for good

We've found the sweet spot between branding, advertising and technology to help brands of all shapes and sizes connect with people in an ever-changing world.

Creating experiences that work in any place and every space - physical, digital & virtual. Underpinned by ideas that evoke feelings and initiate action time & time again.


Holdens Agency

In-house specialists,
global scale

There's a formidable team of thinkers and doers across every specialism in our Manchester, Berlin and Barcelona studios, supported by a worldwide network of creatives and creators that we collaborate with to give brands a competitive advantage in specific markets and territories.

We're united by a restless curiosity and a reverence for all things creative. Together we brand, build & campaign, but we're ideas people first & foremost.

Some of our
achievements & awards

Cannes Lions - Holdens Agency
RIBA Award Winner - Holdens Agency
The Drum - Holdens Agency
Awwwards.com - Holdens Agency
Prolific North - Holdens Agency
UK Agency Awards - Holdens Agency
Our studio in Manchester's NQ
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Just look for the h.
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Our Berlin studio space
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MCR's ever changing skyline
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Our home in Barcelona
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Setting the tone with some beats
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An agency built on big ideas & stood on the shoulders of giants.


Peter Holden - Holdens Agency

Rich in history
& heritage

Our approach is firmly rooted in tried and tested thinking. Pioneered by our late, great co-founder Peter Holden, a true creative heavyweight with ideas as big as his beard and the first Manchester ad man to win a Cannes Lion award*.

He made his name in the 70s at Royd's (now McCann Manchester), helping it to grow into the UK's biggest agency outside of London, before branching out on his own in the mid-80s to form what would later become the Holdens we know & love today.

Peter Holden (bottom right) directing a Viscount Biscuits TV commercial back in the 1970s.
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Peter delivering a talk on creative thinking at PUSH festival, HOME in January 2018.
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Peter delivering fresh ideas around the Northern Quarter on his bike in August 2016.
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Peter on the set of a Girobank TV commercial in the 1970's.
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Pizza Express
Inspace Fitness
Harrison Street
National Trust
Allied London
Heritage Great Britain
Land's End Landmark
New Vic Theatre
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