Scared to start a creative agency? We got advice from someone who's done it

If you've always wanted to start a creative agency but fear has held you back, you're not alone. Owning an agency is top of the list of many creative's ambitions, but there is a lot to learn in the process – and not every agency ends up being successful. 

We spoke to the co-founder of creative agency Sergeant Walnuts, Richard Attwater, to find out about his experience and impart his wisdom. Sergeant Walnuts opened its doors in Manchester, UK in 2022, so the journey is still fresh in Attwater's mind. Here, he gives insight into the pitfalls and successes he, and his partner Gary Toal, encountered along the way. 

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Georgia Coggan

Georgia is lucky enough to be Creative Bloq's Editor. She has been working for Creative Bloq since 2018, starting out as a freelancer writing about all things branding, design, art, tech and creativity – as well as sniffing out genuinely good deals on creative technology. Since becoming Editor, she has been managing the site on a day-to-day basis, helping to shape the diverse content streams CB is known for and leading the team in their own creativity.