For any given project, any number of creative angles exist. Itís our job to make sure we come up with the very best solution. Every time.
From litho to digital, from business cards to bespoke brochures and everything in between - great print is all about reproducing perfection.
Leave a favourable impression
with our presentation packaging…
tailored to any occasion to create
the “wow factor”.
Leave a favourable impression
with our presentation packaging…
tailored to any occasion to create
the “wow factor”.
A Team of four from our London Office; Lucius Peart, Barry Whatley, Sian Williams and Neil MacMahon, took part in the Standard Chartered Great City Race on 10th July 2014.
This unique 5km corporate running challenge takes place around the City of London. All funds raised go to Seeing is Believing, an initiative to help tackle avoidable blindness around the world, and will be matched by Standard Chartered pound for pound. Every team of four who entered this year’s race provided enough funding to train 1 health worker in Primary Eye Care.
“I’ve received the vendor pack - what a lovely piece of work!“
“I’ve licked the book it was that good… thanks mate. Love it. You guys are wizards of WOW.“
New Brand Identity
A simple but instantly recognisable
logo forms the centre of a new,
Cedar designed brand identity programme for a Somerset-based commercial photographer.
“I am sitting here at my desk thinking
- we have actually done it - WOW.
So many thanks to you. It’s been a long year but worth it as we could reach 9,000 clients with this! You will be the first to get hard copies.”
It doesn’t have to be the bigger projects to elicit the best client response, sometimes it just has to be a little press ad. “It looks soooo good, genius! x”
Modular floor tiles
Expert photoshopping cleverly blends a supercar with a new modular floor tile, which has been designed for all garage and retail environments. The brand identity and all the marketing literature was created by the Cedar design studio.
Customisable sales book
Leading experiential marketing company gets a Cedar designed, customisable hardback sales book, and they’re winning new projects as a result.
Poole Pottery factory site redevelopment
Cedar gets the green light to start work on above and below-the-line marketing for an exciting new commercial office development on the site of the old Poole Pottery factories overlooking the inner harbour.
Marine park investment
Cedar starts work on the promotion of a unique marine park investment opportunity in Southampton.
Law firm launches new annual publication
Concepts and mock-ups are approved for a new annual publication by one of the area’s leading law firms. We now have nine months to pull it together.
Imagination and innovation
A leading car finance company turns to the Cedar design studio to create a range of stunning posters from ideas submitted by members of staff.
Assisting with a new assisted housing development
Cedar starts work on concept visuals for a new brochure and associated marketing material for an impressive assisted housing development at Newton Abbot in Devon.
Trade Park CGI
We know computer generated illustrations have been around for ages but they’re still a brilliant way of communicating planning concepts to potential tenants and purchasers. This Cedar generated image of a new Business/Trade Park in Fareham is a perfect example of just how well they can work. The detail even extends to the bus waiting at the bus stop and the articulated lorries in the distance.
“Professional response: I really appreciate all your help with this. Thank you for the ideas, I am pleased with the results and will get back to you on a decision as soon as possible. My honest response: Oh my god, I can’t believe how absolutely bl**dy fantastic they are. You’ve done an amazing job. Thank you millions! You’re a star. I don’t know how I’m going to decide! Eeeee I’m so excited. Thank you, thank you, thank you.”
“Thanks guys, as ever you excel in customer relations!”
“These are looking the bomb…!”
As this is the last news post before Christmas - we would just like to wish you all peace love and happiness for this festive season. Have a wonderful time - be good - and be safe…!
“I really liked the visuals you presented when you came to visit us. I think that the visual of the box is a wonderful piece of art!”
It’s so glorious and actually makes me feel a little proud :-) Absolutely LOVE IT!
Cedar Group travels stateside
Taking our knowledge and expertise of the UK sports sector with us, we’ve just spent a very successful week in the USA speaking with a number of basketball and baseball clubs with a view to helping with key aspects of their marketing programmes.
“Still working my way thru the magazine. I think it looks fabby - very happy - loving the ‘look and feel’. Roger, our cover guy, is beyond delighted.”
AFC Bournemouth wins
“Programme of the Year”
“MATCHDAY (The AFC Bournemouth Programme) has been crowned SkyBet Championship programme of the year. Craig Radford, Midlands Programme Club secretary said,
“AFC Bournemouth’s stood out from the others and received some excellent feedback from the panel of judges for its layout, articles, use of colour, first impression of the cover, and overall value for money.”
Thank you very much for all the effort you put into the production of the publication, without your help it wouldn’t be half the programme it is.”
