How to deal with stress when working at home

Many of us are currently working at home and this tends to come with different types of stresses and worries than you might get working in an office.

With it being #StressAwarenessMonth, we have taken this opportunity to talk about the different ways that you can deal with stressful situations while working at home.

 

Lone Working

As most can imagine working from home brings an aspect of loneliness due to the lack of team interaction and social banter.

Starting a conversion via voice call or video chat, whether that be a daily meeting to discuss workflow or just a simple catch up with a work friend, can massively help to relieve some of the stresses of being alone and boost your mood.

 

Work/life balance

Knowing how to split your time up fairly is important when working remotely. If you are working too many hours without any time to relax and unwind you could overwork yourself and become restless and stressed.

Make sure that you are designating time for you and your mind to rest. This could be taking small breaks in the day or simply shutting off your computer at a certain time and not touching it again until the morning.

Taking holiday days can also be a good way to relieve the tension of working from home in the same way that it does when working from the office. Holidays, even if you aren’t going anywhere, allow you to enjoy your home as a place of rest and not just a place to work.

 

Be happy

Although working from home can be lonely it also gives you more freedom over the hours that you work, for example if you need that extra 10 minutes in bed then you can have it!

Take 20 minutes out from your busy working day to enjoy some yoga or meditation, these are great ways to release stress and tension.

Maintaining good mental health is just as important, if not more so, as the work you’re doing so make sure that your first priority is that you are happy and coping well!

 

Conclusion

Working from home can bring a new set of difficulties to the table but knowing how to cope with these new circumstances is part and parcel of working.

Talking to people daily (even if it is via video call!), having a healthy work to life balance and taking advantage of being at home are all great ways to cope with the stresses of everyday life.

We’ve teamed up with Salford Red Devils!

We are super excited to be working with a range of existing and new businesses in the North West this year, including our most recent venture working with Salford Red Devils and building them a brand new website to help improve the user journey as well as boost ticket sales & subscriptions!

A bit of background information for anyone who doesn’t know who Salford Red Devils are (where have you been?!)…

Formed in 1873, they have won six Championships and one Challenge Cup. Not to mention last season was hugely exciting for them and we are looking forward to a victorious 2020 season! With an incredible journey last year and more to come in 2020, the days of Salford Red Devils being known as the ‘underdogs’ are no longer.

The team also plays a huge role within the community, running a successful community programme engaging with more than 40,000 people each year across Salford, Greater Manchester and beyond via 10s of 1000s of delivery hours. Through its very own Foundation, the Red Devils are seen daily in schools, community groups and businesses delivering a multitude of projects ranging from schools coaching and dance to employment programmes and heritage schemes.

The professional rugby league club released their first 2020 line-up on Sunday the 5th of January where our name appears under Chris Atkin, signed for this season from Hull Kingston Rovers (Hull KR) – we are delighted to be sponsoring Chris and wish him the best of luck in his opening season with the Red Devils!

We couldn’t think of a better way to start this new decade, and on Sunday (26th January), Commerical Director, Stacey and, Managing Director, Richard were thrilled to be a part of the 2020 season launch at the home of Salford, the AJ Bell Stadium!

Make sure you keep up with our social channels to see progress and updates on Salford Red Devils:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mosaicdigitalmedia

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/YourMosaicMedia/

Looking to find that killer pass or struggling to kick your digital marketing through the posts for a 2020 try? Give us a call on 01925 563 960 and arrange a 1-2-1 with one of our team.

Rich, Managing Director at Mosaic Digital Media, with Director of Ruby Operations, Ian Blease (left) & our star man, Chris Atkin (right)!

Rich, Managing Director at Mosaic Digital Media, with Director of Rugby Operations, Ian Blease (left) & our star man, Chris Atkin (right)!

Mosaic Digital Media 2019 round up

2019 has been a huge success for Mosaic Digital Media and we are so proud of the achievements we have made! It’s been a very busy year and it’s definitely been a team effort to get us up to this point, so we decided it was only fair that each of us gets involved doing a write up of 2019 and give a sneak peek of what’s to come in 2020!

