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Pictured from L to R, Gavin Hatton, Jamie Arthur, Mark Skirving (mm&d Directors). Greg Hildreth (Hartlepool & District Hospice) and Jordan Thornhill.

Local student wins mm&d Hartlepool Treasure Hunt

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Pictured from L to R, Gavin Hatton, Jamie Arthur, Mark Skirving (mm&d Directors). Greg Hildreth (Hartlepool & District Hospice) and Jordan Thornhill. 

To celebrate our tenth anniversary, M Media & Design (mm&d) put on a unique treasure hunt in Hartlepool. The prize for winning the competition was £500 with another £500 donated to local Charity the Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Starting on Monday 16th November, we posted a series of video clues leading to the secret destination. It was local student Jordan Thornhill who put his detective skills to the test and managed to find the prize which was hidden in Ward Jackson Park.

Jordan, studying for a Masters in Public Relations at Teesside University took an early interest in the campaign.

I followed the campaign from the first day, trying to piece together the clues. I had a feeling the prize was in the Park and with the help of my uncle we spent a few hours trying to find the envelope.

It’s a great time to win money with Christmas coming up!”

Greg Hildreth, Corporate Events & Social Media Manager at the Hartlepool & District Hospice was thankful for the support provided by mm&d:

This is a very generous way for mm&d to celebrate their 10th anniversary and we are absolutely delighted with such a kind donation, which will now be used to fund the care services we provide free of charge to our patients and their families. I’d like to say a huge thank you on behalf of everyone here at the Hospice.”

Mark Skirving, Director at mm&d was delighted with how the campaign spread across the town:

We are pleased with how the campaign went- there has been lots of interaction on social media with over 20,000 people viewing the campaign and it really captured the imagination of the local community. We thought it would be a great way to celebrate our tenth anniversary with the town.”

Based at The Innovation Centre, mm&d have a diverse range of clients, coming from many different sectors. Specialising in website and graphic design, the agency have clients from all corners of the globe.

Whilst we are enjoy working with clients in exotic locations, we are particularly proud of the companies we work with on our doorstep. We take great satisfaction in helping them grow.”

You can look back on the campaign, including the video clues on our YouTube channel.

Thanks to all the people who participated!

Hartlepool Treasure Hunt

mm&d celebrate 10 years with unique treasure hunt

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As part of our ongoing tenth anniversary celebrations, M Media & Design (mm&d) are set to stage a special Treasure Hunt in Hartlepool.

Starting on Monday 16th November and finishing on Friday 20th, mm&d will be giving away daily clues to a secret location in Hartlepool, where one successful treasure hunter will win £500 in cash. The company will also match the prize with a £500 donation to the Hartlepool & District Hospice.

Jamie Arthur, Hartlepool resident, and Director of mm&d:

We were looking to find a unique way of celebrating our tenth year. We wanted it to be fun and also engage the local community- and what better way to do this than giving someone an early Christmas present!

We were also keen to support a local charity, and the Hartlepool & District Hospice fit the bill perfectly. They do great work in the town and rely heavily on fundraising so we were more than happy to make a contribution to such a fantastic cause.

To be in with a chance of winning the £500, follow M Media & Design on social media, and stay tuned for daily video clues on Facebook and Twitter which will lead you to the mystery location. Videos will be posted at 10am each day.

Social media is a great way of promoting specific campaigns to a targeted area. We are looking to engage with a large volume of people in Hartlepool and generate a lot of excitement around the event, said Jamie.

M Media & Design provide marketing support for many businesses in Hartlepool, including JDR Cable Systems, Changing Futures, Manor Academy, Hartlepool Sixth Form and Focus Removals.

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M Media & Design sign sponsorship extension with Mowden Park

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For the third consecutive season, M Media & Design (mm&d) are 1st XV sponsors at Darlington Mowden Park Rugby Club after agreeing a one year agreement with the club. The mm&d logo will feature on the sleeve of the 1st XV shirts and on signage at the Northern Echo Arena.

