Back in 2015, we saw an opportunity to disrupt the sampling landscape. Existing methods of sampling tended to be poorly targeted, lacking in scale, difficult to measure or not that engaging (or all of the above!)

Bringing together 20 years of experience in marketing technology and advertising, we built our workplace sampling platform, gemsatwork. This gave brands a highly targeted way of reaching consumers at scale, delivering engaging experiences in the workplace, and bringing transparency and insight to sampling with the use of innovative measurement tools.

In 2020 we saw the massive opportunity in online sampling as a natural extension to gemsatwork, drawing on our expertise in data-driven sampling, using technology to drive personalised engagement, and developing actionable insights from sampling campaigns.

Our story

2015

Founded in a run-down Shoreditch office, we began building our network of employers and launched our first office sampling campaign with Nairn’s.

2016

Sampled half an olympic-sized swimming pool’s worth of coconut water for innocent drinks.

2017

Relocated to Brighton and launched our first employee opt-in campaign with John Frieda.

2018

Ran our first colab campaign, creating office picnics in nearly 1,000 offices with Seriously Spreadable and Ryvita.

2019

Launch of gemsatwork employee engagement platform, giving brands more control over their campaigns and empowering HR reps to create their own engagement events.

2020

Aside from launching our online sampling platform, we facilitated over 5 million product donations to the UK’s National Health Service during the height of the national lockdown.

2021

A bit early in the year for highlights – check back in 2022!

Meet the team

We’re a diverse team who all share a common passion for delivering great work whilst having fun and not taking ourselves too seriously.

Leadership team

Luca Spinella

Director

Q: What’s your best dinner party story?

A: I once went to a fancy dress party with Mick Jagger, dressed as superman!

Matthew Huntly

Director

Q: What is something we don’t know about you?

A: I won a Royal Humane Society award when I was 12 for rescuing some people out at sea!

Ellen Morgan

Client Services Manager

Q: What would you eat for your last meal on earth?

A: A Nando’s. Take from that what you will.

Christian Morris

Sales Manager

Q: What’s your most embarrassing moment?

A: I once walked into a mirror in a club thinking it was the way to the bar. People saw. It hurt.”

Core team

Kane Fenn

Data & Campaign Manager

Q: Tell us a funny story!

A: I pretended to be vegetarian whilst dating someone for much longer than I’m willing to admit…

Charlie Bogg

Client support Manager

Q: What makes you really angry?

A: Plates in the sink!

Shona Conroy

Account Manager

Q: Do you have a special talent?

A: Karaoke! I can’t sing but I know the lyrics to every SingStar classic.

Josh Scourfield

Account Manager

Q: Do you have any funny injury stories?

A: I tried to get flashed by a speed camera and fell and broke my hand!

Ben Johnson

Lead Engineer

Q: Tell us something that would shock us about you…

A: I got arrested for selling glow sticks in Ibiza without a permit!

Wade Frith

Digital Campaign Manager

Q: You’re stranded on a desert island – what would you take with you?

A: A yoga mat and a lifetime supply of Lightly Salted Original Pringles!

Trudy Polley

Finance & Procurement

Q: If you could have any superpower – what would it be?

A: Ability to jump through time – but only the good bits!

Elliot Dale

UX Manager

Q: What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

A: I tried to conquer my fear of heights by jumping out of a plane at 15,000ft… it didn’t work

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