Here to help support your business during Covid-19

There’s no doubt that these are extraordinary times for all of us, with businesses all around the UK experiencing challenging times.

As an established business for over 20 years we’ve seen plenty of challenges come our way, be it recessions, digital changes, a change in design trends or new competition, we’re well versed in coping and adapting in times like these and the current uncertainly around the coronavirus only provides another hurdle to overcome.

Like many of you, we are having to work from home in these coming weeks (or even months) so as well as continuing to produce work for our clients, we will also be taking the time to update ourselves with the changes in our sector and refine our service and support packages to allow us to hit the ground running when ‘normality’ resumes. If, like us, you are planning on taking this time to adapt and grow your brand, we’re here to help! Our friendly and reliable team are all kitted out at their homes and are on-hand to work with you and help support your business through this crisis.

To kick things off you could start by looking at:

Your marketing
Keep yourself at the forefront of your customers minds and reach them through digital marketing. Whether that be regular blog post updates, social media marketing or making changes to your website (be it a full redesign and rebuild or content updates), we can help you maximise your customer engagement.

Your brand
Make sure your brand is up-to-date and reflects the service(s) you offer. Now is a great time to give your brand a little TLC to ensure you stand out amongst your competitors and engage with your customers. We can help you refine your logo and deliver brand guidelines that outline your vision and values to keep your brand consistent and professional across all touchpoints.

Your website
This is a great time to turn your attention to your website, whether it’s a small site promoting your services or a larger eCommerce store selling products online, we can help to ensure your website is kept up-to-date and easy to navigate. With a boom in orders being placed online, ensuring your customers can engage with you via live chat or email and creating more content for your website or social audiences such as helpful tips, how-to videos and more, are great ways to retain customer engagement. Website traffic is also at an all time high with the vast majority of people at home, so making sure your website is fully responsive for your customers to browse on varying devices is also hugely important to keep you ranking high on search engines. If you’re not sure if your website is responsive to comply with Google’s requirements we can provide you with a FREE site audit today! Get in touch with us and we will happily let you know!

Social media
Another platform that will be red hot during the pandemic is social media. Creating and posting content via your social channels is another quick and cost effective way we can help you reach your customers and market your business.

So, you may be self-isolating (and binge watching a lot of TV!) but this doesn’t mean your business and marketing has to stop! You can use this valuable time to adapt your business to be ready for the changes in the foreseeable future and bring your digital communications up-to-date. Whatever support and requirements you might have, we can help, and it won’t cost you a penny! Why not book a call with our team today and let’s discuss how we can help your business thrive moving forward in these testing times.

Stay safe and we hope to hear from you soon, from all of us at Bubble Design.

Active together for better mental health

When we are not designing amazing websites or coming up with fantastically creative designs we all enjoy working out in our spare time, we do quite a lot as a team, from running marathons, climbing mountains, cycling around the UK and racing each other in our local 10k, you could say we love exercise.

Just for fun we also set each other on crazy challenges, seeing who can run the most miles, who can keep up with 10K steps per day, who can go to the gym 30 days in a row, who can get the most medals, you get the idea…so after brainstorming a few ideas around the office we came up with the idea of taking part in Red January this year.

For those of you who don’t know what Red January is or if you haven’t heard of this before, basically the charity ‘Mind’ runs a fund raiser every January where you challenge yourself to get active every day, it can be running, swimming, dancing, walking…. absolutely anything that gets you active for that day, for 31 days straight.

This for us as a team is perfect timing, straight after the Christmas festivities where we need a bit of inspiration to get fit after maybe gaining a few extra pounds over the Christmas period, but most important of all we are raising money for an exceptional charity who work extremely hard to provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Mind campaign tirelessly to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. They won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.

For all of us taking part in Red January this will challenge us both physically and mentally, especially when the weather outside may not be the brightest, January is renowned for being freezing cold, wet, miserable, snowy and down right dreary, but this will not stop us! Every single day we will be lacing up our trainers and best workout gear to get out and get active!

