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Creative Resource - Marketing, Digital, Design & PR Recruitment, 45a St Petersgate, Stockport, SK1 1DH

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About Us

Active Resource (UK) Ltd, trading as Creative Resource, was established in 1990 and we recruit for roles throughout the digital, marketing and creative industries, for organisations both large and small. Our Directors and have a combined 46 years of experience and provide consultancy services for their clients, including salary surveys, employee and team profiling & psychometric assessments. .

We interview our candidates thoroughly, either face to face, via video or telephone.  We have clients as far away as the USA and as close as Manchester.  We are fully set up for secure remote working, although we do have a long-standing office base just outside Manchester which we are in the process of safely returning too. Our staff have a minimum of 4 years’ experience with us and are highly trained with a combination of in-house and external training.  All are trained to give substantial careers advice.

During Lockdown we delivered 52 free Zoom based learning sessions, from workshops for 12 people to masterclasses with 100 people.  We had over 3000 sign-ups from 2020 graduates, furloughed staff and business leaders.  We pulled together the whole programme in April and delivered it throughout May and June.  A huge learning curve but an incredibly rewarding one.    For more information visit

We’re also part of helping the industry develop and grow through industry initiatives such as School of Thought, Two+Two for graduates and Handle This for experienced employees.







When we first started recruiting for the creative industry Macs were just being introduced, the internet hadn’t yet hit the public ‘domain’ and we used an electronic typewriter! Time and technology have marched on but we still like to sit down with our creative candidates and let them tell us the stories behind their work, which is one of the best parts of our job. We recruit art directors, designers, artworkers and of course many a wonderful account handler. We’ve recruited through the introduction of the world wide web, the dot com bubble bursting and the rise and rise of the digital agency. We’ve also worked with many a superb integrated agency who have embraced all that is digital and embedded it into the heart of their clients’ campaigns. We all keep on learning and the job titles keep evolving – developers, project managers and designers of all guises. Content is king and along with our clients we are learning the power of the phenomenon that is social media, despite our director Julie’s complete inability to say anything in 140 characters or under. So, we’ve recruited a large number of social media managers in the last couple of years, along with PRs who have become integral to the content creation process for b2b, b2c and c2c (we had to look that last one up the first time we were briefed!) Despite our name, we don’t just recruit creatives although we are very good at helping companies recruit creative talent for their in-house studios. We also recruit senior brand managers for FMCG clients, digital marketing executives for companies big and small, heads of marketing for leading lights and a whole host of web designers! And over the years just about everything in-between.



The team that strives for ‘Happy Outcomes’

Creative Resource is a small team, but that ensures that our agency is an agile and effective unit.

Candidates get access to experienced recruiters immersed in the industry, backed up by a team of carefully selected Resourcers and Administrators.

There is a real team ethic with individual targets ditched in favour of the team working together to ensure they meet the brief of our clients and candidates.

Many of our clients are local SME’s but we’ve also helped some very prominent companies build or relocate their teams to the North West. Whether you need one person or a whole team you’ll get the same service from us, with your interests placed centre-stage.

Here are a couple of case studies from 2016 and a downloadable PDF with further company information –

Case Study 1 – Helping our client open a 19 strong studio

Case Study 2 – An alternative approach to the recruitment relationship – Retained cost-managed recruitment

Click here for a downloadable pdf with further information


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