Welcome to our little mini series on some of the more ‘invisible’ businesses in Urmston; the businesses that don’t have a shop front and run their enterprises from home, working away behind the high street and often relying on word of mouth to communicate their services.
The first one in our showcase is Sam Griffiths from Miss’Chief Creative.
Having worked in the design industry for more than 20 years, Sam gave up her job in February (literally pre-lockdown) to start Miss’Chief Creative specialising in her passions of design, illustration and photography. She lives and works from her home on Princess Road in Urmston and is ready and willing to help any local businesses with design and branding advice, creative artwork, website design, print and social media.
We asked Sam the following questions to learn a little more about her fledgling business:
What makes you different from everyone else?
“My passion for each and every individual client. I spend time on the phone or face-to-face getting to know their dreams and aspirations and from there create what they can visualise in their own head but can’t formulate into a brand. I use my many years of experience to inspire every person that I work with so that all of our communication is engaging. After working on large scale projects including many charities and well known organisations such as the National Trust, I think it is important to go above and beyond, to be kind and generous in meeting the needs of each individual client for a bespoke outcome.”
What were your last three local projects?
“I like to spin plates so I have many jobs under development at one time, but I would say my last three completed projects were for Rachel Flood Associates creating her three brand books, branding and designs for Let There Be Light candles and a website and social media for Manchester-based family and children’s charity Calm Connections. Other local work includes Flour & Soul, Nanny Biscuit, Mrs Baker Cleaning and Sarah Livingstone Ceramics to name a few.”
What do you like most about living and working in Urmston?
“Living in Urmston is fantastic and with my three very excited dogs I love the open spaces for dog walking, In more normal times, I enjoy meeting my friends for dog walks in and around Urmston and for a coffee at Riverbank Coffee. Working from my backroom studio, have the most beautiful view. I just love the way all of us small businesses come together to support each other and pass on new clients. The people of Urmston are kind and a real community.”
What are your favourite Urmston businesses?
“My first shout out is Prime Print who I use a lot for printing; it’s a proper family business. For eating and drinking, I love Bevano Lounge and Kin, Sarah’s Yard and so many more…”
Tell us something unusual about you?
“My manifestos – which have really taken off and are now being shipped all over the world via my Etsy page. Entirely my idea, the manifestos were launched to raise money after the Manchester Arena bombing. They’ve gone on to be so successful and to raise a lot of money so I’ve now done versions for Urmston, Chorlton and other places.
“I also create kids activity packs and Key Stage learning packs for children after working for Morrison’s, Asda, Frankie & Benny’s and Jamie’s to name but a few on their kids activity packs – many of which have won awards and I’m super proud of that!”
If you have a project that you’d like to discuss with Sam, she would love to hear from you. Just get in touch using the details below 😊
07826 558 510 [email protected]
Photo credit – Alison Groves Photography