Informnorth - the North East's only specialist publication for self development, skills and enterprise
Client Testimonials
The following are just a small selection of the testimonials that have been submitted to us by clients that we have worked with through informnorth magazine or supported by providing expertise for media campaigns, creative design, newsletters, brochures and marketing packs etc. Each testimonial and client is real and many of our clients continue to work with us to this day. Click on the image to download each item as a PDF document
As a community based organisation promoting each of our programmes as cost effectively as possible is always at the top of our agenda. After speaking to informnorth and gaining what is always sound advice about our options and the best way of presenting our information, we usually go off and get two quotes from bigger high street printers and then informnorth always seem to beat, match or better what we can get ourselves, often giving us more copies or a better stock. As a result we use informnorth for not only partnership documents, leaflets and fliers but also banner stands and more specialist work and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them..
Ray Harriman,
Manor Residents Association

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We have worked with Mike and the team at informnorth over the years and recently turned to the them to help us design the marketing materials and branding for X:PRESS - the Gateshead pre-apprenticeship Engagement Hub. The end result looks fantastic, has been produced quickly and within budget and has well received by each of the training providers and our target client groups and employers.
Karen Nichols,
Regional Manager, Rathbone Training
Informnorth are a valued partner to nextstep and play an integral part of our marketing profile here in the North East through their focussed and helpful magazine but they have also helped us to produce note pads, leaflets, posters and brochures that have helped us raise our profile cost effectively. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anybody that is looking to get the most from their budget in difficult times.
Carol Smith,
Regional Manager, nextstep
Next Step Community Gems are a small community based organisation working mainly in East Durham where informnorth are located. I have known Mike and the team for a number of years and the advice and support they have given us has been of real help and benefit. It's great to see that some people will do things that help just because they can - and not because we have a big budget to spend and this has been true of informnorth. They helped us with our logo design, letterheads and compliment slips ads well as business cards and posters and leaflets and as a result, we work closely with them with our marketing and are pleased to count them as one of our partners.
Shirley Wardle,
Consultant, Community Gems

I would not hesitate to vouch for informnorth magazine and the work they do for us - the value they provide is often unrivalled and the help and support fits closely with our strategy to build the right sort of profile with the audiences we need to be in front of. They give one hundred percent and put our objectives and needs at the heart of whatever they do for us.
Graeme Miller, Managing Director,
Tyne & Wear Business Link organisation (TWEBLO)

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Having used informnorth on numerous occasions to advertise the facilities at Enterprise City I have always been very pleased with results and received a positive response. In my capacity of Chair for Business Clubs North East the magazine has continually approached the business start up and growth agenda both thoughtfully and in ways that actually bring supporting agencies and organisations together.
Tony Spence, Enterprise City

I worked with informnorth when I was a manager at CSV in Newcastle and didn't hesitate to speak to Mike and the team when I became manager at Sunderland ITeC as we needed help in a number of key areas.
We don't have the budget to use agencies and need to account for every penny we spend, after meeting informnorth and discussing our needs, within a short space of time we had put in place the start of a comprehensive and cost effective marketing campaign. This included a brand new website that was designed from the ground up for site visitors, employers and our apprentices - who can now access and update all of their training resources online.
Not only are informnorth looking after all of our web hosting but they helped train and update the skills of our staff who now look after the web content themselves. We have also recently designed and produced a fantastic new corporate brochure for potential customers, as well as existing employers and apprentices and Mike and the team followed the branding from the website and the brochure through to pop up display panels and banners for use at exhibitions and large format posters for use in the centre that look brilliant.
We are now using informnorth magazine as part of our marketing schedule too, as it pulls everything together nicely and is helping us to raise the right kind of profile. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending speaking to informnorth before planning your next campaign or seeking advice that will help you and your business.
Liz Nelson
Manager, Sunderland ITeC

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Mike and the small team at informnorth first started helping us a few years ago with the design and production of our website, which they now host and update for us. They also organise all of our webmail addresses and forwarding and produced all of the large format pictures we have in our restaurant too. These are very eye-catching and unique to The Akbar Dynasty and our customer always comments on them. Recently informnorth designed and organised the fitting of our main restaurant sign. Because we are situated just outside of Darlington on the eastbound side of the A66 our sign had to have impact for passing motorists and for this reason informnorth chose to use our special fonts and back light it. When it's illuminated it looks fantastic but is just as noticeable during the day too. I'm already speaking to Mike and the team about getting them to help us produce our new menus and the next phase of our marketing campaign.
Abdul,
The Akbar Dynasty

