Lancashire based Thomas Dean Design, founded in 2011, is a one stop shop and turnkey agency providing all aspects of media production for every type of business, both large and small, throughout North West England. Let us manage all your media requirements, from branding and design to packaging, signage and print. Start with a free one hour consultation at which you can outline your project requirements and we can show you how TDD can help. We provide the expertise your business needs. Please browse our website to view our full range of services.
Who is Thomas Dean
Dean Thomas Brabin is the founder and head of Thomas Dean Design. He leads a team of highly skilled individuals, all experts within their own fields, tasked with fulfilling customer requirements.
Dean says: “TDD stands out from other agencies because we provide a fuller, more supportive service. We understand that many of our customers want more than one type of service to help their business compete and grow. We also understand how difficult it can be for an individual business to work with several different agencies, designers and suppliers, each with a different ‘take’ on what is required or what they think is correct.
“With us, that isn’t a problem because we are a one stop shop, project managing every job and providing customers with a single point of contact, resulting in enhanced communication, reduced project costs and faster lead times. “With our streamlined processes, customers can be confident that TDD will turn their ideas into reality efficiently, on time and within budget. We create solutions that meet and very often exceed customer objectives.”
Back in 2011
I made a life changing decision, to start my own company. I’d had enough of working hard for other people and wanted to start something of my own. I decided to leave my well paid executive job as senior designer – design manager for a major international blue chip company.
I was going to work as a freelance designer and build my own business. After some basic research I signed up for a government funded program called “Head for Business” which helped me to create a basic business plan and implement a strategy. I completed the course and set up as a Sole Trade legal entity called Thomas Dean Design.
Much of my times was spent on developing the business brand, researching my competitors, locating suppliers and speaking to any body willing to listen about my plans for the business,
At the start of 2012
After many hours of research I found a business grant organisation that agreed to give me a grant for £500 based on my disability (Dyslexia). I went out and a bought a preloved laptop, small desktop printer and some basic office furniture. My parents have a wholesale fruit and veg business.
I used my business plan as my guide. I set about contacting many of their customers who owned and ran Hotels, Takeaways and Restaurants. TDD offered them a bespoke graphic design service along with competitive print prices and a leaflet and menu distribution service they could trust. As business dripped in I used whatever spare time and money I had marketing and investing in equipment to help better the business.
2013 A Proper Office
After another year of hard work and 14 hour days I finally managed to drum up enough regular business to move out of the home office ans into a “proper office” I relocated TDD to a government funded office building called FY Creatives based in Blackpool Town Centre. I took the smallest office (the cheapest) no bigger that a box bedroom, however by moving the business to such a well established building it gave me new found level of confidence, ambition and drive.
Relocating the business also had the chance to work alongside other creative businesses which offered services I had wanted to lean more about which eventually would also allow TDD to offer such services. I continued to spend any spare time marketing and branding TDD and making as many contacts as possible. I started collaborating with other business who in turn helped me to set up a online marketing platform and company website. Throughout 2013 new customers came and went I had to navigate several learning curves and at times I found building the business challenging to say the least, however with continued hard work and lessons learnt my business continued to grow.
2014 Big Changes and New Additions
After three years of design, sweat and almost tears TDD was finally starting to feel like a professional design company. I had experimented with taking on a student. I had moved to one of the largest office units in FYC. I sold my car and injected the cash generated from the sale back into the business so TDD had a business vehicle more suited to day to day business requirements. I updated the vehicle with business signage to attract new clients.
I relocated TDD out of Blackpool to Lytham St Annes. I set up office in busy street above an old second hand store which I had future plans to one day take over, giving TDD high street design studio.
I negotiated the use of a double garage which would allow me to start making shop signs a part of the business I was eager to grow as Blackpool being a seaside town has an on going requirement for shop signage.
The Business plan was working, I continued to work towards my original end goal. Thomas Dean Design is now providing multiple design services, Graphic Design, Commercial Printing, Shop Signage and Web Development.