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Brothers who believe


As the name suggests, Relative is the pride and joy of brothers Simon and Robert Barlow.


Born and bred in Bolton, we both have extensive experience within the advertising and marketing industry and are proud to have worked on a many leading brands across a wide range of sectors.


Go Outdoors, Bensons for Beds, Skipton Building Society, 3M, Premier Foods, Hartley Botanic Glasshouses, Gabriel Ash – just a few of the names we’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years.


There’s a saying that goes ‘You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family’. However, we choose to work together because we believe that along with the rest of the Relative team, we make a real difference for every one of our clients.


We believe in what we say, believe in what we do, and believe that with the right people behind your brand, you can achieve any result. And once you’ve met us, you’ll believe it too.

Everything is relative except relatives, and they are absolute”

– Alfred Stieglitz

So why do these words sum up our ethos so effectively?


Because, just as Stieglitz’ quote suggests that family is everything, we too believe that it’s those closest to us that matter the most.


As a family run business, we know the value of looking after our own. Colleague or client, we treat all those we work with as part of the clan.


We work together and look out for one another. We understand how important strong relationships are and how such close bonds bring benefits for all. We trust and respect; listen, support and act; share goals and challenges and enjoy success together.


So while everything may be relative, Relative is absolutely the agency for you.


Joe Swarbrick

Digital Marketing Assistant

The youngest member of the team, Joe completed his A Levels in History, ICT, English Language and Politics so has managed to bring a bit more culture to the office!


Martin Bradley

Digital Marketing Manager

Martin is our digital expert and started developing websites back in the late 90's gaining experience working with some very well known household brands.


Gail Escott


Gail holds the purse strings at Relative and does a fantastic job of managing the money! She says ``A day without chocolate is like a day without sunshine!``


Robert Barlow

Managing Director

Rob started working in the Marketing world in 1998 whilst completing his BA Honours degree in Business Finance with Marketing.


Simon Barlow

Creative Director

Simon loves thinking out of the box and coming up with new ideas to solve a problem or get better results.