Clearleft win SME of the year in Brighton’s business awards

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We’re very lucky at Clearleft that our work and reputation often precedes us, but every now and then it’s nice to get recognition beyond our work on the way we approach business.

Since 2005 our purpose has been to advance the practice of design to transform organisations and people’s lives for the better. We’re a multi-disciplined team of designers, technologists and consultants with a worldwide reputation. Since 2005, we have helped over 100 clients in 5 continents embrace digital to become more efficient and competitive.

The events side of our business has inspired over 15,000 designers and leaders from across the globe in our London, New York and Brighton-based conferences, workshops and retreats.

While turnover and profit are important, they are not our main drivers, the impact of the work we do is. We call this ‘meaningful work’ and we assess this as part of an annual staff survey.

The vast majority of our work is repeat business and referrals. This is not by accident, and not because we have a retainer-led business (quite the opposite). While we consider all of our work to be a partnership - we love what we do and we get emotionally invested in our clients’ products and services - we’re about transforming organisations so that, over time, they don’t need us any more.

At 30 people we’re modestly sized, and intentionally so, but we punch above our weight and often pitch alongside huge companies such as Deloitte and McKinsey, meaning we’ve been able to help many household names. We’re ambitious in this regard, but we’re always driven by our purpose of impacting businesses and people’s lives for the better, above any outright desire to maximise profit.

Consequently, we have loyal, motivated staff who love what they do and have the autonomy to do it in the best ways they see fit. We’re a local employer with an international reputation in our field, meaning we’ve invested in local talent, from taking on interns to continually developing our employees.

It’s also important for us to give back to the design and coding community, with our facilities at 68 Middle Street made available for free to grassroots meetups, and encourage staff to participate in and run community events for underrepresented groups, and lecture at universities and colleges.

We're absolutely delighted to win this award, Brighton is now very much a destination for digital excellence and progressive business. As much as our clients and events span the globe, our HQ and hearts will always be here in Brighton.
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