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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



By Fi or Becs, Apr 3 2017 07:00AM


Ah we love it when a national business magazine uses a swear word (albeit censored) in their article headline...


We LOVE it even more when the article is about us - heh heh.


Earlier this year Becs met with Maria McGeoghan, an Editor from BQ Magazine for an interview (aka chatter) and cup of tea in Manchester city centre. Followed by a brilliantly random photo shoot which included an unexpected space hopper (!) - we have been waiting eagerly for the feature to appear in printed format.


We have not been disappointed. Complete with laptops, notepads, mugs, hysterical bouncing and loads of honesty the interview was published this week. Hooray!




Here's a quick taster of the interview in case you're interested:


"Apprentice candidates come and go – but you’ll remember Rebecca Jeffery. As she departed Lord Sugar’s HQ in a taxi after being fired in week six of the BBC reality show, her musings on why her adventure was at an end were frank and funny."


“At the end, I think I went because I’m not a tw*t,” she told the camera in the taxi. “I think that’s my downfall. Haven’t been enough of a tw*t.”


“I don’t even remember saying it,” admits Jeffery, 32, one half of Fi & Becs, a successful copywriting and design company she runs with her sister, Fiona. “It was just one of those throwaway remarks that I never, ever thought would be used.”


Warm, friendly and fizzing with energy, Jeffery applied for one of the toughest TV challenges on a whim. “I always used to shout at the telly when The Apprentice was on – I love it,” she explains. “My brother-in-law is a brain surgeon and one New Year’s Eve we were egging each other on to apply – ‘You do it’, ‘No, you do it’.


“The application was relatively easy and then I went to the first lot of auditions in Manchester with around 3,000 other people. It was fun but exhausting. You have one minute to sell yourself and I think I said nice people get on in business."


You can read the full article using the link below. We think it's excellent but we're biased... obvs.


http://www.bqlive.co.uk/north-west/2017/04/03/news/im-not-a-tw-t-25399/



By Fi or Becs, Feb 10 2017 06:02PM


Over the last three years we have designed SO MANY logos and brands for businesses. From nervous start-ups to huge corporate re-brands, we love creating memorable brands which give businesses a personality. It's our fave.


We both believe that beautiful brands make the world go round. (No really - they do.) Logos should be clever little visual wizards… making customers fall in love with your products, encouraging clients to trust your credibility and giving people an instant glimpse into your business’ personality.


That's why when we usually design branding for a client we sculpt our ideas around their story, their products and their business’ identity. In fact - you can take a peek at our branding page of examples of our bespoke branding work.


However… for the last 18 months we have had an increasing number of clients (usually small and start-up businesses) asking us for last minute logos. Some of them literally need logos designed THAT DAY... Argh! Although we are fast little workers, we cannot design logos instantly (we do sometimes need to sleep, complete our other work and feed our children), so… we came up with the idea of the Quick Logo Lab!


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


Here is some more info about our Quick Logo Lab:


All of the logos in our Lab have been designed by us and are only sold once. The designs are creative and inventively designed around current trends or ideas we've had.


Simply pick your fave and pay your deposit online using our secure payment portal. Colours, wording and icons (if applicable) can be adjusted to suit your business. The prices reflect the how speedily we will have to work to produce your logo quickity-split!


We are so excited! For the last six months this idea has been rattling around in our heads and now it is finally launched. We hope it will be a really useful service for our clients and we're both wondering which logo will sell first...


If you have any questions about our Quick Logo Lab please get in touch with us!


By Fi or Becs, Jan 25 2017 03:24PM

In December last year Becs got an exciting email from a chap called Tim Scott.


Tim and his partner Gemma are super clever HR professionals who have written a series of books aimed at helping people with social media - the kind of thing that we LOVE.


Becs had met Tim at a CommsHero* event last year (where he did a brilliant presentation about social media and HR working together) so she was delighted when Tim emailed asking her to take part in a new #SocialLeaders series alongside the launch of their third book: 'Putting Social Media To Work 3.0 - For The Busy Executive'.


So... on a chilly January day armed with tea and Skype (obvs) Becs and Tim had a chatter all about social media. Becs merrily rabbited on about our social media channels of choice, things that have worked for us and some of our tips and hints for using social media successfully.


Luckily Tim has edited Becs' #SocialLeaders interview into a nice succinct video (in which she moves her hands A LOT) which you can watch here:



Becs even got a mention in Tim and Gemma's book - how exciting!


