Links I’ve loved April

lnks I loveA round-up of links and things I’ve loved this month.

It’s been a busy month or two here at Monster Moo Studios with lots of networking and planning being done. April in particular saw me really focus on marketing and the changes I need in order to really build awareness of Monster Moo Studios and the services I offer. Below is a round up of links, resources and people I loved in April.

As my focus in April was business planning and marketing then this edition of links I love will reflect that and I hope you all find something useful. Please do pass on and share with anyone else you think may enjoy the links below.

Business

Big Pip Marketing

Big Pip Marketing

At the beginning of April I spent an fantastic and very thought provoking day at Big Pip Headquarters planning out a new marketing strategy for Monster Moo Studios. Cat and Amanda certainly made me look at marketing from a new angle and once I’d got my head around the approach they were suggesting I can see some really exciting things on the horizon.

So watch this space and see if you can spot the results of the day in my upcoming marketing and social media posts.

If you’re looking to give your marketing an overhaul and want a fresh pairs of eyes analysing your business then I can’t recommend Big Pip enough.

Business Grants from RBBC

RBBC

In April I was incredibly fortunate to be awarded a business grant from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council. The “business support grant of up to £1,000 is available to businesses wishing to start, develop or grow. If you live in the borough or your business is based in the borough with less than 4 employees, you could be eligible. Grants can be used to help fund new or improved equipment like machinery, tools or IT and training.”

The application process was incredibly easy and after a short interview with the local councillor for business development I received notification of my award within days. So if you’e a small business operating with Reigate and Banstead borough Council check out the link above to apply.

Networking Support Horley

Networking Support Horley

In my drive to network more and support other local businesses in the area I’ve joined forces with the lovely Johanna from DeVine Admin and set up a new networking group in Horley – Networking Support Horley. Networking Support Horley is a friendly, supportive group for anyone running a business in Horley and the surrounding areas and our goal is to create a place where we can all support and help each other to grow our businesses into the amazing organisations we all dream of. So if your local to Horley I hope to see you at one of our networking meetings which are held every third Monday of the month in The Air Balloon, Horley.

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Design

Design Trends 2017 Course

Design trends

This free email course from Flywheel outlining the key web design trends for 2017 was great. From realistic photography to beautiful script typography, they highlight the trends of 2017 to see why they work and how you can implement them on your own site. And the best part? They’ve teamed up with some of the great creative brands out there to give you the tools you need to get the look!

The only trend I say they miss out is the move towards more hand drawn/ bespoke illustrations and icons, which is a great trend for a designer like me who loves illustration. If you don’t have time for a 14 day email course then check out this article by Venngage.

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The best of the rest

 Muddy Stilettos Awards

Muddy Stilettos AwardsThe Muddy Stilettos Awards are now open. Unfortunately, there’s no graphic design/ illustration category but here’s the link for everyone who wants to go and nominate a business they love (or maybe even nominate yourself). I’ve nominated:

Best Photographer – Rejuvenating Joy
Best Cafe – Serendipity Coffee Co
Best Children’s business – Smiley Coach Lisa Parkes
Best Theatre – The Archway Theatre

I’d love to hear who you vote for, so why not comment below. Good Luck everyone.

Wild Wood Festival

I’m starting to look ahead to the May Half Term and how to keep ‘The Monsters’ occupied. The Wild Wood festival at Wakehurst is looking like a good option. “Join us for an action packed bank holiday weekend of woodland activities for all the family right in the heart of Wakehurst’s beautiful woodland as we unlock the secrets of our ancient woodland.”

So, there you go –  a round up of a few of the links I’ve loved in April. I hope you enjoy browsing the links above and I would love to hear your thoughts on them all. Do you have any favourites you’d like to share? Who knows, maybe they’ll feature in a future blog.

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