So without further ado. keep reading to find out what Mosaic Digital Media got up to this year and what we have planned for next year, over to you #TeamMo…

Conor Clarke, Head of SEO

Conor On Team Achievements…

Team Player of the Month:

In 2019 we introduced ‘Team Player Of The Month’, where management decided who went above and beyond in the business. The decision was unanimous!

I was honoured to be awarded the first ‘Team Player Of  The Month’, take a look: https://www.instagram.com/p/B6Irsn1BjtA/

Here’s to seeing who January’s ‘Team Player Of The Month’ will be!

Digital Team of the Year Nomination:

Northern Dev Awards (https://northerndevawards.co.uk/) nominated us for the Digital Team of the Year. This was a proud time in the office, and we look forward to the results in 2020!

Mosaic did Movember:

In November of 2019, we decided to take part in Movember so as a team we shaved our faces on the first day and then grew a moustache throughout the month as well as raising money for the campaign. We aimed to raise £200 but as a total, we made £309! Take a look here: https://www.justgiving.com/team/MosaicDigitalMedia

 

Stacey Whitney, Head of operation

Stacey on BNI Mere…

BNI Mere meet every Thursday morning at the more social time of 10:30am. I have personally found the weekly meetings enjoyable and the members to be incredibly supportive. It’s amazing to have a whole room full of people who are happy to support each other by referring to businesses and inviting along new visitors to meet.

For example, Mark who is a Property Developer at Copperleaf is looking for the chapter to engage with tradesmen and architects to visit as a guest, therefore actively trying to encourage the growth of BNI and finding the right people.

BNI isn’t for everyone – I have heard that people find it a little repetitive and time-consuming but I find that BNI, and in fact any networking event,  is what you make of it! By listening, being specific and connecting with the right people I  have seen huge benefits in a short period of time. As well as BNI I have been involved with Seed Networking and real5 Northwich which has helped us expand our brand awareness and presence in Cheshire.

I look forward to being part of the ‘Mere’ family and making a difference in 2020.

 

James brewer, web development

James on New Team Players…

In 2019, the team here at Mosaic continued to grow, increasing our versatility with new skillsets and experience. Back in April, Thom joined the team part-time to help deliver some of our social campaigns.

Thom was a great fit for the team and was offered a full-time position in July as junior Digital Marketing Executive, where he has since begun working closely with our Account Manager, Negin and our Head of SEO, Conor Clarke.

In April, I joined Mosaic Digital Media as a junior Web Developer, becoming the third member of the development team headed by Liam.

Whilst undertaking smaller projects and learning from the other members of the development team, I’ve been able to learn new skills and have recently begun to undertake more visual design work.

Last but not least, our most recent recruit has been Janet Worrall who has joined team Mosaic as an Office Administrator. She has been helping out with the everyday running of Mosaic, here are a few words from Janet…

“Thrown in at the deep end it was either sink or swim! I am happy to say that I am still swimming especially ending my first week with the Christmas Party. I have felt very welcome and feel I have become part of the furniture, we have even done some serious office rearranging to ‘fit’ me in. I am, looking forward to the New Year and to my new career at Mosaic.”

 

Liam Wright, senior web developer

Liam On New Clients…

We have helped several new clients to meet there digital and marketing aims this year.

Earlier in the year, we help Grant Hodnett Nutrition (GHN) to rebuild their eCommerce store on Shopify. Throughout the year, we have worked with Grant to help GHN market their redesigned store and made amendments to the site to drive up conversion and user engagement.

We also helped 1895 Sports to build a new eCommerce store to advertise and sell their customised and branded sportswear. This was built from the ground up in WordPress using WooCommerce along with a bespoke design to match there branding, purpose and goals.

