The highs and lows of growing an agency

Monshur Ali, CEO & Founder of award winning WeAgile digital agency, advisor and Entrepreneur of the year finalist at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards.

Monshur has 15+ years of experience within digital working with clients such as Amazon, Sony, Calm and Airbnb.

Monshur founded WeAgile, a full service remote first agency, in 2019 with the aim of disrupting the age-old agency model by putting the creatives first. Since launching, Monshur has grown it globally with both teams and clients across the US, Europe, Asia and as far as New Zealand.
WeAgile is now a £2m + agency supporting their clients with design, development and digital marketing services.

This episode covers:

  • Why Monshur decided to take a new approach to the agency model
  • How working with freelancers has improved his business
  • How to build a business model that gives back

Monshur’s 5 top tips on How to build a business model that gives back…

  1. Empower your team to give back
    At WeAgile we offer 2 paid days (both for perm and freelance staff) to go and volunteer at a charity of their choice. Its a great way to connect with the community and for us to get a sense of what causes are important to our team.
  2. Give back locally with your expertise
    One of the initiatives we have is providing pro bono support to grassroot charities. Our teams work with 3 charities a years to redesign their website and help to optimise their SEO. We also run free marketing workshops for charities to help develop their inhouse skills.
  3. Fundraising
    Every year we choose to partner with a charity to help support them fundraise. This year we have been supporting MS UK. We have ran multiple races as a team to not only raise donations but also awareness.
  4. Be climate aware
    The internet produces more carbon than the entire airline industry and as a digital agency we are very conscious of our carbon footprint. Joining organisations such as Ecologi, its a step in the right direction to help slow down the damage we’ve caused to the planet and help fund climate projects.
  5. Go the extra mile for your team
    Last but not least, take care of your team. We offer free therapy sessions, were the first agency in the UK to implement the miscarriage policy, we run a hybrid model to give the freedom of where and when to work back into the hands of the team but most importantly we put them first.

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