t&s creative communications

Hello.

Welcome to t&s. We are an integrated creative communications agency born in Bristol, with a diverse range of clients throughout the UK. From traditional advertising platforms to innovative digital media engagement, we create multi-channel communications that not only stand out, but get results.

We'll guide you in the right direction...

We'll guide you in the right direction...

Whether your business is just taking off or you need to spread your wings to reach new and unexplored audiences, t&s create ideas that land in the right places at the right time.

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We'll help you stand out from the crowd...

We'll help you stand out from the crowd...

In a congested marketplace, just blasting your horn rarely gets you very far. If your marketing isn’t attracting the attention you want, t&s will create your perfect volume and pitch.

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Most importantly, we’ll get you results.

Campaign success is the sign of a good agency. Shouting from the rooftops about how great you are is one thing, but it’s our results that have ultimately built a strong business with such great clients. If your communications aren’t keeping you ahead of the Joneses, it’s time to move.

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Hello.

Welcome to t&s. We are an integrated creative communications agency born in Bristol, with a diverse range of clients throughout the UK. From traditional advertising platforms to innovative digital media engagement, we create multi-channel communications that not only stands out but get results.

Whatever it takes to get your message across

  • Advertising

    Advertising

    Traditional advertising channels may not be quite as topical as the latest digital platforms, but ignore them at your peril.

    The majority of your enquiries may very well come via your website, but the journey to your site is a whole different matter and one which the so called 'old skool’ media can, and does, still play an integral part of the communication mix.

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  • Branding

    Branding

    Understanding what sets our clients apart from the competition, is what sets us apart.

    From logo creation and company stationery to brand strategy and fully integrated identity collateral, we get right under the skin of our clients to help develop brands of value and distinction.

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  • Creative

    Creative

    Thinking creatively is at the heart of everything we do.

    Whether you’re developing a new brand identity from scratch, or need a hard-hitting sales campaign, or simply want a sharp new company brochure; our award-winning creative team will always find that clever execution to give you the competitive edge.

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  • Digital

    Digital

    Concerned that you’re not maximising your online opportunities?

    Or just bamboozled by the jargon that surrounds the latest web trends? Whatever stage you are at with your digital strategy, t&s will ensure that you’ve got your finger on the right pulse. From website design to social media and everything in between, we deliver campaigns to engage your audience with meaningful and measurable communications.

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  • Advertising

    Traditional advertising channels may not be quite as topical as the latest digital platforms, but ignore them at your peril. The majority of your enquiries may very well come via your website, but the journey to your site is a whole different matter and one which the so called 'old skool’ media can, and does, still play an integral part of the communication mix.

    View Advertising Projects

  • Branding

    Understanding what sets our clients apart from the competition, is what sets us apart. From logo creation and company stationery to brand strategy and fully integrated identity collateral, we get right under the skin of our clients to help develop brands of value and distinction.

    View Branding Projects

  • Creative

    Thinking creatively is at the heart of everything we do. Whether you’re developing a new brand identity from scratch, or need a hard-hitting sales campaign, or simply want a sharp new company brochure; our award-winning creative team will always find that clever execution to give you the competitive edge.

    View Creative Projects

  • Digital

    Concerned that you’re not maximising your online opportunities? Or just bamboozled by the jargon that surrounds the latest web trends? Whatever stage you are at with your digital strategy, t&s will ensure that you’ve got your finger on the right pulse. From website design to social media and everything in between, we deliver campaigns to engage your audience with meaningful and measurable communications.

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Our Clients

BMW

The art of balancing a prestige brand with value for money, for Cooper Group’s 14 BMW dealerships.

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Bristol Airport

Increasing retail revenue and filling more flights, campaigns that take-off for Bristol Airport.

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Enterprise

Campaigns with more pulling power. Matching the right publicans to the right business for Enterprise’s 5,000+ pubs.

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Weston College

Creating THE destination of choice for Further and Higher Education students. Changing outlooks and inspiring futures for Weston College.

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Inchcape

Increasing footfall, stimulating sales and exceeding targets for the Inchcape Retail Group.

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Toyota

When campaigns need to be heard above the noise. Increasing sales volume for Inchcape Toyota nationwide dealer group.

