Lewis Kemp is the CEO of Lightbulb Media, a SME-focused digital marketing agency based in Bolton and Manchester. Kemp is also an advocate and supporter of various charities and initiatives such as CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably) and The Booth Centre (providing advice, activities and care for the homeless in Manchester).
A quick summary of your career and education:
As a lad from a council estate, I was incredibly fortunate to gain an academic scholarship to Bolton School, which introduced me to a whole new world of opportunities and contacts. I later attended Loughborough University to study Sociology. In my working life, I’ve always been involved in marketing in one form or another. I’ve done door knocking for charities, event marketing for the public sector, ran the comms strategy for a nutrition company and been the Head of Digital for another agency. It took years for me to build up the confidence to believe that I could do things better my own way.
What’s your most significant accomplishment to date?
Getting to our first birthday was pretty special. It doesn’t sound a lot to an outsider but in such a saturated market it’s been a huge confidence boost that we’re actually pretty good at what we do, our clients like us, and that we’re on the right track for the future.
Read Next: Manchester’s 30under30 2018
Who inspires you?
My parents. They’ve worked ridiculously hard to be able to give my the opportunities I’ve had, and instilled a massive work ethic in me that I’m eternally grateful for. They’ve also blindly supported anything I’ve ever wanted to do, even if they didn’t fully understand it. My mum still thinks all I do is “mess around on Facebook” all day but she’s slowly coming around.
How has living and working in Manchester helped you achieve your goals?
The Manchester creative and digital scene is a hugely collaborative community. There’s more than enough work out there for everyone and it’s so refreshing to work in a city where everyone seems to be working together towards a common goal, rather than closing themselves off and stepping on each other to try and get to the top. If you need a mentor, a sounding board or just a brainstorming session with other industry professionals to keep up to date on best practice, there’s so much on offer here in Manchester.
What advice would you give to your 16-year-old self?
Nobody will ever ask you to work out the volume of a sphere.
Go and become financially literate, invest in your mental health, and perfect your communication skills. Your life will be dictated by the relationships you are able to form.
What are your goals of 2019?
Our main goal this year is to expand the team. We’re looking forward to on-boarding some new clients in some really interesting industries and continuing the growth for our current client base.
Where do you see yourself in twenty years’ time?
I’m learning Spanish at the moment and would love to move to Barcelona one day. I’d like to say in 20 years time I’ll be lying on a beach over there with a little family of my own. Oh – and dogs. I want an army of dogs.
What’s the biggest challenge you’ve overcome in your career so far?
It’s kind of an ongoing process but I suppose it’s the fear of public speaking. I suffer from anxiety that comes and goes at will, so I never know whether it’s going to be Tony Robbins or Tony the Tiger until I stand up and start talking. Rather than shy away from it, I’ve been speaking and presenting anywhere that will have me and it’s definitely getting easier each time.
One word that sums you up best?
Read More: Manchester 30UNDER30 2019