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The Gate

Recommended for: Campaign Planning, Corporate Video, Direct Marketing Creative, Online Video Production, Press Creative, Print Design

Locations: Edinburgh, London, New York

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Sector experience

Charity, Education, Financial, Food and drink, Healthcare, IT, Leisure, Media, Outdoor Activities, Professional service, Property, Public sector, Sport, Travel, Utilities

Client list

Client name: Scotsman Publications
Project description: The Gate have been retained by Scotsman Publications for over 14 years, working with them to develop and implement campaigns to support both brand development and sales of the groups three titles, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday and Edinburgh Evening News.
Timeframe: Present
Client name: Scottish & Southern Energy
Project description: The Gate are have been retained by SSE for over six years to manage brand development, customer retention and acquisition strategies on their behalf.
Timeframe: Present
Client name: The Scottish Government
Project description: The Gate are a marketing roster framework provider for the Scottish Government and it's partners.
Timeframe: Present
Client name: The Carbon Trust
Project description: The Gate provide marketing support and implementation across all channels for the Carbon Trust.
Timeframe: Present
Client name: National Accident Helpline
Project description: The Gate work with the National Accident Helpline on brand development as well as the delivery of multi channel consumer advertising campaigns.
Timeframe: Present
Client name: Airtricity
Project description: As well as managing the award winning brand launch for Airtricity, The Gate continue to work with the business on a range of campaigns and digital projects covering everything from customer acquisition to Eco-Schools development initiatives.
Timeframe: Present
Client name: Brodies LLP
Project description: The Gate are currently working with Brodies Solicitors on a major brand development project.
Timeframe: Present
Client name: NHS Health Scotland
Project description: As well as managing a number of health related websites for the NHS, The Gate are also currently working on a patient safety campaign for NHS Health Scotland.
Timeframe: Present
Client name: Glasgow University
Project description: The Gate work with the University's Public Health Department advising on and delivering communication strategies for the "After Now" initiative.
Timeframe: Present
Client name: SSE Renewables
Project description: The Gate have worked with the SSE Renewables' team since 2010, advising on marketing and communication strategy and implementing a broad range of communication initiatives and campaigns.
Timeframe: Present
Client name: Road Safety Scotland
Project description: We have worked on the innovative and award winning "Early Years" road safety campaign for a number of years, advising on strategy and implementing campaign activity across both print and digital channels.
Timeframe: Not Specified
Client name: The Royal British Legion
Project description: The Gate have a long-standing relationship with The Royal British Legion working with them on their awareness and fundraising campaigns across TV, Print, DM and Digital channels.
Timeframe: Present
Client name: Avivia
Project description: The Gate are retained on Aviva's marketing roster working across a broad range of communication initiatives and campaigns and delivering across every channel.
Timeframe: Present

Recent awards

We've won over 80 awards for creativity and effectiveness including D&AD, EPICA, Roses, Scottish Ad Awards, Scottish Design Awards, Money Marketing Awards, New York's FCS Awards, UK B2B Awards, Scottish Marketing Awards, IPA Effectiveness Awards... We even have a few swimming certificates.

In recent years, we've focused more on digital categories (where most innovation is going on) and have done quite well. Our most recent awards include:

2012 Best website: Scottish Advertising Awards

2012 Best digital strategy: Commendation - Scottish Advertising Awards

2011 Best advertising strategy: Scottish Creative Awards

2011 Best integrated campaign: Commendation - Scottish Creative Awards

2010 Best product launch - Drum Marketing Awards

2010 Chairman's award - Drum Marketing Awards

2010 Best website: DADI Awards

2010 Best Website: Commendation - Scottish Advertising Award 

2009 Best Website: Scottish Advertising Awards

And, to top it all off at the most recent RAR awards we were awarded top spot across four categories:

  • Most effective agency
  • Best integrated agency
  • Best for innovation
  • Best for client service


