Anglia Lift Off scoops top prize
We are very pleased to be part of the team that produces the East Anglian Air Ambulance magazine - Anglia Lift Off.
Our involvement began with Issue 30 that was published in Spring 2013 and saw a major change in the magazines focus, design and layout to create a more interesting and engaging read for EAAA supporters.
Issue 39 saw another major re-design, this time, to save on cost while maintaining the magazines appeal. Changing the size, paper stock and running order along with the preparation of artwork templates for repeat sections meant that not only were production costs more manageable, but also the cost of postage was significantly reduced.
A further review of content is underway, and readers were given the opportunity to voice their thoughts with a questionnaire included in the Spring issue this year.
Issue 47, Summer 2017, has just been mailed and last night (13-07-2017) we were delighted to hear that Anglia Lift Off received the top prize, winning the Best Charity Magazine category at the The Cambridge Building Society’s Community Magazine Awards.
Thanks to Clare Phillips, Editor of Anglia Lift Off, for her hard work in producing and collating such interesting content and providing it to us in such an efficient way. To Barnwell Print, who are constantly innovating in print and providing tremendous quality, quick turn-rounds meeting every deadline. And of course to Carolyn Causton and her team at the East Anglian Air Ambulance for giving us the opportunity to produce this award winning publication.
A new integrated approach for the LFF Group website
London Fittings and Flanges are a global leader in the supply of Pipes, Fittings, Flanges and Valves. Whilst the LFF roots remain firmly in London, they now have 13 offices around the world, enabling them to respond quickly to specific regional requirements.
We have been working with LFF since 1999, and after many years of steady growth and acquisition for LFF, they came to us to design a corporate website for the LFF Group as a whole. They wanted the website to demonstrate their global reach, to signal their consolidated approach and to support their reputation as an organisation offering unrivalled combination of service, quality, safety and value.
The site was launched in December 2016 and is now live
“We have had an incredibly positive response and are all very proud of our new site” Mark Prior Managing Director LFF Group.
What is your problem?!
Ade and I were only discussing this point this morning.
Ultimately, we work with our clients to solve problems.
But often, in sitting down to describe their problem to us, they reveal by the language they use, that these issues may actually be unsubstantiated.
Successful business owners who have survived and in some cases thrived on a delicate balance of talent, hard work, risk, investment, opportunity and good old good luck, so often chalk up that success to: instinct.
And the same “instinct” is engaged when they feel they have a problem in their business.
Assumption and conjecture, however shrewd or experienced, can lead to throwing tonnes of energy and brain power and funds at obstacles, that aren’t actually there. All the time, resources are diverted away from the real problems.
The most successful problem solving is when we manage to convince our clients to question what they think they know about their business, and what they think their customers believe about their brand. When we carry out research and expose the hard facts, then we can begin to problem solve the indisputable problem that exists.
This is so often different from what clients originally brought us in to talk about. However, this is the most important part of what we do, in order to make successful change in a business.
Understanding the problem is essential if a problem is ever going to be solved!
Louise Ashby, Barber Jackson.
Outstanding results from the Pigs Gone Wild campaign
The team at St Elizabeth Hospice commissioned some research and now have the results. They produced the attached infographic to communicate those results and are delighted with the campaign.
"The whole team here at St Elizabeth Hospice are really excited to share with you the results from the Pigs Gone Wild campaign. We always knew that Ipswich would embrace the trail and love the pigs and we now we have the proof they did, and in big numbers too! The whole team would like to send a big thank you to everyone who helped make this a great event for Ipswich, we could not have done it without the commitment and support from partners and sponsors alike."
Norman Lloyd, Project Manager, Pigs Gone Wild.
A great story for St Elizabeth Hospice and for the people of Ipswich.
St Elizabeth Hospice are currently in discussions regarding their next Wild in Art art trail.
And, finally we can announce that the winner of the Barber Jackson Piñata Pig Selfie competition was: Dan Adams and his son!! Congratulations we will be in touch to organise delivery of your special prize!
It has been decided
It was a chain straining test of strength, a gripping battle of hill power and what can only be described as cycological warfare:
There are congratulations and there are condolences.
There is the conquerer and there is the defeated.
There is triumph and there is sorrow.
