For nearly 20 years, Archipelago has been been quietly producing world-class strategic and creative work from its studio in Hertford, UK.
With a strong focus on environment, renewables and social impact, we have worked with some of the biggest organisations in those sectors and many of the most interesting. We have a reputation built on our values-led, ethical approach and we are highly selective about with whom we work.
Joe Jones - Creative Director
The Archipelago Network
Over the years (and through two recessions) Archipelago has both grown and contracted, typically with 3-6 permanent staff and 5 or 6 regular freelances.
Following the sudden withdrawal of fincial incentives in the UK renewables sector in 2014, and the subsequent collapse of much of the sector - the studio lost many of its clients almost overnight. The directors took the decision to radically downsize, and to continue to service a small number of clients who had survived the changes.
In the course of reshaping the business they found that putting together 'virtual teams' from their pool of expert freelancers was highly effective.
It meant that specialist skills could be brought in as and when a project required it - keeping overheads low and, in many cases, delivering a deeper level of expertise within a client's budget.
It suited the company's "handcrafted" approach, and ensured fresh perspectives within each piece of work.
Archipelago works with specialist freelancers and contractors from all over the world. If you are interested in collaborating with us, find out more here.