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mm&d celebrates first anniversary of trading in Hartlepool

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January marks one year since M Media and Design Ltd (mm&d) relocated from Stockton to Hartlepool. It has been a particularly busy 12 months, with the website and graphic design agency bringing in new work, taking on new staff and embracing business in Hartlepool.

After 8 years in Stockton, mm&d made the business decision to move the Innovation Centre in Queens Meadow Business Park. Commenting on the move, mm&d Director Mark Skirving:

There are a number of reasons we selected Hartlepool’s Innovation Centre to move the business forward. We can easily service the North East of England with great transport links such as the A19 and A1 nearby. We also have a number of clients based in London so the direct train to the capital is another positive.

Also, we are heavily involved in the engineering industry and the sheer volume of Hartlepool-based businesses operating in this sector represents a great opportunity for 2015 and beyond.

Since the turn of the year, mm&d have recruited three additional staff members to cope with the companies continued success. New local business has followed with mm&d now working with the likes of:

  • CBL Cable Contractors
  • Evolution Risk Assurance
  • Headland Futures
  • Manor Community College
  • Property Abroad
  • Special Events North East

Property Webmasters, part of the mm&d group, are also celebrating a stellar year, with the property experts bringing in new business from all corners of the globe. Property Webmasters specialise in creating property portals and real estate websites. Property Webmasters Director, Jamie Arthur:

We attract clients from exotic locations around the world and we are proud to be able to do this from our Hartlepool office. With the improvements in technology, there is often no need to meet clients face to face.

Moving forward, we hope the reputation we have formed in the industry will open doors with more local real estate companies.


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mm&d venture into new waters with OMESL

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About the client

Based in Whitby, North Yorkshire, Offshore Marine Energy Services Limited (OMESL) provide static guard, chase and trawl sweep vessels and crews to the Offshore Oil, Gas, Energy and Marine sectors.

About the project

Having operated as Streonshalth Guard Vessel Services Ltd since 2011, in summer 2014 the company decided to re-brand as OMESL. M Media & Design Ltd (mm&d) have provided a wide-range of marketing services to OMESL in recent months, creating the company logo and building a new website to match the new branding.

The first steps involved meeting with OMESL to look at logo options and creating a brand that would be easily recognisable in a highly competitive industry. The new logo will be used on a broad range of mediums, from digital to vessel signage. Commenting on the development, Andrew Locker, OMESL Operations Manager;

From the offset we were delighted with what mm&d provided with the logo options. After careful consideration we decided to opt for the ‘O’ option as the icon would help create a strong identity.Communication has been clear all the way and they have gone above and beyond in terms of support and advice.

Once the final brand was signed-off, the next development was to build a website to promote to the company online. In an age when over 50% of website browsing is on either smartphones or tablet devices, it was important that the site was fully responsive. The site would highlight the services offered by OMESL, the current fleet as well as client testimonials.

We love the bright home page with the large image and scrolling services providing a great snap-shot of what we are all about. The navigation is clean and easy which is perfect for our target audience.

New social media pages have been set up which link in with the new site ensuring viewers are up to speed with the company’s latest news.

Further work has followed for OMESL, with new business cards to match the branding and clothing for staff and crew. Work will also begin in December on a new website for Lockers Trawlers, a family-run fishing business linked with OMESL.

Owain Jenkins, Business Development Manager at mm&d is hoping the project will lead to further work in this industry.

OMESL have been a pleasure deal with from start to finish. We have a strong background in Engineering but this specialist industry is new to us. We are really pleased with the final brand and website and look forward to forming a long-term relationship with Andrew and his team.

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New recruits join the growing team at mm&d

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From left – Owain Jenkins – Business Development Manager (joined in June 2014), Rachel Brooke Lee – Junior Graphic Designer & Hannah Blackwood – Business Administration Apprentice.

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Hannah and Rachel who have joined the team at mm&d in the past few weeks.

Hannah joins us as our Business Administration Apprentice where she will be managing the day-to-day admin in the office. Hannah is local to Hartlepool, having recently finished her A Levels at English Martyrs School. Hannah’s apprenticeship is run in partnership with the North East Chamber of Commerce who will provide ongoing training on top of the hands-on experience gained.

Rachel is our new Junior Graphic Designer and she will also be managing a number of client accounts. Rachel studied Graphic Design at Teesside University and after graduating in 2012 worked for Hambleton & Richmondshire District Council. A native to County Durham, Rachel is enjoying her much shorter commute to the Innovation Centre in Hartlepool!

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mm&d enjoy day as match-day sponsors at Mowden Park

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mm&d were pleased to support Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club in their recent National One League fixture against Macclesfield. mm&d were match-day sponsors on the day, part of our ongoing partnership with the club based at The Northern Echo Arena.

