Why you’d be mad not to get in touch.
The UK is blessed to have such a wealth of successful entrepreneurs, business people, graphic designers and marketers. Of course there are many other talented people out there but these types of people are the ones I get compared to the most.
I’m Tom Ferris and I created Blackwell Ferris out of frustration, passion, personal attributes and fascination – and why? To share (and maybe make some money along the way…).
I’m not an entrepreneur. In fact, I HATE the term (and hate’s a strong word), because like many other terms that have become ever popular in today’s culture its overused and misinterpreted. You can be a successful business person and not an entrepreneur.
I’m glad we cleared that up.
What about Graphics and Marketing? Well my passion is Creativity – and it’s something that has driven my life choices for years; from what subject’s I chose at College through to career choices upon Graduation from University. All along I wanted to have a career doing what made me happy – which was being creative.
At the age of roughly ‘dot’ (since I can remember) my ‘natural’ talent has always been art – specifically drawing. I used to draw from the moment I woke up until it was way past my bedtime. I’d draw landscapes, people, cars and (mostly) Cartoons. This drove me to follow my dream of a Cartoonist… which subsequently didn’t happen because Art at College was a mind-messer. Overlapping deadlines, dominance of others than insisted on painting only in black and white (cheaters!) and the dropping of my other grades built a frustration inside me and I chose to leave art behind and follow another creative path: Advertising.
I figured advertising would allow creativity without a need to be the best qualified artist in the world. This lead me down a Media Comm’s and Marketing degree and by the end of University I chose Marketing as my Career path.
My Marketing career has spanned many of the world biggest brands in Automotive and Consumer Electronics (including giants like Sony, Canon and Castrol) and has given me experience in Marketing from UK through to Global levels and everything in between, and this got me thinking…
What do the smaller companies do when they can’t get their head around their brand, brand values, colour schemes, logos, material design and overall look and feel? They are faced with all sorts of options of companies that can do Print really well… but less-so with design. Or designers who can fulfil any print requirements. So I figured: let’s bring expertise in both areas together in one place.
Then as the years passed by I realised that everywhere I looked – family, friends and my other half – were all part of the Beauty and Hair industry. Then the more I learned about the industry the more I realised there was a gap in the market for a single go-to company for beauty and hair design and print. So here we are!
Blackwell Ferris is unique because it’s driven by Me. I’m the mind, the founder, the creative and the print manager, and when you get in touch with us you get in touch with Me. I put my heart and soul into every project and use my unique mix of Commercial thinking and Creative expression to get the very best from all my clients and their marketing materials.
Our Philosophy: Collaboration, Ideas, & a Commercial Mindset
We work together with you and your teams to gain understanding and build long lasting relationships. That way we enjoying working together and we get the best out of each other. We don’t just hear what you have to say: we listen.
We create ideas where there seems to be a ‘brick wall’ and we think inside and outside of the box; because sometimes being too different can alienate, whereas other times creativity is the key to unlocking your businesses’ potential.
Finally, we’ve been there. We haven’t been locked in a repurposed warehouse office surrounded by arcade machines and table tennis all of our careers, we’ve been in your shoes: working for blue chip companies to local teams of less than 20 people and now we are experts in working with one person start-ups all the way through to the fastest growing national companies in many sectors. Our experience lets us be creative AND commercial which can only mean great results for you.
Get in touch today to have an easy going and straight forward conversation to see what we could do for you.