Jamie Watson, Managing Director - Pixel8
The grown-up phase: For the past ten years, I have built an award-winning marketing agency based in the northern quarter of Manchester called Pixel8. I am working with hotel chains, retailers, education; the work spans graphic design and digital marketing, acting as an extension of the clients’ marketing team.
The entrepreneurial phase: I spent ten years starting and trying to build businesses, including a fresh food chain, serviced apartments and an eCommerce business.
The early phase: Having worked in the family retail business from a very young age (first overall had to be handmade), I did a degree in retail marketing, followed by working with the board at Iceland Frozen Foods and then worked at Sainsbury’s looking after the supermarket website.
I’ve gained work experience in America working for a convenience store chain, and I’m currently back studying for a masters in digital marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University.
I’m a rubbish runner, swimmer and cyclist, successfully coming in the bottom 10% of five triathlons over the past three years
Describe what you were like at school in three words?
Outgoing, Fun loving, Entrepreneurial
What’s the best thing about Manchester?
Special things happen in Manchester, it’s history in the making.
What has been your biggest disappointment?
I should have done a masters earlier in my career.
How do you relax?
Jogging really sorts me out.
The soundtrack to your life. Which song?
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
I’d be working on a market stall, in a time when markets were busy.
What’s your most over-used phrase?
Go for the low hanging fruit.
What advice would you give to your 15 year-old self?