28th July 2019

Exercise Army Sustainer 2019

Being a Barnsley-based marketing agency which has progressed hugely in such a short space of time, Walnut have had the privilege of working with a wide range of clients across many different sectors.

From foodservice to fashion and everything in between, we’ve produced some fantastic work for our clients which has successfully helped them to promote their services and the work they do.

Most recently however, Walnut were thrilled to work with the Army on the Exercise Army Sustainer 2019, the Army’s annual catering competition, which was held on Saturday, May 18th.

The event, which took place at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks in Grantham, is a multi-discipline culinary skills competition which showcases the talents of Army chefs and invites competitors from around the world to take part.

Encouraging teams and individuals to work together against the clock using limited resources and rations, participants must complete a range of culinary dishes and static display classes which included Junior Chef, Open Skills Chicken Dish, Novelty Cake and more.

The competition also included an Improvised Challenge, where a team of three chefs must demonstrate leadership, teamwork and brilliant culinary skills by cooking up a range of dishes using non-traditional catering equipment and open fire.

As well as this, the event also included a masterclass from double Michelin-starred chef, Sat Bains, who cooked up a selection of delicious dishes from his ten-course taster menu and answered questions from the audience.

To help with promoting the event, the Army required Walnut to produce a range of marketing materials which involved the design, content and photography and videography departments.

From the team, our designer, Emily, created some fantastic booklets and pop-ups for the event, our photographer and videographer, Josh, ran the pre-event photo shoot, our marketing director, Liam, took some brilliant photos and created a video of the event whilst also conducting interviews with staff and competitors, and finally our studio manager and content professional, Laura, wrote up a press release on the event to go out to industry publications.

The staff were delighted with our work and thanked us by sending a very kind and thoughtful letter, which states how much they appreciated how work and how much we helped to raise awareness of the competition, bringing it to a more professional level before, during and also after it took place.

We have been overwhelmed with the wonderful feedback we have received on our work for this event. As the Army supports our country every single day with their commitment and hard work, we are truly honoured to have supported them with providing our services for a competition which fits in so well with what we as an agency are best known for.

A massive well done to the Walnut team, smashing it once again!

7th July 2019

Ruby and Craig promoted!

As a young, vibrant marketing agency, we at Walnut believe that as our business grows we all grow together, which is why we’re pleased to announce that we have promoted our Ruby and Craig!

Over the past few months, the Walnut business has gone from strength to strength and we’re still as busy as ever making clients happy and exceeding expectations. Most recently however, both Ruby and Craig have shown progression and development in their roles during this busy period and we thought this deserved recognition.

Ruby, who is our apprentice and previously held the job title as Digital Marketeer, has now been promoted to Junior Designer, after spending the last few months working extremely hard to complete a range of design work for several of our clients.

Since Ruby started her apprenticeship with us a year ago, she has shown commitment to her role and willingness to learn new skills. With the high demand of design work we’ve had coming through recently, Ruby has been able to quickly learn from the rest of the design department and is now a valuable part of the team taking on new tasks and projects every day.

Despite being the youngest member of the Walnut team, Ruby is showing real potential and is continuing to tick off lots of work every day from her ever-growing list whilst smashing her apprenticeship at the same time!

Over in the web department, Craig has used his web knowledge and expertise he has gained over the past 10 years of being self-taught and self-employed to resolve technical issues and provide clients, as well as the rest of the web team, with web support and advice.

Joining us just over four months ago and previously holding the title of Lead Web Developer, Craig has now taken the title of Technical Manager since taking the lead on multiple web projects and being the point of contact for many of our clients with all web issues.

Utilising his skills to ensure that projects are completed to a high standard and within the set deadlines provided, Craig has worked closely with several of our clients over the past few months to provide them with sufficient information and support which has lead to web work flying out of the door!

Glen Crossland, our Director at Walnut, said: “Both Ruby and Craig have shown dedication and motivation in their roles in different ways recently. Ruby has learnt so much in the past 12 months and is continuing to pick up new skills as she develops in her role. Craig on the other hand has been able to use his experience on so many web projects and has been a real support for the rest of the web guys and for our clients and we’re now as busy as ever.