Finally, after re-re-cycling - It has been decided.
And its helmets off to …..
Mr Adrian Barber
Adrian victoriously zipped over the finish line 17:00 mins ahead of Simon who accomplished a very respectable 2nd place!!!
Plus - we can now reveal the lucky winner of a bottle of fizz goes to Jo Aldrich well done on your guess.
And finally, we can confirm that in this Accumulator Challenge, St Nicholas Hospice reached an amazing Total of £44,985.12!!! - We are very proud to have taken part and helped towards that impressive final figure.
Thank you, once again for your generous donations to the very worthy cause that is St Nicholas Hospice.
We are also very grateful for all the kind messages of support and encouragement over the last 3 years.
Now that it is has been decided……we’ll be on our bikes.
All the best.
Data is King - the circle of digital life
We’ve noticed a style of selling that seems to populate our inboxes of late.
It’s quite a formulaic model and if you are remotely related to the world of advertising, marketing, branding, graphic or web design you will probably be familiar with the format.
An email turns up, looking professional, using complex language and an authoritative tone.
Just as social media plays on the fear of missing out (FoMO), here, the "fear of being out of touch" is ignited, by questions such as “With so many different marketing technologies available, and more arriving every week, where do you start with a solution?”
The answer to everything, is then offered in a free downloadable report, once your data has been collected.
Your data is then used to create a new report and sure enough, another, confidently complex, expert email will appear in your inbox, generating more concern, with the promise of answers in report form, before fishing for further data on your digital activity.
Doubtless this technique generates a certain level of response, as it used so often.
In our consumer lives, we are frequently approached with data fishing offers.
But we must question the integrity of this approach.
What does it do for the credibility of a brand?
What does it do for building a loyal, reliable partnership between client and supplier?
There is certainly a whiff of deceit, threatening undertones, over-complicated language and sense of pedalling the latest technology and techniques in a one size fits all manner.
Dave Trott is a man whose musings we often admire and who’s no nonsense thinking, is very much aligned to ours here at Barber Jackson and here, he nails the point perfectly:
“Marketers use ‘big words’ like native advertising, storytelling, content curation, etc to sound like experts but instead, they are complicating the process by thinking complex is clever …….the most important job of advertising is, one, to get noticed, and two, aid brand recall”.
Here at Barber Jackson we are duty bound to keep on top of this stuff, as our clients will also be bombarded with it.
But, we like to take a simple, steady approach, avoiding knee jerk reactions.
Marketing tools and technology are available and that is fantastic for communication - when they are relevant and used appropriately.
The technique should never detract from, or cloud a clear message.
If you are interested, Dave Trott goes into much more detail here - rest assured - it is a very comprehensive but easy read!
Farewell Piñata Pig.
It’s difficult to beat that feeling - that feeling when a long term goal actually finally happens.
The news that sixteen - time world champion Phil Taylor won the Champions league of Darts this weekend, prompted some darts discussion this morning here at Barber Jackson.
Reminiscing of our days working with Target Darts and remembering that our aim for them all those years ago (turns out it is about a decade!) was to have someone such as Phil The Power Taylor on board, endorsing their own brand darts.
Seeing Taylor on TV, on the BBC, throughout the Darts Championship, sporting his Target shirt and darts, gives us an enormous sense of satisfaction here.
Target Darts are confidently striding ahead with their own marketing, design and strategy for their brand. But the success still feels good. It feels good to know that all of those meetings and discussions and debates about branding and packaging and direction, contributed to that confidence and to that long term goal.
Listening to Taylor speak about his victory, on radio 2 this morning - you could hear the glory swelling in his voice as he explained that even after all these years, he still loved the feeling he gets when they hand the trophy over, and it makes all the hard work and dedication worthwhile. Good for you Gary and team Target - all well deserved.
BARBER VS JACKSON: THE DECIDER CYCLE CHALLENGE IN AID OF ST NICHOLAS HOSPICE CARE
Well done Mr J!!
Congratulations to Simon Jackson who, on Sunday 31st July, cycled the Prudential Ride London 100 in aid of Motor Neurone Disease Association.
"Although cycling the Prudential Ride London 100 is a personal challenge, it is nothing compared to the challenges MN sufferers face hour by hour, day by day, every day.