Most recently, we are working with Sam and Charlotte Fox to help promote the Warrington Buyers Club app which gives members access to various discounts throughout Warrington. Our Social Media and Marketing strategy has included creating unique & engaging imagery for both Social Media, print and email, helping to advertise their new app along with the incentivises for signing up, and delivering their #12DaysOfChristmas campaign. There are loads of prizes up for grabs so make sure you check out their Facebook and Instagram account for updates!

We have also been working with NW employers to build their new website to better advertise who they are along with the services they provide and the events they run. We are in the final stages of building their new site and hope to launch this for them in the New Year.

 

Negin Karimi, Account Manager

Negin on real5 Networking (Warrington & Northwich)…

2019 saw team Mosaic Digital Media joining the real5 Warrington group. I’ve had the privilege of representing Mosaic in the Warrington group for Web Design, Social Media Management and SEO marketing and I’ve loved every second of it! It was great to walk in and see a mixture of both familiar and brand new faces including Angela from Positive Lifestyle Rewards, Jen from The Modern World and Dave from Central Self Drive!

I’ve also had some amazing 121’s with the members of the group including Andy from Quickline Couriers, Helen from Easy Tots and Ellen from Spire HR. Looking forward to more of the same in the New Year.

This year we also launched real5 Networking in Northwich, with the group being headed up by our very own Managing Director, Richard Wilding and also our Head of Operations Stacey Whitney who both feel strongly about the launch because of their connections with the town.

We kick-started the launch of the Northwich group at Barons Quay Social on November 7th which was a roaring success and set the tone for the Northwich group! We were also delighted to make it into the Northwich Guardian.

Let’s hope 2020 brings more of the same success for real5 Northwich – the next real5 Networking Northwich lunch-time event is going to be held at The Hart Of Hartford on the 14th of January 2020, 12-2pm. Make sure you get a head start for January and book your place here: https://real5-networking-northwich.eventbrite.co.uk

 

 

Nathan Heyes, Web developer

Nathan on Charity Work…

Throughout 2019 we have, like in previous years, worked in supporting local charities. Every year we work with charities and help them get online or promote their cause with our digital expertise as a way of giving back to the community.

In 2018 we worked with Suicide Prevention Charity, Papyrus, building their website and providing them with web support. This year we have worked with the Warrington Wolves Foundation, the charity branch of Warrington Wolves Rugby League Club, who specialises in changing lives through sport. We’re currently in the process of revamping the website to help with the user-journey and look forward to these changes being made visible in 2020!

That’s not all the charitable work we have done though! A few months back we were approached by Mid-Cheshire Mind, a charity that focuses on mental health. We provided them with a website holding page and are working on building them a new website. The design has recently been signed off which we are excited about as we can get started with the build next year.

Finally, it wouldn’t be right if we just looked over the latest charitable cause we completed, our Reverse Christmas Calendar. For this event we decided for each of the 12 days we would accomplish a charitable cause, this ranged from donating food for Warrington Food Bank through to handing out mince pies to local businesses, see here: https://mosaicdigitalmedia.co.uk/reverse-advent-calendar-day-2/. You can see a full round-up of each of the 12 days on Our Community page.

 

Thomas Dorsett, Marketing Executive

Thom On What’s To Come In 2020!

What a 2019 we’ve had and what a 2020 we’ve got ahead of us…

First up, we recently launched our ‘#2020in2020’  campaign which is all about advising businesses to have clear 20/20 vision on their 2020 digital marketing campaigns to help achieve the best results next year.

By encouraging businesses to see the bigger picture we are hoping that businesses will slow-down on just buying a website and instead consider investing in a digital marketing strategy…

We have adapted the way we work and tend to work on a monthly basis, using your budget to come up with a digital marketing strategy that will best utilise our expertise including SEO, Social Media and Web Design.

Our dream team, office girl power duo of Negin and Stacey aka #Nacey, also have an exciting venture they’ll be undertaking in Warrington as ‘Digital Doctors’. That’s all we’re saying for now, watch this space!

We’ll also be donning our best Wacky Races-esque costumes for Northwich Krazy Races 2020 – with the help of Richard ‘Dastardly’ Wilding, team ‘Mean Mo-chine’ are determined to win and blow the rest of the competition out of the water. Fighting talk indeed!

