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Fig Creative Expands

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Glossop based Fig Creative, has expanded both its team and its offices to facilitate the ongoing growth of the successful marketing and design agency.

The company has created two new roles to support its continued expansion, as it continues to win new clients from across the High Peak and beyond and to achieve industry accolades, including a recent short-listing in North West creative and media awards, Prolific North.

Tom Lay joined Fig Creative from Refresh PR in Manchester to undertake the new role of account executive, managing the agency’s comprehensive marketing campaigns for its growing portfolio of Marketing Partners.  He will also play an active role in the PR aspect of Fig’s offer.

Expanding Fig Creative’s successful graphic design team, Kim Hubball is one of the agency’s newest recruits, bringing with her experience gained in both in-house and self-employed graphic design, including a period in motion graphics.

Joining Tom and Kim as new members of the team, are sales and marketing assistant Becky Marsden and web developer Paul Coull.

Facilitating the growth of the business, Fig Creative has also expanded its High Street West premises, doubling their size to feature a dedicated state-of-the-art graphic design and web development studio.

Said managing director, Helen Duncan:  “Our Marketing Partner Programme is going from strength to strength as more businesses see the benefits of working with us as an extension to their organisation.  The expansion of our team – and indeed of the offices in which we work – will ensure that we can continue to offer an unrivalled, specialist creative design and marketing service to new and existing clients.”

Fig Creative has recently won a string of new business, including St Helens based commercial laundry specialist, Ravenhead Services, and Glossop packaging firm Glossop Cartons and Buxton’s Old Hall hotel have become Marketing Partners.

Fig Creative is a RAR recommended, full service creative design and marketing agency.  Servicing clients across both the B2B and B2C markets, from start-ups to corporates, the agency provides a number of marketing solutions including creative design, web development, SEO, social media and PR support.

For more information, visit or call 01457 857111

Hadfield Firm Shortlisted for National Award

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013

Hadfield based TH Plastics has been shortlisted in no fewer than three categories in a national industry award.

The Graphite Way firm is a finalist in the 2013 Processing and Packaging Machinery Association (PPMA) awards polymer machinery manufacturer and distributor, customer service and partnership categories.

TH Plastics supplies, installs and supports ancillary machinery in the plastics industry, and develops UK distribution partnerships with world class manufacturers such as Italian Moretto Plastics Automation.  The company is dedicated to the provision of an unrivalled level of service, developing bespoke solutions and offering customers 24/7 support.

Said TH Plastics’ managing director, Lee Thomas:  “We are delighted to be shortlisted for the awards.  The PPMA is a leading industry association, so the nominations are a real accolade.

“We’re tremendously proud of our work, and are hopeful that we will emerge victorious at the awards ceremony.

“Last year, we won the Plastics Industry Supplier Partnership Ancillary Machinery award, which we also achieved the previous year.  We’d love to maintain this winning streak into 2013.”

The winners of the PPMA awards will be announced at a gala dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on 4th June.

Wayahead Training off to a great start with help from Glossop’s Fig Creative

Friday, March 1st, 2013

New Buxton-based not-for-profit outdoor organisation, Wayahead Training, is enjoying a promising start, already generating considerable business in the education sector, developing plans for job creation, and benefiting from a time-saving “low touch” website.

Launched at the end of 2012, the not-for-profit Wayahead was formed in the belief that outdoor education should be accessible to as many people as possible, at a reasonable price.

It operates a range of outdoor learning programmes, including the Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) award, for which it is Central England’s Approved Activity Provider of choice for the Go4Gold programme.  Founder and director, Matt Hutson of Buxton, combines the role of DofE’s assessor network co-ordinator for the Peak District, with course directing many of Wayahead’s programmes.

Crucial to the operation of Wayahead is its website, created by Glossop based marketing and design agency, Fig Creative.  Custom-built, the site went live in January and provides Wayahead with the opportunity to efficiently manage its courses online at “low touch” level.  This minimises the amount of administrative time involved in this element of Wayahead’s operation, and allows the organisation the opportunity to focus on other aspects of service provision.

The site also offers advantages to Wayahead’s clients, enabling them to quickly and easily book and complete the necessary documents online.  Eventually, they will also be able to download course resources from an online library.

Hutson does not underestimate the operational benefits of his website.  He said:  “Wayahead is a small, not-for-profit organisation in its early stages, and it is crucial that we spend as much time as possible on actually developing and delivering our offer, and keep course admin. to a minimum.

“The site also looks good.  Fig developed the logo and overall branding, as well as creating the site itself, and I’ve had very positive market feedback already.  It helps to project Wayahead as a professional outfit, and that is so important in this industry, where schools are one of the main sources of custom.”

Indeed, after only a few months, Wayahead has already won business from several schools.   Added Hutson:  “The website is proving a very effective selling tool, generating considerable interest from the education sector.

“Indeed, I hope soon to be in the position to recruit a staff team.”

