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As part of a new blog series, we’re taking a closer look at the inner workings of the Punch Bunch and the projects we’re currently bringing to life in the studio. Here we catch up with Will, our brand new graphic designer, to chat about his latest project for one of our clients, Soaked, a water-saving technology distributor:   Hi Will, welcome to the Punch Bunch! Tell...

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To celebrate it being the 100-year anniversary of millions of women from around the world getting the vote, our Digital Agency in Leeds decided to share some of the female designers who have had an incredible impact on the design industry in the last century!     Margaret Calvert (1939-present)   Widely considered as the mother of modern day information design, Margaret’s most significant achievement was her redesign of the...

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2017 was a landmark year for mobile web – our Digital Agency’s web team couldn’t believe it when mobile devices finally overtook that of desktop browsing! Web Designers will be more focused than ever on the user experience for a mobile-inclined audience, and a big part of any customer journey is… design!   So, with that in mind, this week we’ve asked our web guys this important...

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Digital Agency in Leeds, Social Trends 2018

Here at Punch, our Leeds digital marketing team are constantly keeping an eye on industry news to always be prepared for the ever-changing world of social media. Here are our four key social ‘trends’ to help keep your brand both relevant and engaging this year:     Authenticity   By now we’re sure you’re bored of the word ‘authentic’ - but it remains an important key to success on social...

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With more than 1.79. billion active users per month, if used correctly, Facebook can do wonders for your business. It’s a great tool for promoting your products or services, engaging with your customers, building relationships and a way of finding and bringing in new customers. Although it has so much potential, it’s also easy to get lost. In fact, a study by Social Media Examiner found...

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Friends of Punch Creative will know that we’re all about offering solutions and ‘wins’ to our clients. So, in this latest blog post, we invite guest author Nick Ashmore, head of marketing at ResponseTap, to offer an insight into the world of Call Intelligence. He tells us exactly what the technology is and whether it is the key to unlocking greater marketing campaign ROI…   Let’s get...

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It was reported in October 2016, that mobile and tablet internet usage exceeded desktop internet usage worldwide for the first time. If your website isn’t mobile friendly at the moment, then now might be the right time to invest in the change. Here are a few reasons why it’s important to have a mobile-friendly website design.     1. It’s what the customers want   One-quarter of global web searches...

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Understanding SEO can be vital for your business for increasing traffic and increasing your brand awareness. According to Vivial, 80% of a website’s traffic begins with a search query and that’s why search engine optimisation is more important than ever. Here are a few SEO tactics that will take you less than 30 minutes to get you started.   1. Including links to your older blog posts   If...

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A logo is at the forefront of your brand. It’s not just an image, but it’s also the introduction the brand, therefore you want it to make an impact. You want people to connect your logo with the brand it’s representing, so what makes a logo work well.     Here at Punch Creative in Leeds, we can not only help create your logo design but help develop...

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Tuesday 21st of April has been labelled 'mobilegeddon' due to the fact that google are updating their mobile search algorithm. last year saw the web predictions come true that mobile devices would exceed PC or desktop use and google has changed to match these statistics. This update will impact all mobile phone searches and will give page rankings boosts to any mobile-friendly websites and in turn...

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Some of you will never use Google Analytics and others will be just boggled by it's terminology. This simple post explains the most common question regarding the differences between Sessions, Users & Page views. Sessions: This is how many times one user will interact with your website. Users: This counts how many users visit your website. Page view: This counts how many web pages are viewed. Example in Practice On February...

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Certain things mark landmarks in every year at Punch. Many clients have specific times of year for design projects related to Valentines Day, Easter and of course Christmas. Christmas does in fact come early at Punch for a number of reasons. One is we start marketing for it in January for a number of clients! Another is Helen puts on her bl**dy Christmas tunes in mid...

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So, you’ve spent several hours constructing your latest website blog masterpiece or you’re ready to unveil a new product or design - but do you know the best time to share or launch your digital campaign? Thankfully for you we’ve scoured the internet and our own website reports to bring you a helpful ‘how to’ guide for effective social engagement. Engagement rates are 18% higher later in...