Finally from all of us at Team Mo, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year and look forward to seeing some familiar and new faces in 2020.

 

Phew! That’s it for our 2019 review with a sneak peek of what we have stored for next year. We are back from our Christmas holidays on Thursday the 2nd of January where you can call us on 01925 563960 to start planning your digital journey!

What is Creating Adventures?

So as part of our Mosaic Reverse Christmas Calendar, which we have been giving back to the community in the form of working with charities and general good deeds, we thought we could help a local charity called Creating Adventures.

Creating Adventures was created to help bring laughter, stimulation and enrichment to the lives of adults ages 18+ with Autism and additional needs.

We got in touch with the charity and asked them some questions to help us to get to know the people behind this amazing organisation. Below we have displayed the charities answers:

 

1) Why did you found Creating Adventures?

I previously worked in a children’s charity which was an amazing time of my life. We had adults and their organisations/ carers approaching us to ask if the adults could access the centre but as we were a children’s charity it wasn’t possible. I was approached by a supported living company for adults who highlighted the need for activities for people 18yrs+ identifying a heartbreaking gap in society. 

There is support for children with autism and learning disabilities including receiving much support from their schools but what happens when they reach the age of 18? The answer is very little, some are offered a place in college others may attend day opportunities whilst others are faced with long days at home it’s heartbreaking. It’s very difficult for the parents/carers so we involve them too- they do such an amazing job and worry about what will happen when they are gone.

I set about setting up Creating Adventures as I wanted the adults to have the same opportunities and life-enriching opportunities.

 

2) Who do Creating Adventures help and why?

We offer adults with autism and learning disabilities the opportunity to live an ‘ordinary’ life and one which is full of new stimulating activities and the opportunity to feel a sense of personal fulfilment. I always say that we want to put the twinkle back in their eyes and make them feel alive again inside if this has been lost.

Our activities aren’t just about the activity itself, in fact, that’s a by-product of what we actually achieve. We offer the adults the opportunity to socialise to avoid isolation and the chance to make new friends, develop their self-esteem and confidence and feel happier. 

 

3) What is the most rewarding part of Creating Adventures for you?

It feels amazing to see the adults participating in the activity, achieving their goals, enjoying their time at the activity, with smiles on their faces and fire in their bellies. That’s what it’s all about. The hard work achieving funding for these activities and raising our awareness locally pays off when I see this, it’s such a fantastic feeling! Introducing people who have sponsored us or supported our work to our classes or activities- they see and feel what I see and at this point know why their support is important.

 

4) What does Creating Adventures have planned for 2020?

We have been chosen by the Co-op Local Causes Fund which will help us to start weekly Zumba ‘n Chill sessions and we have received part funding recently from St James’s Place Foundation towards a Digital Music Production project for adults aged 18-25 with an interest in using IT to compose their own digital music. We hope for this project to support our choir and upskill the adults, supporting them to achieve employment in this area. 

We always want to achieve more, however, it’s important to sustain what you have already achieved and what has been successful. We would LOVE to have our own community facility because we currently hire rooms at Fairfield and Howley Neighbourhood Hub which is a fabulous centre however it limits what we can offer and we can’t add our identity to the room. If we had our own community facility we may be able to offer more, including just drop-in sessions with a coffee and chat.

We are very lucky to have been donated office space by UBC Serviced Offices in Rutherford House, Birchwood which we are extremely grateful for, however, our NEED is activity space for the community we serve. 

 

5) Where do you see Creating Adventures being in 5 years?

Wow, what a question! In 5 years I would love to see our current activities blooming and even expanding, with our own community facility with more activities on offer. I see our ‘Beautiful Noise’ choir being invited to local festivals and we even have Britains Got Talent firmly in our sights. 

We see ourselves being a vibrant local charity with everyone knowing about us and us offering a lifeline to local adults. 

 

6) Any awards/proud moments to shout about?