Pictured is Mark Skirving, Director of mm&d, presenting Mowden’s prop forward Matt Shields with the Man of the Match Award. Mowden won the game 41-12 and currently sit 11th in the table.

The Big Skills Event Middlesbrough

Major event helps nurture the next generation of Teesside students!

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OVER a thousand teenagers on Teesside will have the chance to find out more about their dream job at Middlesbrough’s largest annual careers guidance event this month.

The Big Skills Event, organised by Middlesbrough Council’s 0-19 Service and M Media & Design Ltd, will also be open for a special evening slot to give parents the opportunity to join their children in finding their employment or education path.

Over 1,300 school children and parents are expected to attend the careers fare at Middlesbrough Town Hall on 8th October, as a variety of exhibitors and industry experts look to unearth Teesside’s best young talent.

Among the careers on show will be graphic design, hair and beauty, engineering, sports development, catering and construction, with a number of interactive demonstrations to be held during the day.

John Keelty, Middlesbrough Council 0-19 Service Manager said:

We have run this event for a number of years and the feedback from attendees has always been great. The advice and guidance on the learning pathways available to young people when they leave education is priceless for the students with such big decisions on the horizon.

This is the largest impartial careers education event in Middlesbrough and we have tried to make every young person aware of the event through work in schools, on social media and individual letters as we want them to make the correct career choice at 16.

Once again the Town Hall plays host to the event so that young people in Middlesbrough have the opportunity to visit this historic building that remains the heartbeat of the town.”

Mark Skirving, Director, M Media & Design, said:

Once again we have enjoyed working with Middlesbrough Council on The Big Skills Event. We are particularly pleased with the wide-range of exhibitors we have at this year’s event. We also have 12 interactive demonstrations running throughout the day- offering hands on advice on different careers.  .”

The event, which is free to attend with no appointments to see exhibitors needed, runs from 11.00am to 3.00pm and 4.45pm until 7pm.

Between 11am to 3.00pm, year 10 and 11 pupils from all local schools in Middlesbrough are invited to attend.

The event is keen to welcome parents, carers and young people, including year 10 and 11 school pupils along to the evening session which is held between 4.45pm to 7pm.

If you have any queries or would like more information on the event, please call 01429 874 5TG.


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mm&d refreshes Baby Stars campaign for South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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About the client…

South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest hospital trust in the Tees Valley serving the people of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Hambleton and Richmondshire and beyond.

The trust runs The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton. It also runs community services in Hambleton and Richmondshire, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.

The project

The ‘Baby Stars’ project is run by the Health Visitor team in Middlesbrough. The programme looks at the behaviours that babies demonstrate during their first eight weeks.

mm&d supplied the original artwork for the ‘Baby Stars’ programme in 2010, and when the Trust required an updated design, they were happy to call on the services of mm&d again. Maggie Wood, Health Visitor in Middlesbrough;

We are always delighted with the artwork supplied by mm&d. They are happy to pay us a visit and talk over different concepts which is a great help.

mm&d supplied the trust with information flyers and certificates from the project, with both documents printed to a high quality finish.  Commenting on the importance of the print quality. mm&d Business Development Manager, Owain Jenkins;

We feel it is important that the print quality is to a high standard. The chances are that this will be the first certificate/ award the child receives and parents are delighted to show it off to friends and family and keep as a memento!”

mm&d have also worked with the NHS in Leeds and Coventry, providing a range of design and web development services.

We enjoy working with the NHS as the projects we work on are particularly rewarding. We have worked on several diverse campaigns such as the drug and alcohol services, mental heath and other hard-hitting projects. We like to think our design work can play a small part in supporting the great work they do.


St Oswald’s Catholic Academy Trust working with mm&d

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About the client

Based in Redcar & Cleveland, this newly-formed partnership consists of several academies that together form St Oswald’s Catholic Academy Trust. Included in the partnership are:

About the project

St Oswald’s Catholic Academy Trust is the first Catholic academy in the Middlesbrough Diocese. As such, they required an entirely new brand for the Trust that oversees all the academies along with the creation of separate brands for each individual academy.

mm&d provided St Oswald’s Catholic Academy Trust with a wide range of design services that involved the production of new signage, stationery, prospectuses for each academy and school as well as pens and pin badges for all our staff, students and governors when the academies were launched.

According to Pam Hanrahan, Headteacher, the personal service offered by mm&d has been particularly beneficial to the Trust:

mm&d provides a thorough and professional service – nothing is too much trouble.  Someone is always available at the end of a phone and they are also willing to come on-site at the drop of a hat. I cannot speak highly enough of their services.”