Any money I can raise will go towards helping MN sufferers and their families cope with this terrible disease for which there is currently no cure and very little effective treatment."
Starting at the Olympic Park in Stratford, the event has been held every year since the 2012 Olympic games and sees 26,000 amateur cyclists ride on closed roads through London and Surrey finishing in The Mall.
Not just a lick of paint!
All Together Now
Pigs Went Wild!!!
Essex Sexual Health Service, launched.
Respect for the worth, excellence, usefulness and importance of design
Adrian Barber, Creative Director Barber Jackson
"There is a new rash of house improvement programmes appearing our screens, the likes of The £100k House: Tricks of the Trade with Piers Taylor and Ugly House to lovely house with George Clarke. These programmes occupy a space between the good old days of cheap makeovers brought to us by Changing Rooms and the 'out of most peoples reach' aspirations of Grand Designs. They both highlight the benefit of commissioning architects to not only plan a project but to ensure that throughout the build, space, detail and budget are considered and monitored to best effect.
My issue is that the couple of episodes I have managed to catch have featured architects that have provided their services free gratis. Savvy one might say! An hours worth of national television exposure - great promotion and advertising, the cost of which would easily have covered their fees for the project.
While it is made clear that this is the case, usually during the programme verbally and at the end with a caption, I wonder whether we should not be informed of what their fees would have been, if only to convey a value of professional services to potential clients. My other concern is that this is a case of 'design' and 'expertise' being dumbed-down and sidelined as the bit at the beginning of a project that is forgotten when, the excitement of using an unusual material, the creation of space from nothing, the channeling of light etc. throws a shadow over the process that lit the fuse and brought it to fruition in the first place.
While craftsmanship and the tremendous abilities of the technicians to deliver the vision is commendable, credit must be given to the creative processes of the designer/architect to initiate innovative thinking."
Tracking the user journey.
Enigma Telematics is a leading, UK based, Vehicle Tracking, Security and Fleet Management Company.
Barber Jackson has been working with the company for over 10 years and following acquisition by the Viasat Group, Italy’s leading vehicle telematics provider, Enigma’s corporate identity and that of it’s telematics brand, Skyline, were updated.
The last piece of the jigsaw has been the design and development of the new website.
The new site reflects the significant changes that have occurred at both Enigma and within the industry since the last site was launched, including simplifying the product offer and moving the design on to reflect this in the customer experience of the website.
The 2016 website also offers users a fresh way of viewing news items and case studies and generally a more direct route and immediate access to the information required.
With love from Suffolk
More pics from the premiere
Photos as promised
Sounds like a successful evening!
Suffolk “A beautiful place”
More than twice as many Early birds!
More than Twice as many Early birds!
St Elizabeth Hospice’s 10th birthday Midnight Walk 2016 is currently on track for a record number of walkers.
More than double the amount of supporters have already signed up for the walk in May, before the early bird deadline, compared to last year.
“We worked with Barber Jackson to design a new look and feel, to help mark the 10th anniversary of the Midnight Walk and have been able to use this as part of an extensive, targeted, and so far, very successful marketing campaign.
“We are delighted that the fresh look and feel - alongside a reinvigorated marketing campaign – means that we are on track for a record for the 10th birthday of the walk.”
Laura Beardsell-Moore, Head of Marketing and Communications at St Elizabeth Hospice
For more information or to join the walk, visit http://www.midnightwalkipswich.co.uk/
Why designers and the business world need to understand each other
An interesting read from Design Week.
Design helps to deliver the message “Open up, Reach out” for young people’s mental health care in Essex.
Our Christmas cards should have now found their way to your desks, we hope they have given you some festive cheer and for further amusement take a look at the making:
Christmas Cards - hit? send?
What with the ubiquitousness of social media and the rising costs of postage, it seems the annual discussion around the “demise of the corporate Christmas Card” has become as traditional as, well - actually sending one.
Here at Barber Jackson, we are firmly behind the theory that sending a good Christmas Card is an excellent way of building and cementing customer and supplier relationships. The job of designing and producing a well executed Christmas card can reinforce and remind those you deal with what you do and and how well you do it, all wrapped up in a warm and genuine message that shows you have taken the time and effort to say ‘thank you’ as well wishing everyone you deal with a Merry Christmas.
