You See It Was All Clear...

The year was 2000. There was a laptop, a staff of three, a small student loan, and the encouraging reality that Y2K was a bunch of hooey. From that humble beginning came SearchQuest, the forerunner of SQ Digital. We were one of the UK’s first SEO agencies, our goals set on delivering a capable & reliable service.

We Were Meant To Be Here...

Two decades later, SQ Digital has developed and earned trust with clients old and new, and kept its sights on emphasising the development of our clients, resources, teams, and individuals. Going forward, it’s all about going forward. Just think: Everything about your own online presence could be this real for your brand.

...From The Beginning.


Accomplished, Experienced

In an online world, you need a partner that leads and exceeds the latest trends, behaviours, and expectations. That’s why the marketing expertise and experience at SQ Digital stands apart. If the latest is the greatest, we’ll help your marketing achieve it – then get back to the drawing board, match up with what’s coming down the pipeline, and help you realise what needs to happen next.


The Faces Behind The Entire SQ Digital Skill Set!

Hi, I’m Joe

Digital Marketing Executive

WORDS/LYRICS OF INSPIRATION: "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving" - Einstein



Katie Martin
Emma Mortimer
Michelle Gleaves
Social Media
Ben Hogben
Web Developer
Vilayte Essa
CEO and Founder
Beth Cook
Richard McGowan
Web Design Manager
Matt McCarten
Web Developer
Teresa Garanhel
Joel Brakewell
Sandra Posadzki
Ashley Winder
Joel Perkins
Husen Essa
COO and Founder
Richard Chamberlain
Eddie Bradshaw
Project Manager
Matt Hartley
PR / Outreach
Tony Bell
Business Development
Marisa Garanhel
Katie Sadler
Megan Greenwood
Business Development
Karen Martin
Social Media
Kamal Essa
Managing Director
Damian Kelly
PPC & Accounts
Chris Jones
Business Development
James Brady
Project Manager

Hi, I’m Katie Hornby

Senior Content Marketing Executive

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Cause it makes me that much stronger, Makes me work a little bit harder, It makes me that much wiser, So thanks for making me a fighter" - Christina Aguilera


BIO: The best part of my job is definitely the people that I work with. As a Senior member of the content team, I love watching people come out of their shells and become confident in their own creativity. This is what inspires me to become a better writer AND a better manager. Outside of work, I couldn’t live without my books or my cats.

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Hi, I'm Emma Mortimer

Content Marketing Executive

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "I love people who make me laugh. I honestly think it's the thing I like most, to laugh. It cures a multitude of ills. It's probably the most important thing in a person." - Audrey Hepburn

WHO INSPIRES YOU: Dawn O'Porter - "Just bloody wear it!"

BIO: Buyer, lover and wearer of vintage clothing. Watcher, reviewer and maker of films. Coming from my Broadcast media degree in Liverpool, I travelled back to my roots in Lancaster to discover the gem that is SQ Digital, as a part of the Graduate scheme. Since being here I have been introduced to the world of digital marketing, where I have made many new skills and met a bunch of unforgettable people. In my spare time, me and my trusty canon venture out, I write about Vintage fashion and probably spend too much money on clothes.

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Hi, I’m Michelle Gleaves

Senior Social & Paid Media Executive

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Enjoy it. Because it's happening." - Stephen Chbosky

WHO INSPIRES YOU: Louise O'Neill, Author, Only Ever Yours

BIO: Coming from a Journalism background, a move into the fast-paced environment of digital marketing was a natural progression for me. Whether it's getting to grips with a new Facebook update, planning our next charity initiative, or seeing conversions roll through for a client because of the work we're doing at SQ Digital, there's never a dull day in the office! I'm one of the few 'dog people' at SQHQ, and I won't rest until we get a workplace mascot in the form of a puppy.

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Hi, I’m Ben Hogben

Web Developer

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Ooga-chaka, ooga-ooga ooga-chaka, ooga-ooga ooga-chaka, ooga-ooga." - Blue Suede


BIO: I'm here to drink coffee and build websites, and I'm all out of coffee. Come and talk to me about board games, books, tv or the F1.

