What our clients say –
‘It’s always good to work with people who contribute, listen and work with you…’
‘Ascend are a delight to work with. They understand the creative brief, work to the brief and add more to it so it’s better than we thought. It’s always good to work with people who contribute, listen and work with you. Not only is Paul [the Creative Director] an excellent designer and creative thinker, but he also takes the time to learn about the business we’re working in and understands the time constraints and corporate context within which we’re working. He always deliver work on time and is extremely reliable. He’s a very considerate person to work with. I also appreciate that Paul is not only visually aware but aware of language and words too, and whether they make sense!’
Claire L. Brown
Global Marketing Manager
Sotheby’s Institute of Art
‘Impressed with the understanding and execution of the client brief…’
‘I engaged the services of Paul to refresh the Fisher Meredith company website. Paul has really impressed with his understanding and execution of the client brief, the high level of attention to detail, and co-ordination of communications between the client and supplier teams. What’s more, Paul has provided great ideas and ingenuity along the way to ensure added-value.
Paul’s passion for this project has been clear from the start to the end and it has been a truly enjoyable time working with both him and his team at Ascend. Paul’s positivity during this project has always remained high, even when the client has bombarded his team with extra work or last minute ideas/adjustments. This attribute has meant a very comfortable and informal working relationship, something that can’t always be said when dealing with agencies.
In the space of just 4 months, Paul has over-delivered with an exceptionally high quality website which has exceeded our expectations. As a token of our gratitude, we have just signed a one year contract to continue our working partnership on other projects.
I thoroughly recommend Paul to any business who requires high impact, creative and affordable marketing expertise. We are excited to continue working with Paul and his team at Ascend.’
Senior Marketing & Business Development Manager
Fisher Meredith Solicitors
‘Sometimes in life you get lucky…’
‘The day I contacted Paul Croxton of Ascend, I couldn’t believe just how lucky.
Having worked with designers in fmcgs, art & publishing for over ten years, I have seen many types of designers. From high end conceptualists to solid middleweights through to basic artworkers. At the top end, some were highly intellectual but lacked interpersonal skills others were very personable, sure and steady but lacked the vital creativity to re-energise a brand/product image. Then there were the quirky one with creative juices bubbling, who could design an amazing Indie CD cover but were unreliable with poor time management and often failed to absorb the commercial element involved in design.
Thankfully Paul Croxton was the complete package, a designer who could grasp the brief and run with it. Run with it? Sorry, I meant sprint with it. Within a few days of the briefing I was getting quotes, numerous mock-ups and leadtimes. It was impressive to say the least.
My remit as Head of Marketing at Inside Careers was to rejuvenate the brand, grow the product portfolio and integrate the marketing communications.
Part of the implementation of the new product development was to introduce a lifestyle magazine range for graduates starting their careers in finance, business and management. With Paul’s creative input and cutting edge design, we delivered high quality A4 glossy (but substantial) publications that fulfilled every part of what might have been considered a tricky project.
So delighted was I with the magazine design, I asked Paul if he would also design the Inside Careers website. Again this was a tough ask because the designs had to fit with the back end of the site. Once again though, Paul delivered the goods and again in a short period of time. Remarkable given that within Inside Careers website infrastructure there are 18 micro-sites, each with seven quite different sections.
With the magazines and website completed, I then asked Paul to design the Inside Careers Media Pack – a quite different brief given that it was not targeting students/graduates but to blue chip companies. Suffice to say, the production was excellent and again Paul’s expertise proved invaluable – especially when simplifying the complex sales packages.
Since these three substantial jobs, I have asked Paul to design business cards, flyers, posters, exhibition graphics, adverts and called on his advice on corporate communications and web design.
Paul is more than just a designer. Working with him you’ll find an refreshing honesty, a straight shooter who tells it as it is. Not just a designer with a mastery of all the tricks of the trade, Paul is also commercially aware and marketing savvy. It’s because of this combination of qualities that I would have no hesitation in recommending him for any design work.’
Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF)
‘Each design has resulted in effective sales and promotion…’
‘Ascend have proven to be exactly what we need to provide graphic design and sound negotiation on creative and copywriting that is serving our marketing campaign so well. Their understanding of how to help us explain our services to education and business institutions – visually, conceptually and literally – has been the greatest aspect of our partnership. Each design has resulted in effective sales and promotion for us, from exhibition banners to fold out business cards, making complicated offerings appear simple and easily accessible to all of our clients. Ascend’s work is smart, considered, sophisticated and practical, mirroring the quality of service from the team of artists in their company. Clients can’t do any better than work with Ascend.’
Dr Martin Patrick
University Partnership Manager
Meet The Real Me
‘The creativity to bring it all to life…’
‘Ascend listened to our needs and understood our requirements, transforming them into a brand and website that we are proud to carry our name. The website is clean, quick and concise and truly reflects our brand values. Both the new branding and the website have been received extremely well, both internally and externally. In such a complex and competitive industry such as law, it is vitally important to find a design partner that offers genuine support and understanding as well as the creativity to bring it all to life. We found this in Ascend and would highly recommend them.’
Head of Marketing
Kidd Rapinet LLP
‘Perfect creatives on instinct…’
‘Working with Ascend has been a real joy – they take time to understand the brief and seem to deliver perfect creatives on instinct. Creatively strong, their concepts also work on a commercial level. I highly recommend them.’
‘The result is fantastic and far beyond our expectations…’
‘Ascend understood our requirements from the word go and never failed to impress us with innovative suggestions and creative input. Whilst others only concentrated on ‘look and feel’, Ascend dove much deeper to get to the essence of the HSBC Research brand, the functionality required and ultimately, the user experience. The result is fantastic and far beyond our expectations. Thanks Ascend for all your hard work, very much looking forward to the next project!’
‘A rare combination of business savviness, real-world experience and creativity…’
‘The Ascend team brought a rare combination of business savviness, real-world experience and creativity that inspired us to really question (and improve) our brand strategy and marketing collateral. From the onset, they took the time to understand our brief, our company and our services, which was a major factor in us progressing with our brand evolution. This consultative approach, the powerful ideas, creative guidance and their intuitive ability to see the bigger picture in terms of what we wanted for our business both in the long and short term are the reasons for which I highly recommend Ascend.’
Group Marketing Coordinator
Pierre Audoin Consultants
‘A final product that has generated a significant increase in attributable revenues…’
‘The solution Ascend provided was so successful because it allowed us to enhance the personality of our brand, at the same time as bringing a much higher level of professionalism and functionality to the website. They understood our need to balance those elements in equal measures, and delivered a final product that has generated a significant increase in attributable revenues through the channel. Our site visit stats have gone through the roof, and the feedback we receive from visitors – new and old – is universally positive.’
Green Park Recruitment