Allan (below), 36, and Sowden (right), 37, were handed the reins by previous owners Chris Henry, Glenn Patterson and Andrew Watson in a management buy-out in 2011 (financial director Watson retained his share). Since then, they’ve grown turnover to over £11m and staff numbers at the Leeds agency now stand at 65.

intermarketing2Clients include adidas, La Redoute, Shop Direct and, and Intermarketing won the Grand Prix at this year’s Recommended Agency Register awards.

Sowden originally started at the agency as a senior account executive in 2003, while Allan worked for MediaVest, Brilliant Media and Brahm before joining in 2009. They each now own 37.5% of the company.