Best friends in the biz

Best friends in the biz

Professional, fun and in high demand among Brisbane businesses; these guys get results.

By Candice Jackson | 1st May 2014

Part of the digitally driven Gen Y movement, long time best friends, Jonathan Ford and Tom Sweep, hae become successful business co-founders of the reputable hands-on marketing agency Department Group.

Young, experienced and with key contacts in the industry, these boys have been busy working on various Brisbane projects. Their clients range from hospitality, real estate, food and beverage and niche brands, with recent projects including Alfred and Constance, Chester Street Bakery and Bar, Blackbird Bar and Grill, Greaser, Peasant and Cabiria.

Specialising in real-life “non-fluff” tactics, they describe Department Group as a hands-on marketing agency that brings businesses into the modern age in their physical trading and online presence.

Tom explains an advantage of being young with over ten years combined experience between them means they can tackle jobs with a different perspective and ensure clients get cost-effective projects that guarantee positive outcomes.

“We have always worked hard to get results for our clients whatever industry they are in and we have been fortunate to make them all successful," Tom says.

With the intent on pursuing their own goals and dreams from a young age, these two twenty-somethings are already at a vantage point not commonly held by people twice their age, having worked with some of the very best local entrepreneurs and businessmen.

Working together since finishing school, they say they’ve achieved some great things together, but always make time for fun along the way.

Tom even jokes that they spend more time together than they do with their girlfriends… but they wouldn’t have it any other way.

Fun is an integral part of Department Group. Both Jonathan and Tom agree that, if they weren’t having as much fun or didn’t love it as much as they do, they’d need to be in another job.

“It is important to have fun. We are in a creative and fast moving industry and we think it is key for
us, our staff and clients to have fun.”

Department Group are constantly on the lookout for new projects that will excite them.

Follow their movements to see what they get up to next!

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Article by Candice Jackson

Candice Jackson is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She has an uncontrollable sweet tooth, an irrational fear of birds and a love of travel. Candice believes in the Yes Man Philosophy.