I have worked with Mike Brough on a range of different jobs in newspapers and magazines over the last 30 years and he has always added massively to each project. He is a first class designer, technician, trainer and an all-round nice guy. If we have any project that involves design, training, branding, typography, publishing or production, Mike is always the first name on the team sheet.

Peter Sands, Director, Sands Media Services Ltd

We have used ffresh for many years for all of our printed prospectuses as well as many other campaigns. ffresh have a keen eye for detail, keep up with the latest design trends and are happy to take on board creative direction from myself and my team to bring our brand vision to life. Our current FT guide has had immense recognition for its detail from many varying members of the town. ffresh feel like an extension to the in-house team and are wholly reliable, always meeting often difficult deadlines.
I would not hesitate to recommend Mike Brough at ffresh for any design requirements.

Claire Turner, Marketing and Employer Engagement Manager, Darlington College

Mike Brough at ffresh has been actively involved with our business for several years; he is the first person to whom we turn when needing advice on all things to do with marketing.

Recently he has been involved with bottle design and labelling for our newly-branded Gin and Vodka products distilled on the premises in Darlington. Mike has shown great patience in the complicated and confusing issues of compliance with HMRC regulations as to what can and what cannot appear on a bottle label. We are now very proud of our second generation labels which are now ready to go to market.

Work Carried out for: The Village Brewer, NumberTwenty2 and Northbay Alehouses.

Ralph Wilkinson

We work with ffresh on a wide range of marketing, design and profile challenges and invariably find Mike Brough to be really focussed on understanding our ethos, ambitions and strategic thinking.

What we feel we have with ffresh is a real partnership of like-minded people in search of common goals and we would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for first class advice and service.

Geoff Ford, Chairman, Ford Engineering Group

ffresh worked with us to create the branding for a new concept coffee shop brand ‘Lounge’. We were delighted with the approach, the on-going communication and the eventual result. The branding was applied to external signage; internal graphics were created to enliven the space; menus and other marketing devices were employed to help promote the brand. Mike continues to work with us to continually evolve the brand in a fast moving market.

Tariq Masood B.Eng (Hons) C.Eng MICE Dip CII, Director, Lounge MBR Ltd

ffresh is an amazing Darlington company with imaginative ideas and fantastic customer service. Mike is a creative genius who always delivers with flair. I have relied on fffresh many times and Mike has never failed to impress with his exciting concepts and designs.

Kath MacColl, Parliamentary Researcher

We’ve worked with Mike from ffresh for more than three years – he’s our ‘go to’ person for all our design projects because we know we’ll get a quality piece of work quickly. We’ve created annual reports, posters, flyers, web design, stationery, and event materials – all great value. He’s flexible to meet our evolving requests and always manages to pull something out of the hat, even if we don’t entirely know what we’re looking for ourselves!

Andrew Stainthorpe, Bravo Charlie Communications

When I needed a branding design for my new business, I was introduced to ffresh by a former colleague. The proposals they came back with were creative, innovative and made me feel they really understood the image I wanted the new business identity to project. I am delighted with the finished product and cannot praise their professionalism more highly.

Tony Johnston, Managing Director, Engage Media Training

I came to ffresh with the vaguest ideas of what I wanted and a very tight deadline in which to deliver it. This did not matter in the slightest and what I ended up with was even better than my initial concept. Mike really went that extra mile to ensure that I was completely happy with everything he produced. I will be very pleased to work with Mike again in the future.

Robyn Bourne, General and Commercial Manager, Academy for Chief Executives Ltd

Having shared a few ideas and possible images with ffresh it was very satisfying to see how Mike developed them into a cohesive design and a very striking set of posters and flyers for our show; way beyond anything I could have imagined.  And these were produced quickly and efficiently. Highly recommended.

Mary Stastny, Artistic Director, The Castle Players

We would highly reccomend ffresh, they always understand what the customer wants and deliver in a creative, speedy and cost effective manner. Always a pleasure working with Mike.

Ash Farbod, owner, Joes Barbers

ffresh has been a fantastic find for Smith & Allan. Their clean cut designs and modern outlook have really helped to update our company profile. Mike is a pleasure to work with and I would recommend him to anyone!

Rebecca Miller, Smith & Allan

Working with Mike was a pleasure. He was given the difficult job of helping to revamp a much-loved black and white community newspaper so it could become a full-colour compact publication. The end project kept the traditional feel of the newspaper but gave it a modern look – a far from easy task. This was achieved through Mike’s superb skills as a designer and his genuine desire for team work. Thanks Mike.

Trevor Brookes, Editor, Teesdale Mercury

I have worked with Mike Brough for over ten years now. Initially when I was at Head of Marketing at Darlington College where Mike’s agency supplied all the marketing creative materials for me for print, press, online and website as we had no in-house graphic designers. Mike was very professional in his approach and always pitched fresh ideas to me and the team each academic year which moved our brand forward and ensured we remained current and successful in our student recruitment.

ffresh were always responsive and helpful – and always provided top class materials and an excellent service. Mike worked well with other suppliers including our PR Consultant, Website team and really acted as an extension of our marketing team. When I moved to Middlesbrough College I inherited a team of graphic designers so was unable to use Mike in the same way I had previously, however, he supports us at very busy periods in our business and still continues to do projects for me.

I couldn’t recommend Mike more highly; he is an outstanding designer and is a lovely genuine person.

Andrea Amos, Marketing Director, Middlesbrough College


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