Here's what the book said about Becs:


"We have to confess that neither of us are avid watchers of the BBC's The Apprentice but we met 2016 contestant Becs IRL at a #CommsHero event and had to find out more. We were really impressed with how she has incorporated social into her business and love her fresh, honest and natural approach to running her own account. Expect lots of pictures (especially selfies), working out loud and hashtags."


---> hehehe we love it!



Here's what Tim and Gemma say about their series of books:


"We wrote the first book in the series ‘Putting Social Media to Work: A Practical Guide’ in 2015 because we felt that some of our fellow HR professionals needed help to learn how to get social and to be able to help their organisations do the same. In HR circles, there has traditionally been a lot of negativity about social media but, in our view, digital and social technology is only going to grow – and so therefore will the gap between those who have these skills and those who do not.


We found that the book was being shared with other people who were facing the same challenges - people that, for the most part, were either running small businesses or leading larger ones. They told us that they knew they ought to be on social, but they didn’t know how to, or what to say, or how to find the time, so we developed a version just for small business people and then added a third book for leaders and senior executives. All of our books are about practicality, offering suggestions, tips, a straightforward guide to the jargon and busting some of the myths. We have both benefited hugely from using social media personally and professionally and we want to encourage others to share stuff, be themselves on social media and dive in!"


Find out more on their website: putsocialtowork.com



*We felt the need to point out that CommsHero is epic. That is all.




By Fi or Becs, Jan 5 2017 11:25AM


Alongside starting the year with our typical mug shots (please see above), we have also decided to do something quite exciting.


With an amazing 2016 tucked under our belts (seriously, how did Becs manage to actually become a candidate on The Apprentice!?) we've been peering into the future of Fi & Becs and trying to decide what to do next.


First of all - we are not planners. We started our business over a cup of tea and an erratic Skype chat so we're not about to start over-planning now. However... we're both aware that we might need some vague plans to deal with the unexpected growth of our little business.


So... here is the first part of our plan - find some lovely, hands-on creative account managers to work alongside us at Fi & Becs!


The image above says it all. But here is the info in case you prefer reading text on a web page:


What you’d DO: Look after some of our clients, manage websites, design email campaigns and write copy.


MONEY info: There’s no salary but you’d get paid freelance for the hours you work.


The ACE bits: Pick your own hours, enjoy what you do and work from home (or in a coffee shop / Majorca... we really don’t give a monkey’s where you work).


APPLY: Email us about yourself to chatter@fiandbecs.com - don’t send a CV, they are boring and we won’t read it. We’d prefer links to your social media accounts.


We look forward to hearing from you!



By Fi or Becs, Dec 7 2016 04:21PM

Who doesn't love some naughty novelty items during the season of silliness...


Following on from the popularity of our Fi & Becs client lollies last Christmas, this year we decided to order some slightly different lollipop designs. Amusing ourselves by deciding to print 'NOT A TWAT' onto 100 lollies (and 100 less offensive 'Merry Christmas' designs too) we were delighted to suddenly get flooded by tweets, emails and messages from people asking to buy our NOT A TWAT lollies online!


So... on Sunday afternoon Fi sat with a cup of tea and we launched an online shop on our website! (closed now!) Alongside the tasty, apple flavoured NOT A TWAT lollies she added some splendid novelty mugs and her wonderful series of children's books (obvs). Online shop - ta da!


NOT A TWAT Lollipops


PRICE: 1 Lollipop £3.50 / 5 Lollipops £15.00


Delight your twat-free friends, family or colleagues with these exceptionally tasty NOT A TWAT lollies.


Each lolly is 5cm in diameter, apple flavoured and handmade in the UK. Available as a single lolly or in a collection of five, every lolly is individually wrapped and presented with a bow. Enjoy 5cm of deliciously tasty, apple flavoured non-twattish delight.


NOT A TWAT Mugs

PRICE: £9.50


Prove to your family, friends and colleagues that you're NOT A TWAT by drinking your cuppa from one of these amusing mugs. These mugs make a great gift (especially for those annoying work-based Secret Santas) or you can treat yourself for amusing brew moments all day long. Perfect for boring board meetings or conversation starters over a cuppa.



By Fi or Becs, Dec 1 2016 04:28PM

Becs' old university (the lovely University of Nottingham) asked her to put together a 'Day in the Life' vlog for them... and here it is!


Becs did a degree in American and Canadian Studies at Nottingham University and she bloody loved it. She spent four years studying American history, US politics and reading fascinating novels. She even got to spend a year studying at Toronto University in Canada which was pretty amazing - although very very cold.


Becs firmly believes that all the researching, reading and writing she did during her degree led to her copywriting career... so sod all of those people who think arts degrees don't lead to jobs in business!