So how can you help? ….It’s easy…..simply donate to keep us all going!

We will be planning a few team events during January and also we will be doing a few solo workouts so we need all the help we can get to inspire us to workout every single day. If you would like to donate on our Just Giving page please click here

Every single penny you donate will help push us out of the door on the coldest and frostiest of those January mornings and evenings, altogether we will kick start 2020 in a positive way raising money for Mind and being active for better mental health.

We have also designed our own Red T-shirt especially for the occasion and we will be updating our blog with our workouts, achievements and lots of pictures as we go so keep checking back here for our progress.

Thank you,

From us all at Bubble.

Merry Christmas – we’re 20 years old and still hitting the right note!

Our team is taking a few well-deserved days off for Christmas. So, if you would like to place an order or need any tech advice from our development team prior to the new year, please check out our opening times below.

Our opening times:
Friday 20th December – 9am-4pm (then we’re off to get merry at our Christmas Party!)
Saturday 21st December Through to New Years Day – Closed
Thursday 2nd January – 9am-5.30pm

On behalf of everyone at Bubble Design, we wish you all a happy holiday season and look forward to continuing to work with you in 2020.

We’re hiring another Website Designer!

Bubble Design & Marketing are expanding their creative team!

Join one of the areas leading design and marketing agencies, established in January 2000 we have built up a solid reputation over the last 19 years not only for our creativity but for delivering a great service, we have an exceptional team of creative designers, developers and artworkers that have multi disciplined experience in a range of market sectors both B2B and B2C, Healthcare, Pet Care, Retail, Public Sector, Education, Building & Construction, Manufacturing and Automotive.

Website Designer

Full-time, permanent

Competitive salary, dependent on experience

Our passionate and expanding web team are looking for a talented, creative Website Designer who will work along side our design and development team. We are looking for a skilled, self-motivated individual to work on a range of different digital projects, you will be a key member of the team, collaborating closely with our account management, digital and design teams.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A creative portfolio to demonstrate their front-end web design capabilities
  • A talent for developing brands and brand campaigns in a digital environment
  • A good understanding of UX principles
  • At least 2 years of web design experience, preferably in an agency environment
  • Experience working with CMS platforms (Magento & WordPress, Drupal would be an advantage)
  • Great HTML & CSS skills to enhance and support your creative designs
  • Proficiency in working with Adobe Creative cloud software to produce stunning website designs
  • A great attention to detail
  • Experiencing in testing and bug fixing
  • Some knowledge of javascript and jQuery

The main responsibilities of the role are:

  • Developing creative, dynamic and innovative design concepts that surpass our clients expectations
  • Ensure your work is of the highest quality and pushes creative boundaries
  • Work with our development team to create future proof websites
  • Collaborate directly with our wider creative and digital team
  • Contribute directly to our technical direction
  • Managing your own time and dealing with the pressures of tight deadlines

How to apply:

If you’re a self-motivated, enthusiastic, team player, who is deadline aware, pays excellent attention to detail and has good time management skills, then we would love to meet you. Please apply in writing including a CV and work samples to: nicola@bubbledesign.co.uk

We’re hiring an Accounts Assistant!

Bubble Design & Marketing are expanding their creative team!

Join one of the areas leading design and marketing agencies, established in January 2000 we have built up a solid reputation over the last 19 years not only for our creativity but for delivering a great service, we have an exceptional team of creative designers, developers and artworkers that have multi disciplined experience in a range of market sectors both B2B and B2C, Healthcare, Pet Care, Retail, Public Sector, Education, Building & Construction, Manufacturing and Automotive.

Credit Controller & Accounts Assistant

Part Time, Permanent Position

We are looking for an experienced Credit Controller & Accounts Assistant, the objective of this role is to ensure the continued reduction of the debtor days for our account customer base while maximising cash flow using effective collection techniques and maintaining good relationships with both customers.

