As you may be aware, this June we’ll be celebrating 10 years in business so, as part of our ’10’ themed weekly blog posts, here’s a bit of fun: 10 of our favourite photos over the years!
1. A Young Looking Jag At The First Xpand Office
After setting up Xpand in June 2007, Jag worked from home for the first 9 months. In March 2008, he moved the business to its first office on Thornton Road in Bradford (pictured). Look how young he looks! As he was all on his own in those days, he kept pet fish in the office for a little bit of company, can you spot them?
2. Joe’s Apprenticeship Graduation
Joe attended an interview for the first position that Jag was employing for back in May 2012. Needless to say he was successful and came on board as an apprentice. After 2 years of hard graft he completed his Level 3 Apprenticeship in Creative & Digital Media. Here’s a picture of his graduation (left) and us marking his 2 year anniversary with us (right). We’re happy to say Joe is now in his 5th year at Xpand with a significant skill set that is central to our creative output. Well done Joe!
3. The Xpand Pumpkin
One of the team had a cracking idea to cut our logo (at the time) into a pumpkin for Halloween. What a great result! This was taken at our office on Bingley Road, Saltaire.
We love an excuse to celebrate at Xpand and that’s what we did at Christmas in 2013 by having a Secret Santa gift session before we finished for the year. Here’s Pete fashioning his Christmas onesie and bacon flavoured mayonnaise (‘Baconnaise’) that he received as his gift while we had a lunchtime feast!
5. What A View!
In February 2012, Xpand moved into second-floor offices on Bingley Road in Saltaire to cater for the next phase of growth. The view played a big part in the decision criteria – great for some creative thinking!
6. Drilling Into The Facts
In 2016 we started working with 35 Devonshire Place, a dental practice in the prestigious Harley Street area. The starting point was to spend a day with them to gain the foundation information required to create their 12-month strategy. This is the first time we’d ever had a strategy session while sat in a dental surgery. Luckily no one had to sit in the dentist’s chair (except Simon, but only to pose for this picture!)
7. The Coolest Cars On The Planet!
In April 2016, we won a contract with premium chocolate brand Lindt & Sprungli. We paid a visit to their UK head office in Feltham, London and just HAD to get a picture with their bunny cars! (The goody bags they gave us weren’t pictured!)
8. A Colourful Sunday Morning
We love to support a good cause and Joe did just that at the Colour Run in support of Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice on a sunny Sunday morning! The Colour Run involved people running 5km while having powder paint thrown at them for charity. Joe volunteered to be the race lead on his mountain bike. He started off wearing just the Xpand orange but finished looking like a rainbow!
9. Secret Santa!
On the last working day of 2016, we all gave each other our Secret Santa gifts. Here we are with them and clearly very happy to be finishing work for a whole week!
10. Breeding Like Rabbits!
Every year we get involved with the JCI Easter Egg Appeal which involves collecting Easter Eggs for disadvantaged children in the local area. This year, our friends at Lindt donated boxes full of chocolate bunnies. Before handing them over to the great cause, we thought we’d have a bit of fun. Spot the one on Joe’s head!
So there they are folks, 10 of our favourite photos. There were a lot to choose from and some tough choices, but these were our favourites!
This post is part of our ‘10 years in business’ series; stay tuned for more valuable content in the lead up to our 10th anniversary.