his partner and two kids (dogs) called Jake & Rosie. If you look really carefully you’ll spot him in the movie “In Bed With Madonna”!
John M
John M
New Business Director
John came to Manifest in the summer of 2014 having previously worked in advertising sales and more recently in the live events business in the commercial delivery field. Born and bred in Edinburgh John is a fantastic cook and spoils his two chihuahua’s rotten!
Pev
Pev
New Business Director
Pevin has been in new business sales for over 8 years with a strong background in Advertising and Programatic Media. His previous roles included a stint as a Key Account Manager at Mash. When not working Pev enjoys spending time with his family & cooking. You can often find him dinning at the Pankot Palace.
John F
John F
New Business Director
John has more than twenty years experience in business development and marketing management working with technology startups, media, app developers and UX consultants. A graduate of University College, Dublin, John’s interests outside work include Taekwon Do, music and volunary work.
Katrina
Katrina
New Business Director
Katrina is a 1st Class Honours Degree (Psychology) graduate, who, prior to joining Manifest worked at a recruitment agency before which she had a spell in advertising. She was an extra in Fast Girls and Fast and Furious 6 as well as having numerous modelling assignments for Asics, P&G, Urban Sports and Nike. Katrina was ranked no. 1 in the UK at 400m Hurdles in the Under 20 age group!
Scott
Scott
New Business Director
Advertising professional with 19 years experience in Account Management for some of the leading global advertising networks such as M&C Saatchi, McCann Erickson, Saatchi & Saatchi & Havas. Scott has developed and implemented strategic communications platforms across a multitude of brands for clients such as Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Reckitt Benckiser, Nestle Cereal Partners, Comet to name but a few.
Caroline
Caroline
New Business Director
Prior to coming on board Manifest Caroline spent six years in sales and account management at several publishing and digital agencies where she was most recently in the partnerships development. Originally from Hong Kong, Caroline plays piano and bassoon to grade eight and has a 2:1 music degree from the University of Sheffield.
Sylvia
Sylvia
New Business Director
Prior to joining the Manifest family Sylvia worked for many years at Dotmailer as an Email Marketing Consultant. Her role was to sell Dotmailer to blue chip marketing departments and provide them with the training needed to make the implementation a success.
Leon
Leon
New Business Director
Leon is a marketing graduate with five years experience in retail banking following which he worked in both the business development and then marketing teams of tech startup Perkbox.
Lorna
Lorna
New Business Director
Lorna came to Manifest with a prodigious track record of success working in the business development team of Treatwell, the new name for Wahanda, is the largest hair and beauty booking platform in Europe. A marketing and advertising graduate, before Treatwell Lorna worked int he marketing department of Source the leading promotional items sourcer.
Karolina
Karolina
Account Executive
Karolina’s role at Manifest is to work on our growing number of Martech clients, supporting their inbound marketing and content campaigns through outreach to senior marketing decision makers with a view to providing them with quality content.
You?
You?
New Business Director
Do you have a background in sales combined with experience of having worked at either an agency or client side in a marketing team? If so then there is a fantastic role waiting for you at Manifest. Visit the Working Here section of our website to see us at work rest and play.

Working here

Working at Manifest is fun, challenging and rewarding

New Business Director – £45K OTE

Manifest is based in Kennington Park which is a one minute walk from Oval tube station and ten minutes walk or a five minute bus ride from Vauxhall tube and overground stations. Such connections mean we are less than ten minutes from the centre of London whilst at the same time a comfortable commute from most places in London and the surrounding counties.

The role of a New Business Director at Manifest is to act as a white labeled new business resource for four clients, each of whom are non-competing marketing communications agencies. Specifically the single most important task of the position is to contact senior marketing decision makers and arrange a meeting between them and your client. We expect our NBDs to be able to arrange at least one qualified meeting per day, which is not easy; that is why we only take on the most extraordinarily talented and hard working individuals.

We offer a substantial basic salary dependent upon experience, which when coupled with our bonus scheme, provides the quality of people we are looking for the opportunity to earn £45k per year or more. You will need to demonstrate experience of working in an agency or client side marketing team, have exceptional written and verbal communication skills and be a dedicated team player.

On site we have a cafe, bar, gym, showers, safe cycle storage and plenty of parking. Just offsite there are public tennis courts that we make use of on lovely summer days. It is not uncommon to find the team at The Oval watching 20/20 cricket after work with a few cold beers on a balmy summer evening. Our office is a light and airy loft style studio with air conditioning, west facing windows and plenty of meetings rooms and break out areas.

We believe that a happy team is a productive team and our flat management structure means that every voice is given an equal listening to. Our team are all self-motivated go getters with a strong work ethic and a passion for both sales and marketing.

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In the first instance please send your CV together with a short covering note telling us something interesting about yourself to Sam Reardon Smith

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