The new deal is an extension to the existing relationship and will see Hartlepool-based mm&d continue to provide marketing support for Mowden Park, including all the clubs marketing materials, literature and official match day programmes. Work is also underway on a new website for the Northern Echo Arena to promote the facilities on offer to businesses and the local community.

Mark Skirving, Director at mm&d, said he was excited to be able to support the club for another season and continue the strong relationship with the club.

mm&d are delighted to be involved with Mowden Park for the third season in a row. From day one we have been excited by the potential of the club, and enjoy working with such an ambitious, forward-thinking organisation.

Over the years we have worked with many sporting organisations both in the UK and overseas and it’s great to be able to do this on a local level.

Lee Rust, Managing Director, Mowden Park:

We are delighted to be extending the sponsorship with mm&d and we’re looking forward to the continued relationship.

The level of service mm&d have provided over the years has been first-class. They have undoubtedly added weight to our brand and marketing efforts.



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A decade of success for mm&d

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Formed in 2005, M Media & Design (mm&d) are celebrating this month having being in business for ten years.

Directors Gavin Hatton and Mark Skirving formed the company after gaining experience working for Teesside-based agencies.  Mark Skirving, Director;

What started with two computers and a printer in a back bedroom has grown into a team of ten employees and clients from all corners of the world.

Whilst it seems like the past ten years have flown by, the changes in the industry have been huge. Keeping up with the constant advances in technology has been a challenge but the fact we are still in business shows we have adapted well.

By coincidence, Property Webmasters, now part of the mm&d Group, were also formed in 2005, by current mm&d Director Jamie Arthur. Property Webmasters specialise in working in the real estate industry, building estate agency websites and property portals for clients far and wide. Property Webmasters and mm&d joined forces in 2010 and work closely alongside one another as a full-service marketing agency. Jamie Arthur, Director;

We recognised that there were a lot of symmetry between the two businesses. Bringing together a wider range of experience and expertise has allowed us to offer more services to our clients which has boosted both arms of the business.

The agency has won several awards over the past ten years, including the Creative Business of the Year at the 2015 Hartlepool Business Awards.

We feel we have a very personal approach to the way we work with clients and feel any success we have enjoyed has been off the back of this.

Along with the focus on the property industry, the agency also works with many clients from the engineering sector. Gavin Hatton, Director;

Being based in the North East, naturally there is a good fit with engineering companies.

We are incredibly thankful to all of our clients, many of which we have worked with for the best part of a decade. We want to be considered as one of the leading agencies in the region and have big plans for the next 12 months to grow even further.

As well as hosting a party for family, friends and clients, the mm&d team will also be taking part in 10 different challenges over the next 10 months to find their own office decathlon champion!

To coincide with the ten year milestone, mm&d will also be launching a new website to showcase their work.

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Job Vacancy: Website Project Manager

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The primary responsibility of the Project Manager will be to lead a successful implementation, meeting timelines and budget requirements for our clients. The manager coordinates and prioritises project tasks, manages timelines, maintains project plans and communicates status to clients and senior management. Much of your time will be coordinating tasks, directing resources and staying aware of all aspects of the project.

Additionally, the Project Manager often works with external customers as needed and travels on-site to client meetings. Ensuring projects are implemented within contractual obligations, whilst managing client expectations.

Key Responsibilities

        • Plan and organise projects, or project phases through the entire phase of client projects
        • Work directly with clients, visiting customer locations if needed
        • Monitor progress, identifying problems and issues, applying proactive solutions
        • Keep track of progress, ensuring that the project is on time and on budget
        • Assume ownership and take responsibility for activities
        • To manager and co-ordinate all work with developer staff and managing their time correctly

Essential Skills

      • Minimum 1 year experience in a similar role or background in a design agency
      • Good listening skills, but able to challenge and bring own ideas for requirements and solutions
      • Communication skills need to be at the highest level
      • Troubleshooting and the ability to detect potential issues on projects
      • Implementing solutions
      • Confident & assertive
      • Self reliant and responsible
      • Self motivated, pro-active and prepared to act on instinct
      • Have a flexible approach to working hours to meet own or project objectives, and to assist colleagues in meeting their objectives
      • Good understanding and experience with the management and delivery of the complete project
      • Exceptional organisational skills
      • Full, UK Driving Licence

Essential Skills

Dependant on experience between £20,000-25,000.

