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How to work with Creatives

How to work with Creatives

How to work with Creatives

Collaborating with creatives is like a band coming together, each playing their part to create a tune that gets everyone’s foot tapping. It’s a journey that should buzz with excitement and mesh your vision with the team’s execution like a well-rehearsed duet. But let’s face it, in the quick-paced world of today, this can feel more like a maze than a yellow brick road.

Imagine it’s Monday morning, the week ahead is jam-packed, and you’ve got meetings back-to-back. In the hustle, you find yourself wishing for a first draft that reads your mind, making words unnecessary.

We don’t have a magic wand for a flawless creative process, but we’ve got some practical tips that can help. These come from rolling up our sleeves and diving into many creative adventures.


Start with your brand playbook

Take the time to map out what your brand stands for. It’s not just about the logo or colors; it’s about the heart and soul of your brand. This deep dive will guide your team like a lighthouse, making sure that every creative choice is in tune with your brand’s core.


Give clear instructions

Start off with clear, detailed directions. Nail down the specifics – from margins to the type of visuals that inspire you. Creatives love to have a solid starting point, and the clearer your briefing, the smoother the ride from brainstorm to final product.


Encourage detailed feedback

Be as specific as you can. Instead of saying “make the logo bigger,” say “let’s increase the logo size by 25%.” Being precise can cut down on back-and-forth and sharpen the end result.


Use tech tools wisely

Make the most of tools like AI for briefs or direct file notes. They don’t just make talking easier; they also open doors to new creative possibilities, making sure your thoughts are reflected in the work without a hitch.


Keep your creativity alive

Keep that creative muscle flexing, be it through redecorating your space, gardening, or painting. Your own creative energy not only broadens your view but also strengthens your bond with the team, turning the work into something more than just a task.

When you step into a creative partnership, you’re painting a picture together, sharing a vision, and chasing excellence. These strategies are your toolkit for not just any project, but for creating a work that tells your brand’s unique tale. And if you ever want a co-creator for this adventure, we’re just a conversation away from bringing your vision to life.

How can we help you?

Click the link below to arrange a 30 minute appointment
where we can give you some insights into your brand
Click the link below to arrange a 30 minute appointment where we can give you some insights into your brand

From Name Change to Repositioning

Bookkeeper brand repositioning

Bookkeeper brand repositioning

From name change to repositioning 

Meet Jo Querelle, a local bookkeeper with a burning desire: not just to change her business name, but to ignite a whole new identity.

And that’s the magic of starting with a name change. It is an open door, inviting you to explore and redefine your entire business positioning. Because your name isn’t just a label, it is a condensed expression of your brand personality. It needs to connect with your ideal audience and tell them who you are in a heartbeat.

Jo and I  took a deep-dived into her business foundations, her ambitions, and the competitive landscape. Logo? Not yet. We needed a spark, a “why” that fueled everything else. Jo identified what she loved about her work and who she loved helping the most. She came alive when we narrowed her focus to a specific target market: women entrepreneurs.

The deep-dive yielded an unexpected outcome which would make a significant change to the business. It was a bold move, but Jo embraced it.

That’s the beauty of brand-defining conversations – they push you to refine your core values, vision, and mission. With every question, every “dig deeper,” Jo uncovered something new about her ideal client, her offerings, and the direction she craved.

Ready to embark on your own brand transformation journey? Let’s talk!  

What our client said

“Mario took time to understand me and my business, and I worked through various questionnaires. This process forced me to rethink my core values, vision & mission, ideal client, and the direction of my business.

During conversations, Mario would press me for specifics, and he kept pushing until it felt like we had reached something that was authentic. It felt like he knew what I wanted better than I did, and his role was to guide me through the discovery process. I now have a much clearer view of what my business stands for, and I have a brand identity that feels right.”

How can we help you?

Click the link below to arrange a 30 minute appointment
where we can give you some insights into your brand
Click the link below to arrange a 30 minute appointment where we can give you some insights into your brand

The Theatre of Business

The Theatre of Business

The Theatre of Business

Workshop at 1 Mill Street
Wednesday 16 November

Confidence, trust, and authenticity are crucial skills for the professional actor – they’re also essential skills for succeeding in business, and in life.

By utilising actor’s training for personal and professional development, business owners, employees, entrepreneurs and (of course) dreamers can excel at communicating, presenting, and collaboration. Enabling a more productive environment that can boost creativity, spark innovation – and deepen bonds.

