Martin Bostock, our founder and Chairman, set up the agency in 1987 with his business partner, Roger Nelson. Following the 2003 sale of the agency to our parent, Creston plc, and Roger’s retirement in 2007, Martin took on the role of Chairman and oversaw the appointment of the board of directors that runs Nelson Bostock Group Unlimited today.
Since then, the group has grown into a multi-faceted business with a stable of award-winning agencies, including; consumer agency, Fever; digital and social engagement agency, Things Unlimited, content creation agency MediaWorks, and B2B and corporate agency Nelson Bostock Unlimited.
In the recent past, Martin has gradually been reducing his workload within the group, becoming Non-Executive Chairman in 2013. This has allowed him to devote increasing amounts of time to other interests including a Non-Executive Directorship within the NHS and charitable work with the Citizenship Foundation which he chairs.
Martin now feels it is the right time for him to formally retire from the business and will step down at the end of this month to coincide with the completion of our current financial year.
Though it’s terrifically sad for us that Martin has chosen this year to retire, he steps down with our love, appreciation and admiration. He will be missed both professionally and personally, by clients and staff alike. He’s been a terrific coach, mentor and friend.
Even though he won’t be physically ‘inside’ the organisation any more, Martin’s spirit, personality and relentless command of great grammar will remain imprinted on our business forever. We wish Martin, his wife Sue and all the Bostock family much happiness in his retirement.
Martin himself wanted to add a few words to this note:
“When I look at our client list today, at the ground-breaking work the agencies produce, at the awards we’ve won and at the talent of the people within the group, I find it hard to reconcile with the memory of Roger and me setting up with an Amstrad word processor and a fax machine in an attic on the Portobello Road. I’m incredibly lucky to have been supported by a formidable leadership team. Without them I would never have had the luxury of pursuing the other interests which are important in my life. I feel very comfortable that the time is right – both for me and for the business – to make way for the next generation of management to continue to take the business forward to even greater heights.”