Underwhelming email messages don’t always hit the mark and the inevitable rise and fall in popularity of e-cards is further evidence that jumping on the latest bandwagon is not always the right way to go. So the general gist is - we are comfortable with sending a card. But, of course, it needs to be done well. We tend to go to town with ours (because we like dressing up!), but a Christmas card can provide a good opportunity to present your company’s brand personality as well as your professionalism. In a modern business world where we find ourselves desk bound, barely picking up the phone for a conversation because an email will efficiently record the latest development of a project, it can be refreshing to make contact and communicate on a different level.
With a declining number of cards being sent, sending one is an opportunity for yours to stand out in terms of quality and if it is designed well, you may find yourself in the unique position of being the solo star of the Christmas card show, keeping you fresh in the minds of your clients heading into the New Year.
A fly on the wall.
Grange Farm is a fabulous asset providing the local community of Roding Valley, with the ideal setting for leisure, sporting, recreational and educational pursuits.
The architectural award winning, Grange Farm Centre, nestles in the heart of the 90 acre site, and is also a home for the Essex Wildlife Trust who manage and maintain the Roding Valley Nature Reserve.
Barber Jackson worked on the identity, the way-finding and the signage, all of which helped visitors to make the most of their visit.
Recently, we were asked to be involved with making the most of an empty space within the pavilion. The area has access to the toilet facilities and the EWT office. Young educational visitors are often encouraged to convene here prior to their trip around the nature reserve.
The nature reserve is sanctuary to a vast range of wildlife, but due to the time of day, or the conditions, or the nervous temperament of the species, some of the creatures are often not visible to visitors.
So we came up with the idea of bringing a touch of the outside to the inside of the centre and put together a daytime and a night time wall, displaying all the wildlife inhabiting the reserve, with a short description of what to look for. This was designed from the viewpoint of a child, and the type got bigger at the top so they could still read the text as it got further away.
The clocks strike Midnight.
But far from turning into pumpkins, just in time for Halloween, Barber Jackson have been busily working away on the "be a star" campaign for the St Elizabeth Hospice Midnight Walk.
Sat 7th May 2016, see's the 10th annual sponsored walk around Ipswich and the campaign material launched this week.
Posters, letters, adverts, flyers and banners will be distributed and displayed locally, encouraging walkers to put the date in their diary, register before January, schedule their training and gather their sponsorship.
Plus the stakes have been raised - to mark the 10th anniversary, a specially extended 10 mile walk has been planned for 2016. As the route map shows, you can still sign up for 5 miles, but the 10 mile challenge is available for those who can - well, "walk the walk"!
Go to http://www.midnightwalkipswich.co.uk/register/ to get involved.
Pigs Gone Wild in Suffolk!
St Elizabeth Hospice has teamed up with Wild in Art to stage Suffolk’s biggest ever mass-participation, public art event – Pigs Gone Wild.
Wild in Art brings the creativity and enjoyment of public art to thousands of people through its high profile and popular events.
The interactive sculpture trail will feature more than 40 pigs across Ipswich and beyond. During summer 2016 you will be able to follow the trail, collect points with our Pigs Gone Wild app and to try to see as many of the sculptures as possible.
The pigs, beautifully decorated by artists and generously sponsored by local businesses, will be on show for 10 weeks during the summer in 2016. They will be joined by ‘piglet’ sculptures designed by local school children and teachers, which will appear in litters across the town.
The large pig sculptures will then be auctioned to raise funds for St Elizabeth Hospice.
Barber Jackson have been working alongside St Elizabeth’s Hospice and we have designed the logo, promotional styling and special artists packs to encourage known and undiscovered artists to submit their designs - if chosen as a winner, they get to transfer the design onto the real pig.
We have also designed sponsorship materials going out to local businesses giving them the opportunity to sponsor a pig sculpture.
We are currently working on the Schools packs to go out to encourage local school children to get involved in the junior piglet sculptures. The education packs are made up of resources that enable teachers to use the sculptures as a stimulus for curriculum development work, in many areas such as art, drama, science and geography, with a focus on involving the whole school community.