We were a finalist in the North West Charity Awards under the category of ‘Small Charity, Big Impact’ in September this year, we were over the moon. Next year is our year! 

2019 has been an amazing year! 

We started the year running one regular activity for the adults plus our Christmas parties and have finished it with four activities plus Christmas parties. We have a weekly Art Club, a weekly Rock ‘n Pop Choir called ‘Beautiful Noise’ (named by the adults) and an annual Sports & Wellbeing Festival in partnership with Wolves Foundation, a monthly nightclub experience with MacIntyre and Christmas parties.

 

7) Any upcoming events/2020 events you want to mention?

We are just in the planning stages of our Sports & Wellbeing Festival with Wolves Foundation which we feel may be early July. We are looking for local sponsorship for this event which was a huge success this year with 87 adults and 38 carers joining us on a day when we had the worst weather so it can only get better! 

We will be organising fundraising events for 2020 but there’s just me, our board of 3 trustees and a handful of volunteers including my mum, it’s extremely difficult as it is time-consuming. We had a Ladies Shopping Evening supported by the Village Hotel in 2019 which we hope to run again. 

 

8) Most importantly how can businesses & individuals show support for Creating Adventures?

We have grown so much this year with the support of a few businesses and individuals so I dream of what we can achieve with the support of more. We are looking for businesses to adopt us as their Local Charity of the Year which is all about raising funds and more importantly raising awareness. I would be absolutely delighted if businesses could even invite me to talk this through more. We want to be one of the local charities that people have on their list when they come to choose a charity to support or to do a sponsored challenge. Word of mouth is huge and can lead to more opportunities. 

We are looking for a community facility to expand our offer, a building that isn’t used/vacant shop I would love for people to contact me if they this. 

We ask for people to follow us on social media to help us spread the word. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and you’ll find me on LinkedIn. 

We just want to bring pure joy to these adults in our community through our activities, we only get one shot at life and we should ALL be given the opportunity to live an ordinary but fulfilled and happy life. One parent who emailed me to say I was doing an amazing job said she had an older daughter who she does everything with, to ensure she lives ‘her best life’. I love this term and it encompasses what we do! 

 

Founder of Creating Adventures, Jenny Allcock said:

“We would like to say thank you to Mosaic Digital Media for the opportunity to tell our story and help us spread the word.”

 

Looking to get involved?

There are a number of ways to get involved in this charity, take a look at the website to find out the best way you can get involved and support them. Alternatively, you can get in touch with them here to discover what’s best!

Mosaic Team try out Hypnotherapy in the office

The Mosaic team took an hour of their day to take part in a much anticipated guided Hypnotherapy session in the office last week. We learn more about what hypnosis is and how it can be helpful in the workplace.

 

What is hypnotherapy?

Hypnotherapy is a complimentary therapy in which guided hypnosis is used to create a state of focus and increased awareness during which positive suggestions and imagery are used to help individuals deal with a variety of concerns and issues.

 

Who led the session?

The Hypnotherapy session was led by the professional Hypnotherapist David Webb who’s based in Northwich, Cheshire.

He told us how the hypnotherapy treatment is commonly used to boost Confidence, reduce Anxiety and Stress issues which in a workplace like ours are almost a given! He gave us a generalised session around improving confidence and lowering stress.

 

What we thought

We asked some of our staff what they thought about the session and how they feel they benefited from it:

Negin:

“Hypnotherapy is different to what I expected (it was more therapy based than hypnotic) I think it was really beneficial to take a bit of time out of the day to recharge ready for the day ahead!”

Nathan:

“Although slightly despondent about not being turned into a chicken, Nathan endorses Dave Webb in his work and finds the art of hypnotherapy beneficial to the office environment”

Liam:

“I feel more relaxed and liberated to talk my mind apparently”

 

The Verdict

I think it’s safe to say that it was a very beneficial experience for most of the mosaic staff and we are looking into introducing this type of activity more frequently in the office to help with productivity.