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Martin & Co

Finding tenants, switching landlords and sell, sell, selling for Martin & Co national sales and letting agency group.

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MINI

We’ve never had so much fun with a brand. The serious business of creating effective sales campaigns for Cooper Group’s 15 MINI dealerships.

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Somerset Care

A sensitive approach to communications. Recruiting the right people to join Somerset Care’s 31 residential and nursing care homes across the South of England.

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SWASFT

It’s never just a job. Inspiring the best Paramedics to South Western Ambulance Service Foundation Trust.

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UHOVI

Attracting new students from where you least expect for UHOVI (University of the Heads of the Valleys Institute).

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Webbs

Taking mobile marketing quite literally. Keeping sales moving for Webbs Caravan and Motorhome retail centres.

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It doesn't do for us all to think alike

Colin Matheson

Account Manager

Daniel Trim

Senior Digital Producer

Michael Worthington

Digital Producer

Chris Taylor

Mid Weight Designer

Sophie Bruce

Account Executive

colin matheson

A quick summary of your previous work history and experience:

Born and bred in Aberdeen, Colin worked in the oil and gas sector whilst studying for a degree in marketing. Alongside his studies, he ran his own brand of music events, before graduating and moving further afield to Edinburgh where he worked in creative agencies as an account handler across the property, tourism and energy industries, working from a graduate up to Account Manager level. He then ventured down to Bristol in September 2019 and joined the t&s team as Account Manager.

Describe your typical T&S working day in no more than 50 words:

The first to arrive and the last to leave. Answering client requests, making very strong coffee, running daily team catch-up meetings across the agency to run through priorities, discussing new creative ideas, discussing new food items and keeping everyone happy.

What are you best at?

Having an eye for detail, being overly pedantic with grammar, keeping an eye on marketing trends and fitting every Scottish stereotype (haggis, Andy Murray, etc).

Passion(s) outside of work.

Obsessed with music of all genres, enjoy keeping active with running and cycling, avid Redditor, love festivals, cooking, watching films and TV series, and going out for food and a drink.

Has played tennis with Andy Murray

Got a piggyback from Ainsley Harriot when I was 4

Got told off for making the coffee too strong on my first day

Distantly related to Annie Lennox

daniel trim

A quick summary of your previous work history and experience:

Dan’s experience is made up of a variety of skills across web design and development, SEO, video, social media, and digital ads. With such a huge passion for digital marketing, Dan concluded that t&s definitely felt like the right place to be.

Describe your typical T&S working day in no more than 50 words:

First, a coffee, then an analysis of which words people are using to show currently running ads, then it’s off to the to-do list to see the day’s PPC and SEO priorities with a coffee. A quick Google of new techniques is after, and it finishes with a coffee.

What are you best at?

Making the coffee. No wait, auditing a business’s digital presence to find a plethora of improvements.

Passion(s) outside of work?

The three Cs: cars, coffee, cats, curry, and coffee.

Unhealthy obsession with supercars

Owns a super…mini

Unhealthy obsession with cats

Doesn’t own a cat

michael worthington

A quick summary of your previous work history and experience:

Michael took a deep dive into a variety of creative roles before joining t&s. Media manager and marketing specialist for film productions and automotive brands, inbound sales specialist for North American accounting SaaS provider, marketing director for a Vancouver-based software development company, and screenwriter and film producer. Most notably, however, he’s a veteran couch potato, long retired from competitive sports.

Describe your typical T&S working day in no more than 50 words:

In just before 9am so I can munch on a variety of fruit, nutrition bars, and yoghurt. Then I black out for about 8 hours – that’s when I’m really at my best. Apparently, I do a lot of copywriting and digital work for clients and t&s.

What are you best at?

Deflecting. What about you?

Passion(s) outside of work.

Bears. Beets. Battlestar Galactica.

Writes screenplays

Can play 5 instruments

Can’t read music

Has outrun a dog across the width of 3 football pitches

chris taylor

A quick summary of your previous work history and experience:

Chris learnt the trade up north at Sheffield Hallam Uni in the ‘Steel City’ before moving to the south coast and taking his first role down in Bournemouth. After a couple of years he moved back to his home city of Bristol to continue his progression, where he continued to fine tune his craft over the next 5 years before joining T&S via a stint in New Zealand.

