We’re hiring – full stack developer needed

Brandex require a talented, enthusiastic full stack web developer to join the team in our Norwich office.

Brand Experience is a creative and digital communications agency. We are one of the east of England’s leading agencies with clients across the world, with offices in Norwich and London.

We have an impressive track record of developing and delivering digital projects for major clients across a range of industry sectors including: finance and insurance, consumer brands, the cultural sector, engineering, construction and architecture.

Our broad client portfolio includes Tokio Marine Kiln, the RSPB, CLS Group, International General Insurance, East Coast Community Healthcare, Atrium Underwriting, Consumers International, Reich Group, Petans and Break Charity.

Role Purpose:

The successful candidate will be actively developing new projects, as well as maintaining and supporting existing projects. Development will mainly be focused around the Umbraco CMS Platform (experience desirable but not essential), as well as other applications built within C# MVC ASP.NET.

Person Profile:

Brandex is looking for a developer who is keen and hungry to use the very latest in web technologies and be able to create unique websites. We need someone who is keen to innovate both the projects they are working on and their own skills as well as the ability to raise the bar within the team.

Day to day the successful candidate will be working within a small development team, with a very broad skillset. Brandex is looking for an enthusiastic and forward thinking individual who wants to learn from colleagues but also to broaden their own skillset independently. They will also support senior developers on demanding projects.

The developer must be capable of creating websites across the full stack, ideally with a minimum of two years commercial experience of .NET development.

Technical requirements

We are looking for a mixture of the capabilities listed below.

  • HTML5 and CSS3
  • Have a working understanding of Git/SVN
  • Experience using issue tracking software (Jira)
  • Using ASP.Net MVC C#
  • Building Umbraco 7 websites
  • Maintaining Legacy Umbraco (4,6)
  • Integrating with, and building Web Services and APIs
  • Using SASS (scss)
  • Using task runners such as Gulp
  • JavaScript, jQuery, Angular 1/2
  • Experience working with CSS frameworks (Zurb Foundation/Bootstrap)
  • HTML and CSS

Job type: Permanent

Salary: Dependent on experience

Contact: Chris Donaldson


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Phil celebrates 10 years with Brandex

Brandex Group Operations and Delivery Manager Phil Rayfield.

Brandex Group Operations and Delivery Manager Phil Rayfield.

Our Group Operations and Delivery Manager Phil Rayfield has just celebrated 10 years with us.

Phil joined the company in late 2006 as a creative artworker, following time spent at leading Norwich printers.

He was promoted to Production Manager in 2012 and then made Creative and Operations Manager in September 2013.

One of Phil’s key roles for Brandex is overseeing all production and design, maintaining the highest level of standards within our creative team.

In July 2015 Phil was promoted to his current role.

During that year Phil helped to locate new larger office premises for Brandex which resulted in us moving into our current location in The Royal, Norwich. Phil project managed the relocation ensuring minimal disruption for colleagues and our clients.

Phil said: “It’s been a pleasure to work with such a supportive and talented team here at Brandex. The opportunity to support all of the businesses across the group continually offers new and exciting challenges. I look forward to my time ahead with Brandex as each part of the group continues to thrive and grow.”

Brandex managing director Julian Steedman said: “Phil is a fantastic member of the team and it is great to see how his career has grown during the last 10 years.”


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Alun joins as our new financial controller

We are pleased to announce the arrival of Alun Canwell to the Brandex team.

Alun has joined Brandex as financial controller.

He joins us with 25 years of experience in finance, within a variety of different industries.

Alun trained with chartered accountants Price Bailey, spending 11 years there before joining local food production company Bowes of Norfolk. Other positions he has held include seven years as financial controller with ATPI, the global travel management and events business, before two years as financial controller at Potters Leisure Resort.

Alun will succeed our long-standing company accountant and secretary John Hurrell who is retiring after working with Brandex for more than 20 years. The next few months will see Alun and John work alongside each other to ensure a successful handover.

Outside of work Alun is a season ticket holder at Norwich City where he has been enduring equal amounts of pleasure and pain for the last 35 years. He is also a keen music fan and enjoys going to see many of his favourite bands while they are on tour.

Julian Steedman, Brand Experience managing director and chairman of the Brandex group of companies, said: “We are delighted to welcome Alun to the team. We look forward to working with him on a day-to-day basis as he supports the six companies making up the Brandex Group.

