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Looking back at 2022, looking forward to 2023

Simon Croft, Creative Director

In our 2021 wrap up blog, we acknowledged a ‘return to the norm’ after what was a tough time for agencies large and small. We certainly had a lot to be grateful for, but the year wasn’t without its challenges. 365 days and many rounds of tea and coffee later, we are looking back on 2022. A positive and uplifting year for Orangery during which we celebrated new team members, new clients and new horizons.

Let’s take a look back at some of the highlights of the year just gone, and what’s in store for 2023.

Back to business

First and foremost, we’d like to say a big thank you to our clients for making last year such a good one for us. Your support and trust never goes unnoticed and we’ve been lucky to work with such brilliant people.

Website rebrands

We proudly launched three new sites and associated web rebrands; ChadSan, a technology-first accountancy. Yototo a game-changing food and beverage platform, and Delancey, a responsible real estate investment business. 

Each website is the result of our thoughtful and thorough approach to branding, combined with our
user-centric approach to design and development. We hope you’ll agree that these sites really lift the brands above and beyond when it comes to their online presence.

New projects and clients

We continue our strong relationship with Dunlop Tennis, working with the iconic brand on several videos for their Elements of the Game series and their Spin Generation campaign. We’ve worked with Dunlop for many years now, and we love to push the boundaries when it comes to telling great stories through video and motion design.

Looking back

The big news for Orangery and Dunlop in 2023 is celebrating the 100 year anniversary of their first tennis ball! An incredible milestone, and a campaign that we can’t wait to serve up and ace.

In addition, we’ve started working with Armourcoat—a well-respected supplier of polished plaster and innovative surface finishes—to launch their rebrand in the coming months. We’re also excited to start work with ‘the world’s highest-rated triathlon brand’, Zone3.

Orangery team news

We welcomed two new faces to the team in 2022, including the exceptionally well-travelled Steph Pratt. Born in Arizona, working in San Francisco before moving to Germany, she now joins us in leafy Guildford as an Account Manager. Steph is highly experienced, loves a hands-on approach, and is super chill. What a great addition to the team!

We also said hello and welcome to our new Account Director, Jonathan Whittle (and his dog, Ziggy). Jonny has certainly put the miles in, too, not just in terms of travel, but agency life also. Moving back to the UK after spending some time in Australia, Jonny has worked for several Guildford agencies. As well as a couple of other agencies, including MC Saatchi and Ogilvy. The names ring a bell.

Steve and Elaine continue to lead our creative team, as Design Directors in campaigns and digital respectively. The super-duper Evie, our Junior Designer, completes her first year at Orangery. Bravo!

Giving back

In July, some of the team donned their running shoes and sweat bands to run a challenging 10k, at the height of summer no less. The Asics London 10k was a huge success, and enabled us to raise money for multiple sclerosis support centre, Samson Centre. A long-standing Orangery client and a truly remarkable team of people who make a real difference to the lives of those affected by MS.

Looking backward, Samson Centre Vests

Going green(er)

We’ve already come some way on our journey of making Orangery a more sustainable business. This ranges from small touches like introducing eco-friendly toilet paper, the lighting and energy in the Orangery office. To larger efforts such as joining Design Declares, a growing group of creatives committed to harnessing new ways to rebuild and heal our planet.

We also continue to plant trees with National Trust, to offset some of the inevitable carbon that our agency produces. We plant one tree for every client survey we receive (as well as at various agency milestones). Thanks to the responses so far, we’ve donated enough to the National Trust to plant the equivalent of 10 saplings!

On a less optimistic note, we will put our hands up and admit that we did manage to kill not one, but two of our beloved orange tree plants. As a business, we value transparency and feel it’s only right that we tell you this. Please respect our privacy at this difficult time.

Looking forward
Ecograder – Orangery Website Emission Score

Personal news

Personal achievements! There have been many. Steph continues to wow us with her many, many marathons. Simon also completed a triathlon, barely breaking a sweat. Well done, Simon. Evie has been keeping it cool with regular ice skating. Steve took part in his annual tradition of switching on his impressive Christmas lights – with his neighbour and for charity!

Let’s do this

We’ve certainly got our work cut out for us this year, but we love a challenge, and we’re excited to get to know our new people and our new clients, as well as producing bigger and better work.

Wherever you are, whatever you have planned this year, make it a good one, and keep in touch.

The Orangery Team

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