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Brand and communication consultation to help propel your company. Drop us a line    

story-focussed design and communication expertise

To sell stuff, you need a simple story.

Who are you? What do you want? Why should people take notice of you? Let’s find out…

Founded by an acclaimed scriptwriter, Hide the Shark uses unique storytelling techniques to create award-winning Brand Development and Creative Content that impacts the bottom line of our UK and international clients.

We’ll help you translate your brand and products into a language your consumers understand.

  • Discover your unique magnificence
  • Build a powerful, structured story around it
  • Plan your strategic sales journey
  • Reinforce it with precision-engineered creative
  • Switch on the mighty hype machine
  • Release your transcendent brand into the wild
  • Get the right people thinking and talking about you
  • Surpass your marketing objectives
  • Raise your organisation to the top
  • Start your next story…

We promise it will be enjoyable and rewarding and that we won’t be pretentious.

Get in touch for a free 30-minute consultation.

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Our shiny things

The go-to creative agency in Bristol

Micro-studio, mega-impact

I’m Toby, a smiley polymath with a bouncy brain and flamboyant trainers. Despite that, I’ve achieved outstanding results for my clients through my company, Hide the Shark.

Hide the Shark, is an established micro-studio with a prestigious cultural history whose lean-and-mean operating structure allows direct creative engagement with people and organisations that inspire me.

Words are my world. I believe helping brands become simply understandable aids confidence, emotional connection and growth.

Working with me means you’ll enjoy the skills, proven reputation, razor-sharp project management and award-winning creative output of a nippy micro-studio without the time burdens and financial costs of a lumbering agency.

You can use me for creative consultancy, art direction and workshops or to provide innovative branding, messaging, and creative content projects using a bespoke mix of in-house skills and my vast network of freelance experts and trusted partners.

From small-scale local brands, cultural organisations and charities to multinationals in technology, sustainability, hospitality and finance, if you want to increase visibility and drive sales through powerful words and design, I’ve got you covered.

Get in touch for a free 30-minute chat. 

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Our happy clients
Hear what our clients have to say...

We have a whole host of happy clients who would love to tell you about their experiences with us.

  • “ HtS has an extraordinary ability to grasp and articulate our organisation's personality and commercial offering. The team have a unique approach, recognising the importance of storytelling and emotion and translating this effectively into commercial returns. The design and messaging work they are doing with us will be fundamental to driving our global growth. ”
    Jimmy Lloyd  Director. Saragossa
  • “ Since the brand refresh we have more new business coming in than we can resource - a great problem to have! ”
    Gemma Comley Head of Marketing. Ghyston
  • “ We’re so lucky to have worked with Hide the Shark’s talented team. They shook us up and make us proud to work here. I’m so excited to see where this rebrand is going to take us in the future ”
    Ian Carlson MD. Old Mill
  • “ What you helped us achieve with the 'More than Medicine' campaign has been transformational for the charity. We use it in nine centres across the UK and will continue to use it more widely. This campaign is something that I will always be very proud of. ”
    Tracy Tait Brand and Marketing Director, Penny Brohn UK
  • “ Hide the Shark's branding concept developed for our classical season is fresh, creative, bold and enticing. In response to our brief, it is close to perfect, resulting in the hall's most successful classical season ever. ”
    Sarah Robertson - Colston Hall
    Sarah Robertson Communications and Special Projects Director. Colston Hall
  • “ HtS's talented team made our rebrand project such a positive experience. Delivering many elements within a tight deadline, they beautifully captured our essence and brought us to life with their unique storytelling style. The result is a bold, modern and engaging brand that sets us apart. ”
    Kim Barnard Group Marketing Manager. Old Mill
  • “ Hide the Shark were great to work with, responded well to a changing brief and came up with a really creative proposition and brand identity for our supporter programme. ”
    Soil Association
  • “ Hide the Shark have the ability to fully understand what is required and deliver what is becoming increasingly rare -the elusive ‘WOW’ factor. ”
    Jane Shergold Director. TTA Communications
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