Howard Rushfirth at the Business Connections Evening

Networking + Personal Branding = Boost in Business

In the bustling landscape of modern branding and marketing, Rushfirth Creative has emerged as a much respected name, known for its blend of creativity, strategic thinking, and genuine human connection. Nestled in the heart of Yorkshire, this dynamic agency, founded by Leeds man Howard and wife Kathryn, has significantly impacted the industry in their part of the world. With their studio in Silkwood Park, Wakefield, and their family home in Earlsheaton, the Rushfirth Creative has built a brand that is both deeply personal and professionally exceptional.

Design and Branding work by Rushfirth Creative

The Origins of Rushfirth Creative
Howard Rushfirth’s passion for design and vision for transforming brands is almost palpable. With nearly four decades of experience in the creative industry, Howard's journey exemplifies his relentless pursuit of excellence and innovation. His career is a blend of creativity, strategic thinking, and unwavering client commitment, forming the bedrock of Rushfirth Creative.

Kathryn Rushfirth, Howard's partner in both life and business, brings her exceptional skills in client service and project management to the table. Her ability to understand client needs and translate them into actionable strategies has been instrumental in the agency's success. Together, they form a powerhouse duo whose complementary skills have driven their agency to new heights.

Photo of Britta Ofori-Kuragu NetworkingBuilding a Brand Story with Heart
At the core of Rushfirth Creative is a powerful philosophy: to create brands that resonate deeply with their audiences. This holistic approach focuses not just on the visual aspects of a brand but also on its voice, values, and overall impact.

Rushfirth Creative’s portfolio reflects their versatility and expertise. They have collaborated with clients across various industries, building strong, memorable brands that stand out in competitive markets. Their innovative methodologies and genuine human connection are what set them apart in the field of branding and marketing.

Photo of networkers enjoying the eventNetworking and Personal Branding: Keys to Success
In today’s interconnected world, networking and personal branding are crucial to business success. Effective networking allows professionals to build relationships, share knowledge, and open doors to new opportunities. It’s about creating a network of support and collaboration that can propel a business forward.

Personal branding, on the other hand, is about defining and communicating your unique value proposition. It’s how you present yourself to the world and differentiate yourself from others. A strong personal brand can enhance your credibility, expand your influence, and attract new opportunities.

Photo of Sommelier Thomas O'ConnorA ‘Secret Gig’: The Business Connections Evening
The Rushfirth team recently hosted an exclusive and rather unique 'Business Connections Evening' at Zucchinis Restaurant. This 'secret gig' event, characterised by its invitation-only nature, brought together professionals from Leeds, Kirklees, Wakefield and beyond, and beyond for an evening of networking, Italian cuisine, and wine tasting.

The evening commenced with a warm welcome reception at Zucchinis, a favourite dining spot for the Rushfirth family. Attendees enjoyed a guided wine and cheese tasting session, savouring authentic Italian flavours. The relaxed and informal atmosphere encouraged open networking, fostering genuine connections among business professionals.

The idea for the Business Connections Evening stemmed from conversations with clients and local businesses, highlighting the challenges faced over recent years. Howard and Kathryn aimed to create an event that offered a morale boost, encouraging meaningful connections and conversations. "We wanted to create a space where people could connect, share their experiences, and support one another. Seeing everyone enjoying themselves and making valuable connections was incredibly rewarding," said Howard Rushfirth, Creative Director.Photo from the Business Connections EveningSupporting Events with Branding and Marketing
Rushfirth Creative’s commitment to supporting events goes beyond hosting. They leverage their branding and marketing expertise to ensure every event they are involved in is a success. From designing compelling promotional materials to creating engaging social media campaigns, they understand the importance of every touchpoint in creating a memorable event experience.

Their approach often includes elements of surprise and delight, leaving a lasting impression on attendees. Their dedication to personal branding is equally noteworthy. Howard and Kathryn believe that a strong personal brand is essential for business success, and they apply this belief to their own lives and careers. Their authenticity, approachability, and down-to-earth nature make them industry leaders and genuinely nice people to work with!

Building Your Personal Brand
Building a strong personal brand is essential in today’s competitive business landscape. Here are some tips from Howard and Kathryn on how to effectively build your personal brand:

  • Be Authentic: Reflect who you are. Be genuine and let your personality shine through.
  • Be Consistent: Ensure your messaging is consistent across all platforms. This builds a strong and recognisable brand.
  • Network Actively: Attend events, join professional groups, and engage with others in your industry. Building relationships expands your influence.
  • Create Value: Share your knowledge and expertise through content creation, such as blogging, speaking at events, or participating in webinars.
  • Stay Professional: While it’s important to be authentic, maintain professionalism in your interactions.

Ladies networking at the Business Connections EveningImpact on Yorkshire and Future Plans
Over the years, Rushfirth Creative has played a significant role in raising the profile of Yorkshire. Their involvement in the Buy Yorkshire conference, and more recently their personal branding work have attracted clients from across the UK — from Aberdeen to Bournemouth, London to Bristol — bringing visitors and investment to West Yorkshire. This event continues their ongoing commitment to promoting and supporting local businesses big and small.

Looking ahead, Rushfirth Creative shows no signs of slowing down. They are open to hosting more exclusive events like the 'secret gigs' if there is enough interest. "This event was about giving back to the business community that has supported us over the years. We’re thrilled with the positive response and may consider hosting another later in the year," said Kathryn Rushfirth, Client Services Director.

Photo of Howard and Kathryn RushfirthConclusion
In a world where branding and marketing can often feel impersonal and transactional, Rushfirth Creative stands out as a beacon of authenticity and creativity. Howard and Kathryn’s expertise, combined with their genuine care for their clients and community, makes them true key persons of influence in the industry. For those looking to elevate their brand and build meaningful connections, Rushfirth Creative is the partner you want by your side.


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