Two is proving to be a lucky number for Sophia Gowland, owner and director of The Petite Agency.

The Middlesbrough-based social media experts specialise in social media management for ambitious brands who want to expand their business, and personal brand management for ambitious entrepreneurs looking to grow their influence.

Petite celebrated its second birthday recently, with the announcement of two new team members, two shortlistings at the Best New Tees Business Awards for Best New Creative Business and Outstanding Achievement and an impressive new website.

Having her own business was always a burning ambition for Teesside University graduate Sophia, who took the plunge during lockdown, leaving a well paid job to begin Petite from her kitchen table.

Embodying the true definition of a true bootstrapped business, Sophia turned down offers of investment to go it alone, using her experience, determination, imagination and passion to succeed.

And succeed she has!

Based at the Victoria Building in Middlesbrough, with almost 30 retained clients on the books and a turnover which has doubled since inception, Sophia recently took the next step in The Petite Agency’s growth plan by hiring her first team members.

Molly Catterall, formerly social media executive at Visualsoft, comes onboard as full time content creator, while freelance journalist and former Tees Business writer Julie Burniston steps in to support as senior copywriter.

‘I’m so proud of what Petite Agency has become in these past two years. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be in this position with my own company, a brilliant team and a set of clients who I’ll be forever grateful for and who have trusted me to market their brand and business,’ says Sophia.

‘I’ll be honest, getting to this point alone has been tough! Finding the right people, making the right decisions and all the other tasks that come with being a fledgling business owner have been mind-blowing, but I’ve learned so much along the way already.

‘I’m over the moon to be shortlisted at The Tees Business Awards and to have both Julie and Molly onboard with The Petite Agency. I can’t wait wait to see where we’ll be by our third birthday!”