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Hi, I’m Vilayte Essa

CEO and Founder

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself." ― Jalaluddin Rumi

WHO INSPIRES YOU: Rumi - "A True Wordsmith"

BIO: In the year 2000, I founded SQ at the age of 23. At the time we were one of the first SEO agencies in the UK, and I had the desire to succeed and lead in business! With this hunger and ambition I am really proud of the achievements from both myself and my team to build one of the most successful full service digital marketing agencies. The people here at SQ Digital have helped us achieve fantastic results for our clients. We are all on the journey together to become the very best for our clients. It all revolves around our drive and expertise: we dream, we believe and we succeed.

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Hi, I’m Beth Cook

Senior SEO Executive

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Let's get down to business, to defeat the Huns." - Mulan

WHO INSPIRES YOU: Pretty much anything Disney-related

BIO: I like cats, bad pop music (think Steps and S Club 7), and Disney movies. I'm a senior member of the SEO team, which means I spend a lot of time talking about Penguins, Pandas and Pigeons. I spent a good portion of my childhood living in Australia, and also enjoy educating my co-workers about the dangers of dropbears. Can't catch me sat in SQHQ optimising our clients' websites? I can usually be found driving my boyfriend's Mini while singing Little Mix at the top of my lungs.

View the LinkedIn profile of Beth Cook, SQ Digital

Hi, I’m Richard McGowan

Web Design Manager

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." - Robin Williams


BIO: As the Design Manager, everyday is different - with new challenges, projects and tasks to undertake and track across the team - always working closely with the Development team. I love anything digital, thrive on problem solving and creating new experiences for our customers! Outside of work, I enjoy football, travelling and cooking. 

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Hi, I’m Matt McCarten

Web Developer

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "I hope this hasn’t put you off of flying. Statistically speaking, it’s still the safest way to travel." - Christopher Reeve as Superman


BIO: My name is Matt. I like crisps. Give me headphones, a PSD design and I'll build you a website. Usually found sitting in front of computer screen.

View the LinkedIn profile of Matt McCarten, SQ Digital

Hi, I’m Teresa Garanhel

Content Marketing Executive

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "We can be heroes, just for one day." - David Bowie


BIO: As a writer by day and a reader by night, I am a Portuguese-Canadian with a passion for marketing and coffee. I love RPGs, baking terrible cakes, looking at cute animal pictures, and laughing at bad jokes.

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Hi, I’m Joel Brakewell

SEO Executive

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "My Anaconda don't want none unless you got buns, hun." - Sir Mix-a-Lot


BIO: Being an SEO Executive is fantastic! Not only is it of great value to clients, but I enjoy it because it truly makes a difference to a company's reputation. I have recently graduated from Manchester Metropolitan University with a 2:1 in Digital Media & Marketing, taking invaluable experience learned from the course and utilising it for my role at SQ Digital. In my spare time, you'll catch me taking long walks in the countryside with my dog, Buddy. I absolutely cannot live without the internet because I love online shopping too much!

Hi, I’m Sandra Posadzki

Administrative Assistant

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "What have you done today to make you feel proud?" - Heather Small


BIO: I enjoy my work here helping clients in the accounts department. A naturally outgoing person, I enjoy socialising and going out for a meal or a drink with friends. For me, laughter is the best tonic, and I agree with Eric Morecambe, who sang "bring me sunshine in your smile."

Hi, I’m Ashley Winder

Social & Paid Media Executive

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens." - Jimi Hendrix


BIO: A lover of great coffee with a passion for all things numerical! I graduated university in 2016 with a degree in Business Management with Marketing, so I am fortunate enough to use the skills I acquired every day on behalf of our clients. When I'm out of the office, you’ll usually find me watching football, F1 or down in the forest on my mountain bike!

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Hi, I’m Joel Perkins

Senior SEO Executive

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Dr. Stein grows funny creatures, lets them run into the night. They become great rock musicians and their time is right." - Helloween

WHO INSPIRES YOU: Helloween, Tobias Sammet's Avantasia

BIO: The entity known as 'Joel' resides at SQ Digital by day, but his whereabouts are otherwise unknown. It's said that he enjoys European metal music, anything fantasy or superhero related, video gaming, table top war gaming/figure painting, swimming and table tennis… although not always simultaneously.