If this position sounds like something you think is right for you then please send your CV and covering letter to:

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Success for mm&d at Hartlepool Business Awards

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M Media & Design Ltd (mm&d) were celebrating last week having being crowned ‘Creative Industries Business of the Year’ at the Hartlepool Business Awards.

Hosted by Hartlepool Business Forum, the prestigious event held at Borough Hall, was attended by over 300 people from a wide-range of Hartlepool-based companies.

Sponsored by Cleveland College of Art & Design, the ‘Creative Industries Business of the Year’ was a new award for this year’s event, attracting entries from a range of media disciplines. Mark Skirving, Director, mm&d:

It’s great to be recognised by the Hartlepool Business Forum for the work we do in our industry.

The nature of our business sees us working with clients from all corners of the world but Hartlepool remains a key part of our plans for the future. We gain particular satisfaction in helping local companies grow.”

mm&d relocated to the Innovation Centre in Hartlepool in January 2014 and have built up a growing list of clients based in the town. Specialists in working in the engineering sector, mm&d recently started working with JDR Cable Systems, one of Hartlepool’s most successful businesses. Mandy Marriner, JDR Cables:

We were delighted for the team at mm&d to win the award. In a short space of time we have worked together, they have gone above and beyond our expectations. They are a great example of a local success story and we look forward to working with them going forward.”

With several clients of mm&d shortlisted for awards and many more in the audience, it proved to be a great night for the agency.

Footprints Nursery, who have been working with mm&d since the turn of the year, picked up the Service Sector of Year Award for their innovative approach to childcare. Advanced Retail Solutions, another mm&d client and Innovation Centre resident, claimed two awards as they were named Best Small Business and Most Promising Business.

Deepdale Solutions, neighbours of mm&d at Queens Meadow Business Park, were the big winners on the night, picking up the Manufacturer of the Year Award and the Hartlepool Business of the Year title.

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Rebrand and website launch for Hartlepool-based training provider

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Over the past four months M Media & Design (mm&d) have been working with Pro-Active Safety across a range of marketing services. Formerly known as PASS Safety, the Hartlepool-based training providers went through a full rebrand, with mm&d developing a new logo and a range of additional design and print work.

The second stage of the development was to create a website to cater for the growing demand of their training courses and consultancy services. Given their target audience, it was crucial that the website was responsive to mobile phones and tablet devices. Brian Hanson, Director, Pro-Active Safety:

The guidance – and more importantly, the great advice – suggested by mm&d has turned our old, out-dated website into a modern, sparkling, ready-for-business site.”

Working alongside the website is an innovative ‘passport’ system which allows building site supervisors to instantly access the qualifications of tradesmen. mm&d are already working on further developments for this feature, with the aim of considerably reducing administration time and the reliance on paperwork.

There are lots of ways we can grow the passport system in the future, including text messaging and app development. The days of carrying around paper documents are numbered and it is important that we react to this.”

Having recently signed a contract to become a major training provider for 16-to-19-year-olds, the next 12 months promise to be exciting times for Pro-Active Safety. Through their sister companies, Pro-Active Training and Brickwork Services Ltd, the business is now actively looking for over 60 school leavers to sign up for bricklaying apprenticeships at their new training facility in Hartlepool.

This is a massive 12 months for the business. We want to be different to other providers in that we can provide real hands-on training to the youngsters. They will end up with a series of qualifications as well as invaluable on-site experience.

We look forward to working with mm&d in the future and have already started work on an aggressive marketing strategy for the new training centre which opens its doors in July.”

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M Media & Design (mm&d) growing links in UAE

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M Media & Design  (mm&d) are looking forward to attending two trade shows in Abu Dhabi and Dubai later this month. In a bid to extend their client base overseas, the team at mm&d will be specifically looking to meet engineering companies.