Key Tasks:

  • Manage the sales ledger and be responsible for credit collections
  • Chasing debt and obtaining payment using effective collection techniques – telephone, email etc
  • Issue monthly account statements to clients
  • Resolving disputes efficiently and credit note processing
  • Building relationships with clients with regular contact
  • Sales ledger account reconciliations
  • Process credit card usage and Reconcile Monthly Card Statements on Sage
  • Customer account maintenance
  • Performing credit assessments using credit rating portals
  • Debt management and liaising with solicitors etc
  • Process credit card payments
  • Raising Sales & Purchase Orders within Sage when required
  • Key Attributes

Proven credit controller experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years’ accounts experience
  • Good experience in Sage
  • Excellent numeracy, verbal and written communication skills essential
  • Ability to manipulate data between systems
  • Effective time management
  • Proactive and a team player

Ideally you should have experience in a similar role for at least 2 years, have confident communication skills, high degree of accuracy, working to strict timescales and a good knowledge of accounting systems and Microsoft applications. Knowledge of Sage accounting systems, particularly Line/Sage 50 will be an advantage as well as any accounting qualifications.

We expect the successful candidate to be highly organised and hard working with a positive & flexible attitude, with accurate administration skills and able to demonstrate attention to detail throughout the role.

Hours: Part time 3 days per week – 16 Hours flexible based around the normal working week. Potential to increase hours as the business demands, (Hours Changeable to suit applicant)

Experience: Any Accounting: 2 years (Required)

Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview and you must be eligible to work in the UK.

How to apply:

If you feel you’d like to be considered for this position please email your full CV and employment history to: nicola@bubbledesign.co.uk

We’re hiring a Website Designer!

Bubble Design & Marketing are expanding their creative team!

Join one of the areas leading design and marketing agencies, established in January 2000 we have built up a solid reputation over the last 19 years not only for our creativity but for delivering a great service, we have an exceptional team of creative designers, developers and artworkers that have multi disciplined experience in a range of market sectors both B2B and B2C, Healthcare, Pet Care, Retail, Public Sector, Education, Building & Construction, Manufacturing and Automotive.

Website Designer

Full-time, permanent

Competitive salary, dependent on experience

Our passionate and expanding web team are looking for a talented, creative Website Designer who will work along side our design and development team. We are looking for a skilled, self-motivated individual to work on a range of different digital projects, you will be a key member of the team, collaborating closely with our account management, digital and design teams.

The successful candidate will have:

  • A creative portfolio to demonstrate their front-end web design capabilities
  • A talent for developing brands and brand campaigns in a digital environment
  • A good understanding of UX principles
  • At least 2 years of web design experience, preferably in an agency environment
  • Experience working with CMS platforms (Magento & WordPress, Drupal would be an advantage)
  • Great HTML & CSS skills to enhance and support your creative designs
  • Proficiency in working with Adobe Creative cloud software to produce stunning website designs
  • A great attention to detail
  • Experiencing in testing and bug fixing
  • Some knowledge of javascript and jQuery

The main responsibilities of the role are:

  • Developing creative, dynamic and innovative design concepts that surpass our clients expectations
  • Ensure your work is of the highest quality and pushes creative boundaries
  • Work with our development team to create future proof websites
  • Collaborate directly with our wider creative and digital team
  • Contribute directly to our technical direction
  • Managing your own time and dealing with the pressures of tight deadlines

How to apply:

If you’re a self-motivated, enthusiastic, team player, who is deadline aware, pays excellent attention to detail and has good time management skills, then we would love to meet you. Please apply in writing including a CV and work samples to: nicola@bubbledesign.co.uk

Looking the part in our new team kit!

Here at Bubble we are all creatives, yet we all have those days when we just struggle to find that creative outfit inspo (the ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ classic that everyone suffers from.) So our design team thought it was time to get to work on some quirky new Bubble apparel!