We wanted to use informnorth and spoke to them about raising awareness to an important new regional pilot for Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) which aims to target employes and their employees. From the very outset we have been pleased to see that everything they do and suggest centres around our goals and objectives. Now, not only are we using the magazine as a core element in promoting EYPS over the longer term and maximizing on a finite public sector budget but in addition, we have commissioned informnorth to produce additional marketing materials that really meet our needs. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend them or the magazine as the first or only point of contact to stretch a finite marketing budget as far as possible.
Faculty of Education and Society
University of Sunderland

Train to Gain can help employers of all sizes and across all sectors much more profitable and competitive. The aim is to provide training solutions for employees and staff that fit in with the organisation and what is actually needed. That's where CSV Training and Enterprise North fit in - delivering high quality training programmes that meet these needs. Informnorth has supported our work and from the outset have delivered everything we have asked - this includes designing and implementing marketing campaigns and branded materials for us, or using informnorth magazine wherever possible fulfilling their role as our preferred media partner.
Ian Young
Manager, CSV Training and Enterprise North

Informnorth have consistently provided an excellent service to S4L 4 VCS. We originally contacted the team when we needed help to produce a poster campaign promoting our services to a wider network. The end results were striking and got our message across brilliantly. When we again required the expertise of the team, in the designing of the document for our final evaluation report for the project, their service was second to none. Informnorth provided expert help and guidance in producing a very professional document that was easy to read and a befitting design. They embraced the project from beginning to end, from arranging photography to organising the printing.
Lynne Young, Skills for Life for Voluntary and Community Sector.

Easington Youthbuild is an innovative Housing with Skills Development Enterprise where we offer help and support to young people, giving them the opportunity to live, work and contribute the their local community. Informnorth have been invaluable in not only redesigning our logo and with branding but also they have produced letterheads, compliment slips and our new corporate brochure which we were thrilled to have turned around both quickly and importantly as we are a charity, within budget too.
Karen Hyrons
Youthbuild Enterprise Manager