Hi, I'm Husen Essa

Chief Operations Officer

WORDS OF INSPIRATION:"You be the change you want to see in this world" - Gandhi

WHO INSPIRES YOU: Everybody of good character

BIO: Where to begin? How about my first job - Sales Assistant at a clothes shop. Next came an office role for Lancashire Constabulary, an experience that taught me a great deal about systems. In time came a Degree in Business Management from the University of Lancaster, and (perhaps more importantly?!?!) took the remains of a student loan that we used to set up what is now SQ Digital.

My true satisfaction lies in our ability for helping companies realise their potential. The biggest thing I’ve realised is something I came to know right at the very beginning. In that first year, we were able to deliver for some household name-level clients that helped us understand the power of optimisation and fuel the growth of an award-winning agency in the process. "If you want something, go get it" means little without seeing it happen first-hand; I can say that I have seen it, and I have the confidence that we can help any client realise it.

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Hi, I’m Richard Chamberlain

Systems Deployment Specialist

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "To me, when we talk about the world, we are talking about our ideas of the world. Our ideas of organisation, our different religions, our different economic systems, our ideas about it are the world. We are heading for a radical revision where you could say we are heading towards the end of the world, but more in the R.E.M. sense than the Revelation sense.

That is what apocalypse means – revelation. I could square that with the end of the world, a revelation, a new way of looking at things, something that completely radicalises our notions of the where we were, when we were, what we were, something like that would constitute an end to the world in the kind of abstract – yet very real sense – that I am talking about. A change in the language, a change in the thinking, a change in the music. It wouldn’t take much – one big scientific idea, or artistic idea, one good book, one good painting – who knows – we are at a critical point where the ideas are coming thicker and faster and stranger and stranger than they ever were before. They are realised at a greater speed, everything has become very fluid." - Alan Moore

WHO INSPIRES YOU: Bill Hicks, Alan Moore, Pat Mills, Billy Childish, Matthew Smith, Ramsey Dukes (Lionell Snell), (to be continued...)

BIO: An Interwebs veteran from the mid '90s, I’ve recently developed an affinity for systems deployment. It's the sort of thing that no-one else is demented enough to undertake. It’s a curious thing to be with SQ Digital at it’s inception, and there’s satisfaction in having a hand in some of the changes. The working environment has a certain style and the personnel emit a definite verve and enthusiasm.

In my other life, I've lately learnt the art of constructing low-power audio circuitry for highly mobile cultural subversion units. I also distribute small quantities of volatile storage medium containing the recorded effluvia of that combination for the delectation of marooned souls looking for thrills in the dark corners of consciousness. Or something like that.

Hi, I’m Eddie Bradshaw

Project Manager

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Fly away on my zephyr. I feel it more than ever. And in this perfect weather. We’ll find a place together." - Red Hot Chilli Peppers

WHO INSPIRES YOU: Red Hot Chilli Peppers

BIO: As a Project Manager I get to learn the inner workings of so many different companies, and then help realise their online potential through the websites we build. Project management was clearly hammered in through the geeky games I play! I ran a team of over 200 players on World of Warcraft for 5 years before going cold turkey and now play various games that require forward planning and proactive thinking!

Hi, I’m Matt Hartley

Outreach and PR Executive

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Every disadvantage has its advantage." - Johan Cruyff


BIO: I graduated from the University of Central Lancashire with a First-Class degree in Sports Journalism in 2016 and initially joined SearchQuest as a Graduate Digital Executive. I moved into the Outreach and PR role in March 2017 and love liaising with a range of contacts and clients from different industries. In my spare time, you’ll find me watching Morecambe Football Club, and failing that… You’ll probably find me glued to a TV watching any football I can feast my eyes on! Football, outreach and PR… That’s me in a nutshell.

Hi, I’m Tony Bell

Business Development Manager

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Goodness gracious, Great Balls of Fire" - Jerry Lee Lewis


BIO: Described as 'the person who will talk to anyone' by colleagues, family and friends, you'll probably find me in conversation, talking about work, football or the weather, with anyone that will listen. I have 17 years of experience in digital marketing and have been a member of the SQ Digital team for 6 happy years.

