About us

The story of Artisan Digital is one of siblings, of colleagues, of friends, of serendipity, of luck, of coincidence… ...and all the usual stuff, of course: passion, know-how, experience…

Here it is...

Back in 2017 Andy O’Brien joined electronics retailer AO from digital agency, Amaze where he had been Creative Strategy Director for over ten years. There he met Andrew Kirkcaldy, Brand and Digital Marketing Director, who had helped develop AO from a small, energetic disruptor into a massive one. The two hit it off pretty quickly. Meanwhile, Andrew had a brother, Craig (they had been brothers all their lives), who had recently returned from working in sustainability in Dubai for six years. The brothers had always been close and both were looking for a new challenge.

Just as Andy had transitioned from agency to client, Andrew fancied a move in the opposite direction and decided to look into creating an agency. So excited, was he, by the idea that he left AO and devoted himself full time to the plan. With Craig, his brother. Andy knew about all this because he and Andrew had remained friends, in fact Andy really missed agency life and so the inevitable happened: he left AO and joined in too. 

And the rest is, as they say, Artisan Digital.

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Lord Michael Grade

One of the best-known names in television, he is an ex-BBC chair and ex-Executive Chair of ITV and an ex-Chair of Channel 4. He is responsible for some of the UK’s most iconic TV shows and was made a life peer in 2011. He keeps an eye on us.

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Jon Smith

Jon is one of the UK’s most successful and well-known sport influencers and managed both Maradona and the off-pitch activities of the England football team in his career. His role is to advise us, to connect us and to help drive us.

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Russ Lindsay

Russ founded James Grant Media, one of the UK’s most successful talent representation groups and runs Infinity Creative Media, producer of programmes such as The Wine Show. Russ is there to inspire us, to introduce us and to help drive us.

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Andy O’Brien

This is Andy - he’s our Creative Director. He also develops digital strategies. He’s worked for some big agencies in his time and on some big brands. He likes work that makes him think. He also likes eating in restaurants, live performance and going to France.

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Andrew Kirkcaldy

Andrew’s the MD - he’s very hands-on and gets involved with creating solutions for all our clients. He’s also quite the techie. He used to head up brand at AO. He’s really into his cooking, is a big rugby fan and loves spending time with his family.

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Craig Kirkcaldy

Craig makes sure we run smoothly, looking after the operational stuff and much of the paperwork. He’s done it internationally for years. Craig loves his football and he’s a whisky aficionado with a penchant for a decent curry.

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Andy O’Brien

This is Andy - he’s our Creative Director. He also develops digital strategies. He’s worked for some big agencies in his time and on some big brands. He likes work that makes him think. He also likes eating in restaurants, live performance and going to France.

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Andrew Kirkcaldy

Andrew’s the MD - he’s very hands-on and gets involved with creating solutions for all our clients. He’s also quite the techie. He used to head up brand at AO. He’s really into his cooking, is a big rugby fan and loves spending time with his family.

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Craig Kirkcaldy

Craig makes sure we run smoothly, looking after the operational stuff and much of the paperwork. He’s done it internationally for years. Craig loves his football and he’s a whisky aficionado with a penchant for a decent curry.

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Sean O’Toole

Sean’s an atypical lawyer: he’s moved his career into the world of athlete representation and helps drive the business forward. A failed white collar boxer with 0 wins from 3 fights, he spends his weekends walking his dog and musing on life.

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Paul Ready

Paul is the Yoda of boxing: managing and advising fighters’ careers (rather than speaking backwards) and has worked on huge boxing events all over the world. He’s an avid runner and reader and has more men’s cologne than is healthy.

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Ben Hortop

Ben is a commercial sports consultant and a qualified PGA Golf Professional who likes to do things differently - and that includes playing the guitar. Ben looks for opportunities for us to explore and partnerships for us to consider.

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Lord Michael Grade

One of the best-known names in television, he is an ex-BBC chair and ex-Executive Chair of ITV and an ex-Chair of Channel 4. He is responsible for some of the UK’s most iconic TV shows and was made a life peer in 2011. He keeps an eye on us.

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Jon Smith

Jon is one of the UK’s most successful and well-known sport influencers and managed both Maradona and the off-pitch activities of the England football team in his career. His role is to advise us, to connect us and to help drive us. 

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Russ Lindsay

 

Russ founded James Grant Media, one of the UK’s most successful talent representation groups and runs Infinity Creative Media, producer of programmes such as The Wine Show. Russ is there to inspire us, to introduce us and to help drive us.

Read more

Andy O’Brien

 

This is Andy – he’s our Creative Director. He also develops digital strategies. He’s worked for some big agencies in his time and on some big brands. He likes work that makes him think. He also likes eating in restaurants, live performance and going to France. 

Read more

Andrew Kirkcaldy

 

Andrew’s the MD – he’s very hands-on and gets involved with creating solutions for all our clients. He’s also quite the techie. He used to head up brand at AO.  He’s really into his cooking, is a big rugby fan and loves spending time with his family. 

Read more

Craig Kirkcaldy

Craig makes sure we run smoothly, looking after the operational stuff and much of the paperwork. He’s done it internationally for years. Craig loves his football and he’s a whisky aficionado with a penchant for a decent curry.

Read more

Sean O’Toole

Sean’s an atypical lawyer: he’s moved his career into the world of athlete representation and helps drive the business forward. A failed white collar boxer with 0 wins from 3 fights, he spends his weekends walking his dog and musing on life.

Read more

Paul Ready

Paul is the Yoda of boxing: managing and advising fighters’ careers (rather than speaking backwards) and has worked on huge boxing events all over the world. He’s an avid runner and reader and has more men’s cologne than is healthy.

Read more

Ben Hortop

Ben is a commercial sports consultant and a qualified PGA Golf Professional who likes to do things differently – and that includes playing the guitar.  Ben looks for opportunities for us to explore and partnerships for us to consider.

Read more

Andy O’Brien

 

This is Andy – he’s our Creative Director. He also develops digital strategies. He’s worked for some big agencies in his time and on some big brands. He likes work that makes him think. He also likes eating in restaurants, live performance and going to France. 

Read more

Andrew Kirkcaldy

 

Andrew’s the MD – he’s very hands-on and gets involved with creating solutions for all our clients. He’s also quite the techie. He used to head up brand at AO.  He’s really into his cooking, is a big rugby fan and loves spending time with his family. 

Read more

Craig Kirkcaldy

Craig makes sure we run smoothly, looking after the operational stuff and much of the paperwork. He’s done it internationally for years. Craig loves his football and he’s a whisky aficionado with a penchant for a decent curry.

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Our head office is in Manchester – in the Old Granada Studios: the former home of Coronation Street and now at the heart of the city’s newest neighbourhood. We’re in an stunning old warehouse that has an amazing gin bar in the cellar as well as The Crystal Maze next door. There’s loads going on here – it’s a good place to be.

Artisan Digital
Bonded Warehouse
18 Lower Byrom Street,
Manchester,
M3 4AP
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