The team at Informnorth has been great in helping us to produce materials to promote our many community initiatives, from designing eye-catching posters and banners to professional certificates and awards. The informnorth magazine has also been a great medium for promoting the achievements of Aim High within the East Durham area and further afield.
Linda Robinson, Aim High
When Gateshead City Learning Centre needed help delivering an advertising campaign to promote our services, informnorth provided a top class service. The team produced some great work including posters, A4 leaflets, maps to the new promises and folders for containing our promotional material. All work produced was within time and budget. 
Moira Thompson, Gateshead ICT.
We have worked in partnership with Informnorth for the past three years to help raise and maintain our own profile within the North East. I have consistently received a high level of service and the bespoke material produced is always of a high quality and standard. The team there are a pleasure to deal with and are very aware of their clients’ requirements.
Graham Wilson, North East Euro Information Centre.
Informnorth is the only publication of its kind in the North East and takes the lead on employee skills and development – an important key priority area. With some fantastic ideas and opportunities in the pipeline I’m looking forward to watching the magazine grow and develop whilst continuing to provide a hub for regional and national skills development campaigns.
Judith Taylor, Sector Skills Development Agency
We began working with informnorth a few years ago to promote the wide range of benefits that are available through sport at all levels in the North East. I’ve recently worked with the team to help produce an informative feature detailing the opportunities open to people and the end product was really inspirational, with some excellent case studies. The magazine has proven to be an excellent means of engaging with people of all ages and backgrounds and is unique in targeting the grass roots of our communities in order to get messages across to a wide and varied audience.
Peter Slater, North East Sport
Informnorth have consistently provided an excellent service to Horden Parish Council. The service and advice that we have been given has allowed us to produce a wide range of materials from invitations for prestigious national council events to the guidance booklet for the Parish Cemetery. I approached informnorth when our newsletter was ready for an update and the end result has received plaudits from the highest level, gaining third place in the national awards competition that took place this year. 
Samantha Shippen, Council Clerk, Horden Parish Council, Chair National Association of Parish Councils
I was extremely pleased with the special feature “East Durham, Turning the Tide” promoting the work of the LSP within the District of Easington produced by informnorth. The team looked after all aspects of producing the feature brilliantly, from arranging photographs, to working in partnership with all contributors making sure each ones submission was exact to their requirements.
John Murphy, Manager, East Durham Local Strategic Partnership
A huge thank you to the team at informnorth for your support of the County Durham Sports Partnership Awards and also your help in producing our invitations to the Awards Ceremony both on time and within budget.
JanetteTurner, Durham Sport
The team at informnorth produce the Derwentside Business & Community Directory to help service a local need and this has been an excellent resource for all local businesses and members of the wider community. It’s colourful and vibrant as well as being very informative with lots of useful details about the area, along with the key business listings and contact details we needed.
Andrea McGuigan, Senior Business Advisor, Derwentside District Council
I think informnorth is an excellent resource and has been especially useful to me in my role as an outreach worker. The directory sections contain the contact details of all the regional key support agencies, education establishments, local government, voluntary sector organisations plus much, much more. I find this not just helpful but actually quite essential.
Haffezar Kahn, Outreach Worker, Aim High, Easington
Get On In County Durham is a special guide that was produced on behalf of Durham County Council by informnorth. It has proven to be an excellent resource for anyone in the area looking for new learning opportunities within the community. The format of the publication was exactly what was required and this has been successful in capturing the target audience’s attention, spurring more people to take action.
Dave Emmerson, Durham County Council
A huge thank you to the team at informnorth for your continued support in the promotion of the community campaign Bloomin’ Marvellous. Over the past four years your eye catching poster and leaflet campaigns have helped us to inspire thousands of residents and businesses to participate in our massive days of volunteering in our community.  The Bloomin’ Marvellous website you’ve producedl is a brilliant portrayal of all the work we’ve achieved and has received many, many compliments. When the judges from the Northumbria in Bloom competition have visited the village they are equally impressed with the professional portfolio of evidence the team have produced on our behalf. Last but by no means least thanks for your consistent voluntary support of the campaign throughout the year and for taking part in the days of activity cleaning and planting out areas of the village. 
Bloomin Marvellous Committee Member
Not content with just producing a brilliant directory they also put all of the key information on line for at www.derwentsidedirectory.co.uk where members of the public and all businesses can use the searchable database to contact each other easily. New businesses can also add their details to the existing database online and this is updated straight away - this is a nice touch and an example of how they go much further than many others – often just because they can and want to.
Joane Urquart-Arnold, Senior Business Advisor, Derwentside District Council
Informnorth is a great resource and is totally unique. I actually look forward to receiving my copy of the magazine. No other publication in the North East covers skills, education and enterprise to such a wide target audience and at different levels. Whether you’re a school leaver looking to further your education, returning to work, already employed but wanting to develop new skills or looking to start up in business there’s something in the magazine for just about everyone.
Tony Coyle, Durham Business School
The team at informnorth were extremely supportive when the school considered bidding for Business and Enterprise status. Informnorth magazine was just the ticket when we wanted to develop new partnerships with the local community and advertise sponsorship opportunities to local businesses.  The team also helped us raise the profile of a specific event we held to attract further help and support and kindly donated an excellent first prize for the pupil’s competition. Informnorth provided an excellent all round, supportive and helpful service.