To learn more about the hypnotherapist that led the session take a look at his website here: https://midcch.co.uk/

If you’re reading this and want to improve your marketing whether it be on social media, over email or through your website please let us know and we’ll see how we can help.

The Phoenix That Became A Dragon For A Day!

The newest member of Team Mosaic and Director of our Northwich office, Gareth Phoenix took part in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event hosted by the Cheshire and Warrington Pledge.

The Pledge Partnership puts businesses at the centre of inspiring, informing and speaking to the next generation of potential employees in the Cheshire and Warrington area.

We sat Gareth down at our Northwich office to discuss the event in which in his own words, left him ‘feeling inspired’!

 

Which event did you attend and where was it?

The event was the Northwich NCS (National Citizen Service) Autumn cohort held at Barnton Life Church.

 

What did your role as a ‘dragon’ involve?

Listening to pitches from two groups of 15-16 year-olds, who were pitching ideas to raise funds for nominated charities. We had to give feedback and advice on how to tackle any potential issues and how best to maximise their event and funds.

The second half of the day consisted of 1-2-1 ‘interviews’ on how the course has benefitted each group member and also offering them some advice on their futures too.

Gareth from Northwich office with students 2

 

What do the students do as part of the course?

The course aims to teach skills such as team-building and individual skills that they can take into later life. This includes a short trip away where they complete different exercises in team-building, intending to break down barriers, such as fear of heights by taking on abseiling!

 

What was the highlight of the event for you?

100 %, the students! They were truly inspiring from wanting to better themselves, overcoming fears and building relationships but also their determination to help and raise awareness for some very important charities.

So impressed was ‘Mr. Northwich’ that Gareth donated to both groups chosen charity causes on behalf of Mosaic Digital Media, which all of us in Team Mo are fully in support of

If you’d like to find more about the work that The Pledge do, head to their site here: http://bit.ly/2NKPP1o

If you would like to get in touch with Gareth for any community work, Web Design or Digital Marketing enquiries, then you can reach our Northwich Office on 01606 604 612.

How Can I Get Involved This World Mental Health Day?

Today is World Mental Health Day and the trending hashtag is #EveryMindMatters. Looking after your mind is just as important as looking after your physical health but isn’t given as much attention because poor mental health is, in most cases, not as visible as poor physical health.

For this reason, we have put together 5 steps which you can take to get involved this mental health day and also every other day of the year!

1. Look after yourself

The NHS has put together an interactive quiz (http://bit.ly/35mBGzj) which once completed, will provide you with steps on how to look after your mind. A few of their tips are:

  • Making time to chat
  • Taking time to get moving
  • Doing more feel-good things

 

2. Support an organisation

There are some amazing organisations out there such as https://papyrus-uk.org/, https://www.mind.org.uk/, and https://www.rethink.org/, to name a few, who are working every day to support people who experience mental health issues. You could donate to any of these charities or set up an event to fundraise for these charities.

Papyrus Suicide Prevention run ‘Assist’ workshops which work to educate and train you on how to deal with someone who is considering taking their own life. Our Account Manager at Mosaic, Negin, took part in the eye-opening course and can safely say it is worth going to.

 

3. Raise Awareness

There are so many different steps you can take to raise awareness! Here are a few suggestions from us:

  • Encourage conversations in the workplace
  • Show your support on social media
  • Go along to an event

Papyrus is hosting a Warrington Hopewalk today so why not get involved and come along to help raise awareness? Team Mosaic will be taking part, so feel free to come along and join us: https://www.facebook.com/events/865991373784067/

 

4. Be kind

This is such an easy step to take and SO important. You never know what someone else might be going through and it costs nothing to be kind. Kindness has many benefits including increased happiness and a healthy heart! Why not make someone a brew today, ask them how they are feeling or tell them how much they mean to you?

 

5. Share Your Story

Sometimes when we are experiencing our own issues we feel like the whole world is against us and no one else is feeling the same way! Remember that people may be going through their own secret battles too. A problem shared is a problem halved!

