Who are we?...

firestarters

twisted firestarters

After 30+ years of working with big household brands and big advertising & design agencies, we thought it’d be a great idea to help grow small to medium-sized businesses and start-ups that like to think big. Find out why →

Website Design

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Logo Design

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Copywriting

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Social Media

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Marketing & Brand Strategy

who we are

Our story

We went from over 30 years working for big brands and big advertising & design agencies and getting frustrated with dealing with big companies with mutiple tiers of management, all with their own points of view on the work we created, to starting our own business specialising in helping small to medium sized businesses and start-ups find the spark that will help tell your story, increase customer engagement, build brand awareness and grow your business. Why? Because we love the fact that we now work directly with the key people who know their business better that anyone, which leads to clearer communication all round, more exciting ideas and better results. And when you succeed as a result of what we do, then so do we.

How we're different

We listened to our customers who wanted the same highly creative marketing, design and websites solutions that the ‘big boys’ with bigger budgets get, but just simpler to understand without the need for expensive marketing people in their organisations or having to learn and do it themselves. So we simplify everything, cut out the buzzwords, and come up with creative solutions that are effective, future-proofed, worry-free and get you results with if anything, only a short learning curve so that you can quickly get on with the business of growing your business and fulfilling on the customers we bring to you, but with the reassurance of knowing that we are here, on-hand to help you whenever you need us.

It only takes one bright spark to ignite your brand

“We think big, but with our feet most definitely planted firmly on the ground, which means that we’ll ensure that you still dream big and we’ll help you get there in simple, measured and manageable ways for you to be able to fulfill, but without the need for; a budget that only space programmes dream of having, or a degree in marketing in order to understand how we’ll make this happen for you, just straight-talking and effective business-centric creativity.”

David Nute - Founder and Creative Director

David Nute – Creative Director and Founder

The Team

About us

We’ve gone from working with big brands and big agencies to working with little businesses who want to be big brands but find it hard to compete with the big boys.

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David Nute

Managing Creative Director,
Founder & Creative Spark

As a West-countryman originally, I moved to North Devon, looking for a simpler way of life for me and my family in the beautiful Devon countryside and golden sun-soaked beaches, away from the hustle and bustle city living, where for over 30 years I worked as a Creative Director for some big names in advertising, including Saatchi Group, McCann Erickson, Barkers and Ogilvy & Mather to name but a few, on numerous big-name household brands.

I have been Creative Director of 6 agencies and worked across every media including, TV, radio, press, outdoor, direct marketing, design, branding, sales promotion, recruitment, web & integrated digital campaigns, and PR.

But what really gives me a buzz is creating BIG ideas for passionate BIG thinking small businesses, …and watching them grow!

Lorraine Nute

Client Services Director
& Bright Spark

I’ve been a local girl half of my life having left smokey London in the ’80s, moving to the peaceful Devon rolling countryside where I met David 30 years ago and our adventure together began.

But the last 30 years have been spent in retail sales management, in which customer service has always been my mantra and at the heart of everything I do. Having spent the best (‘ish lol) part of my life with David living and breathing brands I have picked up one or two things about that too and being the customers’ ‘go-to girl’ allows David and team to get on with being creative while I manage your day to day issues and communicate those back to the team.

So like David, I’m a straight talker who thrives on making the right decisions for our customers, and this is what makes our customers trust us and keep coming back time and time again. 

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So what's your story?

We want to hear about you and your journey. So let’s talk and see how we can help you find your spark.

It only takes one bright spark to ignite your brand