Trevor Lewis, Hebburn Comprehensive School.
We have supported informnorth from the very first issue and have used it on many occasions to promote the services of the Development Company. I like the fact that the magazine is widely available to the traditional business community, but it is also unique in targeting and inspiring would be entrepreneurs and potential new business start ups at a more local level. Being distributed to a wide variety of key outlets through community centres, libraries, jobcentres and business centres and key organisations gives us the capability of reaching target audiences that other publications simply can’t match.
Rob Heslop, County Durham Development Company
The case studies and success stories featured in informnorth are down to earth and often inspirational. It’s of real use to be able to actually read about people from all parts of the North East who are passing on details of their own experiences. The magazine continually recognises that everybody is different. We are all individuals and informnorth actually inspires readers, highlighting where you can turn first for help and advice and showing how you can succeed on your chosen path, whatever that may be. 
Liz White, TEDCO, Enterprise in Education Manager
From the very first issue of the magazine Acumen Community Enterprise Trust has always believed in and supported the objectives of informnorth. It can’t be easy to produce a single publication that has so much appeal to so many people and I think that makes it even more special. From advertising within the magazine to asking the team for their advice and expertise for strategic community campaigns we have never been disappointed.
Kate Welch, Chief Executive, Acumen Community Enterprise Development Trust
When the team at informnorth approached me to appear in the magazine I didn’t hesitate at the chance. As a magazine with strong social values, I really like the way it signposts individuals to organisations and agencies that can really help you to achieve your ambitions and goals. The content is never patronising and certainly very inspiring, a real leader in championing the cause for enterprise and skills.
Karen-Wilkinson Bell, Regional Director, Business in the Community.
Science is one of the key areas we need to increase the level of skilled and qualified workers within our region. When informnorth decided to include a feature looking at the opportunities within the industry it was vital that CELS was involved. I was delighted with the finished product with snap shot facts and inspiring case studies. The feature did a brilliant job of informing the people of the region exactly what’s available to them. I look forward to being involved with similar features in the future.
Kirsty Taylor, Centre for Excellence for Life Sciences.
The design team at informnorth have created some excellent publicity material on behalf of the University of Sunderland, particularly the Business and Law school. From information leaflets and documents to post cards and articles within their inspirational magazine, the work produced is always appealing and exactly to our specific requirements. We’ve have enjoyed an unrivalled media partnership over the years and the team have been first rate at providing advice of the best way to achieve our advertising objectives within the given budget.
Dale Jarvis, University of Sunderland
Time after time the service received from informnorth has been outstanding. Over recent years the team have designed and produced newsletters, annual review documents and delivery plans to a consistent high standard. The team have always gone out of their way to help, to the extent of organising a photographer to visit the villages and take new vibrant images of the community in action to use within our documents. The Pathfinder newsletter “The Buzz” is always vibrant and colourful and an excellent medium for engaging with the community. 
Claire Young, Easington and Horden Neighbourhood Management Pathfinder.
PPD offer a wide range of solutions for press, print and presentation. At the beginning of 2007 we needed to expand and move into new premises. We had to be sure both current and potential clients were aware of the move, to avoid the detrimental effect of losing business and contacts. We decided a special feature within informnorth would be an excellent way to get PPD in front of thousands of new and old clients within the region. Producing the feature was painless with the support of the dedicated team at informnorth. They arranged everything from photographs to support advertisements from our suppliers and the response we got was fantastic.
Chris Bell, Managing Director, PPD Print Group.
Informnorth magazine was the natural choice of medium when looking to promote the rewarding career opportunities within the childcare sector. With such a wide and varied readership we knew our message would get to our target audience. The special feature included a variation of case studies from successful local people already working within the industry including several men, one of the key target areas we need to promote the opportunities to. I was equally impressed with the eye catching poster campaign produced by the team to attract more men to the childcare industry and proved to be very successful in raising the CoVE’s profile.
Linda Jordan, CoVE Manager, North East Childcare CoVE.
When we wanted to raise the profile of all the fantastic achievements of the CSV training programme for the unemployed, informnorth magazine included a special feature as well as producing a stand alone document for our own purposes. The piece was very well thought out, containing all the relevant information and also well designed.
Paul Shipley, General Manager, CSV.
Informnorth have consistently provided an excellent service to S4L 4 VCS. We originally contacted the team when we needed help to produce a poster campaign promoting our services to a wider network. The end results were striking and got our message across brilliantly. When we again required the expertise of the team, in the designing of the document for our final evaluation report for the project, their service was second to none. Informnorth provided expert help and guidance in producing a very professional document that was easy to read and a befitting design. They embraced the project from beginning to end, from arranging photography to organising the printing.
Lynne Young, Skills for Life for Voluntary and Community Sector.
We approached informnorth when we need to revamp the leaflets promoting the courses at South West Durham Training to a young target audience. They produced some great work and came up with many creative solutions and ideas. The team were great to work with and the whole process was trouble free.
Bob Waller, South West Durham Training
Handy Man I really believe in the social ethic of informnorth and the fact that it promotes enterprise for all. It’s all about stepping out of your comfort zone to reach your goals and fulfil your potential and for me, the magazine continually achieves.
Helen Wright, Reader, Alnwick
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