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Things have been busy at Punch lately, with lots of exciting work and projects going on. This, combined with some fantastic recent national account wins with Hallmark and GlaxoSmithKline, means that we have added 2 new people to the Punch Bunch to provide extra support and expertise!   Here in our Leeds digital agency studio, there are a number of different specialisms at work on most major projects....

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Did you know that Google will start to prioritise websites that have security on their sites? So what does that mean in layman's terms? Well, it basically means that when you see a URL which has https in it rather than the normal http - the extra 's' means the site is secure.   Google have said...

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We are delighted to announce our Leeds digital agency has been chosen to develop Garic's brand presence across a range of media. Garic is the plant hire company of the Bibby Line Group, providing niche plant hire and bespoke solutions for construction clients across the UK.   The project will begin with the main website and encompass brand development, product presentation, photography and video. We will be...

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Whether you are using a desktop, tablet or phone, a responsive website will 'shapeshift' to the screen's format, maintaining full navigation options and all content. It's crucial for websites to adopt this functionality in order to accommodate the huge variety of ways in which consumers can now access online content.   We recently did just that for Morrisons. M Kitchen is their food brand, and the M Kitchen blog...

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It goes without saying that for a creative agency to be successful it probably needs to have a pretty strong design team. But it doesn’t matter how good they are, they also need the best tools available to do their job to match their creative ideas and design skills...

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One of the best things about being in business is being able to make your own decisions. For myself and my co-directors that was the major reason for starting Punch. As an owner manager of a small design agency these decisions can often be a creative decision relating to a design or website project or something strategic concerning the running of the business. The main thing...

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We've all heard the term 'SEO' and the importance about climbing up google rankings but what are the real benefits of being on the coveted 'page 1 of Google' ? Firstly lets clear up the differences between PPC and Organic SEO results. PPC (Paid Per Click advertising) are the first three results you will normally see when entering information on a page. The rest of the...

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Producing videos has been a core part of our business since day one and over that time we have been involved in a huge variety of subjects. Our latest video though was possibly the most touching and rewarding so far, involving two parents and their three children. Nothing unusual there you may think, until you know that the three children are all adopted and all from...

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So, the economy is picking up and we are all being lead towards the land of milk and honey (maybe if you happen to live in the South East anyway). Having made it through the recession presumably we can all relax while the phone rings off the hook. I suppose there are different ways to look at the economic recovery. As a design agency we might make...

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Website SEO, everyone wants it, most people are slightly confused and a bit scared by it. For a long time web SEO has been a dark art. Bogus back links, 3rd party blog content and link building done in far away lands used to deliver results. Then Google changed the way it worked and websites began to tumble down results pages. To start, let's put a few...

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Introducing a new way to view your emails. The great thing about website design and development is just when you think you've seen everything a particular development technique can offer you can still be surprised by new and interesting applications of that technique. Take responsive design for instance. Since it made a huge splash in development scene in 2013 there are still new ways in which it...

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Something we often discuss with new clients who are used to working with design agencies is about becoming their retained agency. But, this is often something that can seem like a daunting leap of faith to those companies who have less experience of working in this way. From an agency point of view there are different ways to work with clients and of course we can...

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Project: To produce a short video demonstrating the legacy of GB Olympics 2012 Venue: Bridlington Client: Sport England As a full service design agency a large percentage of our work is for traditional design for print, or online for websites. But, some of our favourite projects have been our video work and we are looking forward to doing more and more video work in 2014...

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Over the last year we have been noticing a trend in why people approach us at Punch. Of course many new clients have never worked with a design agency before and contact us to ask how to begin. But, many get in touch looking for change, and that is where we have seen a new trend emerging...

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2013 has gone quickly, really quickly. This is a reflection of a busy year at Punch and after speaking with clients and suppliers we are looking forward to 2014 with plenty of confidence. There are certain things that are generally a good economic barometer for the design industry, for example we like to chat with printers in Leeds (and beyond) and they seem to be happier...

