Being such a personal, friendly business means that we want you to know our story. We know that if you find out about us and the creation of The Cuillin Collective then it will help you to understand our ethos and why we are who we are.
The Cuillin Collective is owned and operated by ourselves, husband and wife team Marc and Ailsa Smith. We have been a couple for 12 years now and have both been involved in explainer videos, video production, illustration and many other media-related activities for around the same length of time. We both had separate paths though. I had my own video production company whilst Ailsa was illustrating logos and children's books. It got to the point where Ailsa was recommending her customers to me and vice versa. So it made sense to combine our businesses. In 2009 we decided to join together and create The Cuillin Collective. We've never looked back.
We worked in our Penicuik home 350 days a year. We didn't really take holidays. But when we did manage to sneak away we always went up to the Isle of Skye. We used to camp at the foot of Blaven. We fell in love with the surroundings and 4 years ago decided that we were going to make the island our home. It took a bit of organisation but we finally took the plunge. We moved ourselves and our business to Elgol in April 2011. Shortly after, we became Mr and Mrs Smith in May 2011.
Our business, The Cuillin Collective, is named after the breathtaking range of rocky mountains which surround us. Even before we lived in Elgol, we stated our love for the Isle of Skye in our business name.
Now, some may think that a small, peaceful island in North West Scotland is an unusual place to run a busy media business from? Not us! We find that the surroundings feed our creativity and our business has thrived since we made the move. To us, a small village with spectacular views is the perfect setting for our business to be based. We speak to all of our lovely clients around the world by various methods and have never once found this to be a stumbling block. In fact, when we have our initial calls 90% of our clients tell us how lucky we are!
We share our office with three special members of our family; Oz our beloved rabbit, Buddy the rescue lurcher and Aly the retired greyhound, whom we met through the Skye Retired Greyhound Trust. The three of them usually spend the day relaxing while we are hard at work, and we wouldn’t have it any other way. On our lunch breaks, we take the dogs for walks nearby and on our days off we enjoy our surroundings exploring the beaches and mountains on this wonderful island.
We also have twin boys called Remy & Indy. They are now nearly 15 months old! (Sep, 2013). Because of this, we have added to our team. Tess Askew who is our script writer and our lovely new illustrator Helen Lamond. Both extremely talented people. Tess live in Edinburgh with her partner Chris and Helen is a local lass from Glasnakille.
So now that you know our story, you will know just how much our business means to us. Our business is our life and we put our heart and soul into every project that we take on. We hope that this will make you feel part of our story and we can’t wait to work with you.