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Our History

For over 10 years, Purple Creative Studio has been a trusted provider of web design and digital marketing services. Learn more about our history below

History Of Purple

Purple Creative Studio was founded over 10 years ago by two best friends, Phil and Allan, who drew on their decades of experience in the technology sector to start the business.

It was two years later that Andrew joined the team, bringing with him a passion for coding and the enthusiasm to push the business to new heights.

In 2013 the business had grown to a level that there was the need for an Account Manager and Sarah came on board immediately making the role her own and streamlining the project process.

Nurturing young talent has always been at the heart of the Purple ethos and in 2014 James joined Purple as the first of three apprentices. James is a true testament to the success of the apprenticeship programme and has since been promoted to Website Developer.

Scarlett joined the Purple team in 2015 originally taking on the role of admin assistant supporting Sarah and Phil with projects before being promoted to a Senior Account Executive in 2018.

Purple welcomed two new apprentices in 2017, Kieran who became our second apprentice web developer and Josh who joined as our Junior Digital Marketing Assistant. Kieran has since completed his apprenticeship and Josh is just a few months away.

From humble beginnings Purple has grown to a team of nine who all share the goal and vision to make Purple Creative an industry leading Digital Agency.

See our Timeline of growth below...

Purple Created!


Purple Creative Studio was formed in 2009 by Allan Guy and Phil Upton


December 2012

Purple Creative Studio re-branded from Purple Creative Services to Purple Creative Studio and the logo we love and use today was born!

Office Expansion

May 2013

Purple moved offices to door 5, where there was plenty of space for the team and Phil’s drum-kit!

Sarah Joins

September 2013

Sarah joined the Purple Creative Studio family as an Account Manager and has since been promoted to Client Services Director

Ozzy Associate

October 2013

Pete, who is now our Australian Associate, came over to spend six weeks with the team to gain experience in website development and proved to be very handy at removing excessively large spiders! Crickey!

NE Business Awards Winner

April 2014

Purple won the prestigious Internet and ICT Award at the North East Business Awards!

Gadget Show Live

April 2014

The Purple team ventured to Birmingham for the Gadget Show and bumped into the legendary Jason Bradbury!

Race Team Sponsorship

October 2014

The Purple team headed to Silverstone to watch their sponsored race team JFK compete, the team enjoyed pit-lane access to all the action!

Scarlett Joins

December 2015

Scarlett joins the Purple team as an Administrative Assistant and she has now been promoted to Senior Account Executive.

Fellmongers Award

March 2016

James and Phil attended a presentation ceremony of the Fellmongers of Richmond, to celebrate the achievements of local apprentices. James was awarded a certificate to commemorate his progress.

Buckingham Palace Invite

May 2016

Phil and Allan went to a Garden Party at Buckingham palace because of their volunteer work with Barnardos

Young Employee of the Year Award

June 2016

Andrew was shortlisted for the Young Employee of the Year Award at the North East Business Awards!

Sarah Gets Married

July 2016

Sarah married Dan <3

Charity Motorbike Ride

September 2016

Phil took part in the Distinguished Gentlemen’s Ride raising money to help fight Prostate Cancer

Social Media Workshops

March 2017

Sarah and Scarlett ran their first ever Social Media workshop which was attended by a number of local businesses and organisations

Pantomime Horse Race

June 2017

Purple Creative Studio ran in the St Teresa’s Hospice pantomime race and raised over £500 for this worthwhile charity.

Go Karting

July 2017

The team put their driving skills to the test with an evening of Go Karting and Pizza. Congratulations to James who was the fastest out of all the Purple people!

Scarlett Shortlisted For National Award

June 2018

We were proud to attend the National Women in Technology Awards at Canary Wharf where Scarlett was shortlisted for a Rising Star Award

Camp Hill Activity Day

June 2018

A jam-packed day full of activities which found new ways to further strengthen our team spirit

Sarah Wins Mentor of the Year!

June 2019

Sarah won the Women in Tech Mentor of the Year Award beating out competition from the BBC!

Purple Ten Year Party

June 2019

We celebrated our 10th Birthday with a marquee on the lawn, live jazz, a magician and of course lots of fizz!

George joins Purple

July 2019

George joins the team as an Apprentice Web Developer.

Jess joins Purple

October 2019

Jess joins the team as a Digital Marketing Apprentice

Amanda joins Purple

February 2020

Amanda joins the team as our Administrator.

Maisy Joins Purple

August 2020

Maisy Joins Purple as an Apprentice Account Executive

Purple Win Richmond Business Awards!

September 2020

Purple won two awards at the Richmond Business Excellence awards; Employer of the Year and the prestigious David Doorbar Award for Excellence.

Sian Joins Purple

August 2021

Sian joins the Purple team as a Junior Content Producer Apprentice.

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