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By Fi or Becs, Jul 14 2017 09:56AM

When we launched our Quick Logo Lab idea back in February we honestly never expected that it would be so popular. We have sold loads of logos in the last few months and it's been super exciting to see them turn from ideas into real business brands with their own personality and character.


So... we thought it was about time to give our Quick Logo Lab a fresh batch of stock. Just in case anyone out there was looking for something new, exciting and logo shaped...


Some of our new logo designs:

We now have 63 logos available for start-ups or for businesses that need a branding refresh! We've also added the option of a £100 logo for people out there who love simplicity.


Here are some of the brands from our Logo Lab in action:



Our Quick Logo Lab is our quick pit stop for people who need a logo INSTANTLY (aka within 48 hours).


Find out more and take a peek look through our new designs on our lovely Logo Lab...



By Fi or Becs, Jul 3 2017 01:38PM

We did it last year... and we're doing it again... our summer shut-down is a-coming!



Here they come - the summer holidays are looming upon us with a speediness akin to a swift footed wolf. In other words… we’re about to start our SUMMER HOLIDAY SHUT-DOWN!


Apart from some ongoing projects we already have booked in, we won’t be at our laptops much from the 31st July to the 4th September whilst our kids are off school.


If any of you need us during August just pop an email over to fi@fiandbecs.com or becs@fiandbecs.com and we will get back to you as soon as we can.


If you need anything doing super quickly beforehand just let us know!



By Fi or Becs, Jun 28 2017 02:00PM

There aren't many things we find more exciting (no, really... we're very dull people) than seeing our work when it's being used in reality. Yes, in real life... in the REAL WORLD, in real shops being bought by real people.


So... this month we have been particularly giddy to find children's hat designs by Fi in Mothercare stores! Woo hoo!


Hat-tastic. Here's one of them:


We have been working with our client JackBeanie, a hat manufacturer based in Nantong, China for over two years now, so finally finding their products in Mothercare was super cool.


Fi has worked with JackBeanie to design and develop ranges of hats for companies such as Mothercare, New Era and other worldwide brands. We've also been over to China a couple of times to spend time with the team at Jack Beanie and meet with Mothercare in Shanghai - visiting them is mega!


Here are the offical product photos from the Mothercare website (how cute is the cat hat!?):


Obviously the second that Becs heard the hats were in stock at Mothercare she scampered down to her closest store to hunt for them... and she found them!


Please find below a photo of Becs looking like a complete tool in one of our hat designs below. We think you'll agree that her son Ollie wears Fi's hat designs with much more style than Becs.


Splendid hey!



By Fi or Becs, Jun 27 2017 02:00PM

We are proud to be a family business (obvs) and we're also proud to work with loads of family businesses, so when Becs was asked to speak at the Greater Manchester Family Business Event this July we were chuffed about it.


Alongside chattering to people all about Fi & Becs (and The Apprentice) at the event, Becs was also interviewed by Paul Andrews founder of Family Business United, a global family business community and an invaluable source of insight into the sector.


You can read the full interview here, but we've also popped some of our favourite bits below:


Rebecca Jeffery is full of life, energy and passion for what she does as she shares her insight into her life in business with her sister Fi which they set up over three years ago, aptly named Fi and Becs Design and Marketing.


Life for Becs began in the corporate world in the worlds of funerals and telecommunications. As she explains, "I loved what I did and had a real passion for the marketing side of things which was great. I worked long hours and loved what I did and for me it was like a childhood dream fulfilled as I loved writing as a child and dreamt of becoming an author so the world of marketing and copywriting is probably as close as I could get. I do feel very fortunate to have had the roles that I had!"


Much has been written over the years about siblings starting out in business together but Fi and Becs are certainly bucking any negative trends. "It took about six months of working together to set the parameters and framework for the way we work today," continues Becs, adding "After six months we really respected each other and we are wired the same way too which really helps and in meetings it is like we can read each others minds - we certainly know what the other is going to say even before they have said it!"


Fi and Becs both have young children - Becs has Olly who is now 4 and Fi has two children under the age of 9. "Family is integral to who we both are and has been right from the start," continues Becs. "Our business is built around us meeting the needs of our clients whilst being Mums too. We make no attempt to hide from our parental roles and embrace being Mums, flexibly working to get things done and our clients all know that we work later but are not around much from 3-7pm and that is OK!"


Ah, some of Becs' comments even made Fi feel all emotional - what a softie.



By Fi or Becs, May 16 2017 06:00AM

If you watched The Apprentice last year, you may remember that Becs was as useful as a chocolate teapot on the programme... (mmm chocolate, mmmm tea).


We are the first people to admit that Becs was NOT in her element in the cut-throat, hard-nosed environment of The Apprentice... however, she was lucky enough to meet some genuinely lovely people whilst filming in Lord Sugar's boardroom, one of whom actually WON the show!


So... Becs was VERY excited when back in January Alana (the winner!) asked her to write the wording for her new website launching Ridiculously Rich by Alana (a 50-50 partnership with Lord Sugar himself).