Having a ‘uniform’ was something we had all regularly discussed in the office, so we were all excited to celebrate the arrival of the new team kit. It will certainly help us all when we are having a tough time deciding what to wear, as we can just slip on our new Bubble tops and still look good. We have all got a selection of t shirts, polos, hoodies and gilets all with our new Bubble logo on.

The idea behind our new ‘uniform’ is not only to give us a day off in terms of outfit planning whenever we are lapsing in the fashion ideas department, but more importantly to help us build a good sense of belonging within the company. There are also other advantages of having a well designed uniform for example: helps to build a good brand identity, in larger companies it can help reduces and prejudice or discrimination caused by your own choice clothing, it also can just look smart – introducing a uniform can be an excellent way to keep your workforce looking smart and professional.

Get in touch with us today if you think your business would benefit from some branded apparel! Or check out our other projects to see what else we can help you with!

Helping inspire the next generation

Over the past month, here at Bubble we have been working alongside with the local community to support the students at the local schools by providing valuable work experience to some of the students who were interested in web or graphic design.

We had a total of 4 students come to us from the secondary school and post sixteen centre located just around the corner from us. The students spent a full week with us learning the ins and outs of the business and learning how to use our software to fulfil their own mini projects. We had 2 students learning about web design and coding and another student learning about design and branding and the final student learning about both web and design.

Our student learning about design had a passion for mountain biking so during his time with us he, with the help of Dave (one of our design team), designed his own biking goggles and learnt the importance of branding inspiring him to create his own logo and styling for his biking goggles. Over the week we saw Max grow in confidence with his abilities and he went from strength to strength using our software and branding his products. In his own words, Max said “I’ve gained a lot of confidence through doing this, realising that there is actually something more exciting out there after school. Now I know I’ve just got to knuckle down with these last few years so I can get a job like this in the future.” Here at Bubble branding and logo design is one of our many strengths so if you are requiring help with these then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

On the web side of things we had two students creating their own websites and testing existing ones and using applications such as photoshop to enhance their sites. These two were helped by both Dave and our head of web, Rob, over the duration of the week we saw these young technology lovers grow and expand their already quite in depth knowledge of computing and programming. Over the week one of our young students managed to build a website and with our help was taught how to brand it and create an eShot that would show his site on it. Here at Bubble our web team are highly qualified and experienced so if you need any help with your website they are always happy to oblige.

Our work experience student from the local sixth form spent half the week learning design and the other half learning web. Jasmine already had quite a good knowledge of the basic photoshop tools, so with the help of our design team we managed to enhance her knowledge to allow her to complete more design specific tasks such as manipulating images and designing logos. Shaun, a member of our web development team also gave her some basic lessons in coding enabling her to understand the fundamentals of coding.

Overall not only did our students gain from this experience with us, but also we gained valuable knowledge about the next generation that we feel will help us in the future. Should you have any design or web projects that require the help of a leading innovative marketing agency, then get in touch with us today to see what we can do for you.

It’s coming home… just not this year!

It’s coming home… just not this year!

Here at Bubble we all enjoy keeping up with the latest sporting events and with a workspace filled with so many avid football fans we couldn’t resist the opportunity to celebrate the World Cup.

Our World Cup celebrations started with an office sweepstake where we all pulled a couple of teams out of the hat at the cost of £2 per team, and whoever picked the winning team took all the money. When choosing the teams you could hear the sighs of relief when someone found out they had one of the favourites. With Germany, Belgium, Brazil and France being amongst them. The disappointment was also very clear when people realised they had some of the non-favourites such as England, Croatia and Sweden.

Despite our expectations, the roles of favourites and non-favourites seemed to be reversed when Germany first went out knocking a confident Chris T out of the sweepstake all together, despite his initial smugness after pulling Germany out of the hat. The unexpected success of teams such as Sweden and Croatia helped encourage a bit of competitiveness and friendly rivalry in the office.

