Speed 14 September 2012

Fourteen years, almost to the day, after starting Speed’s forerunner Rainier PR from a basement in Covent Garden, London, both Steve Earl and I are both calling it a day.

Speed has great clients, a market-beating proposition, a strong management team, and an upcoming generation of really smart people.

The simple fact is that our work here is done.

I’m incredibly proud of Speed. The team has built a cracking business that delivers fantastic work for clients day-in, day-out.

The firm, like all creative agencies, is the sum of everyone that has worked with us and everyone that hired us. I owe you all my heartfelt thanks.

When the time comes I will shed a tear at parting company with Steve. It’s personal. We’ve worked together for almost 17 years at A Plus, Weber, Rainier PR and Speed, supporting each other through the highs and lows of agency, personal and family life.

But, we both need to move on, do new stuff, and learn new things. I have no doubt that we will return occasionally to our table at The Stockpot in Panton Street.

As Dr Seuss said “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it’s happened.”

What’s next?

I’ll be here until the end of September and then I’m taking a few months out before starting something new. That’s under wraps for now but if you follow @wadds on Twitter or personal blog you’ll find out before very long.