Angus started his career in media buying in 1989 for what was then TMD, later to become TMD Carat as a media planner / buyer. Under the excellent stewardship of Ruan McGloughlin & Nigel Breckon, Angus rapidly rose through the ranks working on Clients such as Mothercare, Habitat, Heals, Smallbone, CP Hart, Rothmans amongst others. During this period Angus won the first of many industry awards for his work on Samsung Cameras - 1992 Media Week Awards 'Best Use of a Small Budget'. Promoted, Angus looked after various the famous Ferrero Rocher TV Campaign as well as Danone brands including Danone yoghurts, Evian Water & Jacob's biscuits. It was for his work on Jacob's biscuits that Angus was noticed by competitor McCann Erickson. A full service advertising agency who held the creative account for Jacobs.
In 1994, Advertising Agency, McCann Erickson recruited Angus to work on Nestle and he was guided by the gifted & talented Fiona Smedley, Kester Fielding & Trista Grant.
The latter was responsible for setting up Universal McCann or UM as it is now known. Rising up through the ranks, Angus won more industry awards:
1995 - IPC Campaigns of Excellence - Winner Marigold Gloves
1997 - IPC Campaigns of Excellence - Durex Select
1999 - Campaign Magazine - Winner 'Best use of Multi Media - Durex Avanti
2000 - Cannes Media Lions - Commendation ' Best Automotive Campaign - SAAB
By 2000 Angus was Media Group Account Director with responsibility for over £70,000,000 worth of media billings from clients : British Sky Broadcasting, Saab (GB) Ltd, MasterCard, Black & Decker, London Rubber Company, Royal & Sun Alliance, Goodyear, Kerry Foods, United Parcel Service (UPS). Angus was working with some of the cleverest marketing minds across the country. Another position Angus held was 'Head of New Media' which was in its infancy back then.
In October 2000 Angus married his wife Catherine. The two enjoyed an extended year long honeymoon travelling around the world visiting; USA, Canada, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, China, India, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Italy, France & Spain. They came home with a bump that was later to become their daughter - Iona!
On returning, Angus had an old friend that ran a decorating business that was in trouble who asked for his help. Angus helped him with various business ideas to
improve his profitability by introducing better cost control systems on each of his jobs, and attracting more work by presenting his quotes in a more professional way. We also
used relationship marketing techniques to cultivate better, longer term relationships, with specifiers (architects and builders) and it proved to be a success!
Angus had always been interested in construction ever since his University days; Civil Engineering at Swansea University. Together with, builder and friend, Eugene Crighton, he decided to set up their own client focused, branded building company in London. This included building the business up from scratch, employing the right people and building relationships with key specifiers, this grew to a medium sized company employing over 50 people.
In May 2004, his son Kester was born and Angus eventually decided he wanted to work closer to home, so he set up his own business: The 'Old School' Building Company in Reigate Surrey. This he grew to become one of Reigate's best known construction companies with a good solid reputation. In partnership with Jerry Clarke he aslo launched The 'Old School' Heating & Plumbing Company which was focused more on the mechanical engineering side of the business.
Running in tandem with their building businesses, Angus completed a variety of property development projects. 13 Yorke Road, 32 Downswood, 21 High Street, 101 Earlsbrook Road culminating in the new build of 2 new houses at Wilton Road in Redhill in conjunction with his business partner Jerry Clarke.
The sale of his business last year enabled Angus & family to fulfill a lifelong ambition to relocate to beautiful South Devon where he currently lives with his family.
The Business Guru was set up in 2014, where Angus has channeled his core strengths into one business consultancy. He became a registered and approved Growth Coach for GrowthAccelerator, part of the Business Growth Service, providing expert, tailored advice to help businesses achieve rapid, sustainable growth. So far he has helped several local businesses; South Devon Pilates, South Devon Joinery, Warrior Roofing, New Lion Brewery, T&S Timber Frame Buildings, The Huntsman Inn, The Hillyfield, Ola Chiropractic & Devon Haylage amongst others.