“We’ve really noticed the impact that both Ruby and Craig’s work has had and for all the right reasons, so naturally we thought that promoting them was the next step to take and we all couldn’t be happier for them as they thoroughly deserve it. Well done to both!”

A huge congrats to Ruby and Craig! Make sure you keep an eye out for more exciting news from us coming soon…

10th June 2019

We’re looking for someone to join our Content Team!

Looking to take an exciting next step in your career? Walnut Creative is looking for a passionate Content Marketing Coordinator to join our growing content team.

Who are we?

Walnut are a young, ambitious and creative bunch of people that are here to get **it done.

Since 2015 the Walnut team have been providing full-service marketing solutions across design, PR and social media, web development, photo and video, and more, making waves across a range of industries, from foodservice to fashion.

Now we’re looking for someone to join in on our fun!

What's the job?

We are looking for an experienced content professional to support in the development of PR strategies, social media content, keyword-friendly blogs, and more for our clients.

What will you be doing?

  • Writing press releases, feature contributions and case studies
  • Creating engaging, well-written blog articles for a variety of clients
  • Developing social media schedules and campaigns for a range of platforms
  • Using content scheduling tools and interacting on accounts
  • Monitoring the success of media coverage and developing press reports
  • Running monthly social media analytics reports
  • Joining weekly content meetings to develop fresh ideas for clients
  • Liaising with clients in order to generate relevant and up-to-date content

What are we looking for?

  • Educated to degree level, preferably in PR, Journalism or similar course
  • Exceptional writing skills, competent in spelling and grammar
  • Knowledge and experience of developing PR and marketing content
  • Experience of creating social media content and handling accounts
  • Ability to work to tight deadlines and within a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent communication skills
  • A self-starter who shows initiative and is both organised and enthusiastic

What's in it for you?

  • Competitive salary based on experience and ability
  • Flexible working hours
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • A fun, creative working environment
  • Cycle to Work vouchers
  • Christmas party and regular team outings!
  • Friday early finish
  • 20 days holiday plus per year after two years up to 25 days

Could this be you…

Interested in this role and working at Walnut? Get in touch to see if we can help each other, send your CV, covering letter and any supporting information to laura@walnutcreative.co.uk by 

Closing date: July 10th. 

4th June 2019

Walnut In The Wild at Commercial Kitchen Show

It’s that time of year again! Yes, we’re talking about the Commercial Kitchen Show and Walnut are pleased to once again be visiting this highly anticipated event!

Taking place on Tuesday, June 4th and Wednesday, June 5th at the NEC, Birmingham, the Commercial Kitchen Show welcomes manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers and other foodservice and hospitality professionals to meet new people, learn more about the industry and discover the latest innovations on the market.

The show will also be holding interactive seminars where key speakers from the industry including chefs, food magazine editors, directors and other experts will host their own seminars based on a particular subject within the foodservice and hospitality sector.

As well as this, contenders will once again be going head-to-head in the Innovation Challenge, where manufacturers can put forward their latest cutting-edge catering equipment and kitchen technology for visitors to vote for their favourite.

The first round of voting for the Innovation Challenge will start on the Tuesday, the first day of the show, and whoever gets the most votes will get to pitch their product to an audience of visitors on the Wednesday, with the judges then deciding on the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

With over 70 exhibitors at this year’s event, CKS is the ideal platform to inform visitors, as well as other exhibitors, about what your business does and the equipment you have to offer.

Our Director, Glen, Studio Manager, Laura and Photographer and Videographer, Josh, will all be attending the event to catch up with some of our clients and to speak with anyone who fancies a chat about marketing or foodservice, so if you spot our team make sure you say hello!

Let the show commence!

3rd April 2019

Walnut @ the ceda conference

This week is the annual ceda Conference, one of the leading events within the catering equipment industry, and our Director, Glen, will be attending the two-day event!

The conference, which will be held on Thursday and Friday this week at the stunning Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire, invites distributors, manufacturers and representatives from associations representing some of the major end groups within the foodservice industry.

Starting on the Thursday afternoon, the conference will begin with the ceda Annual General Meeting (AGM) followed by an informal networking dinner in the evening. Friday will then involve a day of interactive seminars hosted by some of the industry’s top speakers and the ceda Gala Awards Dinner taking place in the evening, when the ceda Grand Prix Awards and the ceda Supplier Awards will also take place.