Working with schools is an area mm&d is particularly experienced in, having recently signed several contracts with the soon-to-be-launched academies. Director Mark Skirving is looking forward to forging new partnerships in the coming years:

As a business, we see the education sector as an important element of our work. We are able to offer a wide range of bespoke marketing services specific to schools, from complete re-brands to uniform designs. We offer all services in-house.

Schools are increasingly having to operate in partnerships with the local community and we can help ensure they are presented in a professional manner.”


M Media & Design spice up branding for local Mexican Restaurant

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About the client

Mohujos is a Mexican restaurant that first opened in Billingham in 2007. After several years of success, the company recently opened their second restaurant, on Stockton’s Riverside. Mohujos by the River serves food from Tuesday to Saturday and offers a range of exciting Mexican and tapas with an element of street food.

About the project

The team at mm&d recently began working on a new brand for Mohujos in April 2014. Already boasting the award for the world’s best Parmo, the management at Mohujos felt they needed a new brand identity to reinforce their growing reputation. mm&d provided new logo designs and branding, signage and fitting and various printed materials for use in the new venue.

Work has also commenced to develop a new online home for Mohujos, which will be launched in the coming weeks. Chris White, mm&d Account Manager:

Sometimes it is hard to come up with a new brand for a business as well known as Mohujos, but we are really pleased with the new designs.”

The guys at Mohujos are delighted with the work mm&d have done, and we can’t wait to sample their delights soon.”

The project was part funded by NBSL, a North East Enterprise Agency that works to assist pre-start, new and existing business by providing information, advice and support on running and developing a business. They fully understand the role a successful marketing strategy can have on bringing in new and retaining current customers.  Wendy Sayers, owner of Mohujos:

Setting up a new restaurant is a very expensive process. We knew that getting the marketing right was vital and we were delighted to have the advice and financial support of NBSL and creativity of mm&d.

I would encourage more businesses to look at external funding and help create that budget that might not normally be available. We are a fairly small business that competes against some very large national chains, and this support has allowed us grow as a company.”

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Work carried out

Logo Design, New Signage, Website, Menu Templates, Loyalty and Business Cards, Kids Menu, Gift Vouchers

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Clear communication leads to great results between mm&d and ACEDA

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About the client

Established in 1991, ACEDA has grown to become a leading provider of adaptable solutions and services in a number of key market sectors. They are a national provider of integrated services with all projects delivered through their network of offices, in Middlesbrough, Aberdeen, London and Manchester.

ACEDA have three business divisions:

  • Energy & Process Division
  • Commercial Division
  • Support Division

Key market sectors include offshore wind, oil & gas, health, education, retail and construction.

About the project

After identifying the need to update their company website, ACEDA invited a number of businesses to tender for the redevelopment. Following a successful proposal meeting, mm&d began working closely with ACEDA to prepare the updated layout of the site.

It was important that the new site reflected the companies re-structure into three business divisions, ACEDA Energy & Process, ACEDA Commercial & ACEDA Support. To do this, a new landing page and sub-domain was created for each division.

Originally brought in solely for the website redevelopment, mm&d has gone on to  assist ACEDA with a number of other projects including design of z-cards, capability statements, flip books, exhibition stands among others.

Nick Harker, Managing Director, ACEDA has been particularly impressed with the professionalism of the team and the standard of work produced at mm&d:

[They] have been professional and conscientious for all projects carried out for ACEDA. They have an all-round knowledge and capability from website development to design which allows them to provide a turnkey service and assist with any requirements ACEDA have.

The knowledge, guidance and advice provided by mm&d has enabled us to produce high quality designs, literature and web pages and improve the marketing of the company.”

The team at mm&d pride themselves on time management and achieving all set timescales, Jamie Arthur, Director, mm&d:

For this particular project the timings were fairly stringent but with constant communication we were able to meet all targets. ACEDA have been a pleasure to deal with throughout the past 12 months and we look forward to continuing to support their marketing needs going forward.”

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M Media and Design’s Ultimate Exhibition Guide!

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Lets face facts, exhibitions or trade shows can be stressful depending on the level or your involvement, size of your market and how much time and money you have invested. As a company you will be looking to not only showcase your products and services but also looking to make key introductions and impressions on prospective customers/clients.

You could be planning o go to your 100th event or your 1st, so the guys at mm&d have put their heads together to come up with the Ultimate Exhibition Guide!

