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The Point. 1888 expands leadership team as it readies for 2020 growth

The Point.1888 is roaring in 2020 with an expanded senior leadership team to meet its five-year expansion plan.

 Following a successful 2019, in which four new clients were signed, the brand licensing agency has created two new roles within its leadership team – Head of Retail and Head of Business Development.

 Hannah Stevens, previously The Point.1888’s senior commercial manager, has taken the role of Head of Retail, following another outstanding year in the business. The newly created role has been pegged as ‘vital for The Point. 1888’s continued growth,’ who now has 68 active accounts on the books.

Having spent two years at the agency, and recently winning the company’s coveted Joseph Miller Human of Year award, Hannah was the first choice for this new role and will continue to work closely with Commercial Director Bethan Garton to push the business into the “roaring 20’s” with a bang.

 Speaking about Hannah’s promotion, Garton said: “Hannah has had the most amazing year and without a doubt has made the biggest impact to The Point.1888 throughout 2019. Her tireless energy, incredible capacity and impact on our culture and purpose have made this promotion to Head of Retail a must as our business steps into its next phase.

“With our team growing and restructuring once again, we are all ready for what the future holds and with Hannah and I leading this department, we know that the possibilities are endless and we are so excited to share it all with her.”

 Meanwhile, taking the agency’s role of Head of Business Development is Martin McLaughlin, who joined The Point.1888 last June.

 Having previously delivered communications, advertising and brand partnership planning for superbrands such as T-Mobile, Cadbury, Amazon, Warner Music and Ford among others, he spent the last seven months growing The Point.1888’s book of FMCG and Publishing clients as well as using his expertise supporting its Marketing & Creative division.

 In his new role, he’ll be focusing on brand recruitment, international expansion and special projects as well as managing the publishing category. He will also head up the rapidly growing consultancy division which has big plans for the year ahead.

 Garton added: “Martin joined our team last summer and in such a short space of time has had a huge impact on the business. His creativity and ability to deliver a compelling brand narrative is phenomenal and I am very proud to have Martin in my team and heading up all that comes under the Business Development umbrella.”

 The Point.1888 Director and Founder, Will Stewart, said: “It’s a huge honour and privilege for me to be leading such a talented team of professionals. 2020 is going to be even more exciting for us with these additions to my senior team and just what they are bringing to the business on a daily basis, and the changes they are making to both our existing clients and the many new brands we are working with as we enter what will be the biggest year yet for The Point.1888.”

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