‘Choose a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life’ – Confucius
Valentine’s Day is upon us, hands up – how many of you forgot and had to do a last minute dash to get the garage flowers in?! Getting fully in the spirit of all things ‘love’, we thought we’d list our top reasons why we LOVE working at the Innovate design studio here in Chandlers Ford!
- Variety of work
As a full service design, web and marketing agency, no two days or two projects are the same. One day we could be working on procuring content for a client’s social media or email campaign, the next we might be designing a 60 page annual report whilst launching a number of websites simultaneously. There’s literally never a dull moment!
Just like the variety of work, our customers are so varied too. We have clients in sectors across the board including automotive, retail, charity and agency – whilst each customer is treated with our same friendly, happy service we often find that we have very different conversations with each, which makes things different and helps to keep us all on our toes.
Working across a variety of business types helps us to keep at the forefront of what is happening in many different sectors.
We work hard, really hard, but we don’t mind when the atmosphere is as fun as ours. It’s relaxed in a not-laid back way and it’s casual in a not-unprofessional way. Where else can we one day wear a dress and the next be in jeans in trainers?…and that’s just the boys!
- ‘Mucking in’
As a small-ish team, we all muck in when needed and our roles switchover quite a bit. Stuart, our lead designer, will often go out with John on a sales meeting and Brad, who is our lead techie, will get his head out of coding and attend various networking sessions.
It goes without saying that when you’re not part of a huge corporate team, you really do need to get on with the people you work with or things could get awkward pretty quickly, and let’s face it who wants to spend time with people they don’t like when you have to see them every day!?
The five of us in the office all have very different personalities but they all blend pretty well together – and when they don’t, they make for some great creative brainstorming sessions!
We know what it’s like to be young and not quite sure where you want your career to take you, so over the past three years we have taken on students from the local secondary school to do work experience with us. We love what we do and we hope some of our passion has rubbed off on some of the students who have joined us for a week or two’s work experience!
From the beginning, the very early days of Innovate Websites, we have always looked to diversify our offering. From low-cost websites to a full service agency offering design, digital marketing and websites. Over recent years we have seen more demand from other agencies to use us for our web development services, so we quite literally offer the full package.
I didn’t like to use the term ‘agile’ but it’s the best word I can find to show what we do – I didn’t think ‘nimble’ had quite the same ring to it! Being a smaller agency, we are best placed to make quick decisions, to be able to give an answer without having to wait for a whole host of seniors to sign on the dotted lines, to move schedules around if a super urgent job comes in…you get the idea.
One day we might have a Whitney and Celine morning (much to Brad’s horror) and then the afternoon can consist of an Oasis, The Verve and Pulp indie showdown. Music helps to keep us sane in the office – but try holding us back when the Mariah power ballads hit the crescendo!
Our core office hours are 9am-5pm, but you’ll often find us working much earlier or later – and always on our ‘holidays’, we haven’t escaped that yet!
Working on the Chandlers Ford Industrial Estate means that we don’t have fancy shops nearby so we often work through our lunch breaks, but then it may be that one day we need to start a little later or finish a bit earlier and the flexibility is there for us to do that. I’m a firm believer that flexibility amongst staff leads to higher productivity outputs!
- Our Customers
In the words of Vanessa Williams, we’ve saved the best ‘til last. We have amazing customers who make our jobs easy, fun and enjoyable – many of our customers are like friends to us; we like to find out what they’ve been up to, how their holiday or special event was – and not just because we have to, because we want to!
Want to find out more about us? You can do so by clicking here. Happy Valentines Day!