Enjoy watching the video!




By Fi or Becs, Nov 21 2016 05:26PM

Unless you've been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed that Becs has just been fired on The Apprentice. Drat.


Becs lost every task, her performance was pretty useless, she got fired in week six and then (much to our amusement) in the famous apprentice black cab she managed to say the word 'twat' twice... on the BBC.


We've mentioned the 'twat thing' a couple of times (okay, maybe a few dozen times...) on our social media, she's been on TV and radio chattering about it and there have been some pretty good articles about twattishness in the press.


One of our favourite t-word articles so far is this one written by Loaded.co.uk. We loved it so much that we thought we would post it onto our website...



Twats. We’ve all met them and, in some unfortunate cases, we’ve even ended up working alongside them.


But have you ever wondered what makes a co-worker a twat and how best to avoid the same dreaded four-letter label? The Apprentice’s Rebecca Jeffery has.


The latest casualty in Lord Sugar’s search for a business partner, the freelance copywriter and co-founder of Fi & Becs Design & Marketing signed off from the show with the admission that she probably would have got further “if she had been a twat”.


Now a little less flustered and, as she admits, “slightly relieved” to be out of the process (“it shows people at their worst,” Rebecca reflects) the marketing maestro tried to explain to loaded what makes someone a twat in the modern business world.


“When I think of the word twat, I think of the word obnoxious. Someone that is a bit argumentative and a little bit grumpy,” she explains.


“I was never specifically calling anyone on the show a twat – I’m aware a lot of people will have sat on their sofas and called people on the show twats before – but I did leave feeling like I might have got further if I had been one.”


So how do you avoid being a twat in the workplace? Well, Jeffery offered a few helpful pointers actually…


Twat Avoidance Tip Number 1 - Don’t Shout

“I’m not a shouter and behaving like that will only get you so far in the Apprentice and in life.”


Twat Avoidance Tip Number 2 - Stay Calm

"Lord Sugar likes people who are level headed. That’s probably stayed in the process as long as I did. Try to remember that it’s work and not life or death.”


Twat Avoidance Tip Number 3 - Don't Take It Personally

“In The Apprentice, as in the workplace, you are trying to make friends and develop relationships. The problem is that in the boardroom you have to pull each other apart.The key on the show was to leave those arguments at the door. Don’t harbor bad feelings and try to support each other.”


Twat Avoidance Tip Number 4 - Be Nice

“Remember that people like you if you are nice. We as humans, in life, like people that are nice. We’re British. We like politeness, we like queues and we like niceness.”


Twat Avoidance Tip Number 5 - Avoid Buzzwords

“Never use terms like ‘thinking outside the box’ or ‘I’d like to touch base’ and avoid that ‘important’ tag on your email – that big red tag at says something is very important – it’s annoying.”


Twat Avoidance Tip Number 6 - Client Care

“Never refer to a person or potential client as a “Warm” lead or a “hot” lead they are not a ‘lead’ they are a client or a person.”



By Fi or Becs, Oct 13 2016 09:00AM

Well... we've always known that Becs wasn't really a hard-nosed business type...


It's slightly worrying that this is how Becs describes herself at the start of THE APPRENTICE. We all know that this programme is famous for tough business people, back-stabbing and shouty behaviour... how is our friendly little Becs going to survive?!


Hmmmm.... hard-nosed? More like wet-nosed (hah!) uh oh. It's going to be a rocky ride over the next 12 weeks everyone... Enjoy watching!



By Fi or Becs, Oct 2 2016 06:00AM

Becs looking a bit intense... she normally smiles more than this.
Becs looking a bit intense... she normally smiles more than this.

So… we have some slightly exciting news today.


Some of you may have noticed that we've been crazily busy this year (which we have!) but we've also had something HUGE rumbling along which we haven’t been able to tell you all about.


The cat is now FINALLY out of the bag… Becs is a candidate on the 2016 series of The Apprentice on BBC One! (Yep, it's true - we're not just pulling your leg!)


It’s so nice to be able to announce it, the secret has been killing us!


The first episode airs on BBC One at 9pm on Thursday the 6th October so tune in and enjoy watching Becs running around London with the other candidates, standing up for herself in the Boardroom (!) and trying not to talk too much in front of Lord Sugar. Gulp.




Everything at Fi & Becs will continue as normal for the next few months, so if you have any projects or on-going work with us please don’t worry. We do have some other plans afoot including launching our Partner Page on our website and working with some talented freelance designers, copywriters and marketing people.


Enjoy watching!



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