Let Us Introduce Ourselves

Creative, productive, effective...

If you’re looking for an imaginative and expert team with a true understanding of business needs to fulfill your design brief, then look no further.

Our focus is wholly centred around you and your needs, in print or online, we utilise our intelligent and straightforward approach as well as years of experience to fulfill every aspect of your marketing objectives and generate the results you need.

Our Services

Relax we’ve got it covered

We design, produce and implement a wide range of marketing communications including branding, promotional literature, advertising and websites.

Results that exceed expectations…

We utilise our straightforward, friendly approach, to fulfil every aspect of your design needs and to produce results that exceed expectations. We’ve gained extensive knowledge and expertise across a wide range of business sectors, working with both large and small clients.

This is how it all happens…

We get under the skin of your organisation to establish your objectives, and then use our creative talents to produce anything from a one off piece of work to a fully integrated campaign. Our clients are able to deal directly with our designers, an approach that works well for everyone, streamlining the communication process, saving time and contributing directly to our success and their satisfaction.

If you’re looking for an imaginative team with a true understanding of business needs to fulfil your design brief, or have an idea that you want to discuss, please call us on 01206 795933.

Your products. Our creativity.

We’ll make your products shine, as well as helping you find new markets.  We deliver ideas that not only look good but work hard.

Your challenges. Our solutions.

We’ll find the best way to present your proposition, the best way to get it out there and the best way to get people to respond.

Your brief. Our expertise.

Years of experience has taught us to take a brief and run with it.  It’s what makes us so effective in helping you, our clients, to achieve your marketing objectives and build business.

Your deadline. Our problem.

As long as your deadline is achievable we’ll deliver, driving the schedule and keeping you up-to-date.  What’s more we won’t cut corners to get to the finish line.


Your products. Our creativity

Branding and Corporate identity isn’t just for big companies with large budgets. All businesses can benefit from developing a strong identity and brand image.

We believe that companies of any size, including smaller and medium-sized businesses, can benefit from a high-impact identity or branding that provides instant recognition in their chosen markets.

To put together intelligent, creative and appropriate branding and identity that will stand the test of time, we consider all elements: a company’s name, its culture and values, the competitive environment and customer aspirations in that market place.


Your challenges. Our solutions.

We design, develop and support websites that are engaging, dynamic, reliable and easy to use. Our websites work for our clients and their site visitors, making the online experience a positive one in every respect.

All of the sites that we deploy utilise a robust Content Management System so that our clients can keep their website up-to-date themselves. The majority of our sites now include responsive functionality to ensure that the site is user-friendly across the many devices available.

Our programmers can also develop any necessary e-commerce functionality, be it an online store or back office systems integration. We also provide full hosting services and can help ensure that our clients’ websites are fully Search Engine optimised and that they have access to detailed site analysis tools.


Your brief. Our expertise.

As a graphic design agency based in Colchester, we know how to make advertising and direct mail work for you.  We create high impact design solutions that will boost your business.

Years of experience have taught us how to take a design brief and run with it. It’s what makes us so effective in helping clients achieve their marketing objectives and build business. It’s about creative flair and clear thinking. Whether we’re handling a one-off ad or a whole campaign, it’s an approach that works for us.  And more importantly for our customers.

Our highly skilled team regularly design stationery (letterheads, compliments slips, business cards), leaflets, flyers, posters, folders, brochures, magazines, newsletters, books, websites, email broadcasts to name but a few. With a team of designers experienced in all aspects of production we will not only provide the design solution best suited to your business needs but we are also able to handle all commercial applications, whether it be for print, press, radio, or online.


Your deadline. Our problem.

Our expert knowledge of print processes and technology ensures that clients printed requirements are being delivered in more efficient, timely and effective ways, we are a single source solution for all of your print needs.

Whatever the size and type of print project we deliver, using innovation, purchasing power and expertise to ensure that your business is getting the optimum solution.

We take  our environmental responsibilities seriously and for that reason we use FSC accredited printers, which is the ‘Gold Standard’ in responsible production and also encourange our clients to use recycled materials wherever possible.

Our Work

Check out our work and get inspired

Who We Are

A little bit about us

Our story began in a very modest way in 1992 with a combination of inspiration, determination and a state-of-the-art Apple Mac Classic with an impressive nine inch mono monitor – how things have changed!

Today we are a growing team of skilled designers and professionals, with significant resources at our disposal. Our aims are broadly the same as they were when we started, creating long term, trusting relationships with clients which focus on reliable and honest delivery of creative yet appropriate solutions. Some of our clients have been with us from the start and we have become an integral part of their business, which we believe is testament to our approach.

We have always had a forward looking approach to business and especially embracing new technology, we continue to invest in technology to ensure we are prepared for the demands of a global, 24-hour way of doing business.

Our Thinking

It’s intelligent thinking

We’re proud of the intelligent processes that we apply. We’re not just creative, we’re intelligent too, and apply that to everything we do.

Whatever the project our approach remains the same; to be creative, to be appropriate, to use technology to best advantage and to complete projects on-time and within budget.

It’s not just our creative output that is of the highest standards, we believe that how we go about business is important too, our values lie at the core of our business and we believe that they make us good people to work with.

This is how it all happens…


Ask Questions

As a design agency, we work with a whole portfolio of clients at any one time and it is imperative that we understand the individual requirements and desires of those clients.  We ask a lot of questions to fully understand the needs of you and your business and we encourage you to ask question too.

Understand the issues

In an ideal world, there would be no issues, no hurdles to overcome, but realistically challenges do arise.  The convenience of working with a marketing and design agency is that with our experience comes an understanding of the possibilities and limitations so we can steer project to avoid these possible inconveniences.  Therefore saving time and saving you money.

