Vickie joins the web development team

We are pleased to announce the arrival of a new website developer to the Brandex team.

Vickie Allen has joined Brandex after spending the last three years with Norwich-based Liftshare.

After leaving Wymondham College, Vickie started her career with Aviva as a trainee Oracle developer before joining Liftshare in 2013.

Outside her day-to-day work Vickie organises SyncDevelopHER, a group which wants to explore the gender divide in the IT industry.

In 2015 she founded the DevelopHER Awards, now an annual awards ceremony which recognises women who work in the technology sector in East Anglia. In 2015 the awards evening in Norwich attracted more than 150 attendees, having had over 130 nominations across 11 categories. This year the awards are being held in Ipswich on the 30 November.

As part of SyncDevelopHER, Vickie has also set up DevelopHER Code Club which is running Saturday morning sessions to provide a safe environment for students, between 12 and 18, to meet up and code.

Vickie is also a member of and regularly attends Norfolk Developers and SyncNorwich and since 2013 has also helped to organise Norfolk’s annual development conference - NorDevCon - each year.

You can follow Vickie on Twitter and also SyncDevelopHER.

Outside work Vickie is ‘practically fluent in Spanish.’ “I absolutely love speaking Spanish, the Spanish culture and Spain itself,” said Vickie.

She added: “I’m very excited to start the next step of my career at Brandex, and look forward to working with the team and gaining loads of new experience as well as bringing some new ideas with me – and of course – lots of cat pictures. ”

Chris Donaldson, Brandex creative and digital director, said: “We are delighted to welcome Vickie to the team. We are confident she will be a great addition to our team as we continue to provide our clients with more and more digital work.”


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New brand and website for Saffron Insurance

We are thrilled to have developed a new brand and website for leading independent East Anglian broker Saffron Insurance.

Saffron Insurance has been a Brandex client for more than 8 years, in fact we developed the broker’s previous brand and web presence.

Saffron managing director David Beswick said: “Saffron has changed a lot over the past 60 years and that change continues with our new logo and identity.

“This isn’t the first time we’ve changed our look and it probably won’t be the last but we think the updated logo and website is a fitting reflection of all the ways Saffron Insurance works for our customers across personal, business, life and protection insurance and through to how we handle claims.”

Saffron now has 10 branches across East Anglia, including two offices in Norfolk and more than 100 staff.

We developed the new website to be viewable across all devices and it is fully content managed to allow Saffron staff to manage the whole site themselves


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Refreshed brand and website for Rein4ce

Delighted to announce we have been working with our friends at Rein4ce, the specialist insurance and reinsurance public relations agency, to refresh its corporate brand and website.

Rein4ce managing director Stephen Breen said: “The new website is easier to navigate and more user-friendly, and it also reflects the expanded range of services we offer. Eight years after launching in 2008, we felt it was time to freshen up the brand with a new logo and corporate feel.”

Brandex has worked with rein4ce on projects with clients in both the insurance and reinsurance markets.

“The company is in great shape and has been going from strength to strength, particularly in the last two years,” said Stephen. “We are now working with clients in London, Switzerland, Bermuda, the United States, Canada and Dubai, with the strong prospect of further growth.

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

“February is a very busy month for rein4ce as we are the official PR agency for The Economist Insurance Summit 2016 in London on February 25, and a media partner for the 15th annual SIFMA Insurance and Risk-Linked Securities conference in New York on February 23-24,” added Stephen.

Brandex built the responsive site using the Umbraco CMS which will enable rein4ce’s staff to update content as and when they wish.

View the rein4ce website.


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Rockstar is hiring

Rockstar_JobAdvertThe award-winning visual effects, animation and motion graphics studio, Rockstar, is hiring and we’re on the lookout for an in-house, full-time Maya generalist, editor and overall kick-ass motion graphic animator.

Rockstar is our sister agency and part of the Brandex Group.

Applicants need to have a strong showreel and at least two years working experience.

Ideally, we’re on the hunt for a person who has a wide range of skills, from modelling, shading, rendering through to editing and motion graphics experience.

One person who’s ace at everything!

Interested? Email

View Rockstar website.


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We’re hiring – developer needed

We’re hiring – developer needed

We are looking for an experienced, talented and flexible .NET developer to join our expanding team here in Norwich. The permanent .NET developer role is hands-on and varied, working on legacy websites and applications as well as having a big part in developing new sites.

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

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.

With offices in Norwich and London, England, we have worked with clients in the financial, insurance, automotive, construction, cultural, education, charity and public sectors, both in national and international markets.

Our broad client portfolio includes Tokio Marine Kiln, the RSPB, CLS Group, European Round Table for Financial Services, Access Prepaid, Atrium Underwriting, Consumers International, Reich Group, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts.

Working closely with the development team, designers and client services team this is a great opportunity for someone with a helpful attitude and attention to detail.


  • Minimum of 2 years commercial experience of .NET development
  • ORM Frameworks (Entity, NHibernate), SQL Server
  • Excellent client side technologies expertise especially frameworks such as AngularJS, Backbone and Ember

Job type: Permanent

Salary: Dependent on experience

Contact: Chris Donaldson


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New website for Brand Experience

After months of thinking, discussions and finally getting down to the work we have finally relaunched the website for our sister agency – Brand Experience.