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So far 2013 has passed like a flash inside the design studio at Punch. Earlier in the year we moved into our studio in Leeds (albeit about 500 yards away from the old one!) to give us room to grow our team and bring new creative client services in-house. No sooner had we moved than we suddenly had the need to fill the space with new team...

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Hello! Since my last blog entry I have been involved in a wide variety of website and creative design briefs. To be able to say everything I have been involved in these past couple of weeks would be a huge task, so I have narrowed it down to my web projects! Something which I wanted to be involved in during my time at Punch was website design, and...

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Over the last 12 months Punch have changed a lot as a design agency. We have moved premises, met new clients, grown the team and broadened the portfolio of creative services we offer. Looking at all this from inside we can only get a limited perspective on how this has changed Punch. It would be easy to think that the changes you make as a business...

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I was at a meeting today in the middle of Leeds, nothing unusual about that really but the working group is a bit out of the ordinary and something (I thought) worth writing about. The purpose of the meeting, aside from presenting new design ideas, was 'future gazing'. This is an odd concept for outsiders, but put simply it just means considering ideas to stay...

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89% of marketers say that social media generates more business exposure. This is another post that sings the praises of social media. The objections that we often encounter when discussing this with clients is a lack of cold hard proof to support our recommendations about social media. Our advice is to look at your options and only set out to do an achievable amount - but...

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Hello! I’m Pip, normally you would find me at Leeds University working away on various briefs set by my Graphic Design course tutors. But for now I am one of two new additions of the Punch Creative design team in Leeds! I am here as part of my course, I have this brilliant opportunity to complete a year in the design industry to gain some vital...

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No sooner had we moved to get a bit of extra leg room than we start to fill our new space with more legs… New clients always bring a different perspective to your business, and the last few months have been no different for us. It is exciting to win new business and easy to concentrate your time on those exciting new design projects. [blockquote]Our focus has...

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Single site design, optimised for all experiences. One thing we love about our work at Punch is the constantly changing creative environment we operate in. It would be impossible for us to adopt a generic approach to our client services – because each client is so different. But also because everything changes so quickly so we can’t stand still and do the same things that we...

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Over the last few months we have been working closely with the team at Natural Pavings creating their 2013 product brochure. This brochure was launched to the general public last month and was picked up and reviewed by pavingexpert.com. Here's a few sound bites from their review - you can read the full review here [blockquote]The balance between images and text is also vastly improved from last year,...

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Punch Creative has scooped the highest national accolade for its services to the design and marketing industry. To begin with, everyone at Punch was delighted just to be shortlisted in a phenomenal ten categories at the Recommended Agency Register (RAR) awards. But to then win the titles for client service and the prestigious ‘Grand Prix’ marketing crown for the UK’s favourite agency with fewer than 30...

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We are proud to have launched 'The Punch Line', our daily online newspaper packed with news, video, and tips from the design and digital world. The Punch Line is a great resource for information and collates the best news from around the globe into bite size articles to read either on the go or from your desktop. All you need to do is follow us on twitter...

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The digital world is changing, fast. Only today I had a meeting that will potentially change our entire web strategy for the year. In fact, I am starting to wonder whether the concept of a 'digital strategy' is redundant. At the present rate of technological development, how far can anyone hope to gaze into the future and predict trends - especially when you are based in Yorkshire,...

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On 24th November, Dyslexia Action is holding an afternoon of entertainment and education to mark the official opening of its new Leeds headquarters on Woodhouse Lane. The move signifies the start of an exciting new chapter for the charity which gives much-needed support for children and adults with dyslexia across the whole of West Yorkshire. The aim of the event is to provide a fun-filled afternoon for...

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The Punch Bunch are all delighted to announce the appointment of Ian Shepherd as our brand spanking new Digital Director! Ian has been with Punch for a little over a year now and brings a wealth of experience from some of the major design agencies in the North of England. In that time Ian's involvement has helped change our business a lot. It has changed from...

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Sometimes being a design agency is hard. Not only are we in a crowded market place (Leeds is one of the major hot spots for agencies in the UK) but we are also ‘selling’ something that is often intangible – for example creative ideas. I recently had a conversation with a friend who owns a great video company (manto.tv). We were discussing new business and he...