Armed with cake (copious product testing was required during the writing of this copy) and tea (obvs) Becs set to work crafting some cake-related copy to bring Alana's devourable cakes, awesome business and lovely personality to life.


This copy was SO MUCH FUN to write.


Alana wanted her wording to be cute, young, fun and distinctive... music to our ears. One of Becs' favourite moments was an afternoon WhatsApp chat with Alana which went:


Becs: "Do you like the words 'our sticky toffee flapjack is an oaterly indulgent treat...' It made me smirk... But I wasn't sure if it was too random?"


Alana: "Oaterly indulgent is the best thing I have heard all day."


Hehehe. It only got better from there.


Here's some of the website copy:


"Brownie lover - you have met your match. Our Crème Brûlée Brownies begin with a gooey chocolate brownie base, get smothered in a vanilla and white chocolate topping and are finished with a sprinkle of homemade butterscotch. Utterly unique and marvellously melty."


"No description can adequately explain the ludicrously awesome taste of our Belgian Chocolate Rocky Road slices. Imagine a mouth-watering combination of crunchy biscuit complementing sweet, gooey GIANT marshmallows and decadent Belgian chocolate."


"Our cake subscriptions are perfect for people committed to trying amazing cake. Whether you're a flapjack fanatic, a caramel connoisseur or you're devoted to devouring brownies - there is something for everyone."


Here are some of our favourite headlines on the website:



Let's just take a moment to drool over how amazing Alana's cakes are:


Here are some nice words from Alana!


"I didn’t realise the power of wording until Becs at Fi & Becs helped me with my website. The wonderful thing is that she totally got my personality but pushed it to the max to get the most out of all the website pages. She made it fun and personal (exactly as I asked) I couldn’t be more happy - thank you Apprentice buddy!”


So, if you LOVE cake and you want to try the most utterly delicious cake-based treats (you can even sign up to a monthly subscription!) get on over to Alana's website and order yourself some moreish morsels of amazingness!


Visit the website: www.ridiculouslyrichbyalana.co.uk



By Fi or Becs, May 11 2017 08:47AM


Unsurprisingly, public speaking is one of Becs' favourite things. Whether she's the keynote speaker at a business show, guest lecturing to undergraduates or talking at an awards ceremony - she's guaranteed to be interesting, amusing and full of energy. She just likes to talk. A lot.


Because Becs loves talking SO much, we've just added her public speaking info onto our website.


Here she is prattling on about it:


I can craft a talk around your chosen topics, tell the story of my successful start-up business or focus on marketing, branding and copywriting (plus weaving in some experiences from my time on The Apprentice!) - whatever you need.


My approach is fun, engaging and honest. I believe in sharing values, inspiring people to believe in themselves and being sincere, lively and approachable.


I worked in corporate marketing teams for years so I understand the right tone for business conferences, I pitch to big brands regularly for Fi & Becs and I'm a Mum so I know how to talk to kids or students!


Some people even said nice things about her:


“What a breath of fresh air! Becs kept our students entranced with her energy, anecdotes and detailed knowledge of branding and digital marketing. Her passion for marketing and ability to capture a business’ essence through spot on branding was addictive.”


- Fiona Syson, Programme Leader of Marketing at Edge Hill University



“I really enjoyed Becs' guest lecture on Friday. She was so nice and down to earth and she is a true inspiration. She made me feel excited about finishing my degree and I'm actually looking forward to gaining a graduate scheme if I'm lucky enough. I was quite nervous and was unsure of my future but she made feel at ease and excited for my future now :-) She proved that anything is capable if you put your mind to it!"


- Lisa Newall, Marketing Undergraduate



“A super-engaging speaker with an incredibly inspiring story. Your enthusiasm really rubbed off on me and I didn't sleep much afterwards as my brain was buzzing (with ideas, not the Amaretto). Thoroughly recommended to anyone keen to learn how to make their entrepreneurial dreams happen while remaining down-to-earth and honest."


- Lucy van Biljon, attended Becs' Storytelling Masterclass



So... if you're looking for a refreshing conference speaker or someone to inspire students about business then get in touch!



By Fi or Becs, Apr 26 2017 07:59PM

Okay lovely people of the internet, we need your help! Usually in Fi & Becs land we agree on things. Our sister-based-mind-reading-powers allow us to think in unison and we exist in world of merry agreement... however WE HAVE FOUND SOMETHING WE DO NOT AGREE ON.


The item causing all the trouble is the first video in a short series we are launching called One Minute Videos. Basically, we're doing a video for each service we offer (branding, copywriting, graphic design... you get the jist) where Fi talks for 30 seconds... then Becs talks for 30 seconds.


We have recorded our first video about branding and now we can't decide whether to have the video WITH or WITHOUT music! Bah!


Fi prefers our One Minute Video on Branding with NO MUSIC...


Becs prefers our One Minute Video on Branding WITH MUSIC



Place your votes now!


Tell us which version you like better and we'll (probably) delete the rejected video from our Fi & Becs YouTube channel!


You can tell us by:


Adding your thoughts at the bottom of this page.


