Creative Clique is the dream of a young talented designer who in 1999, decided that the beginning of the next Century cried out for a design studio to help launch and fulfil local business’ branding and promotions needs.
Jo Martin, founder and owner of Creative Clique has gone from being a one-man(lady)-band designer based in her bedroom, to running an award-winning full service design, web and marketing services business with specialist staff (and a whole host of trusted local suppliers) based above the Aspex gallery in Gunwharf. The business is flying and Jo’s dream is becoming a reality.
Creative Clique: from concept to current … in Jo’s words
I dreamt up and decided to launch Creative Clique as I wanted to be so much more than a designer. I wanted to look after my clients in the same way I would liked to be looked after myself. After years of being a designer, I wanted to influence and advise business based on my knowledge and experience I gained from my early days in the job.
The early days
I started the business with 2 mortgages, a car loan and no idea how to run a business. I started to get my name out there by doing every networking opportunity I could find and I soon became known for my choice in shoes and my smile. I tried cold calling once, never again! Happily, I decided to move out of the bedroom when I knew if the business carried on growing the way it was beginning to, I’d need some help.
Moving on up
The first office was in an old brush factory in Fratton. It was like working in a prison with very long corridors – a place you did not want to be after dark. but it was close to my house and within budget. In 2009, I employed my first graduate!
As the business grew I started to do a lot of mutual work for one client. We decided it would be a lot easier if we could be in the same room to bounce creative ideas off each other.
Moving on out
In 2011, We moved to 50a Osborne road. A move which meant an office in a fab location opposite a Irish bar, which in the winter would deliver us hot chocolates and winter warming stew. In the summer months, the bar was a magnet for late afternoon meetings that went on all night.The only problem with this office was it had no windows, which is not great for creativity.
In 2012, Glenn, our chief designer joined the team and this was a successful record-busting year for us. In 2013, we took on our lovely apprentice – Laura. We spent a good year trying to find a home for our now 4 strong team to move to. After starting to lose hope that we’d have to move out of our very much loved Southsea neighbourhood, we stumbled across the perfect location – Aspex (it had windows to start with!)
We’re really flying
In 2014 we launched our Clique Club, a club for clients who want regular design and marketing services taken care of for them so they can focus on their core business. Earlier this year, the membership has grown so much we needed a Captain to make sure my vision for the business continues ‘ to look after our clients in a way I’d like to be looked after’. Louise is now on board and is looking after our clients and making sure all is ship-shape with them.
We are pushing the business forward to a level it has never been at before. We now have a strong team of 5 and can truly call ourselves a full service agency with a total client-centric focus. Happy Days!
Our team are a talented mix and really rather passionate about their roles. We have experts in design, web, print and marketing, with both client and agency-based experience.
We have an extended team of trusted print, marketing and productions services suppliers who totally ‘get’ our commitment to our clients’ quality and timeline requirements. We have forged mutually trusting relationships and pass on cost-saving and speedy turnaround benefits to our clients.
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Our mission today is the same as the day Jo launched Creative Clique. We aim to treat clients in exactly the same way that we would like to be treated.
We actually want to delight clients and surpass their expectations! Everyone here at Creative Clique agrees to go about their business in a professional manner and we all strive for quality, creativity and to be responsive. Most importantly, we promise to make jokes, take silly photos and laugh more times than we frown.
Meet the team
Shoes and smiling
Bikes, bikes and bikes
Sauvignon and cashews
Creative Captain and Tea Crafter
Tea and dogs!
Coffee and holidays
Social Media Sailor
Tweets and blogs
Disconnecting from the Matrix
Like what you see? Get in touch today
023 9281 1989
Aspex, The Vulcan Building
Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth PO1 3BF