A Newcastle-based creative, digital and design agency has opened up offices in London and Glasgow after picking up a string of new contracts outside the region.
Blumilk, which will remain headquartered at the Media Exchange in the Ouseburn, has also taken on four new members of staff to further facilitate its growth.
Established in 1999 by brothers Colin and Adam Robertson, the company has so far carried out over 12,000 creative projects for over 600 clients, and has recently gained a wealth of new work, particularly in the healthcare and education sectors.
Among those the business works with are NHS England, the West Midlands-based NHS Black Country, several North East health and NHS clients, and multi-national corporations Dupont and AkzoNobel.
Recently, Barts NHS Health Trust in London became the tenth NHS Trust across the country to commission Blumilk to carry out an extensive communication and creative branding campaign.
Other areas of expertise include education branding and positioning for schools, colleges and universities, with the Blumilk creative team currently working with Forth Valley College in Scotland, York St John University, Northumberland College, Ashington Learning Partnership and Dearne Valley College in Rotherham.
On placing a job advertisement for new graphic designers in Newcastle recently, the company attracted 192 applications, many of them from outside of the region.
Those appointed to the roles were Peter Randell, 31, from Chester le Street and Cherie Zand, 27, from Gosforth, both of whom are already working on creative design and branding concepts for a range of clients from around the UK.
Two new digital developers - James Dunn, 28, from Hebburn and Mark Thomson, 30, from Darlington - have likewise been taken on by Blumilk.
As well as developing websites for the company, Mr Thompson is also the author of the tech blog www.tame-geek.co.uk
Blumilk creative director Colin Robertson said: “We’re all thrilled at Blumilk to have so much nationwide work that it warrants a London and a Scottish office and four new staff members.
“Although we create effective brands and design good websites, logos and campaigns, we also offer additional ingredients to our campaigns that we think delivers added worth. We ensure that our brands are correctly positioned for their marketplace but we also like to make certain that the brand personality is 100% embedded in the way clients and their staff run and present their organisations.
“This means everything from the look of premises, to the organisation’s values, and the way their people engage with customers, suppliers and even answer the phone. We work closely with clients’ teams at all levels to achieve this, and we believe it is this additional dimension to the traditional branding and design service that sets us apart, and ensures our campaigns are as valuable as they are.”