  • The Gate engaged with my need to share complex ideas with a professional audience and interested members of the public. They have created a concept and a website that is effective. However, it is much more. It has wit and humour and is \'beautiful\' in its design. All this, and they are nice people too!
    - Phil Hanlon, University of Glasgow
  • The Gate are a dynamic and solid agency with the creative ability to work across all business areas and balance good creative thinking with practical, workable and effective solutions. I can recommend them highly to any prospective client.
    - Brian Smith, SSE
  • The Gate are creative, nimble and very responsive to client needs. Importantly they are flexible to any client changes and will find a way to get things done. And good fun to deal with. Ajai Ranawat, Lexden.
    - Christopher Brooks, Lexden Group
  • I cannot rate The Gate highly enough. Superb service.
    - James Grant, Vertical Records
  • When you select an agency to take care of something as important as your visual identity, it\\\'s a decision you do not take lightly. So whilst when we selected The Gate (Edinburgh), we were confident because of their impressive body of work and glowing reports from others, we realised things could still not go in the direction we wanted them too. However, through a strong briefing process, excellent account management and superb creative thinking, they have delivered for us an identity which will make a memorable mark in our market place, and provide the foundation branding for our future. I highly recommend the team. They are professional at delivery and extremely nice people to work with, which is important on a project such as branding.
    - Christopher Brooks, Lexden Group
  • I would have no hesitation in recommending the Gate. I have worked with them on various projects over the years, they continue to deliver a creative/design service which is of the absolute highest standard.
    - Gordon Barraclough, Business Doctors
  • The Gate provides an excellent service and works hard to ensure the client gets an end result that meets their needs and is also 'something special'!
    - Michele Corcoran, Edinburgh Women\'s Aid
  • In my dealings with The Gate they have never done anything that would make me doubt their ability to deliver, in fact they always deliver above the brief. I couldn't recommend them more highly.
    - Petra Cameron, RBS
  • It is easy to recommend The Gate so highly because their style is an open and transparent one. We have had such an excellent service and support from them, they were honest and constructive about our business challenges, professional, fun and flexible, they worked very well across all levels of my team and at Board level. They deliver on time and do not overpromise as so many agencies do.
    - Jane Wood, Scottish Business in the Community
  • Don't wish to eulogise - the SSE/Gate have the occasional struggle but our combined willingness to get on and do better from the learning is our highest combined strength.
    - Ray Smethurst, SSE
  • We were working on a project using a media that we had very little experience in. The employees we worked with at The Gate immediately put us at ease and helped us understand their ideas they put forward for our 3d animated Christmas card. They came up with a fabulous solution that worked for everyone. We were also always kept up to date with the various stages in the project and we were made to feel like nothing was too much trouble.
    - Lesley Curtis, Chivas
  • They are quite simply unique amongst agencies. They bring all that you would want and more. They do so in a style that is sympathetic and reflective of your needs... it feels wish you had done it sooner!!
    - Kevin Greenhorn, Airtricity
  • If you are looking for an Agency who are will become an extension of your own team, work with you to plan and deliver creative solutions that allow you to truly deliver an integrated approach across all your channels then I would recommend The Gate.
    - Robert Milligan, RBS
  • The Gate were easy to deal with, the turnaround for the project was quick, the work was uncommonly creative and I always felt involved at every stage of the process - in essence, they made promises and kept them..and then some. Couldn't recommend them highly enough..
    - James Grant, Vertical Records
  • The Gate were a delight to work with throughout the project (design and development of an academic website), bringing to it all the elements we ourselves lacked, not least of which was technical competence. They approached the task creatively and imaginatively, and helped to create a product that now appeals to many, both within our own sphere of academic Public Health and beyond. From start to finish they provided all the help and asssitance we required - including tutorials and coaching on how to manage the site four ourselves. Some staff worked evenings and weekends to get the project launched on time - true dedication! Their finished work has provoked many admiring comments about the design and layout of the site, and their ideas undoubtedly enhanced our own materials. I have no hesitation in recommending The Gate to any organisation looking to create or develop their own web materials.
    - Dr Sandra Carlisle, Research Fellow
  • The Gate is an excellent creative agency and come highly recommended by Scotsman Publications. We have worked with The Gate for many years and as a result they have a history of working with our brands and a real understanding of our business, which is extremely valuable. The Gate always come up with innovative and impactful ideas to suit our budget.
    - Paula Bushell, The Scotsman Publications
  • I\'ve really enjoyed working with The Gate. I\'d happily work with the company again in the future.
    - Luke Harrison, NHS Health Scotland
  • Thank you for helping us develop such a clean and professional new image.
    - Sarah Barry, 2i

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