Celebrating the best in the industry, the ceda Grand Prix Awards recognises the most recent outstanding catering projects, as well as suppliers who have delivered excellent service over the past 12 months.

With the ceda Supplier Awards, ceda members vote for the suppliers they believe have delivered an excellent service on the basis of quality of the product, support and service.

Whilst at the conference, Glen will be catching up with some of our clients who will be attending as well as getting stuck in with the networking sessions before putting on his glad rags for the evening events.

ceda is the leading industry body for foodservice businesses, bringing together its members and partners to help them achieve their goals and encourage enterprise and innovation.

If you’re attending the ceda Conference and you spot Glen, say hello and he will be happy to have a chat over a beer (or two…)

26th March 2019

Last week at the StrEAT Food Awards…

Last week was the annual B&I Catering StrEAT Food Awards and our very own Laura and Mel headed down to London to represent Walnut at the event!

The B&I StrEAT Food Awards took place last Thursday and invites the UK’s most creative street food chefs, caterers and other foodservice professionals from the workplace and event catering sectors to battle it out for the chance to win £1,000.

Held at the Islington Metal Works, the event involved competitors taking part in a live cook-off during the day with 16 finalists from 16 contract caterers cooking three different dishes in just 55 minutes, with the winners being announced in the evening.

Winning the £1,000 prize was Andrew Taylor who won Street Food Dish of the Year for his Cobra beer-battered chicken chapati and triple-cooked Bombay fries. Picking up the Street Food Chef of the Year award was Dan Kirkpatrick from Angel Hill Food Co after using products provided by the sponsors to create a Vietnamese smoked caramel and soy chicken. As well as this, Tom Frost from Elior won the Best Vegan Street Food Dish for his Quorn avocado scotch egg. 

Judging the awards was consultant, Vic Laws MBE, Steve Scuffell from the Craft Guild of Chefs, BBQ Ben Bartlett and Jeni Edwards from ljEss Consulting, who collectively chose Andrew’s dish as the winner based on its authentic spices, homemade ingredients and local produce.

Sponsors of the event included Major, Love Joes, Electrolux, Quorn, Old El Paso, Farm Frites and many others in which a selection of delicious street food was served such as curry, BBQ jerk chicken, stuffed bao buns, vegan burgers and vegan fish, loaded tortillas and nachos and sweet potato fries.

Providing the drinks was The London Essence Co free bar offering Birra Moretti and Budweiser as well as a range of botanical gin, vodka and rum based cocktails which the girls very much enjoyed, maybe a little too much…

Both Laura and Mel had a great time at the event which also allowed them to catch up with contacts from the industry’s key publications to discuss future opportunities for our clients.

We love attending industry events which allows us to meet new people and enjoy great food and drink - we can’t wait for next year’s awards!

21st March 2019

Junior Web Developer

We are looking for a Junior Web Developer

Looking to take an exciting next step in your web development career? Walnut Creative is looking for a passionate Junior Web Developer with experience, dedication and natural enthusiasm.

Who are we?

Walnut are a young, ambitious and creative bunch of people that are here to get **it done.

Since 2015 the Walnut team have been providing full-service marketing solutions across design, PR, web development, photo and video, and more, making waves from across a range of industries, from foodservice to fashion.

Now we’re looking for someone to join in on our fun!

What's the job?

You will be working with the existing web development team and other members of our agency to support on a range of web projects

What are we after?

  • Knowledge of HTML5, CSS3
  • Basic understanding of JavaScript/jQuery
  • Ability to write clean and reusable code
  • Experience using CMS systems e.g WordPress
  • Experience of responsive web design, grid systems and frameworks e.g. Bootstrap
  • Cross-browser development and accessibility
  • Excellent time management and organisational skills
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work within a team

It would be even better if you had...

  • Work experience in a development role
  • Experience with SCSS
  • Familiarity with PHP

What's in it for you?