Website launch for Brook Learning Trust
The Brook Learning Trust (BLT) is a multi-academy Trust and an accredited SCITT provider based in Kent. The trust was established in 2010, and the lead school, The Hayesbrook School (THS) has a long and successful tradition of training teachers since 2004.
A broad, comprehensive Initial Teacher Education programme is offered, leading to both Qualified Teacher Status and the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education in both Primary and Secondary sectors through partnership of schools across Kent.
Barber Jackson, having recently completed a full brand review, have been working with BLT to design and build, along with other marketing tools and materials, a new website, which we launched last week.
The website had to accurately present the Trust as an all encompassing, leadership focused, forward thinking organisation. So the design is crisp, clear, colourful and modern. Topics and campaigns need to be current, so content management by the Trust is fundemantal. Visitors come to the website via various routes and will be browsing on all kinds of devices, so a responsive site is essential.
Currently, the Trust are recruiting - looking to inspire people to think about teaching as a career and enrolling themselves onto a BLT training programme. As timing is crucial to the recruitment process, the site needed to be launched on time, before the beginning of the Autumn term.
A BIG thank you
Whether the Weather??
Let's hope the predicted "month's rainfall in just 2 days" is all over before Friday and doesn't delay our epic Barber VS Jackson re-cycle challenge!
B Vs J!!!! Re-cycling challenge
After last year’s Barber VS Jackson cycle challenge, Adrian Barber and Simon Jackson have both decided to re-cycle the idea!
Last year the challenge was very popular and had many supporters (plus Adrian is looking for revenge after narrowly losing out to Simon!).
So, in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care, the chaps are going to cycle from the same point near Bury St Edmunds, and will cycle the same 40 mile route through the heart of St Nicholas Hospice Care’s service area - But in opposite directions, only to end up at the same re-cycled start point!
But what will be the difference in their time?
We want you to guess! (for the price of a donation, of course!)
To enter, please leave your prediction of the time difference between both finishing, in the format 00:00:00 (hours, mins, secs), as well as any ‘encouraging’ words in the comments section with your donation at www.justgiving.com/re-cycled - or email firstname.lastname@example.org after donating via text (send BVSJ88 and £5 or £10 to 70070). Alternatively, you could always send us a cheque via snail mail and include your guess in the envelope. The closest prediction will receive a bottle of champagne!
The event is scheduled for 14 August, weather permitting, and we will contact the winner the week after the challenge.
If you would just like to make a donation in appreciation of Adrian and Simon’s efforts, this would also be gratefully received.
Your support is very much appreciated and will help St Nicholas Hospice Care to do the great work they do for people with life-limiting illness and their families.
Good luck and thank you!
St Elizabeth Hospice launches rebrand.
East Anglian Air Ambulance Newsletter Lifts Off in a new direction.
After retaining the contract to design and produce the quarterly “Anglia Lift off” (ALO) for another 8 editions, we are delighted that the latest newsletter, in its new economic format, along with it’s personalised carrier sheet have been received very well by the team at EAAA.
"Dear ALO super heroes!`
Thank you and congratulations on a superb new style ALO. I love it and think it works really well. I like the targeted carrier sheet, the size, the fact that one story can be a double page spread, the new look lottery and it feels easier and less busy to read.
Thanks for all the effort and design that went into it. Thanks again one and all.
Head of Communication
Sitting Right and Walking Tall - its the new A J Way!
For long term sitters the importance of having a chair which is tailored to their size & needs cannot be overemphasised. Chairs are too often selected chiefly for their aesthetic appeal & this can lead to poor posture, back & neck pain, breathing & circulatory difficulties, vulnerability to developing pressure ulcers, difficulty in rising and so on.
A J Way aim to promote optimum posture, comfort & support for those who need to sit for long periods of time.
Part of the Kirton Healthcare group, A J Way have recently completed an appraisal and update of their brand. Neil Hatton, Creative Director at Barber Jackson lead the team working on the project.
“A J Way found that their company values, commitment to quality materials and the care taken, throughout the manufacturing process, were all factors that were being being overlooked. Amongst their dealers, they were thought of as old and out of date, with complicated sales processes.
So we looked at their brand and brand identity. The logo itself has had a subtle modernising refresh, we also assessed how the products were sold, and redesigned the main brochure allowing sales and ordering to be much more straight-forward."
