Monthly Archives: October 2010

Happy Birthday Jan

You wouldn’t believe how old this beauty queen was if I told you, so I am not going to. Jan holds the team together and keeps us all in check, so that we don’t forget deadlines or what our names are! 😉

Happy Birthday Jan and like one of our very kind clients said with a bouquet of flowers to match… “Looking good Girl, looking good”.

Thanks to Clare, Marita, Lynne and the rest of the Woman Zone team for the lovely flowers.

Jan the business would not be the same without you.

 

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Good Design is Good Business

This is a self initiated promotional card project, we are working on. Based near the working end of Liverpool Docks, the image you see on the cards is what you see as you approach our studio from the M62 or from the back windows of our building.

The docks have always been at the hub of Liverpool commerce and although not quite as prevalent as they have been in previous decades and centuries. These docks are still “Good business” for Liverpool and its occupants. Not to mention the great photos that the intricate crane detail against the crisp autumn sky make.

Audio Go: Home of BBC Audio Books – Now Live

Phase 1 of the ‘BBC Audio Go‘ E-Commerce website we recently developed went live this week, just in time for the Christmas selling period. Take a look now and get placing your orders, having worked with Audio Go on this project, we are converted here at Lucid. Audio books are a really great way of reading that book you just couldn’t find time for, whilst your on a long journey, in the car or relaxing in the sun.

Here’s the link:

www.audiogo.co.uk

Credit and thanks to I-Tao the development team we worked alongside and the rest of the BBC Audio Go team in Bath.

British Enterprise Bank starts fundraising

Good news for small businesses, from mid 2011 there is a new bank in town. The British Enterprise Bank which has been created by ‘Gradient Capital’ the £4 Billion Hedge Fund will set out to specialise solely in lending to SME’s.

Taken from the Reuters site…..

(Reuters) – The British Enterprise Bank, one of several financial start-ups aiming to capitalise on discontent with the UK’s top banks, launched a 100 million pound fundraising campaign on Thursday.

The group will specialise in lending to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and hopes to open for business in the second half of 2011. It will have branches in more than 20 UK cities, though it has no current plans for a London branch.

British politicians have consistently accused the country’s top banks of not doing enough to make loans available for SMEs, but the banks themselves have said the credit is available.

The Bank of England said earlier this month that lending to UK businesses fell for the fifth month running in July, fuelling concerns about the country’s economic recovery.

The British Enterprise Bank will be competing with existing start-up companies Aldermore and HayFin in the UK’s SME loans sector.

The new players, which also feature Metro Bank, are looking to capitalise on dissatisfaction with the Britain’s “Big Four” banks — Barclays, Lloyds, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC — after the credit crisis.

Aldermore said earlier this month that demand for its loans from small businesses had surged during the last quarter.

Net-A-Porter

Net-a-Porter the woman’s fashion retailer, which was founded in 2000 by Natalie Massenet, is responsible for some pretty impressive achievements, establishing an online retail behemoth in the space of just 10years, in a market that most probably doubted could ever be taken online is one. Turning over in excess of £120 million per annum is two. Then selling it for a cool £350 million to Richemont the luxury goods group who owns Cartier and Mont Blanc is third on the list.

Their most recent though is the development of their new offices in London’s Westfield shopping center, which was carried out by their chosen design team Studio Fibre.

A huge aircraft hanger like space has been transformed into the slick monochromatic working environment that their team of 600 + staff call home, which can be seen in the video posted above.

If your more interested in hearing about the business end of Net-A-Porter and how it began and continues to be such a dominant force in the online fashion business like I am, you can see another very interesting video by visiting the link below…

Natalie Massanet at Zeitgiest Europe

They are now set to take on the men’s online fashion market with the imminent release of ‘Mr Porter‘ and quite frankly here at Lucid we can’t wait to see the results over the coming year. The website is launching with Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss and a whole bunch of other brands and I would imagine will follow the same buying patterns as the woman’s with a mix of high fashion from edgy ‘Rick Owens‘ to understated elegant labels like ‘Lanvin‘.