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Just a quick blog this week to show a nice little branded video we designed for Duresta in their retail environment at Harrods. We are in the middle of launching their new brand image, developing it from a more traditional appearance to reflect a new contemporary classic approach to their furniture design. This has been introduced with our new Duresta logo, designed to reflect the evolution...

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We were delighted to be approached by John Dyson & Sons to produce a new brochure website to promote their new retail experience in the heart of Leeds city centre. John Dyson’s new store refit re-opened with a stunning double store, featuring the first Omega Boutique in Yorkshire. Our role was to showcase this stunning new store and highlight their global brands such as Omega, Brietling, Rado and Gucci...

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Sorry, if you came here expecting some solid information about design agency costs then you have come to the wrong place! If you would like a design project costing the give us a call, this post was concerned with the highly serious matter of eye-wateringly (yes, that's a word) expensive branding projects...

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At Punch we believe in building relationships and the positive effect this can have on our business. As a design agency, we will always be judged on our work of course, but in an increasingly crowded and competitive marketplace (in Leeds alone !) relationships really matter. An example of this is the relationship we enjoy with Bonner & Hindley, a Leeds based communications agency working primarily...

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  We were delighted to have been recently asked to a creative design meeting by Cascade, a leading supplier of HR & Payroll software based in Leeds. Cascade felt it was time for an overhaul of their brand image and wanted to consider how to do this across both print and web platforms (oh, and also deliver it all in time for their most important industry exhibition...

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blogging / news According to research, last year people blogged less frequently, but the articles were more content rich and longer. This suggests that quality is far greater than quantity. Mobile html 5 is now king as mobile flash is being killed off on Android, RIM tablets and Smart phones. There are over 160 million iPhones, iPod touches and iPad users, 152 million Android users. Soon there will be...

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Pinterest is a pinboard-styled social image sharing website. The service allows users to create and manage theme-based image or video collections. Whether it's a personal board collecting ideas for your hobby or mood/discussion boards for your friends or colleages and clients to comment about; it's completely up to you! Pinterest is great for Punch Creative, the team shares with each other and the rest of the world...

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Google + was launched june 28th 2011 by invitation only as a testing phase. This invitation stage were soon suspended due to high interest for new accounts. On September 20th 2011, Google + was officially opened to the general public without the need for an invitation. Since it's launch google + has over 90 million user and is expected to reach over 400 million users. Enjoyed this...

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The Interiors Show at the Birmingham NEC is the largest of it's kind in the UK. With hundreds of companies competing for attention amongst thousands of visiting press, retailers, buyers and nosey parkers (our lot amongst them) it is essential that each stand works hard to create a return on investment. Punch were there to support Duresta Upholstery, our long standing client, who we are currently working...

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[caption id="attachment_1254" align="alignnone" width="600" caption="Gary Coleman during his work experience week at Punch."][/caption] 1. US scientists calculated that Santa would have to visit 822 homes a second to deliver all the world's presents on Christmas Eve, travelling at 650 miles a second. 2. ROBINS on cards were a joke 150 years ago when postmen wore red tunics and were named after them. 3. ALTHOUGH now mostly vegetarian, in...

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We are happy to announce that we have launched our facebook app, a new dynamic portfolio and welcome page for all our new and existing fans. Just in case some of you are thinking 'what are apps'? Apps are unique pages that can be embedded into facebook to enhance the user experience. In our case as a Leeds design agency, we have built a flash portfolio app...

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With over 6000 delegates and a further 300 exhibiting brands, The Pharmacy Show at the NEC in Birmingham is a major calendar event for MTS Medication Technologies. They are a client we have supported for over 2 years with brand management on a range of creative projects. We were asked if we could design and build this years' stand with the simple brief 'Make us stand...

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Those swines at Google have been at it again. It appears their devious spiders have been rewired to focus on freshness to bring you up to date search data when sneaking around inside our websites. In short, fresh cookies smell best to them. Or, they do most of the time…it is more in depth than that of course, from the nature of your search Google can determine how...