“Looks really good. Many thanks to you and any colleagues involved. I’m with the Planner on Wednesday and will let you know his response… I think they’ll be impressed.”
A Silver Award
“Thought you’d like to know that we picked up Silver at last night’s Field Marketing Awards for our work in M&S. This was in the ‘Perfect Service’ Category (that sounds nice, eh?), which recognises agencies who delivered over and above their usual remit. The judges said:
“They showed how trained beauty experts and a supporting cast helped to cement the brand success in M&S.”
You guys were very much part of that supporting cast, so cheers!”
“Wow thanks ever so much, starting to look just how we envisaged!!! The drawings look great and not at all dated as I feared. Yippee!!!”
What a week that was
The construction of a gigantic 6ft by 4ft jigsaw puzzle, the production of a set of luggage tags the size of billboard posters (complete with rope “string”) and the design of a crazy flying zip wire owl. That‘s the bizarre world of marketing and promotion for ya - and just another week in the office for the boys and girls at Cedar.
It’s awards time of year again
Projects the Cedar Group helped to initiate for a client are up for a couple of national marketing awards. We’ve got our fingers, toes and eyes crossed.
A resounding success
“Phew! It‘s all done…and it was a resounding success. Thank you (and to your team) for the support and for producing materials that helped our conference in both visual and practical ways to convey its theme of ‘Making a Difference’. We looked professional. We sounded professional.
And we had fun.”
Isle of Wight project gets
the green light
The Cedar Group is producing the marketing material for a new marine park to be located on the River Medina. The development will feature a 200 tonne hoist dock, jetty and waiting pontoon. If you've been wondering how you're going to clean the hull of your new super yacht - this could be the answer you've been looking for.
The Cedar Group is doing its bit for charity by sponsoring a client who’s entering this year’s “Bangers4Ben”. It’s a 4-day event starting at Porsche’s headquarters in Reading on October 12, with the final destination being the Porsche museum in Stuttgart in Germany. Each entrant must buy a car valued at £500 or more and at the end of the event all the vehicles will be sold to raise money for the BEN charity.
Go-ahead on new
Cedar gets the instruction to name, brand and produce all the marketing material for a new housing development just outside Southampton.
“All the stuff you’ve done for the conference looks great, by the way. I’m in our London office and got my mitts on it all. Fab job!”
Recon Team Endor
Every now and again a job comes into Cedar that is a pure joy to print. In this case, a stunning limited edition print for this year’s European Star Wars Celebration. Not surprisingly the prints sold out within days.
An important event requires
We’ve just completed a series of designs for a company’s 20th anniversary - including mug graphics, which we ‘handled’ with ease. See what we did there?
A beautiful summer makes for stunning aerial photography
“James has forwarded us the draft brochure, which I think looks great. Thank you so much for your efforts on this. I think in particular the aerial photo works well and gives a good impression of the site and its locality. We will probably need to make some minor amendments to it, but generally it is just what we wanted.”
Throwing the spotlight on the
UK’s young creative talent
Creating innovative marketing initiatives can often lead to unexpected results - in this instance to three remarkably talented street dancers.
Claire joins the studio
as junior creative
Young, gifted and beautiful - we have no idea what she’s doing here - but she’s already made herself invaluable by creating some fab artwork, baking cakes and supplying endless Chupa Chups.
If you haven’t heard about it - ask us about it. We’ve just printed a new magazine for a client on GF Smith’s Heaven 42 paper. It smashes any preconceptions of what a ‘silk’ paper should look and feel like - awesome.
The first production samples of a new, Cedar designed, membership pack have just arrived from China… wow!
Cedar pitches creative
ideas to large car brand
We’re very excited at the prospect of working with a household name in the world of car brands. Our design concepts have been well received by the client and we’re just waiting to hear how they want to proceed with the project - watch this space…
win beauty account
Cedar is delighted that its creative work has helped an important client with a major account gain - may there be many more.
A distinctive office with
a unique sales proposition
Cedar helps with the marketing of a stunning office suite on Poole Quay.
Redevelopment site requires multi-media advertising
A Bournemouth Airport redevelopment site demanded a coordinated set of particulars to work across all media simultaneously. Cedar took on the challenge and delivered on time and to budget.
All part of the service
A cover design, the final printed item and a whole lot more…
“Thank you so much for all your help and guidance in getting this project to completion. :)”
Marian Way - Clean Publishing
200 acre technical park
gets the green light
The Cedar Group has just been asked to get closely involved in the branding and marketing of a new 200 acre site. To be developed over the coming months and years, the site is expected to become one of the south’s leading business/marine/technical parks.
