The growing business has set up its Perth branch in the newly opened Creative Exchange, which occupies the former St John’s school building on Stormont Street.
Creative Director, Wendy Maltman, who founded the agency 17 years ago says the expansion is largely due to the growth of small and medium sized businesses in the city, helped by inspiring entrepreneurial programmes like Creative Accelerator. Wendy says:
“The way people are working is changing, with self-employment on an upwards trend in recent years; many people are leaving corporate life to set up their own businesses or to adopt a different way of working. That’s a significant factor of the vibrant Perth business scene.”
Wendy sees that evolution reflected in her own team:
“I’m fortunate to have two of my Perth team living and working in the city, both of whom have many years of business experience in the area. Debbie Hutchison, our Marketing Director has worked with household names including Nissan and Renault, and remains a Director with Merlin ERD, a highly successful engineering consultancy based in the city; and our Communications Director, Jennifer McGregor, worked for SSE in Perth for more than 20 years in external relations, PR and stakeholder engagement roles.
“As well as corporate experience, both Debbie and Jennifer also have extensive experience of supporting family-run businesses; they are very familiar with the challenges smaller companies can face in becoming established and getting their products to market.”
“It’s fitting that we’re opening our Perth office during Tay Cities Business Month. It’s always been a pleasure to do business in Perth, and it’s great to now have a permanent base here as well as in Dundee. We’re looking forward to supporting even more local businesses in Perthshire and the surrounding area.”
The Malting House Design Studio team (L-R) Debbie Hutchison (ASB member), Jennifer McGregor and Wendy Maltman (ASB member and past president) outside their new Perth office at The Creative Exchange on Stormont Street, Perth
The Malting House Design Studio was established by prize-winning Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art graduate Wendy Maltman in 2003. The firm provides comprehensive design, marketing and communications services to over 300 clients across Scotland including Axis Shield, The Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders Museum and Business Gateway clients for which the Studio is contracted to supply expert marketing and branding help.
A recent accolade from DesignRush accredited The Malting House as one of their top 25 worldwide branding agencies demonstrating that the studio’s work is being recognised on a global basis. The Studio was also recently recognised in the SME News Scottish Enterprise Awards as the Best Marketing and Graphic Design Studio in Eastern Scotland.
The firm’s values of Creativity, Care, Courage and Community guide everything it does, and are reflected in its support for local charities and community organisations.
Perth Creative Exchange, a £4.5m partnership project between Wasps (Workshop & Artists Studio Provision Scotland) and Perth and Kinross Council, has transformed the former St John’s School building to create Perth’s first ‘creative hub’ - an inspiring home for artists, makers, and creative industry professionals, as well as The Famous Grouse Ideas Centre.
Tay Cities Business Month offers a selection of seminars, workshops and lectures for businesses and enterprises across the Tay Cities region to help deliver on the shared objectives of the economic strategy.