Join us at 1 Mill Street on Wednesday 16 November for an interactive workshop where you’ll learn:
· Improvisation, communication, and presentation skills
· Why being authentic creates a culture of belonging and purpose
· How to build confidence that leaves a lasting impression
· Trust and empathy development that increases creativity and innovation

Suitable for business owners, leaders, managers and teams. The workshop will begin at 6pm and is highly interactive – so please come in suitable clothing.

Book your space on Eventbrite here.

How can we help you?

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where we can give you some insights into your brand
Click the link below to arrange a 30 minute appointment where we can give you some insights into your brand

What is branding and how does it help?

What is branding and how does it help?​

What is branding and how does it help?​​

The misconception

Often business owners will commission a logo for £300 (or so), build a website, create social media posts and spend thousands of pounds on Google ads, Facebook ads etc.

This could be harmful in the long term because they may never be able to go beyond the first impression they make on their audience.

One of the most popular quotes about branding is from Jeff Bezos; “your brand is what people say about you when you are not in the room”.

Branding is much more than a logo. It takes research, context to create something that will serve you.


Internal Brand

The initial work required to create a powerful brand is below the surface ie; purpose, vision, mission and values. Branding has evolved with the times and in the modern climate, customers demand authenticity. So internal branding has never been more important. 

In the past Brands had a one way conversation with their audience. Now, however with the advent of social media, consumers have all the power. 

Many brands have seen the value in taking a stance on an issue. The value is they align themselves with their audience on common issues and gain trust.

Purpose is the reason why you do what you do. Values are the way you do those things. Visions is what you commit to aspire to and your Mission was what you commit to do every day. 

The well-known example is Unilever Who on launching their sustainable living brands, grew 69% faster than the rest of their brands.



Once you have established a reason for your brand, the next step is to create a unique position in the market. Positioning happens in the mind of your audience. Once you have identified and understood your target audience you take a position that will best attract them. 

You may have heard of client avatars.This is really important part of creating a powerful brand because the more you understand who you are addressing the more effectively you can understand them and offer what they need.

Aside from the audience you must also analise your competitors.  What are their strengths and weaknesses? What is your audience’s point of view of them? What are they happy about? What are they unhappy about? 

You may see where there is a gap, where your competitors are falling down, where they could be an improvement of service that hasn’t been considered.  This will help you stand out and offer something valuable.



Once you know your position, you can establish some sort of character. In fiction you may have heard of character archetypes i.e. the Sage, the Hero, the Explorer, the Outlaw, etc. Branding experts use this understanding of archetypes to create instant familiarity.  We all know these characters. They exist in our psyche

Once you know which archetype your audience represents, you can build the personality of your business around them. A great example is Harley-Davidson. They appeal to the outlaw within us. We may not leave our job and hit the road but if we buy a Harley, we can ride into the sunset on a Sunday before teatime. 

Archetypes are a shortcut to familiarity and trust.


Verbal Expression

Once we have established a character, we can create the verbal expression. Our core message, brand story and brand voice will come from character. The core message is a framework for how to talk about your business, the pain points you address, the benefits you provide and how you differ. 

The common misconception with Brand Story is that it is an opportunity to talk about yourself and how you started your business. Brand story is the story of your target audience, 

Film writers recognise the work of Jopseph Campbell (the Hero’s Journey) who understand that the hero of any story goes through the same story beats. And this is consistent across l cultures. The great value of telling a story is that as human beings story is in our DNA. We empathise with the hero of a story. We feel what the feel. We become them. 

Brands understand this and position themselves as a support to their audience who is the hero of their own journey. The brand story becomes the heroic journey your audience takes. It will include;
– what their existing world look like

– the obstacles they face

– the call to action that makes a change to their circumstances

– meeting the guide (you) 

– what happens when they meet you

– the challenges they face

– the transformation they go through

– what the new world looks like once they’ve worked with you

There’s a huge amount of content that can be drawn from these this structure. If it is used in bite-size chunks across your posts, people will find themselves in the story they will relate empathize and they will want to interact.


Visual expression

The final execution of branding is the visual representation which has the job of providing a hook in the memory of your audience. It is well understood that the human mind attaches meaning to visual shapes and speech sounds in a consistent way. We can see in animation how characters are drawn in ways that provide characteristics ie; they could be very square shaped heads; ie; the the old man from ‘Up’. Boxy shapes give a traditional, reliable characteristic. Round characters are charismatic, endearing, harmless and friendly. Triangular characters are often seen as cunning and dynamic. 

