We need someone Creative for our Design Studio!

We have a vacancy for a Design Studio Coordinator. Are you creative and passionate about local businesses? This might be the role for you!

Package; Up to £25k + Company Performance Bonus + Incentives

Benefits; Training budget, Free Parking, 20 Days Holiday & Private Healthcare.

Contract type; Permanent or Contract. Full time hours & immediate start

Your Mission; to support the Operations Director with regards to the creation of the Local Pages (LP) product and service offering.

Can you think outside the box? Do you love creating new things? Are you passionate about both start-ups and established local businesses? Enjoy the thrill of helping a business achieve their goals? This might be the role for you!

We are looking for a Studio Coordinator to join our small but perfectly formed team based in Bristol, to manage and oversee the production of our local directories, as well as our digital products.

This is a creative role – we want someone who is able to understand our customer’s business and advertising needs, whilst enhancing their use of LP digital services. You will be tasked with managing and maintaining the current customers we have, as well as new ones.

Our working environment provides the opportunity to implement new techniques and make changes. We are looking for someone with innovative ideas, the ability to express them clearly and who feels comfortable with feedback.

And finally, you must be passionate! This role is varied and interesting – you definitely won’t feel pigeon-holed or bored. It represents an opportunity to make your mark within a competitive industry, we want someone who’s excited by that.

We would prefer someone with previous experience in this role or industry but we are especially interested in your capabilities, attitude and potential to grow into the role, rather than your experience in the industry, as there will be plenty of support and training.

You must be able to;

  • Be fully conversant with InDesign, Photoshop & Illustrator, as well as competency in other Adobe Creative Suite programmes 
  • Design, create & build websites using a chosen CMS platform 
  • Have exceptional time management, organisational and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrate strong attention to detail & excellent written communication
  • Maintain professional and positive contact with customers, always striving to create the best solution.
  • Show an understanding of Digital Marketing techniques and platforms
  • Have the ability to multi-task and prioritise based on project deadlines
  • Use your own initiative whilst taking direction from others 

A bit about us

LP helps local businesses to grow by generating enquiries for them in their local area. Although we have been around for 38 years, we are still a family business with a team of 14, based in Bristol. We predominately work with businesses based in the South West & South Wales. Business owners make up 90% of our customers, and service businesses are our primary clients. Our roots are in print, and this is still a significant part of our business, but we also offer other services including website design, along with a design and print service for logos and promotional material.

Our office is based in Southville near the Tobacco Factory, and close to the heart of bustling North Street. You will get 20 day’s holiday in addition to bank holidays. We also have a negotiable benefits package and a strong emphasis on personal and career development.

Local Pages is committed to equal opportunity for all. We may collect relevant data for monitoring as part of our candidate registration process.

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We’re Hiring! Sales & Administration Assistant

Looking for an exciting new role for 2017? Join Our Team.

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Sales & Administration Assistant

Job Introduction;

To support the Telesales Supervisor with regards to new & existing customers. To grow & increase account penetration by effectively selling Local Pages (LP) products and services.

The salary is £16k to £22k + Commission + Benefits + Company Bonus + Incentives

Our Business:

LP helps local businesses to grow by generating enquiries for them in their local area. Although we have been around for 36 years, we are still a family business with a team of 12 based in Bristol. We predominately work with businesses based in the South-West & South Wales. Business owners make up 90% of our customers and service businesses are our primary clients. Our roots are in Print and this is still a significant part of our service but we offer other services including website design, along with a design and print service.

Key Responsibilities;

  • Have exceptional time management, organisational and interpersonal skills
  • To ensure pre-call preparation is done for both new & existing customers
  • Form plans & actions for each account using responses & marketing information
  • Ensure our database is updated at all times
  • Following customer plans, ensure we contact as when necessary
  • Pass customer feed-back on so that opportunities are discussed and maximised
  • Use our marketing and creative departments effectively, along with sales aids and tools
  • Keep yourself up to speed with category market conditions and trends
  • Take on-board customers’ comments & requests to enable LP to create different solutions
  • Demonstrate a return on investment at all times

You;

Will be tasked with managing and maintaining the current customers we have as well as looking for new. Along with understanding our customers businesses & advertising needs, you will build a strategy that overtime will grow the customer’s use of LP’s services.

