Who are Zeal Creative?
Zeal Creative is a creative marketing agency founded by Stewart Hilton and co-founder Rob White. Based in Manchester’s MediaCityUK, Zeal Creative already has a staff of 18 and has worked with major brands like ASDA, Bacardi, John West and Weetabix.
Zeal Creative’s Story
Stewart and Rob had worked together for nearly 20 years at another agency, but always harboured hopes of running their own business in the future. They made the decision to go it alone and started Zeal Creative in 2014.
“We just realised it was time to get out there and do it ourselves. We had families, we had decent salaries…but life’s too short to just not have a try.”
Within 12 months of trading they had achieved a turnover of more than £750,000 and this is projected to double in their second year. They have received numerous awards, including ‘Best Young Business of the Year’ at the Manchester Evening News Business Awards in November 2015.
Why did we choose Zeal Creative as an Ambassador?
Stewart and Rob knew they had the experience to run their own agency and they weren’t put off by potential risks when starting out.
“The biggest thing we’ve enjoyed is the ability to build a business from the ground up exactly as we wanted.”
They put trust in their own ability and decided to build something for themselves, not for someone else. That drive and determination to create something has even impressed George Osbourne, Chancellor of the Exchequer in a meeting with Zeal Creative’s founders.
Why did choose a Start Up Loan?
“The support you get from the mentors helped me as a creative guy sort out the numbers.”
For Stewart Start Up Loans was about more than just a simple process to fund your business, the mentoring and support on offer proved invaluable.