Describe your typical T&S working day:

His day can only be started after a cycle, a bowl of muesli and a chat with the studio team, then he is ready to go. Chris works across all aspects in studio, whether it’s creating a national campaign, an intricate piece of packaging (with all the luxurious print processes) or a small, quick-fire job. The fast pace makes each day enjoyable and diverse!

What are you best at?

A master of juggling projects across print, digital and motion from the big projects to the small, with strong ideas and crafting throughout. Whilst at the same still picking up all the projects that allow the smooth continual running of the agency.

Passion(s) outside of work.

Outside of work, Chris is generally never found indoors, this is probably helped from being from a fitness crazy family –the fact the old man is a running coach. You can generally find him hiking up a mountain, surfing, kayaking down a river or throwing himself down a white mountain on a board (occasionally breaking a rib in the process), or cycling really fast, just minus the lycra. He’s also a wannabe carpenter, making all his projects out of upcycled material. One person’s trash is another person’s treasure. He’s also a passionate cook – although if the dish doesn’t have chilli in, apparently it doesn’t count!

Makes upcycled furniture

Weighed a mighty 2lbs 2oz at birth

Swam with bull sharks

Can sleep through earthquakes (useless superpower)

sophie bruce

A quick summary of your previous work history and experience:

Having graduated with a degree in Business and Marketing, Sophie decided to dip her toe in the world of shopping at sea. After gaining years of invaluable experience in all areas of a busy marketing department, she established a successful media sales and campaign implementation program for an international cruise retailer. The driving force behind brand campaigns on board, the likes of Dior, Bacardi, and Tiffany (to shamelessly name drop a few) have benefitted from her safe pair of hands. Leaving behind the logistical nightmare of new brand launches on the shores of some far-flung islands in the oceans, Sophie became a part of the account handling team at t&s, eager and ready to take on some new and diverse challenges across a multitude of client accounts.

Describe your typical T&S working day:

I love that every day is completely different! One minute I’m copy checking some fun animal facts ready for social posts, the next I’m briefing a custom-made costume for a client’s latest campaign- all while keeping an eye on any upcoming press deadlines.


I’m always ready to get stuck into projects, whether it’s client liaison or researching media recommendations…just as soon as I’m done getting stuck into my not-so-secret drawer of snacks.

What are you best at?

If you asked the team, they’d probably tell you that my most essential responsibility is keeping the drinks fridge fully stocked for Friday 4pm!

Needs feeding every hour

Loves a mini-break

Saved 3x lives (probably)

Hasn’t missed an episode of Emmerdale for 14 years

Dave Read

Art Director

Michael Ashfield

Developer

Sam Clark

Business Development Executive

Lydia Jeal

Account Executive

Ryan Belbin

Creative Director

dave read

Award winning Art Director who is far too busy to write their own profile...

michael ashfield

Our problem solving developer.

Michael's always been interested in IT, pursuing it in his GCSEs and A-levels, he's now a student at Solent University studying Web Design and Development. Michael came to t&s as a student looking for a company to work for as part of a year long industry placement. We're hoping that t&s will play its part in helping to prepare him for his final year of university!

What do you do all day?

I develop websites! This includes maintaining websites, finding solutions to problems and bugging third parties regarding glitches in their plug-ins!

What are you best at?

Web Development. I really enjoy solving problems and finding new ways to develop websites and functionality which suits the client's objectives and makes the user journey 100% more enjoyable.

And the real Michael?

I like learning useless, but interesting knowledge. I also love to challenge the t&s team with my daily Mensa challenges!

Has lived in Germany

Has piloted a plane

Won medals at the European Championship for Tang Soo Doo (A martial art)

Frequently at Nando's

sam clark

Brace yourself... she’s after your business!