  • Competitive salary based on experience and ability
  • Flexible working hours
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • A fun, creative working environment
  • Cycle to Work vouchers
  • Christmas party and regular team outings!
  • Friday early finish
  • 20 days holiday plus per year after two years up to 25 days

Could this be you?

Interested in this role and working at Walnut? Get in touch to see if we can help each other, send your CV to:

info@walnutcreative.co.uk

8th March 2019

Laura promoted to Studio Manager…

For almost two years, Laura has been an integral part of the Walnut team, and now we’re pleased to announce that she has been promoted to the role of Studio Manager.

Our Laura joined us as Content Marketing Coordinator in early 2017, moving on from a career in journalism to develop our PR and content department. Since then, she has used her skills and experience to effectively plan and implement PR strategies and content for our clients. 

From the start, Laura has shown initiative and commitment to her role which quickly led her to managing client accounts and projects from an early stage, using her passion, organisation and expertise to develop marketing campaigns and plans.

Whilst Laura heads up our content department, managing our PR Coordinator, Melissa, and Social Media Coordinator, Megan, Laura’s commitment to delivering client excellence has allowed her to step up and take a senior position within our team.

This year is already shaping up to be an exciting year for Walnut, so what better time to make Laura’s position official and make her our Studio Manager. As well, as maintaining her positions as head of content and account manager, Laura will now manage our studio, alongside Liam and Glen. 

Glen Crossland, Director at Walnut, said: “Laura is a huge asset to our team, she is a vital part of all PR and content related marketing, but also does a fantastic job of managing accounts, projects and the Walnut team.

“Laura has always shown confidence and motivation to get the job done right, her expertise is invaluable to us and I’m sure she will flourish in her new role.”

If you would like to find out more on how Walnut can help your business with PR or content or have any questions on our services, get in touch with Laura at laura@walnutcreative.co.uk or call the office on 01226 720711.

From all of the team at Walnut, a big congrats to Laura on her new role - well done hun

4th March 2019

Walnut Welcomes Craig & Nathan To The Team

At the beginning of the year, we told you that we had big things planned for 2019 and we are happy to reveal that our team has grown once again with not one but TWO new members of staff.

Walnut are thrilled to open our doors to Lead Web Developer, Craig Wistow, and Graphic Designer, Nathan Whiteley, meaning our office is now the busiest it’s ever been!

Craig is an experienced web developer and will be taking the lead on all web related matters using the knowledge and skills he has gained over the past 10 years of being self-employed. Craig is a self-taught web developer and created his first ever website at 12-years-old, so it’s safe to say that he knows his stuff!

Over in the design department is Nathan, who has joined Walnut to assist the design team with all things creative. Nathan attended Sheffield Hallam University where he obtained a first class honours degree in Graphic Design back in 2017 and has previously worked for a reputable design agency.

Glen Crossland, Director at Walnut, said: “It’s such a busy time for Walnut at the moment and we’ve taken on two new members of staff in the space of a week, which is fantastic!

“Recently we’ve had lots of web work coming in so having Craig as lead developer will benefit the web department massively, as he has many years of experience and will be able to manage the huge workload we have at the moment with web.

“The demand for design work is also increasing every day, so it’s great to have Nathan on board. Nathan is a very talented lad and also has a good knowledge of print, which is brilliant for Walnut as we have recently introduced our new printing service.

“Having both Craig and Nathan join the team will be really good for Walnut as a business and I am really excited to see what the rest of 2019 will bring as it’s such an exciting time for us right now.”

To contact Craig, send him an email at craig@walnutcreative.co.uk or to speak with Nathan, drop him a message at nathan@walnutcreative.co.uk.

28th February 2019

Vlog: NAFEM 2019 (Orlando, Florida)

The Walnut team were recently given the opportunity to design an exhibition stand for one of our valued clients over at the NAFEM show in Orlando, Florida. This was a huge opportunity for us to test our skills as it’s the first time we’ve worked on a project of this type to this scale in the USA.

Glen, Liam and Josh made the trip in early February, documenting the management of the stand build, social media support, show photography and videography in the process producing our first vlog below.

We are aiming to produce at least one vlog per month documenting everything from basic service overviews to stand out projects and beyond, giving you an insight into our business and how we work.

Please take the time to watch the video and let us know your thoughts!

 

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