The new site contains a number of case studies showcasing our work for long-established clients such as The RSPB, Tokio Marine Kiln, CLS Group and Reich Insurance Group as well as work for new clients such as Consumers International, Atrium Underwriting and Access Prepaid.

The site also contains sections detailing our skills and services and our approach.

It also highlights the growing role of the five other businesses which make up the Brandex Group.

Visit the website.


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We are on the move

After seven years in our current Norwich city centre office we are pleased to tell you that we are moving to new, larger premises – but only a minute down the road.

From Monday 20 April 2015,our new address will be:
The Royal
18 Upper King Street

Our telephone number of01603 612792 will remain unchanged.

So on Friday 17 April we will not be in a position to offer our normal client service as we pack up our desks and computers ahead of the move over the weekend.

And on Monday 20 April we hope you will bear with us as we settle into our new home.

If you have any questions please email

This move does not affect our London office in Clements Lane.

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Brandex relationship with the RSPB goes from strength to strength

RSPB Infographic

Our fellow agency Brand Experience’s 15-year relationship with the UK’s biggest nature conservation charity, the RSPB, is continuing to flourish.

Originally founded in 1889 to combat the use of exotic bird plumes in ladies hats, the organisation has grown to become an international leader in the field of landscape-scale conservation, with activities throughout the UK and beyond and a membership of over a million.

The charity has 200 nature reserves throughout the UK, covering almost 130,000 hectares and providing homes for 80% of our most threatened species.


RSPB postcard.

Brandex continues to deliver a range of successful communications across all of the RSPB’s national activities, from advocacy leaflets, reserve trail guides, signage and interpretation to large-scale scientific reports, campaign infographics and government green papers.

Lodge Spring Fair poster

The Lodge Spring Fair poster.

We pride ourselves on working as an extension of the RSPB internal Creative Services team and enjoy the close client relationships this affords. Ever since the RSPB’s strategic rebrand at the start of 2013 we have been participating in a trial that enables regional offices to work directly with creative agencies to deliver their local communication campaigns.

This trial came to an end in summer 2014 and has been deemed a great success with Brandex not only continuing to work with the regional teams from the original trial, but being given additional teams to work with into the future.

We are very much looking forward to building on our close relationship with the RSPB and its partners.

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Rockstar Films join Brandex Group

Thrilled to announce that the exciting film and CGI company Rockstar Films has joined the Brandex group of companies.

Rockstar has worked with some of the biggest names in the music business including Madonna, Muse, One Republic, Dizzee Rascal and The Saturdays plus media companies such as MTV, Warner Bros Records and Island Records.

A shot from The Saturdays remix

Rockstar creative director Eugene Riecansky said: “This move has come at the perfect time for us. Benefiting from 15 years of experience in the music and entertainment industries, combined with the strengths of Brandex and the development of a state-of-the-art film department, the company has an exciting new corporate focus.

“We love making beautiful moving imagery, no matter who the client or what the subject matter – we always go the extra mile to create amazing and dynamic images.”

Rockstar’s latest major project has been a megamix film edit for The Saturdays to promote their Greatest Hits cd release in August and tour beginning in September. Coming in at over 7 minutes 40 seconds the film features their singles intercut with slick motion graphics. You can see it on The Saturday’s You Tube channel.  It has been viewed more than 107,000 times.

Brandex has had a working relationship with Rockstar for more than five years, producing a number of corporate films such as one for the East of England Co-op to promote its Sourced Locally range.

Julian Steedman, chairman of Brandex Group, said: “Rockstar Films offers its clients a true one-stop creative solution – starting with the initial idea and storyboarding, to national and international filming with the very latest cameras, through to editing, adding in CGI elements and motion graphics, colour grading and delivering the project back to the client in whatever digital format they require.

“We have loved working together in the past. Now is the right time to bring them into the Brandex family.

“With all of these facilities under one roof, we can ensure that our clients get nothing but the very best in quality and results. Imagine what we can do with your corporate film!”

The Brandex Group also includes creative brand and digital agency Brand Experience, digital corporate communications consultancy Brandex Insight, event management division 361 Events, insurance product consultancy Brandex iMarkets and marketing and communications agency Brandex Financial.

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Rockstar can be contacted on

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New website helps DLUK showcase its business

When a leading London based AV and home automation company wanted a new website to showcase its bespoke installations it turned to colleague agency Brand Experience.

DLUK's website homepage

DLUK's website homepage

DLUK design and install specialised electronic systems that can range from simple audiophile solutions to stunning home cinemas plus also create automated smart homes that benefit from integrated lighting, security and energy control.

Formed in 1999, DLUK take on private commissions but also partner with property developers and architects and designers. Most of DLUK’s work is in central London and the Home Counties, but it also manages contracts with clients across the UK and Europe.

Brandex built the website using a .NET framework and used the open source Content Management System (CMS) Umbraco so DLUK staff would be able to update content on the site themselves post launch.

The website showcases some of DLUK’s high-end installations including a private house in Kensington, a villa on the Cote d’Azur and luxury apartments in Hampstead.

DLUK website content page

DLUK website content page

Chris Donaldson, Creative and Digital Director at Brandex, said: “DLUK are an exciting company on the forefront of new technology and were a pleasure to work with. We hope we have delivered a website which reflects their ethos and exceptional level of quality.”

You can view the site here:

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