brand building


What Happened? Oh well, there's always another time ...
How often have you heard the phrase, ”work ON your business, not IN your business”? Often when someone starts up a business and that’s Kim and me included, it’s because they have the core skill that the business is out to provide … For example, Kim’s career had always been […]

What Happened? Oh well, there’s always another time …


To Joint Venture or not to JV?
That is the question … JV is a term used a lot in the world of professional property investing. JV is the acronym for ‘Joint Venture’ and these can take many different forms. Alongside Kim’s and my design and branding consultancy business, I’m pretty involved in property investing too … […]

To JV or not to JV?


The Fine Art of Persistence
Kim and I do get asked from time to time how have we managed to keep our design business going for the past 23 years. And the answer is quite simple really. It’s all about persistence … Ambition is the path to success, but persistence is the vehicle you arrive […]

The Fine Art of Persistence



Putting Colour In Context
I don’t suppose many stop and think specifically about colours very often? Ok, if we’re decorating our homes, or buying a car, we might stop and think a minute. But we do live in a world of colour and the effect it can have on each of us can be […]

Putting Colour In Context


Pardon? Wat? Aye? Its All In The Communication
For starters, it doesn’t help that the word ‘communication’ can mean so many different things; not surprising then when communication so often goes wrong. How many times have you believed you’ve agreed something with someone, but then whatever it was you thought you agreed was not the same as what […]

Pardon? Wat? Aye? Its All In The Communication


Nurturing: Its not Just For Farmers
I really do love this time of year; now into June and regardless of what the weather might have in hold for us, summer is here! Back in my farming days, growing 1000 acres of crops, including wheat, oilseed rape, peas and beans, this was the real nurturing stage … […]

Nurturing: Its not Just For Farmers



Marketing Verses Branding
Is marketing the same as branding, or is branding a function of marketing? Or are they two entirely different things altogether? I guess it helps to define what is meant by both terms … The Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM) defines marketing as “the management process responsible for identifying, anticipating […]

Marketing Verses Branding


Brand Promise believe Its Good To Talk
Wow! I’ve just had the most intense six days of learning I’ve ever experienced! And if I’m honest I had a true personal breakthrough around about mid-afternoon on the third day … I’m a typical Brit – reluctant to ‘big myself up’ for fear of being challenged, but whenever I’ve […]

Its Good To Talk


Is Powerful Branding Important To Small Businesses
It might seem a funny place to start a blog post by saying I don’t watch that much television, but I happened to catch Alex Polizzi ‘The Fixer’ on BBC2 on Monday evening. Alex is the modern day TroubleShooter made famous, firstly by Sir John Harvey-Jones, then Chairman of ICI […]

Is Powerful Branding Important To Small Businesses



Huh! Who Needs Branding
Not all businesses need great branding and for some, the lengths we go to making sure our clients’ businesses look right, to increase their sales, margins and profit, are just not warranted … Just as you should position your business in your chosen marketplace, we should too. And so we […]

Huh! Who Needs Branding