After 21 years in Manchester; 7 years on Quay Street and 14 in Ancoats, our growing team are taking up residence in the Northern Quarter.
We operate with a broad base of clients and with wide experience working with food, clients range from international manufacturers, retailers and restaurant groups to new and evolving brands. “Together, they fuel our industry knowledge and simply make the team easier and more intuitive to work with,” said Phil Marshall, Managing Director. “Our established clients include relationships with Aldi, Coop, Haagen Dazs, Princes Foods, Pets at Home, Lakeland, TUI, Alpha LSG, Belling, Stoves, and more recently Manchester Life. We also relish the opportunity to work with the best cafés, bars and restaurants in the North as the curators of the Food Porn Awards, which is now in its 4th Year.”
“We are massively proud of all our clients’ achievements and confident that we’ve played our role well in that success. Our new facilities will better reflect the agency we are now and work we have in the pipeline.”
In readiness for the move, we have also just completed a full review and upgrade of infrastructure, with live data, back-up, asset management and workflow all now cloud-based. “This is not only more efficient and robust but reflects the 24/7 nature of our clients’ businesses and makes us so much more adaptable and accessible,” said Phil.
After moving to Ancoats in 2004 as designers with an ambition to add a food photographic studio, we now combine a growing team of skilled creatives, social & digital teams and, as planned, an award-winning studio of photographers and videographers. A team of 9 in 2004, now stands at 36 soon to be 40. Still guided by the same ‘engaged ethos’ that has always been Shoot the Moon, our team continues to grow, not just in size but in talent and experience too. It’s that same ethos and talent that was acknowledged in May as STM’s social team picked up ‘Content Team of the Year’ (Prolific North Awards) – recognised for their consistently high standard of content.
Does our model work? “Well, a number of clients will remember us moving to Ancoats 14 years ago, and we’ve formed new strong relationships each and every year since.” states Phil. Would we describe ourselves as a ‘Full Service Agency’ now? “No – Full-Service usually includes some compromise. Specialist and integrated is more us.”
“We are busy, growing sustainably, and need a different space to reflect the changing dynamic of the agency and our clients. There will be no gimmicks, ball pits or slides; the studio has been designed to nurture ideas - an effective and flexible workspace that will allow our team to perform at their best, work collaboratively but also find space to think.” said Phil.
The refurbishment of the new studios is now underway, with Manchester-based interior design agency, NoChintz. Phil jokes “We’ve got to be their worst clients ever.” “As you’d expect, we have strong opinions, but it’s been a rewarding exercise to get an outside view and have our own thoughts challenged.”
Scheduled to be finished in the Summer. STM’s Food Photography studio will also be moving to the same site, with the addition of a new Food Hub. Led by Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year, Darren Hickson, the Food Hub will be a food presentation / development workspace for clients to use and will sit alongside the agency.