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By Fi or Becs, Feb 15 2019 02:05PM
Hands up if: you run your own business.
Hands up if: you have ever changed the name (or branding) of your business because it has evolved and you want your brand to reflect what you do now.
Sound familiar? Oh yes indeed it does - our hands are firmly up!
One of the things we totally LOVE about running Fi & Becs is the fact that we can tweak, change and alter what we do... whenever we want (with no grumpy boss involved - boom!).
Over the years since we started our little business we have changed our name (anyone remember back in 2014 when we were called Fi & Becs Design & Marketing Partnership? ... blimey that was a bit of a mouthful), tweaked our logo, re-designed our website (multiple times) and altered what we offer to our clients.
So... with Becs returning from maternity leave we decided that 2019 was the perfect time to sort out our own shazzle and update our name, tweak our logo and launch a new website. Yay!
So... we're delighted to introduce our new name:
The observant among you will notice that we have dropped the 'Marketing' and changed our name to: 'Fi & Becs Design & Wording'. We realised that Becs was spending most of her time writing copy for clients (her favourite thing) instead of being a marketing consultant, so it made sense to swap 'marketing' for 'wording'.
Our freshly launched new website (which we are very excitable about) is packed full of lovely new content, examples of our latest work, helpful videos and shiny new photography plus it's mobile responsive too. Hurrah!
We are always banging on to our clients about keeping their websites and marketing materials current. So, if you fancy an update or a fresh new look just get in touch with us!
We hope you like the new website! Take a peek around and let us know your thoughts! :)
By Fi or Becs, Apr 24 2017 01:45PM
As you might know (if you follow us on our social media stuff) we love Cumbria and we love clothes. So, when Cumbrian based Amy from Little Ted Clothing asked us to help with a website for her kidswear brand we were pretty damn excitable.
We had both been following Amy on Facebook for a while because:
1) Her reversible handmade children's clothing is super cute (seriously, we heart the mustard bird pinafores).
2) Her social media is fun and her posts make us laugh.
3) Amy actually grew up in the same TINY village as us (well, it's more of a hamlet) in rural West Cumbria!
In true Fi & Becs style, we chatted to Amy all about her business and her brand and the first thing we actually ended up helping with was a brand refresh. Amy loved the Little-Ted-bear-on-a-red-tractor-design and she didn't want to lose his personality so we gave him a nice scrubbing up - softening his edges and giving him handmade vibe.
Once we had refreshed the logo we moved onto the website and the wording. Amy's wanted her website to feel "simple, friendly and fun" so we created a clean, fresh and giggle-filled website design with kid-inspired wording.
Here is an example of the design and wording we used on the Home page banners:
We LOVED the photography that Amy gave us to build the site as it really brought her clothing to life and gave us the inspiration for all of the copywriting and product descriptions!
"Little Ted Clothing make kid-friendly, fun and adventuresome clothing for little girls and boys. Inspired by farm yards, playtime and fresh air (after all - we're based in Cumbria!) we believe in letting children be whoever they want to be."
"Pop her into a versatile Pinafore with this stunning on-trend mustard print dress. Perfect for grubby afternoons or super cute party-wear, these quirky birds in wellingtons are guaranteed to make her (and you) grin."
So it is with pure glee that we announce the launch of Little Ted Clothing's FIRST EVER website today! Hoooray!
Have a nosey around Amy's amazing, reversible clothing for yourself:
P.S. Amy also makes totally bespoke designs so don't be surprised if you see Becs wearing one of her 'Pinafore Meet Mustard Birds' dresses at some point in the near future.
By Fi or Becs, Apr 21 2017 12:41PM
Even though it's been the Easter holidays... and we've spent our days hanging out with our small people (instead of working as hard as normal), behind the scenes we've also been creating a shiny new website for the awesome Violet & Charlie!
Any company who has the tag line of: "sign up & say f**k it to the rest!" TOTALLY has our vote.
We've loved working with Violet & Charlie (whose real names are Jodie and Chloe) on this project (they are such a laugh!) and we're super proud of their branding which we also designed for them.