We are not necessarily looking for previous sales experience (although this would be an advantage), however if you thrive in a friendly, fast paced & professional environment and have a will to succeed and reap the rewards that this brings, this could be a role for you. Be confident and have the ability to build rapport with clients and negotiate with all contacts to achieve the best results.

What you need to know;

Local Pages has a negotiable benefits package which includes a competitive salary, pension & other benefits. We are committed to offering a comprehensive sales training & development programme, so please get in touch to benefit from this opportunity.

Local Pages is committed to equal opportunity for all. We may collect relevant data for monitoring as part of our candidate registration process.

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‘VICTORY IN EUROPE’ FUNDRAISING PARTY

I work as a graphic designer at Local Pages and I have channelled my creativeness into fundraising for a few charities during my spare time. One of these charities is called Holly Hedge Animal Sanctuary, based in Barrow Gurney, near Bristol. They rescue abandoned, abused and unwanted cats and dogs and re-home them to local, loving families. Animals have always been a BIG passion of mine, along with an insatiable appetite for finding out all I can about World War 2. I have a profound compassion for ALL animals as well as for the men and women who beat the threat of Nazi Germany. These two interests have combined to help me create a fundraising event which has become hugely popular.

My annual “Victory in Europe” fundraising party is held in May or June each year. This year, we have hired a band called the Kookie Ukes, and also a 15 piece orchestra called the Thornbury Swing Band who play all the traditional numbers from the big band era of music – think Glenn Miller and the like. The event is well attended by swing dancers too. It’s a very energetic form of dance, so plenty of room is needed on the dance floor where you can see some ladies being thrown up in the air! We have a “spiv” character – “Lucky Uncle George” – who is going to do a basic and fun dance lesson at the beginning so everyone can join in.

We also have our very own Normandy Veteran coming along called Reg Charles, who will give a 10 minute talk on his experiences in the infamous 1944 “Battle of the Bulge” in Normandy. He has also agreed to play the piano for us during the interval so that we can have a wartime sing-a-long; tunes like “Hang out your Washing on the Siegfried Line”. It truly is an evening for young and old. Some people come dressed in the fashions of the 40s – as pilots or soldiers, or in everyday attire. We have a NAAFI-style van parked up next to the venue selling teas and coffees as well as delicious homemade cakes, all served up by a couple who dress up in authentic civilian clothing from the era.

We also run a silent auction on the night where lots can range from a 3-day holiday in Normandy, to beautiful 40s-style posters signed by Normandy Veterans. Last year, I managed to obtain a poster signed by the last surviving Dambuster, a local man, and this fetched a massive £156.

Each ticket holder also gets a “ration bag” when they come into the bunting-festooned hall. The ration bags are yet to be decided but will most probably contain a ploughman’s or a pie along with “salt n shake” crisps which were true to the era. I have bought a Kit Kat for each ration bag, taken off the modern day wrapper and recreated the wartime wrapper. I have also made caramelised apple jam for each bag as the wonderful ladies of the WI used to do. Detail is of the utmost importance to create the right atmosphere. I deck the hall with moral-boosting posters from the war too. As a graphic designer, I find it a handy skill to have when organising something like this. We have an actor do the announcing between the bands and the various activities, reading out the cues in his very best ‘Received Pronunciation’ voice.

I was born decades after the war, but you can’t beat the music of Glenn Miller, and the incomparable Frank Sinatra – the big band sound transports you back to a bygone era where local communities pulled together in everyday life as well as business, fashions were fabulous and the spirit of the nation was strong in spite of the hardships. Long may we remember the people who gave up so much for our freedom!

The fundraising event will take place on Friday 27th May 2016 from 7.30pm-11.30pm at the Long Ashton Community Centre.

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