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Hi, I’m Marisa Garanhel

Content Marketing Executive

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Through shadow to the edge of the night, Until the stars are all alight." - Pippin


BIO: As a Sci-Fi and superhero enthusiast, you can regularly find me at the cinema watching the latest releases. Easily the shortest member of the SQ cat lover team, and probably all of SQ, I also enjoy gaming, sharing my Lord of the Rings obsession, and trying to finish writing my novel. Any day now.

Hi, I’m Katie Sadler

Content Marketing Executive

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Even when the rain falls, even when the flood starts rising, even when the storm comes, I am washed by the water." - NEEDTOBREATHE

WHO INSPIRES YOU: Ludovico Einaudi, The Civil Wars, NEEDTOBREATHE

BIO: View the LinkedIn profile of Katie Sadler, SQ Digital

Hi, I’m Megan Greenwood

Sales Administrator

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Do your thing." - Basement Jaxx


BIO: Hi my name's Meg. For breakfast I like to eat scrambled egg. When I do exercise, I often lose feeling in my leg. So most of the time I'm just chilling in bed.

But for real, I like photography, gaming and music!

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Hi, I’m Karen Martin

Social and Paid Media Executive

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "It's just a spark, but it's enough to keep me going, and when it's dark out and no one's around, it keeps glowing." - Paramore


BIO: I'm passionate about marine mammals and animal rights as well as marketing. You can find me in my own little corner of the internet blogging and getting social with people from all over the world and supporting a variety of charitable causes. I also really like dinosaurs, reading, and pop punk music – you’ll probably find me in my element at a music festival (or by the ocean… or a music festival in the ocean).

View the LinkedIn profile of Karen Martin, SQ Digital Check out Karen Martin's WordPress blog, Excuse This Honesty

Hi, I’m Kamal Essa

Managing Director

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. You got a dream, you gotta protect it. When people can’t do something themselves, they are going to tell you that you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period."

WHO INSPIRES YOU: Muhammad Ali, Richard Branson

BIO: Before joining SQ, I spent over 20+ years performing high profile finance roles for some of the largest UK organisations including Compass Group, United Utilities and The Co-operative Group. I worked within teams - finance, retail, operations, marketing and property - helping shape the strategic direction of the business. My highlights include driving change and delivering efficiency and major cost benefits. I am passionate about people, and truly believe they are the key to success.

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Hi, I’m Damian Kelly

Social & Paid Media Executive

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our mind." - Bob Marley


BIO: Being a member of the SQ Digital team for over three years, I am one of the more vocal members of the team (You can normally hear me coming a mile off). My hobbies include Gaming, Driving, Football and Food! You can normally find me laughing and joking with my colleagues, or playing Table Tennis trying to improve my skills.

Hi, I’m Chris Jones

Account Manager

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "When I was young a young man, my Mama said I'd be the greatest man alive." - Muddy Waters

WHO INSPIRES YOU: Rolling Stones

BIO: Resident health foodie (lots of food pics on my Instagram if you're interested) at SQ Digital and keen cyclist, as you can tell from the picture. I am the old man of the office, having worked in digital marketing in one form or another since 1999 and have been with SQ for seven years!

Hi, I’m James Brady

Project Manager

WORDS OF INSPIRATION: "Criticism can bother you, but you should be more bothered if there's no criticism, that means you're too safe." - Kanye West


BIO: A man of many interests, including e-sports, street fashion and technology. Dislikes chips, rage quitters and any football team outside of Stretford. Passionate about websites & a firm believer in developers being modern day Rockstars, Mark Zuckerberg being Ozzy Osbourne.

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On The Lookout for Digital Skills

The gang at SQ Digital can always do with a capable pair of hands, eyes, ears and know-how.

We’ve got a finely tuned ear for capable account managers, digital marketers, web developers, creative designers, content writers, and anyone else that knows digital, websites and loves to show it off every day.

Tell us about your goals, show us what you can do, and we’ll supply you with the opportunity to succeed.