Proud of Derby: Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine success

Our Derby roots were positively glowing with pride when we heard about the British Airways flyover at the Rolls Royce site in Derby last week.

The flyover was to thank our client, Rolls-Royce, for their Derby-built Trent 1000 engines that powered the airborne Boeing 787 Dreamliner, closely flanked by a Rolls-Royce powered Spitfire. The 787 is the newest and most technologically advanced aircraft in the BA Fleet and will begin long haul flights to Toronto from September.

Global company Rolls Royce provide integrated power solutions in civil and defence aerospace, marine and energy markets. We have worked with Rolls-Royce air-lines in Derby since 1998, adhering to the Rolls-Royce brand and corporate identity toolkit to support their existing design studio with creative design for printexhibition graphics, internal communications and campaigns.

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End of a tradition? The slaying of the six weeks summer holidays

Children learning in classroom

The magical six weeks holidays – something you look forward to as a child and no doubt what gets the teacher through their term. If proposals are passed, from September 2015 local authority schools in England could set their own term dates meaning the summer holidays could be a thing of the past.

There’s pros and cons of course. For parents who are not working it’s pressure off trying entertain for so many weeks, and for those parents working would mean less child care costs to fork out in one go and less to-ing and fro-ing of which friend, club or family member their children go to each day. What about families and teachers with children in different Schools? Unless local schools co-ordinate, perhaps the only co-incinding dates for family holidays would be the two week Easter and Christmas breaks (hark the rise of peak prices for holiday firms). Like those with no children who can jet off during off–peak at any time of the year, perhaps schools setting own term dates would allow a window of opportunity for off-peak affordable family holidays.

From a learning perspective, shorter blocks of teaching could mean the children are less tired at the end of term and don’t forget things they’ve learnt, although speaking from my own experience school(s) already actively encourage parental support with learning through reading and setting challenges in the holidays.

Education Secretary Michael Grove suggested the current school year is out of date and children should have shorter holidays. Everyones circumstances are different and it’s a matter of personal opinion if giving schools autonomy over term dates is the right thing to do. For me, it’s about what’s best for my children’s education. Local schools need to co–ordinate, consider parents and children in the decision making process and importantly make their intentions known early. There’s no pleasing everyone and only time will tell the benefits.

Regular, reliable and concise communication is absolutely key to getting parents and teachers on board. In our line of work, we visually communicate messages for our clients everyday and understand the importance of getting it right to inform, influence thinking or buyer behaviour. Whether it’s advertising or promoting a service or product, providing public information or producing internal communications, the intended outcome is always the catalyst for what’s written or designed. In this case it’s all about the benefits to the child’s education and their families.

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Mono awarded EU framework for graphic design services

We are pleased to announce that through successful competitive tendering, we have been awarded a 4-year service European framework contract for graphic design services. The contract will enable us to produce design work for various European Institutions and Bodies. Mono’s Managing Director, Lynne Bramwell said “This is fantastic news for us. Expanding our design work into Europe is one of our 2013 company goals – we are delighted to have achieved this through hard work and determination.”

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Mono attends DNCC Members Event and Market & Sell

Last week (Tuesday 26th March 2013) I attended the Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce Members event to meet the team and find out what we could get out of our annual membership. There was a great turn out. Around 40 company representatives, approximately 8-10 companies to a table spread over 4 large round tables.

We were given the opportunity to mingle on arrival before being seated at tables. Wendy Hain – Director of Membership opened the session, and after a brief introduction from each of us to the room, every table was hosted by a DNCC staff member who rotated every 10 minutes after going through a particular aspect of membership benefits covering:

  • Events (seminars, workshops and conferences at different locations over Nottingham and Derby)
  • Specialist Business Forums
  • Sponsorship Opportunities, Marketing &Networking
  • Training & Recruitment (apprenticeships, bespoke training and coaching)
  • Espresso Breakfast Sessions (shot of expertise to start your day)
  • Chamber Member Benefits

Some of the chamber benefits were excellent, Legal Expenses Insurance is included in membership with £670,000 worth of cover after 3 months active membership which includes a legal advice line 24/7 365 days a year. There is also access to Chamber HR, a free service which includes unlimited access to HR specialists via a 24/7 helpline, access to 250 downloadable policies, forms, documents and fact sheets, plus a compliant Contract of Employment and Employee Handbook. For an additional supplement per staff member, there is a range of other discounted services/products for businesses, AA fleet assistance, stationery shop, health plan and much more

Following the DNCC spiel, we were provided with an opportunity to informally discuss our work around the table and distribute our literature and business cards. There were a variety of businesses in the room over a range of sectors, so something for everyone. It was interesting to find out what people  had to offer and if nothing else, we have all raised awareness of our companies.

After a quick coffee break, we were joined by some of the speed networkers from upstairs for a 45-minutes session on How to increase your profits by giving excellent customer care by key note speaker Mary-Lou Booth from Training Networks. I was particularly looking forward to this session, ’Customer Service’ is one of our unique selling points at Mono Design and is a subject of personal interest and importance to me . The session was highly engaging and Mary-Lou gave some examples of  unnecessary poor service that she had received, facts and figures and food for thought. We were provided with 7 pointers to take away to ensure excellent customer care.

Following the buffet/networking lunch, I visited the Showcase Market and Sell event (exhibition) upstairs where 24 companies were exhibiting. Mono didn’t exhibit at this event but possibly will do in the future as this provided a great opportunity to go and meet other local businesses and network further.

All in all it was a well organised and fantastic networking event arranged by DNCC. The event has definitely provided us with some positive potential business opportunities and we will certainly be involved with other DNCC networking events.

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RAR Awards 2013 – Mono Design are finalists in two categories

Thank you to our clients who rated us! We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted as finalists (top 10) for two categories related to our graphic design services; ‘on-time’ and ‘on-budget’ both in the under 30 staff category. The winners will be announced on 18th April at an awards dinner in London. Our clients have also recommended us for advertising, design and print production.

The RAR Awards are really valuable to us as our design services are assessed and rated confidentially by the very people who use our services, our clients. For this years awards, The Recommended Agency Register (RAR) reported having received an astounding 17,300 ratings from clients evaluating their design agencies. We look forward to hearing if we are winners of our categories in April.

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