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H&H Reeds Printers

I have worked with Reeds (now H&H Reeds Printers) since moving back to Cumbria – that’s since 1999. They have capacity to design and print on a multitude of materials. The hub is in Penrith but they are also further north and south.

Nothing is trouble and if you want to pop in and amend creative, or look at a job being printed – they’re helpful. They are very flexible in what they do.  Hitting deadlines, printing a quality job and getting it there on time – absolutely no worries on that score. Been around for years and expect they’ll be there for a while yet.

Jo Crompton Photography

Jo Crompton is a young, professional photography with the right eye. I chose Jo to create some profile pictures for my new website. I like her laid back style, the soft tones and there’s something in the way she catches people.

Wise beyond her years and with an eye for detail, she is thoughtful, knows how to frame a picture and makes the tiniest detail work. Proudly, I have recommended her to some friends and clients that I really admire, so I look forward to seeing the results and working with her again in the future.

PixIb Photography

I met Linda Bussey at Lake District Hotels – it was the opening of the new Orangery when she was commissioned by Cumbria Life to take pictures. She unobtrusively created some great shots in a difficult location and I was impressed.

I invited Linda to speak at our Penrith Women in Business Network event and learned more. An experienced photographer that can combine a fine art degree with commercial images that work. Her public sector work tells a story. Commissioning her for Eden Housing Association, she has brought homes alive and produced some intimate, people shots that are impressive and have been published in national housing magazines. Give her a brief and she hits the mark in a flash.

George Carrick Photography

George Carrick is a quite unassuming photographer but his pictures are not. He has captured the life and soul of events, focused on fantastic cover shots and taken awesome pictures that feature in national papers.

I have offered to carry his bag of camera’s but he always says ‘I’m fine’. His work is more than fine. Give him a brief and let him go. I have abandoned him in a steel factory to follow VIP’s and he got just what was needed. Plenty of equipment to get the variety of shots needed and a quality guy to boot.

G1 Creative®

Gary Lawson from G1 Creative created the first website I ever commissioned – what a lucky find! He’s a real branding expert and I’ve kept a close eye on him ever since.

Nationally recognised in the design industry G1 Creative is at the top of the game, working across the globe, it’s lucky for Cumbria that he’s based in Penrith. They “build the clever ideas that bring you closer to the right people, and show them how great you really are.” Sounds simple – Gary can make it look that way. I promised myself that one day Gary would design my website. He’s been patient, it’s been an education (and Gary was right). Your brand in a fantastic pair of hands. If you want cream – make it orange.

Jili Allen Creative

Jili Allen is very creative, can be quirky and loves to get under your skin – understanding your product and getting the right feel.

I’ve worked with Jili on hotels, housing associations and a wildlife park and she’s helped develop brand identity for two of clients. From Baboons to bras – her work is varied and has hung in Bassenthwaite and Harrods. Bubbly and brilliant.

Ellis Graphic Design

Tim Ellis was one of the first creatives I met when I set up in business. I trusted him to design my first logo so that says something.

He has worked for businesses like Eddie Stobart Ltd and Innovia Films and has illustrative flair creating work for UpFront Gallery, Outward Bound Trust and Caltech. Working together, he has designed for engineering (TIS Cumbria) and is now looking at the wilder side of life. His years of experience really count but he still has an eye for the future.

“be…creative” Cumbria

“be…creative” Cumbria was set up by Barry Marshall. Technically he is the new guy on the creative block, but I have worked with him in his previous life at Reeds Printers.

Pleased with the Annual Report he produced for Eden Housing Association, he has done the report again this year and his creative confidence has grown. What impressed the client was his thought and application. He added touches, questioned certain elements and really made a contribution to the original brief. He works quickly and is thorough and is thinking across the brand for other material. Cost effective creative when you need it.

Stoneleigh Communications

Sally Seed is a bit of a gem. She sums up her communications business as “helping individuals and organisations to use the right words to reach the right people in the right way” and her clients range from mountain rescue to Woolfest.

I have known Sally for over a decade and am proud to have worked with her on several projects including training sessions, organising events and our current Marketing and PR collaboration for Britain’s Energy Coast Business Cluster.  Diligent, broad thinking, calm and very effective, she is clear, concise and has great connections. Sally’s quieter than me, but is a big voice in communication.

Brightspark Marketing

Jackie Harris of Brightspark Marketing is just that – My first link to Jackie was her business card – if you’ve ever seen it you’ll know it is different to the run of the mill – just like Jackie.

Her ability to think outside the box is almost as great has her hunger for new ideas and technologies to help market ‘business to business’. She clearly loves B2B and her strategic overviews will hit the nail on the head. If I ever wanted a case study – this is where I’d turn. She’s also thoroughly motivating and has sparked me into action on a number of occasions.

Firpress Printers

Firpress Printers is based in Workington and are a great firm to work with. I have used Firpress for clients in West Cumbria for both design and print and they hit the mark.

From great posters and banners for West Coast Fish, to leaflets for Funtastic Play Centre and popups for several businesses, the quality is great and they always meet deadlines. Helpful, friendly with cost effective design and print – West Cumbrian businesses should take note of this printer on the doorstep.

Kent Valley Printers

Kent Valley Printers are in the south of the county but work all over the country. I’ve found them to be reliable, great at customer service and competitive.

Professional of course and very helpful when looking at grades of paper and ideas to make the most of your budget. You always need more than one printer in your armoury – so make sure you think of these guys too.

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