One of the Northern Quarter’s highest profile creative agencies is to close its doors after a decade in business.
The founders of The Neighbourhood, Ben Davies and Jon Humphreys, cite “personal health reasons” for the change and commit to helping its 21-strong team to find pastures new.
In a joint statement the pair said:
“We aren't going bust and we haven't fallen out. We’ve actually just had the most successful 3 years in our history. But after over 11 years of intense white-knuckle ride and an exhilarating creative studio life - we looked each other in the eye and decided that we need to take a break to recharge.
“In the meantime, we will focus on delivering wonderful compelling work with the passion and commitment that has ran through our DNA at The Neighbourhood since day one.”
Rejecting any talk of selling the agency, the duo added:
“We’re not selling the business - that just wouldn’t be right for The Neighbourhood. We’ve always been fiercely independent - we’d have to integrate into another company and that can take a long time. It doesn’t feel right for us or our team.”
The agency will close in March 2018.