The awesome photography on the Violet & Charlie website was done by Ailsa Bee Photography who we recommended to Jodie and Chloe the start of the year. Alisa's such an awesome photographer - using her photos on website builds is bloody great. It brings businesses to life!
Yay Violet & Charlie said some lovely stuff about us!
"It's been an absolute pleasure doing business with Fi & Becs. Not only have they built us a brand and website that we're super proud of and is getting amazing feedback, they have been fun, engaging and made the whole experience easy peasy which is exactly what we were looking for. The icing on the cake is that they don't charge you the earth either and Fi has the patience of a saint with all of our tooing and froing over page changes for the website. We love you guys and you're ace! x"
So, if you think a 'funky, no shit behavioural change development programme for women' would be good for you, head on over and sign up to their FREE programme! We've already signed up!
By Fi or Becs, Feb 10 2016 10:19AM
It seems highly appropriate that on a sunny morning we have a bright, sporty website to launch for BEactive!
BEactive, based in Northamptonshire are a school lettings company that help schools and collages maximise the community use of their sports facilities, i.e. rent out their sports halls, swimming pools and football pitches. They got in touch with us in 2016 because they needed to re-design their old website which had grown old and outdated.
Making sure that the website was user friendly and unisex (to match their brief!) we designed it with a fresh, sporty and bright look.
What we really enjoyed about designing this website was the fun of creating all the little extras that we did without being asked! For example... the little icons that showcase the schools facilites, and the new logos that supported the ethos of the brand: "BEfit, BEactive, BEsocial".
Take a look at the BEactive website: www.beactivecommunities.co.uk
By Fi or Becs, Feb 5 2016 09:58AM
Having grown up in the Cumbrian countryside with a family ritual of Sunday lunches at the local pub, we both love a good country pub. So we were very excited when Lynda from the Railway Inn in Mobberley got in touch with us looking for some new branding, a new website and general help with all things marketingy!
The first job we worked on with the Railway Inn was to develop them a new brand as they were using lots of different styles on their posters, menus signs etc. This was a great job because Lynda and Tony didn't have a strong idea of what they were looking for - so we had lots of lovely creative freedom!
Brilliantly Lynda and Tony actually got their customers in the pub to vote on which was their favourite logo design and the one shown above was chosen! Once the new Railway Inn logo was launched (and loved by the pub!) we started work on their posters and Light Bites Menu... giving them a friendly, welcoming look and feel which matched their new brand.
With the posters and menu designed and in use... we turned our attentions to the Railway Inn's new website. The Railway Inn already had a website, but they wanted a fresh look to show off their lovely country pub and a website they could update easily with their events info.
Following our advice (as we realised they could do with some great photography!) Lynda at the Railway Inn worked with a great local photographer Kanashay Photography who produced some gorgeous photos of the pub - a delight to use when designing the new website!
The new Railway Inn website has launched today and we are very excited to introduce it to the world - we shall we having a pint this evening to celebrate!
Visit the website and take a look: www.railwayinnpub.com
By Fi or Becs, Jan 18 2016 01:00PM
Following on from our last news article... (please scroll down to see!)
...we are totally over the moon to announce that the website we designed for Kate Scott Photography has won HIGHLY COMMENDED in the Best Website category for the National Wedding Industry Awards!
In typical Mum-style we were all sat on our sofas (with a glass of wine) glued to the National Wedding Industry Awards Twitter account on the night... and we literally burst with excitement when it was announced that Kate's website had won Highly Commended!
Her website was selected from 40 shortlisted websites by Guides for Brides - we are so so pleased for Kate - she totally deserves it - HOORAY!
Here is Kate's blog post all about it - have a read!
By Fi or Becs, Jan 13 2016 12:43PM
It's nearly one year (on the 22nd January to be exact) since we launched the website for the amazing photographer Kate Scott Photography... Doesn't time fly!
Having adored working with Kate to design and build her website (and fallen in love with her stunning photography), it's been awesome to see how Kate has grown and developed her website in the last 12 months.