Like so many before, Sam’s journey into the world of marketing is rich in variety. Starting at Hjellegjerde (a Norwegian furniture company), Sam spent four valuable years getting under the skin of retail, experiencing everything from in-store marketing to customer services. Ever eager to broaden her horizons, Sam managed some serious juggling with her work-life balance to take a Business Studies with Marketing degree at UWE, and duly graduated with a 2:1. If that wasn’t enough, Sam won the ‘Futures Award’ and held the post of PAL (Peer Assisted Learning) Leader and Student Ambassador, responsible for developing and promoting the University’s new learning centre. And as a breather in the Summer break, it was off to Florida to gain yet more experience, working for a little Mickey Mouse company – helping to bring the magic to expectant diners at Walt Disney World. But exploring new opportunities didn’t stop in the Magic Kingdom. During her final-year research studies at university, Sam identified an opportunity for an online lifestyle magazine, and in typical Sam fashion, ‘Anything Goes’ lifestyle magazine was born – it still thrives today under her stewardship! Of course, any new venture takes time to grow, and the ever-resourceful Sam was funding her vision (and keeping food on the table) with a second job being the top advertising sales person for Mum’s Diary Magazine. No surprise then that when Sam came to the attention of t&s, this was exactly the drive and ‘I’ll find a way’ attitude we required in our Business Development team. Sam now leads our new business prospecting with the same gusto that she has applied throughout her working life. Great news for us, but watch out those prospects who aren’t interested in what she has to say.

What do you do all day?

I manage the prospect database – adding information established in contact, creating new client profiles and improving its functionality. I also research prospective clients and the ways in which t&s can further an organisation’s goals and aspirations. Not forgetting, liaising with potential clients to ensure our information is as up-to-date as it can be, scheduling meetings with prospective clients and generally making myself available to help with their needs. What do you do best? I’m all about communication. I like to build a good rapport with people I speak to, and enjoy identifying new and mutually beneficial opportunities. But it’s all nothing without great organisation!

And the real Sam?

I’m Disney mad – I have been to three of the six parks and own lots of Disney movies/memorabilia (especially mugs!). I’m always thinking about new travel adventures; America has been a little obsession of mine for the last three years, whilst I thoroughly enjoy gigs, concerts and festivals – with over 50 experiences to note, off the top of my head! It goes without saying that I love to kick back and relax – I’m really into the Big Bang Theory at the moment, with an obsession for American comedy series’ in general, including, but not limited to: Friends, Gilmore Girls, Family Guy & Two and a Half Men. Besides all of the above, I like reading, shopping and spending time at home with my boyfriend and two cats, who are appropriately named after Disney characters...

Enjoys new adventures

Owns 2 feline Disney princesses (cats)

Loves Disney

Regular gig/festival attendee

lydia jeal

She means business.

Lydia is an apprenticeship superstar. Being recently nominated as Apprentice of The Year at the 2018 Bristol and Bath Apprenticeship Awards, Lydia has now passed her Business Administration Level 3, (whilst working full-time at t&s), and helps manage multiple accounts across the agency as our Account Co-Ordinator.

What do you do all day?

On a day-to-day basis, I provide help to the account handling team, working on multiple accounts with all aspects of account handling such as proofreading, checking and creating new briefs and making sure that everything runs smoothly for the client.

What are you best at?

Chatting! Once I get to know you, I will chat forever! I also think I am a good listener, who is very organised – everything always has to be neat and tidy - great stationery also helps!

And the real you?

Chilling out, sleeping or watching TV. I love to just chill, but I also love a trip away to the Alps. In my world, there is nothing better than being at the top of a snowy mountain in the winter months, with a pair of skis on my feet! In the summer, however, there has to be a trip abroad with plenty of time spent on the beach. I just love holidays! I’m also great at online shopping and always end up on my phone ordering anything from clothes to shoes... and bags. Well, anything really!

Dreams of being on holiday 24/7

Adores a good brew

Owns 100+ nail varnishes

Loves Skiing

ryan belbin

Not just a pretty picture.

After earning his considerable stripes with a number of specialist agencies, including a 4 year stint as Divisional Creative Divisional with EuroRSCG Riley, Ryan decided that the traditional agency life would ultimately stand in the way of his creative instincts. In 2004, Ryan joined two other Directors at the inception of Sedgley Belbin Wright, taking responsibility for the agency’s creative direction. Then in 2011, Ryan really spread his wings and became one of the founding Directors of t&s. As Creative Director, his passion and hands-on approach ensures that the agency’s creative work is as effective as it is striking.

