Tom Pickering
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How long have you been part of the team at Shape?

Me and Shape go waaaaay back! I've been at Shape for around 8 years now. I bagged a couple of weeks of work experience at the end of my first year at Salford Uni and from then on, well what can I say, they couldn't get enough of me.

What's your favourite aspect about working at Shape?

Being small cohort makes it a great environment to work in. This allows us to work very close with one another, sharing ideas and feedback throughout projects, giving us very a collaborative and efficient workflow. We actually know each another on more than a first name basis unlike some places! Though I think we know each other a little too well in some ways...

What do you enjoy doing outside of work?

The majority of the time you can find me either at Manchester Aquatics Centre smashing out a proper 'ard swim session with Manchester Triathlon Club, in the middle of the Peak District on my bike finding new climbs, cafes, coffee and cake, or down by the rivers and canals running with my pals. The rest of the time, you can usually find me eating Cereal, napping or endlessly throwing manky old tennis balls for my dog Milly. She loves them manky. The mankier the better. She's gross.

So, you compete in Triathlons, are you any good?

As Mike would say, why be good at one sport when you can be average at 3. Last year I completed my first Ironman race in Bolton and finished in a slightly above average 36th place overall. That was a very tough day. It really helped seeing all my family and friends having a great time, absolutely pissed out of their heads whilst I was in a world of trouble, up to my neck in sweat, flat coke and energy gels.

Which project was most satisfying for you to work on?

Recently, we launched a lovely little site for the interior designer Charlie Horner. This was all about showcasing her beautiful work through the bespoke photography she provided us with. I have also worked on a number of projects for Alliance, including Alliance City Living and Alliance Investments. They are a great team to work with and it is a real privilege to continue working alongside Alliance since launching their websites.

Why do you think clients should choose to work with Shape?

I think one of the best qualities about us is the client relationships we offer. Being a small team allows us to work with clients on a much more attentive level. Also, we are just really nice people who enjoy what we do here.

Eats too much Cereal Competes in Triathlons Favourite Typeface: Aperçu Mono Favourite Colour: #eeec46 Can get drunk of half a pint of Shandy Favourite Shape: Triangle Favourite Artist: IDLES
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