As time passed and England got closer and closer to bringing football home, we decided to celebrate with a World Cup party in the hope that it would help them to bring it home, in fact we were almost expecting them to make it to the final and MD Chris was adamant that football was coming home – good job he’s in the design and marketing business rather than football! Our World Cup party consisted of bringing in cakes and wearing white and red to show our patriotism, our very own Toni kindly brought us all personalised England shirts. Despite the English theme, Jess who had France in the sweepstake decided to dress in a beret and breton top to celebrate their success and secure place in the final – which of course went down like a lead balloon with all the hardcore England fans in the office.

Our office optimism for the football really coming home was somewhat naive when you look at the statistics in the championship with England not really winning many of their games in comparison to the two main statistical favourites Belgium and France, who had to go head-to-head to make the final.
At the end of the day the best team won, France played fantastically and were strong throughout the whole tournament, but to be fair to ourselves we also played fabulously and we never said it was coming home this year did we?

Apprentice Website Developer

We’re on the hunt for an Apprentice Website Developer.

Bubble Design & Marketing are one of the areas leading design and marketing agencies, specialising in Web Design, Packaging Design, Brand Identity, Catalogue Production, POS, Commercial Photography and Advertising. We work across a range of market sectors and have built up some amazing clients.

Over the past 18 years we have been extremely successful in training, mentoring and recruiting members of our team through the apprenticeship scheme, our most recent apprentice Jess finished the scheme with flying colours and quickly progressed onto her NVQ level 3, again passing with flying colours, Jess is now a fully fledged member of our creative team.

Because of our previous success we’ve had with the apprentiship scheme were on the hunt for a new candidate to join our web development team.

The successful candidate will be utilising the very latest technology and be involved in the complete lifecycle of projects. You will work with our design and development team to build and maintain a variety of mobile-first websites using the WordPress or Magento CMS, you should have a passion for the industry and a strong desire to grow and develop your skills. The position requires an individual that will not shy away from contributing new ideas and opinions who works well within a strong team of thinkers, designers and developers. The successful candidate will have an ability to meet deadlines and be good at problem solving with a strong eye for detail whilst having a portfolio that’s brimming with ideas and creative flair.

Good Knowledge of:

  • Front-end: HTML, CSS, Javascript
  • Some experience working with WordPress CMS or the desire to quickly learn them
  • Experience using HTML with email templates, such as E-shots
  • Good telephone manner
  • Good email etiquette
  • Willingness to learn new skills
  • Positive attitude to problem solving

Advantage if experienced in:

  • Responsive html email development
  • Front-end: HTML5, CSS3, SASS, JavaScript, PHP, JQuery or Bootstrap (Visual Composer in WordPress)
  • Experience in optimising WordPress for speed
  • Capable of working with designs provided in Adobe Photoshop
  • Confident working on mac

Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining and updating a series of WordPress sites
  • Adding products to websites using reference materials
  • Assisting clients with email account problems
  • Ensuring our websites comply with the latest best practices specified by Google
  • Proactively suggesting improvements to client websites
  • Testing new development work thoroughly
  • Potentially managing website hosting settings and backups

You’ll have:

  • A an eye for detail, be able to use your own initiative and take pride in your work.
  • Enthusiastic with great problem solving abilities.
  • Excellent communication skills both verbal and written.
  • A desire to learn new technologies, and keep up to date with the industry.
  • A strong team mentality but also work well independently.
  • Most importantly, you’ll need to be willing to listen and push yourself.

What can we give you:

  • The chance to grow in a great environment, a team that you’ll enjoy working with and projects that will test your skills and provide you with an opportunity to learn new skills
  • Never ending supply of teas, coffee, water, flavoured teas and bucket loads of fruit or biscuits (what ever takes your fancy)
  • A superb, air conditioned working environment with the very latest industry hardware and software
  • Enrollment into our company pension scheme
  • One hell of a Christmas party 🙂

If you’re full of energy and enthusiasm, have a desire to develop in a positive, creative, fast paced Marketing Agency… then what are you waiting for? Send us your details.

Why not check out the type of projects you’ll be working on.

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