What do you do all day?

Try to find inspiration for clients, in me and from the team.

What do you do best?

Making sure a great idea (whomever’s it is) fulfils its potential.

And the real Ryan?

A doting Father and loving (his words, not his wife’s) husband. His family is the only thing that comes before client needs.*

If you exclude...

*Daydreaming, doodling, eating, drinking, films, dealing in vintage American comics, his pets, the garden, bed, alcohol, friends, cars, Apple products, the internet, colouring in and Scarlett Johansen (Ryan had to take out an injunction).

21 years of industry experience

Foiled a knife attack with a belt buckle

Collects American comic #1s

Speaks one language

John Struth

Studio Head

Emma Knapp

Client Services Director

Darren Hart

Digital Director

Brian Kings

Finance Director

Chris Ames

Digital Designer / Developer

john struth

Making the impossible, possible - our very own Studio Superhero.

John studied Graphic Design at North Devon College. He cut his teeth at a national comms agency based in Barnstaple, where he started as a Junior Designer and worked his way up to Team Leader. After relocating to Bristol in 2005, he joined Sedgley Belbin Wright as a Senior Designer, where his creative and organisational skills soon elevated him to Studio Manager. Joining t&s from it's beginning in 2011, John brought with him his impressive creative credentials and plays a key role in both the conceptualising and delivery of the agency’s campaign projects.

What do you do all day?

My current role at t&s gives me the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of being a Senior Designer whilst taking on the responsibility of Studio Head. As a full service agency, a variety of projects keep me on my toes - I schedule all the creative work coming into studio and ensure it's good enough to leave. I oversee the work of our Production Team, and ensure that high volume, quick turnaround jobs are of a high standard and that our systems and processes are maintained and adhered to. I also work alongside the Creative Director on the majority of projects, from the highs of the full advertising campaigns, branding work, and new business pitches, down to the nitty gritty of the 10x2 recruitment ads, prospectus typesetting, or rolling my sleeves up and getting stuck into a PowerPoint document!

What are you best at?

Whether it’s creating a brand, or getting the best from brand guidelines, planning in a fortnight’s work for a busy studio, whilst working on tomorrow’s pitch, and pushing through that curve ball of a late rush ad, you will always find the same accurate, and efficient attention to detail.

What are you asked to do the most?

Spend our time wisely. Bend, juggle or shuffle it, but most importantly, ensure it’s never wasted, and that the studio is delivering the bests results for our clients.

What do you like to do the most?

Ensure we get briefs in correctly, that the account handling team know when they’re getting them back, and that it’s all artworked perfectly for them.

And the real John?

Aside from t&s, my time is still in demand, but the MAC gets replaced by crayons, and the scheduling meetings take on the format of tea parties at the request of my three year old daughter!

Plays with pink unicorns


Can recite the lyrics to ‘Let It Go’

Frequents fairy tea parties


Has a demanding 3-year-old daughter!

emma knapp

She won’t rest.

With ten years’ experience as Client Services Director, Emma has a natural passion for developing both existing and new business. Her team management skills and desire to do things properly, ensure that t&s not only look after their current clients, but that they make the most of every potential new business opportunity – a mind-set that has helped t&s quadruple in size since its launch in 2011. Working for nearly ten years within local media, mainly within the automotive sector, Emma left to take her first agency role at Euro RSCG Riley Bristol, where she worked on a mixture of education recruitment and automotive clients. In 2011, Emma became one of the founding Directors of t&s and in her role of Client Services Director, she brings her vast experience in all areas of the advertising communications mix, helping clients not only meet, but exceed their marketing objectives.

What do you do all day?

Love clients, lead staff, oversee client campaigns and generally make sure that everything is being done as it should. If clients are happy, I am happy.

What are you best at?

I hold the world record for spinning plates. And all done with a smile on my face and song in my heart.

And the real Emma?

Sitting in my room listening to A-ha. Swimming. Dreaming of meeting Morton Harket at the municipal baths.

Hates Coldplay

Loves a banana

Only slightly older than Ryan! (Geologically speaking)

Used to dress up as Garfield

darren hart

A true digital guru.

