ONE OF the north-west’s best-known tech and digital sector figures is striking out on his own with a new brand builder agency.
Chris Marsh has left his role as Director of Partner Development at the high-growth cloud datacentre company UKFast to set up Agents Of.
Agents Of is a brand ambassador agency representing a hand-picked group of Manchester and north-west service sector businesses.
At UKFast, he was responsible for developing strategic partnerships with clients, suppliers and other local and national influential organisations for high-profile owner Lawrence Jones MBE.
Chris will support his clients’ growth strategies with introductions and commercial opportunities from the influential networks he has built up over his career.
Chris, from Stockport, says: “It has been a wonderful experience working with UKFast at such an exciting time in the company’s growth. I have learned so much from Lawrence and his team, and we part on excellent terms.
“Thanks to my time at UKFast and my non-executive and education activities, I have acute insights into the issues and challenges facing the tech and digital sector in Manchester and the north-west.
“You could say I’m pretty well-connected, and there are not many Manchester businesses and people I don’t know in these fields.”
The client list of Agents Of includes: app developer Apadmi, software developers WebAntic, digital marketing agency Cube3, e-commerce agency Space 48, creative communications agency SKV, broadband provider Telcom, web technology agency JB Cole and growth agency Six and Flow.
“My career to date has all been about building relationships and with Agents Of, I’ll be a brand ambassador for my clients, brokering relationships for them with new commercial partners.
“The Agents Of businesses are all strong players in their fields and looking to grow. I’ll be helping to build their brands exclusively within their specialism.
“They are all non-competing and there is great potential for them to collaborate on new client projects.”
Chris has non-executive roles including a Council member of Manchester Digital, the trade association for the North West digital sector, and with the charity Forever Manchester.
He intends to continue his work with educating young people about the tech sector through his roles at Network Young CIC and as STEM Ambassador with the Museum of Science and Industry.