He concludes:  “Wayahead is off to a great start, with a fantastic product, and a tight operation:  2013 is going to be a big year.”

To see Wayahead Training’s new site, go to

Buxton’s favourite building launches stylish new website

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Buxton’s much loved Dome is celebrating its successful rejuvenation with the launch of – a website every bit as fresh and welcoming as the building itself. Created by leading design agency FIG Creative, the new, easy-access portal is colourful and informative, giving a taste of the experience visitors to this fabulous building can expect.

The Dome past and present

Built in the late 18th Century, the Grade II* Listed Devonshire Dome has always moved with the times. Used originally to stable the Duke of Devonshire’s horses before becoming a hospital throughout wartime, a £20 million restoration completed in 2005 transformed it into its current incarnation – the Buxton Campus of the University of Derby.

It is now home to the University, Buxton College of Further Education, and a vibrant commercial enterprise of Spa, Hair and Beauty Salons, a Fine Dining Restaurant, Café, and Events At The Dome.

The Duke could barely have imagined the range of businesses now housed under the Dome’s majestic roof and neither, perhaps, could visitors to the Dome’s old website…

At The Dome’s Business Development Manager, Christine Sweetmore recalls: “We’d evolved so much our website was no longer doing justice to the diverse interests we represent. We needed to showcase the services we offer, generate traffic to the site and above all inspire people to find out more by coming to the Dome to see for themselves.”

The team had already worked with FIG Creative on a rebranding project for Buxton College and were confident they understood their requirements. Christine wasn’t disappointed: “The design is outstanding – much stronger than we’d imagined. It’s crisp, bright, friendly and informative and faithfully reflects what the Dome of today has to offer its visitors.”

Everything under one roof

So what exactly goes on under that iconic Domed roof…well, it’s one of the premier banqueting venues in Derbyshire with its hugely popular fine dining restaurant, an indulgent spa, health and beauty salons and a fashionable café.

The University and College’s hospitality and culinary arts, hair and beauty therapy and spa management students put their first class training into practise each day in these world class facilities. This emphasis on students’ experiential learning gives visitors the unique opportunity to experience the very latest in beauty treatments using Elemis products and sample the food of some of the country’s most promising young chefs at reasonable prices.

The Dome’s outstanding architecture, unique setting and considerable capacity mean its events business is blossoming too. From conferences and corporate events through to traditional weddings and civil ceremonies, it offers gravitas that few venues can compete with.

Buxton pushes for progress

The launch of the Dome’s new website is just part of a growing local desire to revitalise Buxton as was recently demonstrated by the Buxton Crescent project, which is expected to start this summer.

Martin Duncan, FIG Creative’s Business Development Director, works with SME businesses across the region. He has high hopes for both the Dome and Buxton: “The Dome represents a genuine local success story that combines education with business to provide a unique facility for the local community. This among other projects in Buxton can only add to its attraction. ”

Local business works with Barclays to support local businesses

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

FIG Creative, the leading Glossop-based design and marketing specialists have announced plans to work with Barclays as part of the financial services provider’s integrated approach to help local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) thrive and survive in today’s challenging economic conditions.

New clients to Barclays, throughout Glossop and Buxton, will be entitled to a free 45 minute consultation with FIG Creative. Designed to give small business owners useful, practical advice these interactive sessions are an opportunity to ask questions and draw on the experience of FIG Creative’s marketing professionals.
Helen Duncan, Managing Director of FIG Creative has long been an advocate of local start-up and SME businesses and says:

“It’s really tough out there and marketing activity shouldn’t be considered a luxury – it’s essential for survival and growth. I’m delighted we’ve been chosen to support Barclays in this local initiative and I look forward to getting local businesses moving in the right direction. As well as a free 45 minute consultation for Barclays clients, we have start up and small business packages and a free starting up in business guide dedicated to the High Peak.”
As part of their drive to stimulate growth at a local level, Barclays offer a suite of advisory services including additional 45 minute accountancy and legal consultations, access to legal and tax help lines and an online data backup service. In partnering with reputable, local providers like FIG Creative they’re also helping create relationships that underpin the local business community.

Ian Shenton, Barclays Business Manager says:
“We want to stand shoulder to shoulder with local businesses and believe that initiatives like these go a long way to giving them the best chance of success. We’re delighted to work with FIG Creative across the High Peak because they have a wealth of experience and knowledge that our customers can really benefit from.”

Following the demise of Business Link, local enterprises will look to this type of initiative with some anticipation.

Local business woman Julia Hallsworth has launched a new crafting website

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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Local business woman Julia Hallsworth has launched a new crafting website.

A keen crafter Julia was keen to become involved in the current trend for scrapbooking and craftmaking.

She launched her website earlier this month to sell scrap booking, card making, rubber stamping and
general crafts.

If you would like to know more about Julia and her products you can visit her website or read her blog .