Merger triggers website redesign
A Dorset based firm of solicitors have selected the Cedar Group to redesign their website after successfully merging with a number of other law firms in the area. The stunning new site makes it faster and more intuitive for the user to search for information and a greater emphasis is placed on the social media interactions available through the site.
Transforming floor plans from the uninteresting to the truly inspiring
Trying to figure out what a house might look like from traditional 2D floor plans can be hard work and a tad confusing. That’s why a leading house builder uses Cedar to turn flat technical plans into illustrations that live and breathe - homes that you can actually imagine living in.
Cedar adds sparkle
Leading jewellery designers SWAG turned to Cedar to help them realise a rather impressive exhibition stand. Working closely with the client, we designed, created and installed all the graphic display panels for SWAG at the annual Jewellery Show at the Birmingham NEC Spring Fair International.
Create a point of difference
in a crowded market
Cedar is to help with the creative concepts for a national supermaket chain. The brief is to develop a
number of ideas that could potentially drive customers into specific stores in selected locations.
Three out of three ain’t bad
3 commercial property brochure projects and 3 lots of aerial photography required.
The question is - do you know the location of each of the 3 shots? Answers on a postcard please to the usual address…
in less than 7 hours
Working directly with the Cabinet Office, the Cedar Group project managed and produced display items for the 10 Downing Street press launch of the Government’s Mid Term Review Project.
Part of the brief included the production of a 52 page document and a supporting 122 page online annex. Web accessible PDFs were made for both publications and the final copy was extracted and uploaded to the Government’s WordPress web site.
Everything was produced and delivered on schedule and budget over a two week period which included Christmas and New Year. In less than 7 hours of uploading - the main document had over 40,000 downloads and the annex over 16,000.
All the precision
of a military operation
A break in the weather today enabled a full photographic assault on industrial premises just outside New Milton in Hampshire. On the ground Simon’s cameras clicked throughout the complex, whilst in the sky, a specially chartered aircraft wheeled overhead with lensman Chris capturing the site and the surrounding area. Did we get the shots for the marketing brochure? “Veni, vidi, vici” as we say in the trade.
Hitting the ground running
With Christmas and the New Year already a distant memory and clients keen to crack on with new business in 2013, we’re already getting involved with a number of exciting projects. Marketing reports compiled, costings underway, creative visuals on the drawing board and the presses almost at capacity - happy days!
In the immortal words of
Well, we’re almost there again and my how time’s flown. In the immortal words of Noddy Holder, “It’s CHRISTMAS!!!!” For those of you who will be working over the Christmas and New Year period - join the club - it’s a good job there’s you and us to keep the wheels of industry turning. For those of you lucky enough to have time off, have a great time, look after yourself and love the ones you love! So until the New Year, from all of us - just to you - have a very happy holiday.
A new design for a bigger audience
The Cedar group has just got the nod to completely re-design an international magazine we’ve been producing for a couple of years now. In addition to the design overhaul, the client is looking to increase the print run ten-fold in 2013. With encouraging signs from many of our clients - we’re already starting to look forward to next year.
The creative spark
Australian brand and marketing consultancy ‘Fire Brand’ use the Cedar Group to design an online brochure for one of their fire safety clients. It might seem a long way to come to do business but they really appreciate our creative spark - and we’re only the click of a mouse away!
What is it with awards - nothing happens for months and then three come along at once?
Once again we are delighted to have helped one of our clients to win national recognition in their market sector. This time ‘Fizz’ entered this year’s Field Marketing & Brand Experience Awards and came away with the Gold for ‘Best sampling and/or demonstration at retail’. There must be something in the water here in Romsey that’s conducive to creativity.
Cedar is pleased to have played a part in their success
Jones Lang LaSalle has topped the South Coast Office Agents League Table, having disposed circa 159,000 sq ft of office accommodation on the M27 in the last 12 months. The results were announced in the recent Hampshire Feature issue of The Estates Gazette.
It’s almost 2013, so it must be time for the new Cedar Group calendar
The new 2013 Cedar Group Calendar is now finished and will be ready to dispatch in early December so you can transfer all your important dates over before the New Year. Entitled “Qualities, Attributes, Distinctions” it features 96 abstract slices of logos the Cedar Group has designed for various brands over the years. On the face of it, it sounds quite dull but it actually looks splendid - rather like a hi-tech version of subway/street art. Your account handler will be swinging past your office soon with your copy but if you need any more, or don’t currently use Cedar for your work but would like one anyway - simply call our sales department on 01794 525 020.