A J Way and the team at Kirton are delighted with the new approach and held a dealer awareness day, accompanied by a dealer pack, designed by Barber Jackson. The day was a huge success, they received very positive feedback and feel that the dealers are now confident they can sell the chairs easily and are very much in support of the new A J Way.
Design for Print - it’s flourishing.
Goods and services maybe increasingly introduced by email, researched online, reviewed digitally, recommended via social media and bought or booked via an app on a mobile device, but print still seems to have its place firmly routed in our purchasing psyche.
When we buy online, the brands that invest in a fantastic customer journey, succeed in seducing us and securing our future loyalty. We are notified by email or text when our order has been dispatched and a further alert tells us when to expect delivery. Our items not only arrive safely, intact and on time, but they ignite excitement and anticipation as soon as we hear the Posty knock.
The packaging; the branded address label, beautifully printed gift wrapping, vibrant accompanying literature and a precious voucher, contained within the parcel, all help to strengthen our bond with the brand. Official, recognisable, tactile and for real - print and good design for print is essential in this courtship.
Advanced technology and developments in printing methods has introduced creative print to many different substrates. Food, cosmetics, household products, gifts, jewellery, clothing, fabric, wallpaper and coverings, furniture, rugs, carpets, tiles, posters and billboards can be personalised, and printed quickly and cost effectively. Plus the low carbon footprint of printing today, compared with the environmental impact of printing in the past, means we can produce hard copy communication with customers, that is cost effective and ecologically responsible.
So we believe a mixed campaign is the key to good promotion and customer interaction. Why would you abandon the traditional tried and tested vehicles of communication, just to jump onto the latest bandwagon? because it sounds like a cheaper way to speak to more people? Be true to your brand values and appropriate in your market place and you will convey an effective message to the right people.
E-shots that make it through an over-zealous spam filter, still have to grab attention and gain precedence, huddled amongst an ever expanding inbox of tweets and blog and newsletter notifications. A personal email to check you received the printed catalogue through the post, however will probably be warmly welcomed.
Design for print and print management here at Barber Jackson is in full flow, so far this year.
A new Sensory Plus catalogue was designed and printed for our long-standing client Kirton along with their new portfolio brochure. We have rebranded and relaunched a new catalogue for AJ Way who are also seating specialists, this was accompanied by flyers and a dealer pack designed for a dealer awareness day.
Provide, a leading provider of integrated health and social care, are currently ensuring all of their ward documentation, posters, public information flyers and stationery are up to date and consistent with their branding. Whilst also taking the opportunity to address the function and content of each piece at the same time.
We have also been busy with the Education Services department of Essex County Council. Training for governors and school effectiveness documents needed to be dispatched to a large, disparate group of people. The information is quite official and its key that everyone is furnished with a set of high standard, easy to read packs, so printed hard copies were considered the most effective format.
The spring season here at Barber Jackson has seen design for print blossom, and we look forward to it growing the fruits of labour, in the form of effective results, for our discerning clients throughout the remaining year.
Finished our weekly production meeting with show and tell - made us laugh, thought we would share
This is great... 10 Things Designers Freaking Hate With a Passion on @CreativeMarket http://crtv.mk/h04HO
Actively promoting New Year Fitness
Active Luton is a 'not for profit' sports and leisure trust operating a variety of sports and leisure facilities in Luton. It is also responsible for developing sport and has a key role helping to improve the health and well-being of residents within the local community.
After developing their "be inspired" campaign at the beginning of the year, with Charlotte Hill, who is now Marketing Officer, we are hoping to embark on a new working relationship with Active Luton.
Charlotte was formerly at Colchester Leisure World and it was a pleasure to work with her on such a vast array of projects over the years.
We were obviously delighted when she got in touch, in her new role, and hope we can assist Charlotte and her team, in bringing to reality the improvements and proposals she has set out, in her marketing plan for Active Luton.
Good News from East Anglian Air Ambulance.
A louder shout means more High Street clout!
Having completed 25 new shop fronts in the last 8 months, we are delighted to have helped give St Elizabeth Hospice a louder shout and more presence on the high street.
