Heritage Commercial Finance

By Sarah Bates

Working with Nigel from NJM Solutions is a great partnership as he can refer me with confidence knowing I will help his clients in anyway I can to promote, update and deliver effective visual communications. One such client is Heritage Commercial Finance, they had just had a new logo designed but wanted to take the branding further and this needed to start with some literature, ensuring their logo was correct, used in a consistent manner (so the same version all the time on whatever they needed) and a new website.

I cannot stress the importance of a logo, not only the message it communicates and reflects on your business but the importance of a designer to “get it right” and ensure they supply the clients a logo in all the correct formats so consistency of the brand is easy to implement. It should be produced in a vector based programme so it is scalable, supplied in various formats; .eps, .pdf, .jpg, .png and preferably in 2 sizes – normals size and small – perfect for emails.
Anyone reading this who doesn’t have their logo supplied in these formats, get back on to the designer who designed it and ask – it’s your right!

So, at Heritage Commercial Finance, Allison Robinson and Emma Bird were great to work with. I re-designed the application form and produced it as an interactive pdf form, which means the clients can apply in line and email back thte form making the provess quick and easy. Taken the branding using the great “h” symbol a little further, produced various proposals for a new brochure and have just delivered beautiful glossy new business cards to a delighted client.

Their web site and has now also been launched where I designed the visuals and Nick, my trusty steed, did his “magic” yet again to produce a site that is distinctive and really places the business in another league. We also had the help from Louise from Advanced Writing Solutions, a brilliant copywriter who is so good she can make “your’ words sound fantastic.

Heritage Commercial Finance has also just won an award for “Best Bridging Newcomer 2013” which is a fantastic achievement.



W A Hares

By Sarah Bates

Anne Hare approached me to design and update their website as it needed bringing up to date and flexible on all platforms. I had been recommended from another happy client and was over joyed to work with Anne & Nick. After establishing their needs and budget I recommended a Word Press web site because they are flexible, cost effective and look great.

I took some images of the team whist in the work shop – very impressed I was with the craftsmanship and quality of the work from staircases, gates to wooden windows – they do it all.

We have just relaunched the site this week and its a very effective way to promote their business, showing off what excellent builders they are. They undertake restoration projects, extensions and new builds so please click here to take a look.



The Nought-E Food Company

By Sarah Bates

Victoria Giannini approached me to re-brand her new business, the additive-free take away foods shop on Blake Street, York, hence the name Nought-e because it has none of those nasty E numbers in anything they make – which is great!

The name was staying but we just had to streamline and make things clearer and a little fresher. The new logo was designed and I then had the task of measuring up the inside and outside of the shop to get the signage and vinyl graphic inside right! Bit of a task and Vic was on the top of a ladder in the middle of lunch time rush hour aiding me in my quest!

The results were brilliant; new graphics for inside the shop, so the menu and all their delicious things to eat, can be easily viewed because it’s now on the walls and the outside the shop looks fresh and slick, all courtesy of Tony and the lads from Ceejays, who worked around the shop opening hours to get the job done and were rewarded by the best and healthiest, bacon and egg sandwich there is!!

We have also designed and produced business cards, flyers (promoting the business lunch and catering service) and menus, all with a prompt & reliable service from Mel at Print Plus and also compliments to Gareth, who  did a brilliant job on the photography, with an on-site photo-shoot. All in all a great job with a very happy client.



Red Tigers Karate Club

By Sarah Bates

As a friend, gym buddy and parent of Sensei Milly, I was commissioned by Neil Blakeway, to design the Red Tigers Karate Club logo, various literature & the club badges. The logo design had to be strong, confident and yet appeal to a wide audience and look great on the web site as well as on the gui.

The web site, Red Tigers now have a great on-line and off-line presence.