Brand strategy, branding and multi-channel support for a ground-breaking modular military aircraft system – the first of its kind in the world.

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A wide range of branding and campaign support to numerous NHS Trusts, including Bristol, Somerset, Dorset, Northern Devon, Royal Devon and Exeter, Portsmouth and Burton.


Website strategy, design and delivery, and brand development support to one of the UK’s fastest growing digital transformation experts.


Brand strategy, branding and website delivery for the RUSE Group’s new Bali restaurant.


Strategic website and copywriting delivering outstanding user experience and driving increased conversions for one of the UK’s leading independent finance providers.

Better Business By Design

We help brands stand out and their people stand together. We’ll help you identify and be inspired by what makes you distinct, to engage your stakeholders with relevance and authenticity, and enjoy sustained brand value growth through collaborative creative partnering.


A tightly collaborative creative team, delivering strategically effective brand engagement solutions for complex organisations and SMEs.

With its revolutionary modular system, AERALIS is on the cusp of transforming the design, development and manufacture of combat aircraft; revolutionising fast jet pilot training; and completely rethinking how military air force fleets are operated. As Si is a confessed aerospace nerd, to say he’s excited to be working with AERALIS is a huge understatement. We’re proud to have rebranded AERALIS, and supported them with a huge array of strategic creative services, including 3D animated videos, concept visualisations, website and exhibition stands.

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Portman Asset Finance is one of the UK’s leading independent asset finance providers, specialising in bespoke finance solutions for British SMEs through an innovative blend of their own financing capability and a network of lenders. After winning a five-way proposal process, we strategised, designed, developed – and wrote a good amount of SEO-focused copy for – their new website. Development included new enquiry forms and finance calculator modules – essential components for Portman’s data capture and new business generation. Site performance has exceeded expectations from day one of launch.

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Another long-standing and immensely rewarding relationship, supporting a titan of the UK’s defence industry. Over the years we’ve supported internal comms campaigns and global customer engagement, across air, land and maritime operations.

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Never was human-centred design more effectively applied than for the NHS. Our work began with support to the Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, but word got around, and some eight years later, we’re proud to say we’ve supported more than half a dozen NHS Trusts, mainly throughout the south and south west of the UK. Our work has supported important engagement campaigns for staff, patients, visitors and governors alike, as well as branding and the launch of new strategies.

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FSP is a fast-growing specialist in the field of digital transformation. One of the secrets of their success is a wonderfully warm and supportive culture, delivered as all best cultures are, from the very top down. After winning a multi-agency bid process, we guided FSP through some extremely insightful brand discovery work, which enabled us all to better understand how that awesome culture makes them such a potent and effective force in the tech sector. All we had to do then was bring that together in glorious websiteage.

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Discover what makes you special

We’ve got a great track record for helping organisations new and established pin down what makes them unique. Our process delivers a powerful sense of self for an organisation, one that inspires its people with renewed purpose and confidence. We help them articulate that for their team and their customers, sharing the inspiration and setting the scene for meaningful engagement.

You’ll want us for:

  • Discovery
  • Why/How/What
  • Value proposition
  • Insights

You’ll love us for:

  • Our process
  • The A-ha! Moments
  • Keeping it human
  • Feeling inspired
Discover your unique


Wear your brand on your sleeve

Our collaborative process for branding is enormously rewarding for our clients and us alike. It’s a process where we explore, iterate and debate, crafting together an identity that lives up to the brand and its people. We make sure it’s also a process of empowerment, leaving you with the tools and guidance needed to govern and nurture your brand independently.

You’ll want us for:

  • Branding & logos
  • Messaging
  • Templates
  • Guidelines

You’ll love us for:

  • Involving you
  • The great experience
  • Challenging you
  • A result you love
Fall in love with your brand


Reach out and touch somebody

We marry brand strategy and Design Thinking principles to help organisations maximise every opportunity to connect with their audiences. It’s the difference between creating ‘nice designs’ and effective designs – outputs that produce results and deliver your brand with punch and magnetism. It’s our holistic consideration and insistence on designing to the idiosyncratic realities of human nature that sets our approach apart. One that turns initiative into ROI.

You’ll want us for:

  • Concepts & ideation
  • Amazing design
  • Multi-channel capability
  • Responsiveness


You’ll love us for our:

  • Sector knowledge
  • Process
  • Friendliness
  • Results
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EllisJames Expertise

Finding your unique

We help people uncover what makes them unique, and turn that into a potent value proposition; build and fortify a full-depth brand around that understanding; and help them leverage that self-awareness to engage their target audiences, whether they are their own people or external stakeholders and prospective customers.

We use proven proprietary workshops, messaging frameworks and tools to dive deep into a brand and diagnose its strengths and vulnerabilities; to plan remedial programmes; and create new toolsets to improve engagement.

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Sustaining brand value growth

‘Design’ is still too often misunderstood as a wholly aesthetic discipline and an expense rather than a cost of business. Investment (of attention as much as money) is sporadic, resulting in ‘porpoising’ between short-term gains in brand value (without the strategic depth and continuity to maintain it) and the inevitable fade away as investment is withdrawn. At some point in the future, further reactive corrective investment is required and the cycle repeats.

Our solution is ‘Design Daily’ – an attitude that puts strategic creativity as a discipline alongside every other key business function – in the mix with finance, business development, HR and sales. This ensures the continuity required to build on previous activities, eradicate porpoising and deliver sustained brand value growth instead.

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Knockout design that delivers

We help organisations and teams who struggle to communicate an authentic and differentiated proposition achieve meaningful engagement with their target audiences. Our solutions are driven through game changing brand insight, pragmatic objectivity and a strategic regard for human nature.

The Design Thinking methodology isn’t just reserved for the big stuff. Our work is always driven by our clients’ strategic goals and the people whose behaviours we need to influence. We repeat it at every tier of a campaign or programme, no matter how small the output is. This ensures we are always delivering to the strategy, and not ‘designing for design’s sake’.

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Bakers of fine brand cakes

We’ve created our own proprietary framework for articulating brand structure and assessing its health within an organisation. It’s most easily described like a cake: an EllisJames brand cake has three layers – Definition, Belief, and – the literal icing on the cake – influence.

A sponge with no icing is no cake at all, while a layer of frosting with no sponge is just a brief sugar rush that leaves you hungry and regretful.

We’re really good at baking deeply satisfying brand cakes; all three layers harmoniously balanced in a moreish treat that keeps people coming back for more. Goes great with coffee.

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Being there for you

We want to make the world of work a better place, and we choose to do that through the medium of design. The manner in which we go about delivering the benefits of design can be summed up in one word: kindly.

We strive to be the best darn creative partners we can be. More importantly, together we strive to be the best humans we can be: we will always care about you as individuals and you, as a business.

Empathy, care and kindness are the beginnings of great customer service. Yes, we want people to praise our work, but it’s a special feeling when they celebrate how nice we are to work with.

Simon Ellis

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Inviting creativity into your organisation is about taking control of how your brand is perceived and valued – by your team just as much as your audiences. If you’re new to design, we’ll guide you through sagely and pragmatically. You’ll be closely involved throughout. With us, it’s always a team effort.

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