ECB Business of Cricket
Best promotion of an international fixture: Hampshire/Ageas Bowl
“Just wanted to say congratulations and thank you to everyone for the work that went into being recognised with the award. I’m sure we’ll get the opportunity to bask in the glory over the next few weeks!”
Finance and Insurance
Marketing Awards 2012
The “F&I Marketing Campaign award” recognises the most innovative and effective campaign in the car retail sector: Moneybarn
“Thank you for your (massive) part in this. This is as much Cedar’s award as it is ours. Please can you pass on my thanks to everyone who has worked on our account this year.”
Client up 200% on revenue
Positive feedback to a membership mailing pack we designed and printed
for a major Hampshire client.
“I think it was brilliant - much better
than anything we’ve done before.
So far we’re up 216% on membership numbers and up 200% on revenue
after 5 weeks of sale.”
Fresh ideas for clean approaches
Cedar has just successfully finished the first round of creative concepts for a new book cover. Entitled ‘Clean Approaches for Coaches’, the book explores the conditions for lasting change using clean language and symbolic meaning. The book is due to be available for purchase on Amazon before the year-end.
Helping a communications company to communicate
A Hampshire based communications consultancy has turned to the Cedar Group for a creative overhaul of its e-marketing literature. We’ve created a series of powerful, interrelated images, which suggest effortless and reliable communications. Business mobiles, calls and lines, phone systems and data connectivity have all got the Cedar treatment and the campaign is due to be rolled out in November.
From Romsey to a world-wide distribution
We’re just putting the finishing touches together on the latest edition of a regular international business traveller magazine. Some text tweaks here - some retouching there - and it will be ready to be printed and delivered to London next week.
Island Technology Park
The Cedar Group is delighted to be asked to create the brand identity for a new technology park on the Isle of White. This first part of the project will soon be followed by a suite of marketing literature and a dedicated website.
A bit of positive feedback
“I am so impressed with what you have created from a blank piece of paper. This beautiful banner has exceeded all my expectations - thank you so much.
There's no business like Cedar business!”
Catherine Barrett - Parent Governor,
West Tytherley Primary School
The Italian Job
A leading kitchen equipment manufacturer with a world-wide reputation for excellence and innovation came to the Cedar Group to design, print and deliver a set of perfect bound brochures to Italy for a conference. It had to be there, “without fail”. The job was printed over 2 days and finished over a weekend. It was picked up from Cedar on Monday and delivered straight to the conference on Tuesday. No hurtling around sewers in Minis and we didn’t even have to mess with the traffic computer software to get the job there on time - just organisational precision and perfect timing!
Home in time for tea and medals
Trust us to choose the weekend of the Bournemouth International Air Show to organise an aerial photographic shoot of a new business park we’re producing the marketing material for. But in spite of a close miss with a Vulcan V-Bomber and a half hour dogfight with a Spitfire, we managed to get the shots, landed safely and drove home in time for tea and medals.
The same but different
A marketing company we’ve been working with for quite a while has just briefed us up on a fab new website design and build project for one of their divisions. “The same but different… and even better!” was the brief - so we’re going to throw the baby out with the bath water, put the little one in a brand new bathing suit, re-fill the bath with champagne, fit gold plated taps and pop the little chap back in the bath - that should do the trick!
Bahir Dar Project
The Cedar Group has actively supported this wonderful project for more than 6 years, so we thought it high time we told you about it. The Ethiopiahope project was set up with the aim of helping to make the Bahir Dar people self-sufficient. With the help of Cedar and hundreds of other active supporters, the project helps to run a day care centre, which gives more than 200 children both food and an education and has also provided funds for over 150 house - providing families with a secure and solid home. Check out the pictures - how fab…?
If you’d like to help, you can find out more at: www.ethiopiahope.com
Solid as a rock
A blue chip sports organisation turned to Cedar to create their new season ticket holder membership campaign. Without saying too much - players emerge from a granite rock face in a coordinated suite of literature which includes indoor and outdoor promotional material, as well as a comprehensive membership pack. The new creative treatment is being worked on now ready for a launch in early September.
Osprey Quay - two into one
The substantial redevelopment of the old Navy Base at Portland in Dorset requires the energy of two of the area’s leading commercial property agents. Naturally they chose the Cedar Group to coordinate the design and production of the sales material - including site signage, advertising literature and website. By keeping all aspects of production in-house we were able to provide a seamless creative service.