The Arab Oil and Gas event, which will be taking place from 21st to the 23rd of April has all of the main engineering companies exhibiting from all over the world. As well as the exhibiting businesses the event also attracts thousands of visitors. Mark Skirving, Director, mm&d:

As we begin to specialise in Engineering, we thought coming to events such as Arab Oil and Gas would help introduce us to the industry.”

Over the course of the three days the team at mm&d will be looking to create new connections and gain an insight into the latest regional trends in the UAE.

“We already have meetings set up with exciting new connections. Hopefully these meetings will turn into long term business relationships.”


M Media & Design (mm&d) launches new website for UK’s leading manufacturing site

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Wilton International Site, located near Redcar, is one of the most renowned industrial sites in the UK.

Home to a number of major international companies, the site went through a rebrand and approached M Media & Design (mm&d) to manage the design and build of a new website. Aiming to attract more businesses to locate to their sustainable power site, the team at Wilton were looking for a clean, modern design to reflect the reputation of the facilities on offer. Becky Bendall, Wilton International Site;

mm&d provided a professional service throughout the project.The innovative navigation was clean and easy which is great for our target audience and they really took our brand into the modern era with vibrant colours.

Nothing was too much trouble and we’ve had great feedback since the website launched.”

mm&d work closely with a number of engineering companies throughout the UK and recently became members of NOF Energy as they look to grow their presence in the industry. Attracting a client like Wilton Internation was particulary pleasing to Mark Skirving, Director, mm&d;

We were delighted to be asked to work with Wilton International. They have a great reputation not just in the UK but Worldwide. They were a pleasure to work with throughout and we look forward to continuing the relationship moving forward.”

More information

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Access £1400 worth of funding to support your marketing

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Would £1400 help the marketing of your business? Whether you need a new website, graphic design or an overhaul of your marketing strategy, funding is available to support you.

NBSL (Northumberland Business Service Ltd) is an Enterprise Agency based in Northumberland and operates across the North East region. Their Business Support Fund offers grants to North East businesses of up to £1400 towards projects worth up to £3500.  The end of the programme is 31st March 2015 and you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

As an approved supplier of NBSL, M Media & Design (mm&d) can help you through the entire process.

Step 1 – You’ll fill out a simple online application ( by 31st March 2015
Step 2 – One of the NBSL advisors will arrange to visit your business
Step 3 – mm&d will provide you with an itemised project proposa
Step 4 – mm&d will complete your project nu 30th June 2015
Step 5 – You’ll claim your funding and review the project

Local business Mohujos is a Mexican restaurant that first opened in Billingham in 2007 and has benefited from the programme. After several years of success, the company then opened their second restaurant, on Stockton’s Riverside. The management at Mohujos felt they needed a new brand identity to reinforce their growing reputation. Wendy Sayers, owner of Mohujos was delighted with the support they received;

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 the 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 large restaurant chains, and this support has allowed us grow as a company.”

Other NBSL funded clients of mm&d:

> Medipro Training | Darlington  | New e-commerce website with booking system  | Live January 2015
> Pro-active Safety | Hartlepool | Rebrand and new website  | Live April 2015
> Brickwork Services | Hartlepool | Rebrand and new website  | Live May 2015
> Atterway Estate Agents | Hartlepool |New website  | Live April 2015
> Mohojohs Restaurant | Stockton | Rebrand, signage and new website  | Live August 2014
> Steron Locksmiths | Hartlepool | New website  | Live April 2015
> Focus Removals | Hartlepool | New website  | Live April 2015
> Changing Futures North East | Hartlepool | New website  | Live May 2015
> EPS Engineering | Stockton | Rebrand and new website  | Live May 2015
> Mary Lambert Restaurant | Hartlepool | New e-commerce website  | Live March 2015
> Green Power Energy | Middlesbrough | Social Media and SEO  | Running from March 2015

Applications end on 31st March and projects will need to be completed by 30th June 2015.

More information

p. 01670 813322

mm&d contact

Owain Jenkins
p. 01429 874512