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Recent research by the UK Design Council shows a temptation for businesses to cut what it calls ‘discretionary’ budgets in tough economic times. The definition of this is the money that is allocated to activities such as creative services and marketing. However, these are hugely powerful tools during a downturn, especially if your competitors are making such cuts. The Design Council goes onto state that more than...

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Web Content Filtering Content may be filtered by category or by blocking specific websites via blacklisting or by allowing specific websites via whitelisting. Top Ten Blocked Categories Not surprisingly, the top ten most blocked categories are focused on providing a safer Internet experience for students and children, and a more work-appropriate environment for businesses. Percentages indicate the proportion of networks using category blocking that reference a given category. Pornography...

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[blockquote]I recently undertook a rebrand for my business, and approached various companies about doing the design work. I decided to work with Punch Creative because I felt they best understood my requirements and would be most prepared to work with me to achieve the results I wanted. [divider_thin] Throughout the process I have been impressed by their creativity, their expertise on branding, and their willingness to...

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The latest investment in new equipment means that punch are now able to provide a cost efficient photography service as part of our in-house offering. The new Canon and Elinchrom equipment was unveiled in our Leeds design studio and utilised immediately by our client, Medical Technology Services. This is part of a much larger creative project currently being undertaken by ourselves on a run up to...

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As anyone who has known Punch Creative for a while will have noticed, we have recently relaunched our website and rebranded our business. As a graphic design agency, this is an important process. Not only for our own business but also because we are judged by our own standards. If our own brand is not up to scratch and our own website does not do the...

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Being a Creative Design Agency in Leeds has its advantages. It means you get to meet people that you otherwise might only follow from afar. Whilst producing an all new prospectus for Bruntcliffe High School in Morley, we were delighted to enjoy the company of none other than ex pupil and Leeds United Captain, Johnny Howson. Johnny was asked if he would consider appearing within the...

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Project team: Clients x2 Presenters x 2 Director/Producer and bus driver! (yours truly) Cameraman Soundman Electrician Runner Mon 5.30am.  - Meet driver from Oxford delivering our transport for the coming week, a Splitter (so I'm told) 9 seater luxury minibus at the front and a cavernous carrying space at the rear. Quick brief from him on how it all works and I'm off to collect the crew - Cameraman (highly preened, even at...

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Just wanted to share a link to a brilliant series called 'Secrets of the Superbrands'. Not just about graphic design - it charts the historic influences behind the success of modern household brands. The series is split into various industry sectors such as fashion, technology & food etc. Amazing fact of the series; Red Bull is said to spend “30 to 40 percent” of company turnover on...

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More trouble for photoshoppers everywhere recently when Loreal had their fingers wrapped and had to pull images of Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington plugging their face cream. Photoshop is a great tool for any design agency to fine tune an image to say exactly what you want it to. It is not always used for evil gains - such as making us think all hollywood actresses...

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How do you pick a favourite colour? Once you have, how do you know that you have made the right choice? Many people seem to pick a design agency pretty much like this, they look at an agency portfolio and if they like what they see that agency gets a call - whether it is in Leeds, Manchester or London. Punch Creative are a design agency in Leeds...

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[blockquote]“From the beginning Punch helped to give our branding a sense of continuity it was missing. Since then their team has worked on our sales and marketing activity and produce quick, effective & creative design work to a simple price structure when they are called upon. We needed to raise our game to reflect the Cedar Court brand and Punch have 
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We are proud as Punch to be working with Jay-Be Guest Bed Specialists on their ongoing brand strategy. They are a family run company based in Yorkshire who design and produce their product range from within the UK, supplying some of our largest retail brands such as Tesco and Debenhams. Jay-Be are an exciting brand to work with, our immediate involvement was concentrated on analysing their brand....

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Blogging won't be news to most of you, but it is new to Punch. We knew what it was of course, but as a small (but growing) creative agency we are probably the last ones to crack on and start blogging. There has been good reason for that, and now we are at a stage where we feel we can justifiably poke our toes in the water...

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