Our story

We are a storytelling and communications consultancy and we exist to help brands, businesses, social enterprises and non-profits communicate better by harnessing the power and influence of storytelling.

We sit at the intersection of storytelling, communication, creativity and critical thinking, and we bring a unique blend of skills and expertise to projects to help clients improve communication by starting with story.

Our story

Our story starts with Suzanne Whitby, her 20 years of experience as a communications professional and her desire to combine her marketing and communications expertise with the art of storytelling…

“For the last 20 years, I’ve worked as a communications professional, specialising in marketing and communications, digital and social media, content writing and content marketing, creative direction and design, change management, and intercultural facilitation. For 14 years, I’ve run my own successful marketing agency, and in parallel, I’ve been moonlighting as an oral storyteller.

Time and again, I’ve witnessed the extraordinary power of storytelling to capture hearts, engage minds, provoke thought, drive action and sometimes even change the world.

I work with a handful of clients at any one time, combining my unusual blend of skills to help them find and tell authentic stories, to the right people, using the right channels. From time to time, I also bring in expertise from my talented, hand-picked team of journalists, PR professionals, developers, video producers, technical experts and content creators when needed.

I work primarily in English, but have been known to work in German, producing English content for a global audience.”

In 2016, I began brainstorming a brave new world where I could combine my eclectic mix of skills and experience, and in 2017, I re-branded my agency and the concept of Start with Story was born.

Now you know our story. Perhaps we can help you tell yours.

If what we do and who we are sounds interesting and you’d like to chat, get in touch. We’d love to meet you.


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