We caught up with Kamal Essa, Managing Director of SQ Digital, one of the partner sponsors for Array Festival 2021. We discussed the one big family that is Lancaster Business’, competition with the Top Dogs and their never-ending list of awards. 


Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us today. We are so excited to have you as a sponsor and can’t wait to see what you have in store for us. Tell us what you’ve been up to? 

We’re so excited to be sponsoring such a fantastic event, and it’s a first for SQ, so we’re really looking forward to it. We are one of the first digital agencies to pop up in Lancaster over 20 years ago, so it felt right to get involved. We began as an SEO agency back in 2000, and as the demand grew across all digital disciplines, so did our list of services. We now offer businesses across the country a full range of digital marketing services, including SEO, Content Marketing, Social Media Management, Paid Search, and Website Design and Development.  


So, you really have seen Lancaster as a digital City grow over the years. What’s one of your favourite things about running an agency?  


One of the best things about running a business in Lancaster has to be the family feel that radiates throughout the city; it’s like one big family. We all want to see each other grow and be successful. I was born here and live here, so it’s great to be able to run an agency here, too, as opposed to going to one of the bigger cities. And I love the fact that we can compete with the big city agencies and still come out on top. 


Yes, let’s talk awards. You have a huge trophy cabinet, by the sounds of things? 

Over the past 20 years, we’ve won many SEO agency awards and content marketing awards. One of our proudest achievements is being listed in the Prolific North Top 50 Digital Agencies for five years running, which is even better because we’re the only agency that focuses on SMEs. We’re also one of only 300 digital agencies in the UK to demonstrate the expertise and client revenue growth needed to be certified as a Google Premier Partner! This means we’re able to offer our clients additional benefits that only a Google Premier Partner can access.


Well, it’s an honour to have you at the Array Festival. Could you give us a sneak peek at what you have in store for us? 

We can’t wait! We have seen the city grow over the years, and we’re so excited to see it develop even more. We’re looking forward to meeting even more incredible local business’ and sharing all of our digital tips with them or anyone interested in learning a little bit more about what we do!

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