The shop buildings throughout East Suffolk and South Norfolk, bear some rather disparate architecture. Our challenge was to design a shop front identity that ensured consistency across all the shops, despite the varying building shapes, sizes and designs. And at the same time - have an impact from high street level.
We created a smart, vibrant look, displaying the St Elizabeth Hospice name prominently and conveying the 3 messages: Shop, Donate, Volunteer.
As this was a large scale project, we began with a couple of shops, awaited feedback and then rolled the remainder out across all of the shops.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.
Having enjoyed the festivities and recharged our batteries, today we've jump started our new year with a complete recabling of the office, allowing us to connect to our server faster which will mean speedier data transfer - along with our extensive office tidy up we're ready to hit the ground running.
We hope that, by now, you will have received and enjoyed our Christmas card.
For more festive cheer and an insight to "the making of" click here:
Once again, wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
The Barber Jackson Troupe
New Baby Boy!
Congratulations to Neil, Adele and Henson on the safe arrival of baby boy Harvey Joseph Hatton - born 7th December - looking forward to meeting him soon - well done!
That’s this year's BJ Christmas Card all wrapped up and back from the busy printing elves.
So, don't forget to check your door mat in the next frosty morning or so.
For more festive cheer, check out the QR code on the outer back cover.
Well done to Matt!
We are pleased to announce that Matt Wright has been promoted to Studio Manager with immediate effect. This reflects not only Matt’s excellent contribution to the output from the studio, but his general commitment to ensuring the studio systems are running smoothly. We have a new server arriving soon and the office will shortly be re-cabled. We will be looking at ways to strengthen the studio operation in the New Year and Matt’s appointment is part of that process.
Believe it or not, Matt has already been with us for 6 and a half years and we look forward to many more to come!
Working for the Workforce award.
Wednesday evening saw senior health professionals gather in Grosvenor House, London for the largest ever HSJ Awards. The awards celebrate the projects and initiatives that deliver healthcare excellence and innovation, by shining a spotlight on cutting-edge innovations and best practice, they give impetus to improving the quality of healthcare in the UK.
Ade & Christine Barber and Simon & Jane Jackson were delighted to accompany Wendy Smith and the team from Health Education England.
"The Talent for Care" project, was shortlisted and the judges comments on the finalists were "Great ambition and clear strategic intent to tackle very important underdeveloped element of the workforce"
Well done to all for getting so far and thanks for a great evening!
Good things come in small packages
The latest package to go out from Kirton is "The Little Book of Seating" – a helpful guide, aimed at Occupational Therapists all over the UK.
The purpose of the handy little book is to assist as a reference when completing seating assessments for patients.
It covers posture patterns and abnormalities and causes of pressure damage along with prevention advice. We designed the booklet with key points and helpful illustrations which can be used to explain patients' conditions and help to recommend a seating solution.
This is the first time Kirton have produced a guide in this format and it will be given out at the annual Occupational Therapy Show at the NCC.
Matt and Neil on top form
Most Innovative Idea award!
Thanks to St Nicholas Hospice Care for the award we received last night in recognition of the bike to work challenge that Simon and Adrian undertook to raise money for this years Accumulator fundraising event.
The total raised by the 50 companies taking part was revealed at last nights awards ceremony held at the Ickworth Park hotel - A wopping £72,298. Well done to all who took part a tremendous effort.
Enigma Telematics Merger
Long term client of Barber Jackson, Enigma Telematics, is delighted to confirm it has merged with Viasat Group, the largest independently-owned Italian telematics provider.
Italy is the fastest growing telematics market in Europe, ahead of the UK in second place. Viasat has its own in-house R&D and manufacturing capability and approximately 500,000 established connections, a figure that is growing exponentially month by month. The newly-merged company will look to bring its combined expertise to the growing insurance telematics market in the UK, utilising Viasat‘s experience and the strong, well-established Enigma Telematics brand.
Building upon Enigma‘s strength in the fleet management and plant & construction sectors, it will also explore opportunities for international expansion, with the UK as its base for such operations.
Both Enigma and Viasat are in a strong financial position, so the merger allows for greater investment in software and hardware development in the future, leading to improved product offerings.
Congratulations and good luck from us all, here at Barber Jackson – we look forward to working with you on your new venture.