Agency celebrates growth

James Mitchinson, of sponsors The Star, left, with Andy Barrat and Becky Hubbard, of Rckt, digital winner at the Sheffield Business Awards.
James Mitchinson, of sponsors The Star, left, with Andy Barrat and Becky Hubbard, of Rckt, digital winner at the Sheffield Business Awards.
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Rckt Creative is an eight-strong digital agency which has been delivering projects for organisations large and small from its Sheffield studio since 2003.

In the last 12 months the company has grown its team by 60 per cent and boosted its turnover by 54 per cent – more than double its target for the year and well ahead of the regional average for the sector.

Rckt’s growth has been achieved by building on relationships with organisations such as Channel 4, Sheffield Forgemasters, Museums Sheffield and The University of Sheffield and by winning major new clients locally and nationally including the National Railway Museum, European Lung Foundation, Doncaster Deaf Trust, David Morley Architects and Ocean Outdoor.

Rckt’s successes during the last year included being commissioned by Channel 4 to produce a web microsite to support the channel’s landmark TV documentary, The Plane Crash, where a passenger jet filled with dummies and cameras was deliberately crashed into the desert in Mexico.

More than 250,000 people used the microsite to “check in” and choose a virtual seat on the doomed flight. They each got a personalised digital boarding card and an invite to return after the show to find out whether they would have survived the crash or not. “Survivors” shared their stories on social media, including 8 million mentions on Facebook.