We love reading Kate's news posts and the blog articles she adds with her recent photography work are mindblowingly gorgeous.
So... you can imagine how excited we were (VERY!) when Kate told us that her website had been shortlisted in the Best Website category for the National Wedding Industry Awards!
Here's how Kate's website got selected as a finalist:
Judged solely by the expert team at www.guidesforbrides.co.uk, more than 400 entrants opted into the Best Website category... and only 42 have been shortlisted. This category is not based on client votes and is only awarded on a national basis.
As we said one year ago:
"Some websites are just easier to make beautiful than others. Kate Scott Photography's website was one of the easy ones."
The winner will be announced at the national awards event at the Cafe de Paris, London, on Thursday 14th January... we can't wait to find out who wins!
By Fi or Becs, Dec 9 2015 02:54PM
It's always an exciting job to launch a website for a client, so it's a lovely mid-week task for us to reveal the brand new website for Henszel Designs!
Jonathan and Anna from Henszel Designs got in touch with us back in October as they needed a website for their architecture business based in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire.
Armed with advert that they had previously designed (below), Jonathan and Anna asked us to design them a professional, modern website that would (in their words!) "provide a clear statement of 'welcome' and where you have arrived... an architect's website!"
We used their existing advert as inspiration for their website design.
Using their advert as a basis for the design, we developed the whole Henszel Design website including copywriting their text and displaying the stunning imagery of their architectural projects.
"Henszel Designs is headed up by Anna Craig, a Qualified Architect with many years experience managing builds and extensions for clients and investors, following extensive studies in Poland and Holland.
With an armoury of specialist construction and material knowledge, we can also provide a detailed design concept for both interior and exterior projects"
We have loved working on this website for Henszel Design - it's so satisfying to help a business develop consistent marketing materials which suit their brand and portray the look/feel they want to achieve!
Visit the website and take a look www.henszeldesign.co.uk
By Fi or Becs, Nov 18 2015 12:16PM
Oo oo ah ah! Say hello to Monkey and Zebra, the brand new kids product from Travel Buddy Travel Tidy who have just launched their new website (built by us!) this week!
Not only did we build the PayPal integrated website super-quick for Laura from the Travel Buddys (as she needed it up and running asap!) we've also helped her with a number of other projects including copywriting, graphic design for the development of her products and the graphics on her packaging.
Here's some more info about the Travel Buddy Travel Tidy:
Travel Buddy Travel Tidy is the ideal travel companion for use with Group 1 car seats. It's a fun, comfy and supportive car seat liner, with large storage pockets for small toys and travel essentials. An innovative waterproof layer helps to protect the car seat from those little accidents and spillages. It's machine washable too!
The innovative (and cool!) travel tidy is available to pre-order now on their website with £5 off and free postage!
By Fi or Becs, Jun 23 2015 11:35AM
Last week on Saturday 20th June Becs joined a group of local organisers from the Altrincham French Festival to brave the rain and tell people all about the festival which is taking place on 11th and 12th July in Stamford Park in Hale, Altrincham.
Armed with leaflets and banners (designed by the lovely Danimoly Studio) plus typically French berrets and lots of enthusiasm it was a great day and the Organising Team were really excited to see how many people already knew about the festival and were planning on coming along!
Becs became part of the Organising Committee for the Altrincham French Festival after Zainul, the Festival Director contacted Fi & Becs in early in 2014 looking for some website and marketing support.
Having gone to the festival last year (along with her excitable toddler) and having a fab time, Becs was delighted to become one of the main Commitee Organisers and build the festival's first ever website.
Take a look at the French Festival website: www.altyfrenchfestival.co.uk
So if you're free on Sunday the 12th of July and fancy coming along to a fabulous, FREE and family-friendly festival in South Manchester - come to the Altrincham French Festival!
Plus... on the eve of Saturday 11th July the festival is hosting a Bastile event at Bowdon Rugby Club with food, fun and fireworks.
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