When we understand the psychology of shapes we can apply them to logo design and typography. They help create character. 

In the same way colour is understood to have particular qualities ie; orange – optimistic, friendly, red – excitement,  blue – Trust (many companies use blue in their branding)


How does Branding help?

If you invest in branding it will always provide a return on your investment. It will save you time and money. Branding provides definition and clarity for yourself and your team. Branding engages and inspires employees. It attracts top talent, is a guide to effective advertising and marketing. Branding improves recognition and creates trust. It generates new customers and creates financial value. Branding also goes beyond the mundane business transaction to something human and relatable.

If you would like a free 20-minute review of your branding or a discussion about how we can help, please do get intouch:

How can we help you?

Click the link below to arrange a 30 minute appointment
where we can give you some insights into your brand
Click the link below to arrange a 30 minute appointment where we can give you some insights into your brand

Business name vs personal name

Personal brand name vs business brand name

Personal brand name vs business brand name

Should I start with my own name?

Business owners who work alone often ask the question whether using their name for their company name, is a good idea or not.

It is the simplest way to get started ie; turn up as your authentic self and sell what you do. It is straightforward and that has great value.

It capitalises on your reputation. You have instant credibility and trust (immediate brand equity). It also gives some indication of what makes you different and shows that you are passionate about what you do.

But if you are starting out it can be frightening to put yourself out there on such a personal level.

Modern branding is all about ‘authenticity’. Consumers want raw honesty, real people and real stories.

Customers are more likely to talk to people who have their own personal brand. They want a solution to their problems. If you fulfil that need and you are a personal brand; happy days.

The big brands have understood and become more human personalities. They want what their audience wants ie; Harley Davidson represents the corporate man breaking free of the mundane life.

The downside to using your own name

How does your potential audience recognise you if they do not know you personally? A limitation is that strangers do not get an immediate indication of who you are.

There could be practical issues ie: your name may be difficult to read or pronounce, your name has a meaning which is not associated with your business.

It could possibly limit growth because your business will always be associated with you alone.

It could also be a missed opportunity to define what you actually do. A good business name will be a memory aid for your audience. If it’s memorable, it shows some character and it defines what you do, is working well.

Part of the branding process is to create a business name that reflects your brand personality. 

A business brand with a relatable name can make what you stand for much clearer but it will take more time to generate a reputation.

For example, you are a Business Coach. If you use your personal name, your potential audience will only know you as one of many. If your audience is specific ie; Healthcare industry, you can relate to them far better with a relevant business name. They will already recognise themselves as part of your audience.  

If you are running a business you become a manager and you may stop doing the work you actually enjoy. But if you have surrounded yourself with a business brand, then you have some room to manoeuvre. You can choose what you do/don’t do. And if necessary you can sell the business and its reputation.

If you solely running a personal brand, you do not have the option. You ‘are’ the brand. You cannot sell it on.

In conclusion both serve a different purpose. Many people will develop their personal brand alongside a business brand.

Contact us if you would like to discuss your business name. 

Case Stu

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Canva Templates

Canva is a great tool if you know how to use it!

Creating standard design templates for our clients

Canva is an excellent design platform for creating great design visuals, be it social media graphics, presentations, posters or other visual content. By adding your corporate colours and a selection of custom designs you can easily create templates to use again and again.

This is incredibly empowering for small business owners who can create their own visuals more easily than ever before. However, without some initial training and guidance this can have detrimental consequences for their corporate identity if they are not adhering to brand guidelines.

We can assist by setting up your Canva account with your business assets and templates, keeping the integrity of your brand safely intact. We can educate your team on the set-up of all future template design requirements showing you how to get the very best from Canva while exhibiting your brand successfully.

For our client COASTAL HOLIDAYS, we updated their Canva account to ensure their social media posts are always on-brand, looking good and standing out. 

We included all of the following, ensuring that the client was confident, going forward, with all aspects of their digital marketing needs;

– brand colours
– brand fonts
– brand assets
– design templates
– training

How can we help you?

Click the link below to arrange a 30 minute appointment
where we can give you some insights into your brand
Click the link below to arrange a 30 minute appointment where we can give you some insights into your brand