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Weston College

Inspiring students across the south west

Having the opportunity to work with a client for over 10 years is fantastic but when they have sky-rocketed in that time – well that’s something else.

Weston College in North Somerset was graded ‘Outstanding’ for 2013/14 following Ofsted’s new Common Framework Inspection. In 2015 the college won both College of the Year and Overall Provider of the Year at the TES FE Awards. It has a well established HE offering and more recently a University Centre. That’s quite a trajectory for a college ‘in poor financial health providing poor quality education back in 2001’ – not our words but those of the Principal and Chief Executive Dr Paul Phillips OBE.

The college continues to invest in its marketing with a growing in-house team and a real commitment to producing quality communications. We remember attending the Heist Awards (and winning) back in the day, when marketing was being looked after single-handedly, so they’ve definitely come a long way.

Today we collaborate with the College’s marketing department to produce print, press and online material that is compelling, effective and of the highest quality.

TransWilts Rail

A first class approach to a community website

The TransWilts community rail partnership is the smallest and newest member of the 50-strong national Association of Community Rail Partnerships. And in just three short years it has became a Designated Community Rail Service, incorporated into the GWR Franchise.

Started in 2013 the Community Interest Company set out to encourage and promote the increased usage of public transport for the benefit of the communities living and working in Wiltshire. Success has come quickly with the number of train services having already grown from 6 to 9 trains per day.

We have been pleased to play our part with a brand identity and the design, build and ongoing maintenance of the Partnership’s website. Volunteer admins use the back office on an almost daily basis, to add, edit and delete content on routes, events, activities and disruptions.

We also devised the website’s interactive map showing all seven routes in Wiltshire and extensive information on a number of the individual stations. The website was awarded Silver in 2015 by Railfuture, the UK’s leading independent organisation campaigning for better rail services.


The Galleries Shopping Centre

Shopping around for an excellent service

Ours is a twenty-year love story starting from the moment the foundations were laid in Broadmead, Bristol. We designed, wrote, and managed the production of the launch material, then every kind of marketing piece thereafter. We’ve made TV ads including wonderfully magical Christmas affairs. There have been radio commercials, internal and external signage, hoardings, press advertising, bus advertising, 48 sheet posters, magazines full of products… We even went through a name change. And then back again. It was a blast. And gave us the experience to work on other shopping centres in places such as Cardiff, Ebbw Vale, Bromley, Middlesbrough…

Signal Networks

Carefully crafted emails that signal success

Signal Networks is one of the UK’s leading providers of IT support, IT security and IT consultancy and cloud-based services. Founded in 2000, the company works with Cisco, Dell, HP, Samsung, Microsoft, Apple to name but a few companies, to devise solutions that meet the exacting needs of both small and multi-national organisations.

95% of their work comes from recommendations, but one opportunity presented itself for some pro-active promotion in the form of a series of emails aimed at specific market sectors. We gave them a striking illustrative style to suit their branding, powerful copywriting and carefully coded HTML. Signal Network then took the files and imported them into their own email management system. A sales team, briefed on the messaging that we created followed up with phone calls.

Sharpak Healthcare

Infection control products in safe, creative hands

Sharpak® represents the most comprehensive range of infection control products on the market today, with the company serving the medical and hospital markets in the UK and overseas.

So no small matter to be commissioned to design and build the current Sharpaks website, following many years of producing valuable advisory print material, alongside B2B promotional material.

Working closely with specialist printers we also produced and updated an extensive library of highly regulated product labels that were used around the globe.


Santander Student Funding Programme

Launching a funding programme

In 2014 Santander, through its Santander Universities Global Division, signed a new partnership with Bath Spa University, to offer students and staff a series of academic opportunities funded by the bank. They range from scholarships, mobility grants and internships to support for entrepreneurs.

The Office of the Vice-Chancellor commissioned us to create a series of icons to represent the different aspects of the funding, together with a publication to explain it to staff, students and graduates. Approved by the Marketing and Communications Director of Santander Universities UK, the brochure has been printed and used as an e-book and the icons are being used across a number of channels.

Peter Evans Partnership

The road to an effective new website

Peter Evans Partnership, Transport Planning and Highway Consultants, provide a nationwide service from their offices in Bristol. Extremely busy but conscious that they needed to show clients, prospects and future employees, the interesting and varied projects being undertaken, they came to us.

Client meetings, site visits, court appearances, and public hearings meant that every minute counted. So we managed the whole process whilst working round the directors’ schedules. We proposed the styling for the website, the flow of information, the breakdown of sectors and services, drafted the initial copy from interviews we carried out, sifted through photos to find the best content and brought the site together.

At the same time we created a new brand identity that reflected the business in its current form, along with a ‘look book’ of guidelines to follow when producing reports, proposals, drawings and so on.

Jubilee Place

Shopping around for exceptional retail publications

Jubilee Place is an underground shopping mall on the south side of Canary Wharf, in London’s docklands. We produced a seasonal publication to highlight the latest fashion and gifts available from the many and varied retailers. Each stylish publication was thoughtfully curated and designed to reflect the high end shopping offer.

Infiniti 2

Opening the door to retail promotion

The Komandor custom-made furniture system, well known in over 40 countries, is fast becoming a popular brand in the UK as well. We were asked to help put a new Komandor showroom on the map and created the name, the identity, shop front, website, literature and advertising. Two years on and Infiniti 2, an independent store and sales agents for the Polish firm, has a strong presence on Whiteladies Road in Clifton and an ever-growing order book.

In Care, In Schools

An education pack with a difference

We were asked to produce the printed material for ‘In Care, In School’ to support a series of films produced by Suited & Booted for the Bath Spa University’s School of Education.

‘In Care, In School’ was a learning resource for teachers and pupils to help school communities understand what it means to be in care and at school. It was developed by young people in care, and care leavers, through the Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) In Care Council, supported by the local authority, Bath Spa University,  ASDAN, Buttle UK, the PSHE Association, The Who Cares? Trust, VisionWorks for schools, the National Union of Teachers and a range of other local and national partners.

We used our paper engineering skills (!) to design a bespoke card folder with spine, and four A4 booklets; an overview, a staff training and support guide, plus booklets for primary and secondary schools. We also managed the print production. In addition, we designed the DVD Rom interface, managed the programming of the DVD Roms, as well as the DVD faces. The literature was well received and made available for purchase. Following a rounding-up meeting an email was circulated by Richard Parker, the then Director of the Centre for Education Policy in Practice, stating that ‘they well deserved that round of applause for the quality of their work – they are stunning!’. We’ll take that thank you Richard!