52,000 square feet of office space gets the Cedar treatment
A new brand identity, refreshed and improved site signage, sales literature and website - all created under the strapline, “built for business - perfect for people”.
Rain, rain, go away
Sometimes the weather just doesn’t want to behave and two weeks of almost continuous rain doesn’t help when we’ve been commissioned to create a new brochure for a property development right on the waters edge. Still, the sun is now shining, the brochure has been designed and it’s ready to go to print. What’s the betting we need to photograph some umbrellas in the rain next week and the sun will shine ‘till Christmas...?
Helping a brand to take-off
When a client allows you the freedom to explore their branding some exciting (and funny) creative work can come out of it. So what’s the best way of implying speed? Take a look…
Cedar expands its digital
Cedar is expanding its digital print facility with a Xerox D125. It’s a highly specialised black and white print unit with advanced in-line finishing. Very fast and able to handle complex variable data, it’s perfect for personalised mailings and compliments our existing range of digital print equipment.
A brochure that designed itself
Branding can be as much about research as it is design. In the course of marketing a beautiful little development in Wool, Dorset, we delved into the town’s history and the works of Thomas Hardy, particularly Tess of the D’Urbervilles. In the book, Hardy changed Woolbridge Manor to Wellbridge and the manor still stands today, looking down over the meandering water meadows of the River Frome. You know, sometimes a name for a development just falls into your lap? At that point, the brochure seemed to design itself.
Tree in the grounds becomes
new school logo!
“I would just like to thank you all for the excellent West Tytherley Promotional leaflet that you have so kindly produced for us. I am also really proud of our new, attractive logo. It has been very well received from parents, staff, governors and the children too and we are gradually introducing the brand across the school. Change is always tricky but who can complain about such a quality logo?”
Lights… flashguns… action!
Photo shoots always take longer than expected and the shoot we completed this week, involving a 300 seat lecture hall/auditorium/cinema complex was no exception. Balancing house lights, depth of field and numerous flashguns paid off rather well, however. Have a sneaky look-see.
Smile and the workforce smiles too
We’ve just finished an employee manual for one of our clients and thought we’d share some of the wonderful cartoons with you. We took part of their logo and created this smiling person to illustrate the various sections of the book. The client was very pleased with the result.
A bit of positive feedback
“I think the best way to summarise the response to your pitch was when Shamus said earlier this afternoon that what you had put together would put a London agency to shame. It’s rare to see that kind of reaction to any agency presentation so your gang deserve to be spoilt - loving the work and can’t wait to see it in action.”
We welcome Andrew to the team
Andrew describes himself as “suave, sophisticated and good looking”. Always immaculately turned out and well groomed, don’t make the mistake of calling him “Andy”!
Award winning programme
Congratulations to AFC Bournemouth and to us for such a good showing in this year’s Professional Football Club programme Awards. Bournemouth walked away with a 2nd place in the division one category and a 6th place overall in the open leagues. Programme designer Jamie can expect the full respect of his studio compatriots for at least a morning.
Shirt sponsors for another year
Cedar is pleased to sponsor the Moordown Athletic under 14’s Football Club. Providing training tops and kit to a great team and a great bunch of lads.
Hampshire Cup winners 2010/11. Bournemouth Cup winners 2010/11 and 2011/12. Bournemouth Youth Football League winners 2009/10 2010/11 and 2011/12.
We welcome Rebecca to the team
Please join us in a polite round of applause for new girl Rebecca.
She’s polite, neatly turned out and very well spoken (darling). She’ll be looking after a number of our print accounts,
so if you do get to speak to her - be nice, ‘cos she’s new!
Landmark building project
Cedar gets the go-ahead to start a new branding project for a Landmark building in a prominent Southampton location.
We just become even more creative
We are pleased to welcome Guy and Steve to the design studio. As well as their awesome design skills, they’re both great company at our curry and beer nights at the Luz!
Design, artwork, copywriting, digital print, lamination and affixing sexy little magnetic fastenings. The important thing is, the client gets his brochure in time for a Birmingham security exhibition on Monday - phew!
A beautiful product
deserves a beautiful brochure
GF Smith paper, special inks and metallic foiling combine to create a stunning brochure for an upmarket beauty salon and spa company. The wet proofs go on press next week - very exciting!
Manager becomes Director
Congratulations to Shelly on becoming a Cedar Group Director. She now rules the design studio with an iron fist and a velvet heart - patrolling the Mac stations like a Great White!