“I would like to place on record a huge vote of thanks to John who has been by our side for so many years. All at Brandex wish John a long and happy retirement.”

Alun said: “I am really pleased to have joined Brandex and am looking forward to, and already enjoying, working with the team. The Brandex group is growing and changing with lots of fresh new ideas and I hope that my financial knowledge and experience will prove to be an asset to the whole group.”


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Supporting the DevelopHER awards

Brandex enjoyed a night out in Ipswich recently as one of the sponsors at the DevelopHER awards.

The awards help to promote the role of women in East Anglia’s tech sector.

We sponsored the wine reception for the event held at Ipswich’s Corn Exchange, which was attended by more than 200 guests. The night saw 16 winners crowned from across the region.

The awards were inspired by the team at Norwich based SyncDevelopHER, which hosts female role models to speak about their experiences in tech and encourage more women to join their growing community.

Founder Vickie Allen, a former Brandex colleague, said: “Currently only around 17% of those who work in technology are female, but statistics suggest that women may even use technology more than men in their everyday lives – so why are so few women behind the creation and development of the products they use?

“With technology becoming increasingly essential in our lives, it’s really important that we do something to address the imbalance and to try and encourage the next generation of females towards technology. After all, with a shortage of technology skills in general, there is a large proportion of the population that remains untapped. That’s why the DevelopHER awards were created.”

Chris Donaldson, Brandex Creative and Digital Director, said: “We were very happy to support Vickie with this important event. We had a very enjoyable night and it was great to see the fantastic talent on show among the winners and nominees.”

Find out more about the awards.

Representing Brandex, left to right, Stuart Bartram, Chris Donaldson, Daniel Jervis, James Kahler.

Representing Brandex, left to right, Stuart Bartram, Chris Donaldson, Daniel Jervis, James Kahler.


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Further Report & Accounts projects completed

Following our update earlier this year on our Report & Accounts work, we have completed a further three projects.

Two were full-year reports for Tokio Marine HCC and Consumers International and one was an interim report for CLS Group.

The 60-page report for Tokio Marine HCC was our first for the company since Tokio Marine acquired Houston Casualty International during 2015.

The report for Consumers International highlights the year’s activities for the organisation which has 240 members in 120 countries.

The half-year report for CLS Group ran to 44 pages following our work on the full-year report earlier in the year.

You can view pdf copies of the three completed printed reports here:

Download our brochure highlighting our Report and Accounts work.

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Rebrand for dynamic commercial insurer

Together with our colleagues at Brand Experience we were delighted to embark on a large-scale project to rebrand a dynamic specialist commercial insurer and reinsurer during the past year.

Established in 2001, IGI is an entrepreneurial business with a worldwide portfolio covering risks in Energy, Property, Construction & Engineering, Ports & Terminals, Financial Institutions, General Aviation, Professional Indemnity, Political Violence, Forestry and Treaty Reinsurance.

IGI has offices worldwide in Dubai, Bermuda, London, Amman, Kuala Lumpur and Casablanca and has particular strengths in Afro-Asian markets.

In 2015, IGI had net earnings of US $35.02 million, a 2% increase on the US $34.34 million recorded in 2014.

Brandex refreshed the company’s brand and corporate identity, creating a suite of brand guidelines in the process. We also produced various marketing materials including a corporate brochure, office signage and brand announcement advertisements in the trade and specialist press and via HTML emails.

We also designed and produced the 2015 Report And Accounts.

On the digital front, we designed and developed the new corporate website to be viewable across all devices. It is fully content managed to allow IGI staff to manage the whole site themselves.

The rebrand culminated in a launch at the reinsurance conference in Monte Carlo, Rendez-Vous, in September 2016.

“Everyone I have come into contact with at IGI has been extremely courteous at all times and always willing to listen to recommendations,” said Judith Cousins, Brandex’s Client Services Director. “A pleasure to work with.”

View the IGI corporate website.

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Cheers to Golden Decanters website project

Colleagues at Brandex are delighted to raise a glass to a new website we have just launched for luxury whisky curators Golden Decanters.

We were approached earlier this year by Golden Decanters’ co-founders Julia Hall Mackenzie-Gilanders and Ann Medlock to bring to life digitally their new single malt whisky collection.

