Business to open office at home of former Nailsea restaurant

Jon and Nick Bird outside Squarebird in Nailsea.

Jon and Nick Bird outside Squarebird in Nailsea. - Credit: Archant

An old bistro has been converted into a creative workspace by two enterprising brothers.

Jon and Nick Bird set up Squarebird digital marketing agency three years ago in one of their spare bedrooms.

But the firm has enjoyed such success it has looked for a new premises in Nailsea to grow it even further.

The pair have taken on the former Gilly’s On The Hill eatery in Kingshill and hope the move is a positive sign of things to come.

Nick, aged 29, said: “Our success has been largely down to the recommendations following results we have gained for our clients, such as a recent client appearance on Dragon’s Den which took their business to the next level.

“We have also found many of our new clients have either been neglected by a large agency, or they have outgrown the capacity of a freelancer and they want to take their business to the next level with ongoing marketing support.”

Squarebird helps clients with marketing, websites and social media and employs nine staff, who work on design and other IT aspects.

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Jon, who is two years’ Nick’s junior, said there was no temptation to move to Bristol or any other big city.

He said: “Many firms in our industry move to major cities when they get to our size, but we’ve found being located in North Somerset to be hugely advantageous, to both us and our clients.

“Just because most of our work is online, doesn’t mean that our clients don’t want to meet face-to-face, sit down and have a coffee together.

“It helps to build relationships and reduces the chances of confusion and misalignment throughout creative work, where you really have to learn about people and their businesses to help present their offer effectively.”

Squarebird has looked to tap into North Somerset talent and has taken on two apprentices to give them a feel for the industry.

Nick added: “There’s a huge amount of local creative talent here, and with many well-respected colleges and universities on our doorstep, it’s great to be able to provide the opportunity for local people to start or continue their career without having to commute or move away from their home.”

An open day for the new office will be held on June 1.