The enigmatically named 18 Feet & Rising is a semi-independent creative agency based in London. It was founded at the beginning of 2010 by Jonathan Trimble, Matt Keon and Tim Millar, three executives previously based at Fallon London. The name referred to the combined height of the three founders, rising with the addition of more staff. The agency scored a place on the industry top table in 2011 with the capture of Nationwide Building Society, as well as a position on the Virgin Media roster. However, both accounts later departed; 18 Feet was subsequently involved in a legal tussle with Nationwide over accreditation of ideas originally developed by the agency. That dispute was resolved out of court and 18 Feet managed to find clients to replace its lost business, but not perhaps with such stature and billings. Co-founders Millar and Keon both quietly moved on; Trimble remains CEO and appointed Anna Carpen as creative leader following Keon's departure. In 2012, 18 Feet established a notional presence in Australia, through a minority stake in local agency Colman Rasic, but that office closed quietly the following year. 18 Feet's revenues for 2014 were £2.7m, up 24% on the year before. Detailed figures were not published for 2015. The agency sold a 27% stake to UK marketing group Creston - now Unlimited Group - in 2015, and later relocated into that group's corporate HQ. In 2016 it was the first British ad agency to be awarded "B Corp" status for its commitment to positive social and environmental impact. Adbrands does not currently offer a business profile for this company but subscribers may access account assignments and contact information. The searchable account assignments database is available to full subscribers to Adbrands.net premium services. Click here to access Adbrands account assignments (subscribers only); or see here for information on how to subscribe.
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Adbrands Weekly Update 11th Jun 2015: London creative agency 18 Feet & Rising, one of the city's most talented independents, has sold a large minority stake to Creston, the marketing services group which controls direct & digital shop TMW and technology PR Nelson Bostock among other agencies. Creston is paying around £1m to acquire a 27% holding in 18 Feet. It is the group's first step back into the traditional creative agency pool since it sold DLKW in 2010 to Interpublic's Lowe network.
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