Commenting on the post on our Facebook page.


Tweeting Fi


Tweeting Becs


Or you can email us on chatter@fiandbecs.com


Thank you to the awesome Lewis Robinson for letting us borrow his music for the video! Just to point out, Fi does actually love Lewis' music, she just isn't sure about having any on the videos at all!



By Fi or Becs, Apr 24 2017 01:45PM

As you might know (if you follow us on our social media stuff) we love Cumbria and we love clothes. So, when Cumbrian based Amy from Little Ted Clothing asked us to help with a website for her kidswear brand we were pretty damn excitable.


We had both been following Amy on Facebook for a while because:


1) Her reversible handmade children's clothing is super cute (seriously, we heart the mustard bird pinafores).


2) Her social media is fun and her posts make us laugh.


3) Amy actually grew up in the same TINY village as us (well, it's more of a hamlet) in rural West Cumbria!



In true Fi & Becs style, we chatted to Amy all about her business and her brand and the first thing we actually ended up helping with was a brand refresh. Amy loved the Little-Ted-bear-on-a-red-tractor-design and she didn't want to lose his personality so we gave him a nice scrubbing up - softening his edges and giving him handmade vibe.




Once we had refreshed the logo we moved onto the website and the wording. Amy's wanted her website to feel "simple, friendly and fun" so we created a clean, fresh and giggle-filled website design with kid-inspired wording.


Here is an example of the design and wording we used on the Home page banners:


We LOVED the photography that Amy gave us to build the site as it really brought her clothing to life and gave us the inspiration for all of the copywriting and product descriptions!


For example...


"Little Ted Clothing make kid-friendly, fun and adventuresome clothing for little girls and boys. Inspired by farm yards, playtime and fresh air (after all - we're based in Cumbria!) we believe in letting children be whoever they want to be."


"Pop her into a versatile Pinafore with this stunning on-trend mustard print dress. Perfect for grubby afternoons or super cute party-wear, these quirky birds in wellingtons are guaranteed to make her (and you) grin."



So it is with pure glee that we announce the launch of Little Ted Clothing's FIRST EVER website today! Hoooray!


Have a nosey around Amy's amazing, reversible clothing for yourself:


www.littletedclothing.co.uk


P.S. Amy also makes totally bespoke designs so don't be surprised if you see Becs wearing one of her 'Pinafore Meet Mustard Birds' dresses at some point in the near future.



By Fi or Becs, Apr 23 2017 08:00AM



Chatter from Becs:


When I was a teenager I used to draw cartoons all the time. I was one of those people who wrote a daily diary (SO awesome yet hugely cringeworthy to flick through now that I'm a grown up) and I would always mark the day out of ten (yep!) and draw a cartoon about what had happened.


Now that I'm 32 I've decided to start doing cartoons again about the stuff that is in my head... I do get a lot of stuff in my head.


So, here is the first one - it's about public speaking. I've been doing loads of public speaking lately (things like conferences, business shows, lectures, black tie events etc.) and this is my tip for getting rid of those evil tummy butterflies that you might experience. (I used this trick on The Apprentice too and it TOTALLY worked.)


If you have to speak in front of people and you get those nasty, worried, anxious, stomach churning, vomit inducing nerves... just think solidly about something that you love. Really concentrate on the happy-love-feelings and ignore the doom laden ones. It's amazing how the happy-love-feelings can cancel out the evil butterflies and turn them into something positive and useful. It's a bit like consuming mouthfuls of love-based Gaviscon to cure your evil butterfly heartburn.


My thing is to think about my little boy. I concentrate on thoughts about his swimming lessons or daydream about us playing in the garden... surprisingly that stops me feeling nervous in front of 300 strangers. Hoorah.


Good luck banishing the evil butterflies!


By Fi or Becs, Apr 21 2017 12:41PM

Even though it's been the Easter holidays... and we've spent our days hanging out with our small people (instead of working as hard as normal), behind the scenes we've also been creating a shiny new website for the awesome Violet & Charlie!


Any company who has the tag line of: "sign up & say f**k it to the rest!" TOTALLY has our vote.


We've loved working with Violet & Charlie (whose real names are Jodie and Chloe) on this project (they are such a laugh!) and we're super proud of their branding which we also designed for them.


The awesome photography on the Violet & Charlie website was done by Ailsa Bee Photography who we recommended to Jodie and Chloe the start of the year. Alisa's such an awesome photographer - using her photos on website builds is bloody great. It brings businesses to life!


Yay Violet & Charlie said some lovely stuff about us!


"It's been an absolute pleasure doing business with Fi & Becs. Not only have they built us a brand and website that we're super proud of and is getting amazing feedback, they have been fun, engaging and made the whole experience easy peasy which is exactly what we were looking for. The icing on the cake is that they don't charge you the earth either and Fi has the patience of a saint with all of our tooing and froing over page changes for the website. We love you guys and you're ace! x"


So, if you think a 'funky, no shit behavioural change development programme for women' would be good for you, head on over and sign up to their FREE programme! We've already signed up!


http://www.violetandcharlie.com



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