The Engine Room completes overhaul of 19th century mill

Following six months of hard graft, a six-figure financial investment and what feels like hundreds of  hours of finishing touches, Design Network North Member The Engine Room has moved into its new home in Mirfield – York Mills. The former 19th century piggery – once owned by the employer of Anne Brontë – was purchased […]

Latest updates from Pd-m

Design Network North member Pd-m have a few updates to share. This innovation and product design business were featured in New Design magazine this month. The six page interview with Managing Director Richard Hall was an overview of the business since its inception in 2005. Richard reflected on the last thirteen years’ of the consultancy […]

North Chocolates have released the Icon Gift box designed by Decide

This summer North Chocolates launched their Icon & Innovation range of chocolate bars celebrating the region’s heritage, landscape and inventions. With illustrations including the Tyne Bridge and Stephenson’s Rocket by artist Suzanne Homer ( and packaging designed by Newcastle-based award-winning creative consultancy Decide, the bars have been such a success that North has launched a […]

Marketing Verses Sales – get the best of both

Marketing and sales aren’t the same – and shouldn’t be treated as such. They’re two very different departments that have been known to have issues with each other, but it doesn’t have to be this way. By ensuring the two are working together, you could have sales and marketing teams that consistently bring business to […]

Newton Press Winners of ‘Greener Business’ at the Environment Awards 2018

The winners of the 2018 Environment Awards were announced at a ceremony in Durham last week (Thursday 8 November).  The awards, now in their 29th year, are organised by the County Durham Environment Partnership to recognise great design, environmental guardianship and community spirit. The judges, who included architects, councillors and university experts, were thrilled with […]

Who should really take responsibility for a company’s internal brand experience? By Darren Evans, founder and director of Huddersfield-based brand consultancy The Engine Room

  Despite the – albeit gradual – acknowledgement that brand is more than just a logo, in some organisations a brand implementation or roll-out is still handled by the marketing department alone. The same can be said when it comes to the creation, nurturing and development of the internal brand experience. Of course, it is […]

Design agency Stop. makes bar soap cool again through branding

  As a new UK beauty brand, nuddy asked Newcastle design agency stop. to help them come up with a brand identity that would make a big splash this July with the launch of their all natural eco-friendly soaps. Bold, fruity and, little bit cheeky, a soap for the millennial generation. Made in the UK from […]

Do you need a digital detox? Blog by Urban River

  How much time do you spend online? Can you remember a time when you weren’t browsing websites, posting on social media or clearing notifications from your phone? Do you need a digital detox? The digital revolution has been an undoubted success but the online world has become very crowded. How do you sort the wheat from […]

Brand consultancy invests £100,000 in 19th century mill transformation

  Huddersfield-based strategic brand consultancy The Engine Room is midway through a £100,000 plus project to transform a 19th century mill and former piggery, into its new HQ. The company purchased York Mills back in January 2017 for £250,000, following a long hunt for the perfect premises. And having secured £20,000 funding from the Leeds […]