“Two years ago, we began an odyssey. Hundreds of tastings and miles traversed later, we are delighted to launch the inaugural Golden Decanters collection. We have curated and bottled four premium casks of single malt whisky to represent the finest flavours found in Scotland,” said Julia.

The whiskies have been sourced from four landmark distilleries.

  • The Tight Line – a single cask 1981 from Glenlivet
  • The High Drive – a single cask 1989 from Bowmore
  • The Highlander – a single cask 1996 from Ben Nevis
  • The Golf Widow – a single cask 1993 from Auchentoshan

“We curated this inaugural collection with the connoisseur, the collector and the investor in mind – each bottle a work of art to be admired, caressed and shown off as part of a total, exclusive experience,” added Julia.

Brandex designed the responsive website using Golden Decanters’ established brand and worked with our colleagues at Rockstar to create a film to help tell the story. The film was shot on location in Scotland and captures the essence of each of the whiskies.

We also produced 360-degree photography of the exquisitely etched bottle designs which had been commissioned from iconic Scottish designers Timorous Beasties.

We have also created a PR campaign and will be organising an event.

As a limited edition collection, there are only 180 sets available and each set retails at £7,250.

Customers can buy via the website but stockists also include The Conran Shop, Mayfair fine wine and spirits boutique Hedonism and international whisky experts Cask 88.

View Golden Decanters website.

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Rockstar creates full CGI film for Autodesk

Eugene Riecansky presents at 2016 Siggraph.

Eugene Riecansky presents at 2016 Siggraph.

Our sister company Rockstar Films has delivered another in its series of films for Autodesk, a global leader in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software.

Autodesk approached Rockstar to create a film that would highlight and showcase the software products used within it’s Maya 2017 software.

Autodesk gave film director, Rockstar’s Eugene Riecansky, an open brief and total free rein over the style, content and approach to conceive a full CGI short film using Maya.

Eugene said: “We came up with a crazy-ass rock ’n’ roll super computer that awakes the monster beneath. We called it ‘KNGDM’.

“The machine shows how the new Maya motion graphics toolkit can be used to control and effect animation via audio and randomness. No keyframes in the machine, just pure MASH. The film was rendered using Autodesk’s Arnold.”

Eugene was also asked to attend Siggraph’s 43rd international conference on Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques held in California this summer. Here he joined Laurence Cymet, Autodesk’s product manager for Maya, to present on Maya and show KNGDM.

This presentation film has had more than 10,000 views on YouTube.

Maya, Motion Graphics, and KNGDM from Autodesk Media and Entertainment on Vimeo.

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Updated brand and website for Service Tick

Pleased to announce we have been working with ServiceTick to refresh its corporate brand and website.

ServiceTick is the leading solution for post-transaction IVR, SMS, Web and Email surveys in the UK, capturing immediate and actionable ‘Voice of the Customer’ feedback and transforming it into valuable insight.

Clients include Lloyds Bank, Bose, NFU Mutual, Tesco Bank, Endsleigh and Compare The Market.

ServiceTick was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Norwich.  Last year the company was ranked in the 2015 Tech Track 100, a listing of the UK’s fastest-growing technology companies.

Thomas Cowper-Johnson, ServiceTick’s Insight Director, said: “After nine years in business we wanted to move the perception of us away from being just a technology company into one which provides top-level consultancy using technology.

“We are delighted with our new corporate identity and the look and feel of the new website, which is intuitive and user-friendly.

“The content management system will enable us to easily publish more thought leadership items such as white papers, case studies and blogs,” he added.

Brandex designed business cards and word templates for case studies and white papers. We also designed and built the responsive website using the Umbraco CMS.

View the ServiceTick website.


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Supporting RSPB’s Scottish Big Nature Festival

It’s no surprise that when the sun shines the number of us getting out and about in the great outdoors dramatically increases – a past time that our Brand Experience colleagues’ client, the RSPB, wholeheartedly encourages.

From workshops and guided walks to fun days and festivals, the RSPB leads the way and we continue to support them by producing the latest in branded leaflets, brochures, interpretation and signage.

Most recently we produced all of the materials required for the Scottish Big Nature Festival held in East Lothian. We had the challenge of creating a sub-brand for the event that engaged with two audiences simultaneously – families and nature enthusiasts.

Once approved, this was rolled out across a variety of advertising streams, promotional leaflets, location maps and event signage, timetable and programme.

The festival was a great success and we hope that we will have the opportunity to work on this fantastic event again next year.


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