1. Do your homework!

If you are going to spend a small chunk of your marketing budget to attend exhibitions you best make sure that the events you are exhibiting at are worth the investment. Before you even think about signing up, double check to see what the average attendance is being estimated out, ask the organisers how many invites are being sent out and who to. Have a look at the type of companies that are being invited – are they the type of companies that you are trying to target or work with? Also have a look at the list of other exhibitors in attendance, is your main competitor there? If so, don’t you think you should be to?

 2. Set some targets/goals 

Sit down and think about why you want to attend this event. Is it to meet new clients or expand your current relationships with existing clients and customers? Are you using the event as a product or service launch? If so, is this event the right platform to do so? Make sure you set yourself some targets or all the hard work and effort you put in will be for nothing.

 3. Make sure you understand what you are paying for!

The event organiser should have supplied you with an abundance of information and costs attributed to their event. Make sure you have a full understanding of what you are actually paying for, are you just paying for floor space or will you be supplied with a table etc. If you need electricity for a laptop or display materials, always double check to make sure if you need to rent an electric socket on top of you exhibition costs.

4. Plan and make a timetable

You might think that you are a hardened event veteran that can arrive, set up and be ready for the doors to open all in half an hour but you never know what curve balls could be thrown your way. You will know the date of your event, work backwards from that day marking on your calendar what tasks need to be completed and who by, remember if you need new literature printing, always leave a few days for the print to be completed and delivered. If you have any support staff joining you from other departments, make sure that they have the full details of the event, get a contact number from them just encase anything changes and work out when you will need them at the event – it is all about balance, you don’t want too many staff at your event but on the other hand you don’t want your stand to look bare.

 5. Fill out all the paper work

It is the bane of everyone’s life – PAPERWORK, but when it comes to events paperwork is very important, if you miss any part of your booking etc. it could mean that you cant display what you want to show, you might loose out on a spot with electric or you might end up a million miles away from when your thought your spot was going to be. You might also need to fill out a bundle health and safety forms, but in the end it is all worth it in making sure you secure your spot.

6. Work out what you are going to take

Depending on the floor space you have booked you might have to be brutal with what you take to an event, yes, you want to be able to show off your products and services to their full potential, but in a tight space with a table and stands you might be limited in what you can display. Having limited room shouldn’t put you off in being creative, it just means you have to work out the best way of displaying your products and services, it could be a bespoke brochure or a table top display. There is nothing worse than running out of literature or freebies, so make sure than when you do plan out what your taking plan to take enough. If the organisers have 500 people scheduled to turn up make sure that you have enough materials for one item a person. If your budget doesn’t stretch that far you will have to become savvy with who you issue your literature or freebies to, work up a bit of a rapport with the visitor to see if they will need more information from you about your product or service. If you are taking freebies to give out, it is always good to stick with something safe and cost effective like pens, but if you are really looking to stand out from the crowd, maybe it is time to look at something a little different.

7.  Raise awareness

Some of your current and potential clients might follow you on Twitter or like you on Facebook. Why not push out a few messages via those platforms to gain a little extra exposure. If the event itself has a social media account or hashtag remember to use them in anything you send out, it might get you a retweet or a share to a bigger audience.

8. Do a little networking

Take a look around at the other companies at the event, yes you are there to talk to the visitors about your product and services but depending on the size of the event there could be 100’s of other businesses around you primed to network with. Have a quick look at the list of exhibitors, highlight a few to maybe go over and have a quick chat with maybe set up a meeting for after the event. Try to get the maximum amount of exposure you can. While at the event if you get a few minutes down time, why not have a look and see if any of the companies you have spoke to are on Twitter, if so, follow them – maybe give them a little tweet saying it was good to see them at the event.

9. Follow up leads

While it might be hard to gauge how interested everyone’s interest who visits you, you should be able to gain some clear indication of who is really interested in talking to you further, make sure that you highlight these people – keep their contact details separate from everyone else’s, follow initial contact up with a quick email or call a few days later and if possible, book in some time to meet face to face. That doesn’t mean that the other leads should fall by the wayside, get in touch with them to see if they have any requirement for your product or service, but don’t leave them out because you never know.

10.  Evaluate

After the dust has settled post event and you have worked up contacting prospective leads sit down and work out if the event has been worth both the investment and time that you have put into it.  If you have gained new business off the back of the event, then maybe when it comes around to the next time it is on, sign back up, maybe expand your floor space, make more of an impression. If by chance you haven’t gained anything from the event and it hasn’t really worked for you, don’t write exhibitions and trade show off completely, maybe this event wasn’t for you, have a look at other events in your sector, do some more research before you commit to further commitments to other events.

We are in no way saying that the above points are set in stone, you might have your own way of running events, but we find that the 10 points above are always a good starting point when looking to really excel at events.

Remember if you need any literature, printing, exhibition stands or freebies, mm&d are always here to help.