Ad agency gets a birthday refit

An advertising agency from Preston has marked its 25th anniversary with a massive £500,000 refit.

Heckford Advertising has redeveloped and refurbished its offices and studios on St Marks Place East, Preston.

Company chiefs say the huge investment positions the company at the forefront of multi-media technology.

Chairman Steve Scurr said: "We're extremely excited about the route this investment allows us to follow – both for ourselves and for our clients.

"What began as a refurbishment of our reception area, and an update to some of our technical capabilities, snowballed and before long we had a major redevelopment on our hands.

"The result is that we're now ahead of the game in terms of creative technology and can pass that superiority on to our clients."

Heckfords now adds website design and construction, 3D modelling and animation, digital editing and the production of electronic newsletters and flash presentations to its capabilities.

The company has long delivered a complete advertising and marketing provision.

Its services include a specialist exhibition service, recruitment advertising, and media planning and buying across the full range of national and local media, plus media brokerage for other agencies.

Heckfords was launched in 1978 by chairman Steve Scurr, who took the agency from a one-man band to a 34-strong team.

The firm has been Lancashire's number one advertising agency for the past two decades and consistently holds a top 10 position in the league table of North West agencies.

Among its long established clients include the North West Tourist Board, Wigan Pier and Sandcastle, as well as Matalan, Winfields, Staywell Pet Doors and Leyland Trucks.

Steve Scurr added: "Not only have we installed powerful new hardware and cutting edge software, but we've put a lot of effort into bringing in the right people to operate it to its very best advantage, and into integrating them with the creative talent already on board."

The company is throwing open its doors this week to show off its ultra-smart new look and 300,000 of state of the art technology.

Heckford Advertising will hold the open days on Thursday and Friday, October 2-3 between 10.00am and 4.00pm.

*Companies who would like to attend should telephone 01772 884444 or email