An award-winning media company is the latest business to welcome a visit from KCC Chairman David Brazier.
Sleeping Giant Media is only eight years old, but has already captured several high-profile clients including South West Trains, teletext holidays, Cripps solicitors, Benenden Hospital Trust and Caxtons estate agents.
The company was started by Luke Quilter (pictured with the Chairman) and Ant Klokkou, who attended the same grammar school and later worked together at a local company, Holiday Extras.
They started Sleeping Giant in Luke’s parents’ front room, moved after a year to an address in Folkestone and then to the upper floors of the Civic Centre.
They concentrated initially on search engine optimisation, giving clients’ websites increased visibility on the internet. Since then they have branched out into video production, agency partnership and helping clients to grow their social media presence. They also provide training to others and design bespoke websites and the company was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the recent Kent Excellence in Business Awards.
Mr Brazier said: “I learned a lot about the digital services industry and was particularly impressed to find out that they prefer to grow their own talent, with a staff of more than 30.
“The nature of their work means that Folkestone is an ideal place to work and they have no plans to move.”
He was also interested to see the company’s “wacky” office environment, which includes a ball pool (pictured above), intended to encourage deep thinking and decision-making.
The Chairman’s blog of his many activities can be found here: