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To us it’s not marketing,
it’s meraki*

Black Bear Creative is a boutique marketing agency providing a perfect balance of strategy, creative and delivery. 

*Ah yes. Meraki. We were just coming to that. When we say that we do everything with meraki, we mean that we put a piece of ourselves – our soul, our creativity, our love – into everything we do, every day.

That could easily just be marketing chat, couldn’t it? After all, we are a marketing agency and this is our website. But when you work with us, you’ll discover that we really mean it. And that’s what makes us different.

We believe in true partnership and in delivering straight-talking, insightful creative solutions. As experts and problem-solvers, we have the knowledge and experience to challenge you when needed.

Your next scroll will bring you to some of the values we hold most dear. If they chime with you, give us a call!

  • We are… Human

    We’re an energetic, passionate, creative, honest, caring bunch of people*. *Spoiler: We’re not real bears. Sorry.

  • We are… Curious

    We listen, we ask questions, we research, we think, we discuss, we learn.

  • We are… Courageous

    We are confident, we are solution-focused, we uncover insights, we make decisions, we deliver.

  • We are… Meraki

    We love what we do, we do it with passion, we put our heart and soul* into it. That’s meraki. *And that’s T’Pau.


Tim Wickens
Founder & CEO

Need to know: Tim’s been involved in the direct marketing industry for over 25 years and has extensive experience across all communication channels, having worked with a range of different businesses involved in fundraising, database marketing, insight, analytics, online marketing, print, print management, fulfilment and creative services.

Good to know: Chelsea supporter. Gets the first round in. Tells it like it is.


Abi White
Client Services Director

Need to know: Abi’s a charity marketing specialist with 17 years’ experience in brand development, audience insight, acquisition, retention and loyalty programmes, individual and regular giving, raffle, membership, product development, legacies and in-memory giving, as well as fundraising events.

Good to know: Voice like honey (100% bear). Astonishing thirst for trivia. Loves a bit of karaoke.


Kirsty Stancombe
Client Development Director

Need to know: Kirsty's a brand and marketing specialist with 15 years’ experience in creative marketing services. Kirsty specialises in strategic planning, branding, digital marketing and integrated campaign management, working with start-ups to multi-nationals, close to home and around the world.

Good to know: Unusual blend of Saffer and Minger*. Pilates nut. Proper foodie.

*South Africa and Godalming. Obvs.


Sophie Langhelt
Account Manager

Need to know: Sophie’s an events and digital marketing specialist, having worked across event management, social media, email and website marketing. Sophie has worked with clients on everything from launch events and award ceremonies to multi-site conferences for hundreds of attendees and bespoke trips for executive groups.

Good to know: Happiest when skiing. Loves a cooking show. Probably a bit too obsessed with dogs.

Our creative circle

Over the years we have gathered around us a ‘creative circle’ of the best in the business. Whatever you need, we know the right people for the job. That’s really true, but here’s a reassuring list anyway:

  • Copywriters
  • Art Directors
  • Planners
  • Strategists
  • Researchers
  • Media buyers
  • Graphic Designers
  • SEO experts
  • Animators
  • Film Directors
  • Digital gurus
  • UX experts

Join the pack

If you like what you’ve seen here and you’re also busy doing everything with meraki, give us a call. We love meeting and working with talented people.

Are you a talented cub with a taste for adventure? We’re the pack for you! Share a taster of what you’ve been up to and what you’re passionate about at [email protected] and let’s chat.