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Team effort wins award for Canadian company

Kate Marston - Monday, April 25, 2016

Read about our recent exhibition graphics and brochure design work for 360 Innovations, led by George Edwards of CanadaUK Partners.

A local business team led by George Edwards of CanadaUK Partners has delighted its overseas client by becoming a finalist in the hotly contested award for ‘Best Creative Shell Scheme Stand’ at a leading Window & Door Industry Show. The Awards were organised by the FIT (Fabricator Installer Trade) Show, which took place at the International Centre, Telford, from 12-14 April 2016. This success comes at a time when UKTI (UK Trade & Investment) is promoting Exporting is GREAT week to SMEs around the country. 

Working on behalf of 360 Innovations, a Canadian company wishing to raise awareness and gain entry to the UK with its window and door software, the team consisting of George Edwards, Alison Page of Alison Page Marketing (APM) and Kate Marston of KM Design, put together and delivered a marketing plan during 2015 and 2016 culminating in participation at the FIT Show.

The FIT Show is the primary focus for the UK window, door and conservatory industry; forging a bridge between the manufacturers and distributors of products, components and services and the companies and individuals that fabricate and install them. Attendance at this year’s show was 45% up on 2014 with 8,502 unique visitors and more than 180 exhibitors occupying four halls at the conference centre.

Key elements of the marketing communication plan for 360i included: in-depth research into the UK market, competitors and potential clients; targeted data purchase; design and fulfilment of a bespoke brochure; telemarketing; social media; and attendance at the show. The stand itself was designed and built by Doran Design and Aiver Contracts, experienced stand contractors, with graphics created by KM Design.

Stephane Mondoux, CEO of 360 Innovations said of the team, “Since day one, our introduction to the UK market has been an amazing journey. We reached an incredible milestone by being the runner-up of FIT Show Awards in the Best Creative Shell Scheme Stand and finished in the top 3 in front of all these companies. I was really proud to see our company name in front of 900 people at the Gala Dinner! Everything went beyond our expectations and I can affirm there is a place for our solutions in the UK market.”

George Edwards concluded: “I’m delighted that I was able to put together a Tring-based core team, which met and overcame every challenge we faced, with great attention to detail, and a well thought out cohesive/integrated plan. This demonstrates that small businesses with complementary skills and experience and operating as a close-knit team, can punch above their individual weight, win important contracts with international businesses and gain additional experience and expertise. I am confident that our team can successfully win further international contracts on the back of the success of this project.”

George can be contacted on +44 (0)1442 381751 or visit http://www.canadauk.com/ if you'd like to know more.

More on our brochure design can be read here.

Award win – Best Business Women Awards

Kate Marston - Saturday, October 17, 2015

Kate Marston, owner of KM Design, has been named as the winner of Business Services in The Best Business Women Awards, a national competition for female entrepreneurs. 17 winners were selected from 60 finalists. This annual competition seeks to recognise great women in the business community, who are not only making a difference in their own lives, but also in their local communities.

‘I feel extremely proud to have won this award. I’m celebrating 10 years of KM Design this year and the award is recognition of all that I have achieved so far as a small business owner. I’d like to thank my husband Ben, my family, friends, clients and suppliers for their support in making KM Design a success.’

The founder of the awards Debbie Gilbert said ‘The Best Business Women awards are all about showcasing great businesswomen who are running a business around a family or commitments. The standard of entrants was very high so to be chosen as a winner is a major achievement’.

The awards were presented at a gala final at Batchwood Hall in St Albans on 15th October where winners and finalists enjoyed a 3 course meal and the award presentation.

The judges commented 'In a strong and competitive category Kate Marston stood out with her clear vision and passion and a high quality application demonstrating skilful design and great business ethics.'

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