Anderton’s Butchers Win Best Online Business Award

One of our longest standing clients, Anderton’s Ribble Valley Butchers, based in Longridge near Preston, won the prestigious Best Online Business award at The Meat Management Industry Awards in May this year and we couldn’t be more excited for them!

We first designed and developed the Anderton’s website in 2016, to allow customers to buy seasonal hampers for BBQ’s and Christmas and have the fresh goods delivered right to their door. We then re-freshed the website design and made the entire range Anderton’s Ribble Valley Butchers offer, available online. With so many products and categories on the site, we wanted to maintain the usability of the website to ensure as many visitors to the site completed the customer journey, from entering the site through to purchasing products. Both ourselves & the team at Anderton’s agree that the finished website has been a great success!

 

 

Little Wild Fox on The Farm

Little Wild Fox has been one of our favourite new brands to work on!

Lizzie who runs the business from Inglewhite, near Preston, came to us with an idea inspired by her two, very playful, red headed children and the difficulties she’d faced trying to find nice playwear and comfy pyjamas that could withstand some serious adventures.

Coming up with the brand name was easy; taking all of our inspiration from Lizzie’s children, Annie & Betsy, Little Wild Fox was a must!

Creating the branding was a really fun process with Lizzie, who was open and honest about what she liked and didn’t like so we could create fun and fresh branding. It was important that the branding captured the spirit of Little Wild Fox and everything that it stood for:

Practical clothes that can climb trees, splash in puddles and take a few tumble’s while coming out good as new in the wash

Cotton pyjamas that little wild foxes can snuggle into for a cosy nights sleep every wear

These led to the strap line; Play Freely, Sleep Soundly. To incorporate this ethos into the branding, coloured doodles of moons and stars were used across all elements and implemented into all marketing material. We also used muted pastel colours across the branding to keep a unisex feel while remaining very much a children’s brand.

Little Wild Fox is an online brand, which meant that designing and delivering an easy to use and eye-catching e-commerce website was important. Carrying the branding throughout the site, clear categories to separate the different products were created using the muted pastel colour scheme we’d established in the branding process. A minimalistic approach to delivering this site lets the products speak for themselves and keeps the customer journey short and simple.

As well as an online sales platform, we created special ‘first look’ postcard invites that were sent out to, giving them the opportunity to view Little Wild Foxes offering before the initial launch. To bring the brand to life, the invite was written as a poem to really set the tone for what was to come.

You’ll be able to take a look at all the work we have created for Little Wild Fox at www.littlwildfox.co.uk

Judged Best Marketing Firm in the UK

We’re very excited to announce that we won the National, Rural Business Award for Best Rural Creative or Media-Based Business at the annual awards ceremony on Thursday 5th October!

The Rural Business Awards work in partnership with Amazon and CLA and give recognition to businesses across the UK “to acknowledge and celebrate the vital contributions made by companies to the development and success of the rural sector and rural way of life. They also encourage entrepreneurial spirit in the rural sector, and give recognition to excellence in business set-up, operation and management”.

The awards evening itself was such a good night, held at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey, we had the opportunity to meet and chat with Openreach representatives, the Creative category sponsor, and fellow rural business people, who are all like minded and supportive of the different sectors rural businesses operate within.

To win the award, the judging panel recognised that as a business, we had demonstrated the journey we have taken towards establishing a business that is excelling in its chosen market. This was demonstrated by sharing a clear strategy, with an understanding of the marketplace as well as targets that have been met or exceeded in relation to growth performance. The panel also saw that we’ve created the foundations for continued commercial success.

Steve Edwards, Openreach’s Director of Fibre Broadband Clients said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be part of the awards. It’s a fantastic opportunity to get together and celebrate the very best rural businesses and the hear some of their inspiring stories. This year has seen entries from 52 counties in the UK and there have been nearly three times as many entries for the Rural Business Awards as in 2016.”

We’d like to thank the RBA organisers, sponsors and judges for their support and we’re extremely excited to build on our national award success.

Managing Director, Helen Stuart said: “Competing amongst the UK’s top rural businesses, in itself, is a great achievement for us; so to actually win and have our work recognised on a national level is brilliant.”

Rural Business Award Finalists!

For the second year in a row we’ve been shortlisted for the Rural Business Awards best Creative or Media Based Business, and we couldn’t be happier!

The national awards have really grown since last year, with support from BT, Amazon, Amazon Business and Harper Adams University to name just a few. It means so much to us that we are being recognised amongst larger companies while sticking to our rural roots that we’ll always be proud of. To be shortlisted in the Creative or Media Based Business category, the RBA team recognised that we, as a business managed to;

“… demonstrate the journey that they have taken towards establishing a business that is excelling in its chosen market. This will be demonstrated by sharing with us a clear strategy, with an understanding of the marketplace as well as targets that have been met or exceeded in relation to growth and financial performance. The winning business will have created the foundations for continued commercial success.” (Taken from the RBA website

Last year we were Runner Up in this category and hope that over 2016/17 we’ve proven that we would be worthy winners!

We’ll find out who the winner is at the awards ceremony, being held at Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey on Thursday 5th October. Until then, we’ll be keeping ourselves busy with all of our clients who make our job worth while!