Darren started his digital life as a 4GL Green Screen Developer in the exciting worlds of tantalum capacitors and container shipping (your guess is as good as ours). When he was finally let out of the coding basement into the bright modern sunshine of the web, his skills led him to run development teams, managing some of the world’s busiest travel and luxury websites (South West Trains, East Midlands Trains, East Coast Mainline, SuperSeaCat, Orient Express Hotels & Luxury Avenue Shopping Mall). By the time Darren headed a digital department in Contract Publishing, his all-round skills meant he could apply his hand to pretty much everything from Accountancy to Zoos. Early in 2014, t&s went in search of a new digital guru to lead their ever-growing online offer. The job description listed a broad experience of apps, digital issues, websites, social media, advertising, competitions, email campaigns and content strategy. It was a wish list written in more hope than expectation, but in Darren t&s got the lot.

What do you do all day?

I’ll be working on ten things at once. Pitching at 9, writing specs at 10, coding at 11, Facebook campaigns at 12, sampling the best that Friska has to offer at lunch, then production at 2, buying overpriced coffee at 3, briefing at 4 and planning at 5.

What are you best at?

Defining solutions to a problem, and being able to explain that solution to developers in granular detail and clients in broad strokes.

 And the real Darren?

My passions outside of work? Torquay United, swimming vast distances outdoors, going to gigs and attempting insanely complex recipes.

Winner of multiple chilli cook-offs

Sometimes dreams in code

Never been defeated by a pizza

brian kings

Cash is Kings.

After a 40 year career as an Accountant working in the retail sector for companies like WHSmith, Texas Homecare, Jewsons and finally, 16 years as Business Management and Franchising Manager for Renault UK Ltd., Brian ‘technically’ retired from full-time work in May 2008. However, within only a few months, he already felt the need for some stimulation in the form of the new challenge of streamlining and enhancing the financial management of Sedgley Belbin Wright, who he joined as Finance Director in November 2008. In 2011, Brian became one of the founding members of t&s. Brian’s wealth of financial experience and knowledge of the advertising and marketing, has proved invaluable, both during the company's inception and within the smooth running of the day-to-day finance function as t&s continues to expand.

What do you do all day?

I budget, forecast, chase, pay and count the money.

What do you do best?

I make sure that EVERYTHING adds up to the last penny. And if it doesn’t, I create merry hell!

And the real Brian?

Unfortunately, when we asked Brian this question, he had just taken off to explore another distant land. Which pretty much answers the question.

Soppy around all dogs

Mobile-phobic

Survived two separate rhino attacks

chris ames

There might be a better way to do it!

At heart, Chris is a Designer first, Developer second. He's passionate about design, which he believes is a combination of good aesthetics and intuitive functionality. In order to understand this more, he has self-taught certain aspects of front and back-end development, to help improve his all round game and deliver a more satisfying end-user experience. Having spent the last 15 years gaining invaluable experience and know-how working on a multitude of web projects in agencies and as an accomplished freelancer, Chris is a rare breed who thrives in getting to grips with all facets of a web projects. It’s this desire to tackle projects more efficiently, that has resulted in a tried and trusted web expert and is what ultimately led Chris to the t&s door in 2014. As our very own Web Designer and Developer, Chris is responsible for turning a client’s web ideals into a working reality and resounding success.

What do you do all day?

My typical working day at t&s involves a wide variety of task spanning, from designing promotional banners and building back and front-end functionality for websites, to designing and building email marketing campaigns. The speed of turnaround largely depends on how many cups of coffee I have.

What are you best at?

My passion lies with good functional design and that’s something I aim for in all my work. I would say that this has influenced my skills in front-end development, more so than anything else, but I enjoy nothing more than creating a brand new design whether it’s for web or print.

And the real Chris?

Outside of work, my time is dedicated to staying healthy by training every evening and trying to ‘eat clean’ to aid my performance. At the weekend, I usually break free from this regime and get stuck in to a calorific burger and a few pints with my mates.

Lifts twice his own bodyweight

Sleeps on a bed of nails

Likes chicken

Builds Interwebs

Get in touch!

Phone: 0117 315 5118
Email: hello@tandsadvertising.co.uk

Address
t&s creative communications,
[HERE]
470 bath road,
arnos vale,
bristol bs4 3hg