Greener Upon Thames – Eco Friendly Business Cards Designed for Minimum Waste

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Greener Upon Thames are a London based environmental campaign group seeking to end single use plastic bags in the UK capital – and beyond.

They are well connected with good support from people such as local MP Zac Goldsmith and rower Roz Savage. GUT have worked hard to pressure the Olympics to commit to a plastic bags ban. It looks as though the sponsors will not be participating in the move but the campaign is continuing with moves to get political decisions that at least introduce the levy on bags that is so widespread around the world now. There is also an EDM (Early day motion) underway to get a UK-wide levy in place.

I was asked to produce some publicity materials, including contact cards for the team who are now recruiting new volunteers for the project.

Often, printing is done in large quantities and after a few months or a year or so, the cards are out of date, the people involved have moved on, and a lot of cards just go in the bin.

But GUT have to keep up higher standards, so these cards have generic details on the backs with a blank space for individuals to write in their contact details, so there would be minimal waste of out of date cards. It also gives a nice opportunity to connect in a more personal way with your new contact through jotting down your name and personal contact details on the back. The generic card can be given out in larger numbers too, as mini-flyers with the website and social media links.

Greener Upon Thames CardQR codes from QRstuff.com gave people a chance to check out the links straight away, and printing at Moo allowed us to get a mix of different images on the fronts, and to print on recycled board thus upholding the eco credentials of the group.

The feedback was pretty positive:

[the Moo cards] Have arrived… And look fantastic!! Brilliant – All the pictures work and the mix of feel of card with look of plastic is really clever! Genius! A massive thank you.

You can follow the campaign at www.greeneruponthames.org and https://www.facebook.com/greeneruponthames

INQUIRE Botany – Email Newsletters You Don’t Have to Actually Write

INquire RSS Email newsletter in Mailchimp

I’ve just finished setting up RSS email templates in Mailchimp for INQUIRE botany. http://www.inquirebotany.org

INQUIRE are funded to provide info on inquiry-based science education and there are ten languages each of which needs to have regular email newsletter communications sent to its subscriber list.

With very stretched resources and limited capacity in the different countries for creating email newsletters in HTML, INQUIRE were rather wondering how this would be achieved.

The answer: fully automated emails that go out monthly, using whatever news items have been posted on the relevant site in the previous few weeks.

So: no email drafting for the client for the next three years – just the manageable task of posting news items occasionally.

So – sit back, relax and enjoy the news!

Exporting Made Easy: A Practical Guide

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Spider Books has just published ‘Exporting Made Easy – A Practical Guide: Selling Services and Products Overseas Through Agents and Distributors (including the Legal Bits!)‘, a short business book that introduces the process for exporting goods and services.

Aimed at UK SMEs, but useful in other countries too, the book is designed for businesses wanting to get started in exporting.

The authors Simon Bedford and Giles Dixon are both experts in the field with many years experience supporting businesses to expand into new territories.

It’s easy to read and will tie in very well with the current efforts to boost the economy by encouraging exports from the UK.

You may find it surprising that you can export your services as well and this book makes clear how that can work and what to consider.

About

Published by Spider Books, and printed by Short Run Press, Exporting Made Easy is priced at £10.99.
>>It is available to buy on Amazon.co.uk and >>direct from Spider Books.
Paperback: 110 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0956108425
Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.8 x 0.7 cm

More at the Exporting Made Easy website

 

Takooba Identity

 

takooba poetry logoMichael Willoughby wanted to develop a logo for his copywriting business. He started out with the concept of incisiveness in his writing, and he liked the sword used by the Tuareg called the takuba because it has a great name.

Some research showed up the motif of the star, which was adapted to suit the font that Michael chose from the selection presented.

The logo now adorns his website at http://www.takooba.co.uk.

Headlane Mobile Phone Parts

We created an identity for Headlane mobile phone parts wholesalers. Headlane also needed stationery and an easy-to-update website with twitter feed and built-in contact form to launch their new business. WordPress was the platform of choice and the stationery set includes business card, letterhead and complement slip design.

Headlane website in WordPress

 

 

 

 

 

 

Websites That Look Nice and are Easy to Make and Manage

Gotzo Sorribas Website
Gotzo Sorribas Website built in Moonfruit software

 

Build your own website

Moonfruit offers site-building software that is based on a visual approach to designing your site. Being a very visual thinker, I like it because of this.

It has some disadvantages – it uses Flash which can be a bit slow to load and not all browsers have a Flash player built in – but when it comes to an easy way to make a simple, colourful website, its fab. It is sometimes claimed that Flash sites are not good for Google searches but I have found in fact that the sites I’ve built get picked up very well.

I use it a lot. Here is an example: http://www.greeneruponthames.org.

There is a free version and its very cheap and easy to manage larger sites or more of them. You can buy your domain names in there as well, and this is also easier to understand than the usual domain name registration and hosting websites. basically you can get your site built and run very easily.

If you still find it a hassle I can build and manage your site as I do for clients such as such as actress Angeles Sorribas.

Get in touch if you’d like to know more.

Servco Europe Website Launched

Servco's New Website
Servco's New Website

Servco were looking for a refresh of their HTML website and wanted a friendly site that emphasises the staff’s technical expertise. Designed to appeal to other experts in the field (MSS Passport) the site has been much enriched with photos and relevant content that highlights their knowledge and kit.

LMR Hedge Fund Website & Photos

LMR Website
LMR Website – design, photography and build in WordPress

Spider Creative set up and created a new website for LMR Partners, a financial services company in Mayfair. We also did a photo shoot to ensure they had great photos in a consistent style for their home page.

Visit LMR to see the site in action.