There’s Life in the Old Mill Yet

Over the last month we’ve been working with Emma at Mosney Mill, a new brand of homeware, giftware and stationery collections. All hand drawn and inspired by the beautiful grounds surrounding Emma’s studio at Mosney Mill in Lancashire, which just so happens to be the birthplace of modern day fabric printing. It’s Emma’s & now our mission to bring print back to Mosney.

After moving to the former Mosney Market Gardens with her family & discovering it’s rich history, dating as far back as 1780’s when it was the site of innovatory Mosney textile print works and the birthplace of Callico printing, Emma has made it her mission to bring print back to Mosney.

With a date of 18th November set for the launch of her new brand, we delivered Emma a stylish and contemporary ecommerce website that embodies everything the Mosney Mill brand stands for, traditional, British quality.

Looking to support British trade and workforces, Emma ensures all her products are printed and manufactured in the UK, & on the very rare occasion this isn’t possible, goods are ethically sourced abroad and then printed right here in the UK.

With products ranging from quirky notebooks and lovely Staffordshire bone china mugs to stunning wallpapers, each piece features Mosney’s charming countryside animals; regularly seen wandering past Emma’s studio window in the grounds.

We’re so excited to continue working with Emma & are happy to have joined her mission to bring print back to Mosney!

 

Rural Runner Up!

We attended the Rural Business Awards, in partnership with the CLA, on Thursday 13th October and we didn’t leave empty handed!

This year, Farm Creative was shortlisted for two national awards: Best Professional Services Business and Best Creative or Media Based Business. Unfortunately, we just missed out on an award for Best Professional Services Business, but we did come Runner Up for Best Creative or Media Based Business, a huge achievement that we’re all thrilled with!

It’s great to have all our hard work recognised, especially on a national level, and it will spur us on to continue to grow the business and keep our eyes on the prize for next year.

Thank you to the organisers & judges of the RBA’s!

Farm Creatives’ National Exhibition Success

Earlier this year we blogged about how excited we were to be the official marketing agency for the UK’s national Flooring and Tiling Shows, two huge exhibitions that take place at the Harrogate International Centre each year.

Using multiple marketing platforms from our available services, we increased visitor numbers to the shows by 9.6%, with 3,119 people passing through the doors!

From October 2015, we’ve created and designed digital campaigns, content management of the Show websites, written and printed all the Show materials; including Show Previews and Show Guides and the team have written monthly press releases that have featured in over seven industry leading magazines along with regular printed adverts. This approach to their communications garnered positive reviews and comments from visitors and exhibitors alike.

We attended the show, which took place at the Harrogate International Centre from 18th to 20th September to assist with onsite communications.

With this year being such a success, we’re thrilled to have renewed our contract to work on all aspects of marketing for the 2017 Shows, and work has already begun to beat this year’s visitor numbers!

We’re National Finalists

We’re reaping the benefits of our rural roots after being shortlisted for two Rural Business Awards. We have been shortlisted as a finalist in the Best Rural Professional Services Business and the Best Rural Creative or Media Based Business categories.

With our newly refreshed website and a number of exciting new clients, the Rural Business Awards are a perfect opportunity for us to be recognised for our hard work and the positive working relationships we build with our clients.

The Rural Business Awards work in partnership with CLA and give recognition to businesses across the UK “to acknowledge and celebrate the vital contributions made by companies to the development and success of the rural sector and rural way of life. They also encourage entrepreneurial spirit in the rural sector, and give recognition to excellence in business set-up, operation and management”.

The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony, which will be taking place on Thursday 13th October at The Belfry Hotel in the West Midlands, so until then all fingers are crossed on the farm!

Farm Yard Ales Wins Prince’s Countryside Fund

We want to say big congratulations to Steven Holmes, our Farm Yard Ales client, who won a brand new Land Rover Sport Discovery through the Prince’s Countryside Fund scheme.

On hearing the news he’d won, Steven said, “the car has landed at the right time for Farm Yard Ales, as the build of the microbrewery begins and the start up of the business really gets underway. The Discovery Sport will be one of the hardest working machines Farm Yard Ales has, being used for meetings, collecting items, delivering samples and towing a cask or two when the ales are brewed.”

Since early last year, we’ve been working with Steven to develop his Farm Yard Ales brand, a microbrewery he’s building on his family farm that’s had to diversify due to the low milk prices.

The new Land Rover will make life for Farm Yard Ales so much easier and we’re really excited for the grand opening!

Award Season on the Farm

We’ve had some amazing news!

We’re so excited to announce that we’ve been shortlisted as finalists by the Red Rose Awards in the Rural Diversification category… And the thought of winning for the second year in an exciting opportunity.

The Red Rose Awards celebrate excellence in business, commerce and industry in various sectors and business size categories across Lancashire; the awards provide the best possible platform to promote success.

With our third birthday fast approaching and our newly expanded team, winning this award would be the icing on the cake of what was a really successful 2015.

But before we can get too carried away day dreaming about a shiny new award, we need to jump the final hurdle and present to a panel of five judges before the winners are announced at the ceremony, held at Blackpool Winter Gardens on the 10th March.

Until then all fingers and hooves are crossed!