Plan a Solution

Once we thoroughly understand the project we are undertaking we start to plan solutions.  One of the advantages of working with a marketing agency is that we have experience of a portfolio of marketing methods bringing knowledge and expertise to your project solutions.

Get Creative

Working with us is fun, exciting and eye-opening.  We help clients express the layers of their business in a fresh and engaging manner.  This involves client interaction and fresh thinking.  Let us help you and your company’s best side to the world.

Deliver results

Every business wants a return on their investments and we are always focussed on applying this to the solutions we provide.  We are a marketing agency that not only ‘makes things look pretty’ we get results.

Provide best value

We ask questions to understand your values, we plan solutions to best deliver the results you want, we understand the possible issues saving you money and time and we wrap this all up in what we do best: result driven creative marketing.

Our Principles

What we stand for

Our Principles define us and how we do business.

They show our clients what they can expect from us, and they give our team a strong framework for delivering the highest levels of service. They also validate our supplier relationships, setting the standards for mutually beneficial working partnerships.



Our ultimate purpose is to create a successful business which benefits customers and employees. That means maintaining a positive, productive working environment which fosters creativity and professionalism, and in which our team can enjoy fulfilment and personal development. We are also committed to sharing our knowledge and the rewards of our success.


We aim to make sufficient profit to sustain our commercial vitality, as well as providing security for our team and rewarding them for contributing to our success. Our strategy is to grow and diversify the business appropriately and prudently.


We aim to secure the confidence, trust and loyalty of our clients by providing consistently excellent quality, value and service.

Business Relationships

We always conduct business with honesty and courtesy, and are committed to honouring scrupulously every business agreement.


We employ talented team players of ability and integrity who are committed to supporting our Principles. Internal and external relationships are based on mutual respect and courtesy, with as much equality as differences of responsibility allow. We also promote an open corporate culture which allows individuals to realise their full potential.

Community & Environment

We are aware of our responsibility to the local community and the necessity to do everything we can to help protect our planet for future generations. We are continually reviewing our working practices to save energy and minimise the impact our business has on the environment.


What they are saying about us

Karen Ainley - Managing Director, Mosaic Publicity
Mosaic Publicity has worked with Hughes & Co for almost a decade and is proud to consider Ed and the team as preferred suppliers. We work closely in partnership to develop stylish brochures and content-managed websites which are extremely well received by clients. Hughes & Co are diligent, work to deadlines and, importantly, deliver excellent  results.
Jeremy Dickinson - Managing Director, Reader Offers Ltd
We have just had our presentation and it went very well, everything looked exceptional. Could you please pass on my thanks to everyone involved in making this happen for us. The quality and professionalism was second to none.
Alan Evers - Director, Evers Building Contractors
Hughes & Co has successfully transformed our corporate identity, literature and website and I have been hugely impressed with their expertise.  Their attention to detail, quality of design and their level of service has been outstanding.  I have enjoyed working with them and highly recommend their services.
Tim Brown - Marketing and Development Director, Connectix Limited
In the years that I have been working with Hughes & Co Design, their team has proven to be one of the most productive, most flexible, and most reliable design teams I have worked with. They have a close multi talented team who have become an extension of our own marketing department, delivering on time and within budget and taking on whatever needs to be done with minimum fuss and excellent customer service. Very simply, you would be well advised to engage Hughes & Co Design.
Harold Lockwood - Director, Aguaconsult Ltd
We have worked with Hughes & Co  for the last five years and have been very pleased with the quality of their work. We have contracts with major international development agencies and therefore expect the highest standards in the presentation of our work – Hughes & Co always deliver, from simple one-page layouts to full website design and the bespoke development of complex documents and reports. Hughes & Co  is more than just a very talented design and communications company – their whole approach to understanding our needs means that we have developed a real partnership and we are happy to count on them as part of our extended team.
Fiona Bretton - Thomas H Bretton
We wanted to take this opportunity to say we have been impressed by Hughes & Co’s consistently helpful and swift attitude to service.  You actually listen carefully to our requirements and then translate our initial ideas into workable and successful design solutions.  Whether working with us on our evolving ad branding campaign, or developing our website from scratch, each of you together make Hughes & Co a most refreshing company to deal with.

Work With Us

Think you've got what it takes to work at Hughes & Co?

We're hiring. Hughes & Co currently have the following fabulous opportunities to join our small but talented team in Colchester...

Current Vacancies

Account Manager

We are looking for an experienced, enthusiastic, proactive and well organised Account Manager to join our growing team. If building client relationships, winning new business and delivering outstanding projects is what makes you tick, then we’d like to talk to you.

More details

What skills will you need?

You should be comfortable and confident liaising with clients and taking creative briefs and then advising and working with our creative team in order to deliver on these.

As well as responding to client needs, this role also involves a degree of business development, whether it is growing existing accounts or spotting business opportunities.

As well as an ability to manage client accounts, you will have an ability to manage the other team members, inspiring colleagues to deliver the highest quality outputs and client service.

What will the role involve?

  •  Research and strategic thinking
  •  Attending client meetings and pitches
  •  Taking detailed client briefs and interpreting these into proposals and estimates
  •  Project planning and delivery from concept to completion
  •  Meticulous budget and job-flow management
  •  Developing new business from the acquisition of new clients and from existing clients

What attributes will you need to have ?

  •  Organised
  •  Ability to work well under pressure and to deadlines
  •  Ability to deliver projects across a wide range of media – web/print/exhibition
  •  Excellent communication skills
  •  Self-motivated
  •  Work well as part of a multi-skilled team
  •  Superhuman attention to detail
  •  A strong print and digital background
  •  Previous design agency experience

For further information or apply for this role please email your C.V. and covering letter.

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If you like what you’ve seen, like the way we work, and think you might like us to work with you, it would make sense to arrange to meet and talk.

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