 By sharing your own story, you are opening yourself up to be able to receive advice/support on your situation and also likely making other people feel better in the process. If you don’t feel ready to share a personal story/your own feelings then that is understandable! A few of us at Mosaic Digital Media will be sharing our own advice/steps we usually take when we are having a down day, so keep an eye on our social channels today. #EveryMindMatters

Facebook: @mosaicdigitalmedia

Instagram: @yourmosaicmedia 

Twitter: @yourmosaicmedia 

LinkedIn: Mosaic Digital Media

How Can I Get Involved This World Mental Health Day?

Digital Summit September 2019

The clocks strike 8 pm and the last of our guests depart from our office venue going home after their successful evening of networking, so concludes the end of our 2nd ever Warrington Digital Summit. We feel as again we have hosted another successful Digital Summit and have provided great assistance to those who attended; helping them grow their business, skills and networks.

The doors were set to open at 4:30 pm but that’s not to say we didn’t have some overly eager guests making an appearance 15 minutes earlier, this was great as it allowed us to mingle and help them get set up with any and all the promotional material they had brought. All the other guests filtered in slowly within the hour as everybody was getting into the full swing of marketing and networking. The sandwich buffet slowly depleted along with the tasty treats and the wide selection of beverages we had stocked up including hot brews, cool beers and soft drinks. After everybody had gotten enough time to get involved, it was time to move onto our speakers.

Mosaic Digital Media Networking

Mosaic Digital Summit social

Our very own Our Commercial Director, Aidan, kick-started the night with an introduction on the Digital Summit, that highlighted what we are hoping to achieve by hosting these events. The aim of the Digital Summit is to place the emphasis on you, the attendee, to share how your journey has been as an entrepreneur, employee or business owner allowing you to express how digital has helped you along the way or the struggles you have faced. Without further ado, we moved onto our first speaker…

Kirsty James of Colony Networking led the speech with a bit about her humble beginnings, telling us she had her first idea for her company at the age of just 8! A very inspiring talk followed, including some of the issues you may encounter when building up your company along with solutions to circumvent these issues. You may listen to the speech here on our Facebook page and make sure to check out Colony Networking’s upcoming event here.

Kirsty from Colony Networking

Our 2nd speaker was Grant Holden of GH Nutrition, Grant appeared at our last digital summit but this time had the opportunity to speak! He began his talk with his childhood and upbringing giving us a fascinating story on what events led up to him opening his business and what ultimately led him to work with Mosaic to revamp his eCommerce website which you can check out here. His inspirational talk took us on a journey on what it’s like to start up and grow your own business along with anecdotes and learning experiences along with way. You can see his speech on our Facebook page here.

Gran from GH Nutrition Speech

After the talks had finished and the congratulations were given, it was time to wind down the night with a bit more social networking with a side of delicious grub from the buffet. Numbers and business cards were exchanged as our guests made their final goodbyes and headed off homeward bound.

Overall, we feel this Digital Summit was another successful check-in our books and though we did have our concerns we are confident that all our guests left with a smile on their faces. The turnout was less bustling than previous allowing the guests who showed up to build closer relationships with one another without feeling overburdened with the sheer volume of people. Another deviation from the previous Digital Summit was we decided to host this one on a Thursday rather than a Friday (because we all know how we like our Friday’s). Learning from this we have concluded Friday may be the preferred day for our Digital Summits as it allows the guests to stay as late they like knowing the comfort that a weekend follows, they also can have an extra cheeky beer from our beer fridge if they aren’t driving!

More Social Networking

GH Nutrition Pre-Workout tasters

There are definitely plans for another Warrington Digital Summit, so stay tuned as we fine-tune our formula to make the perfect and the best networking summit in Warrington to help small businesses grow. We hope to see you at our next Digital Summit and if you attended this one then a big thank you for showing up. If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see at our next Digital Summit or if you would like to attend please let us know by emailing us at info@mosaicdigitalmedia.co.uk or call us on 01925 563 960.

We are finalists of the #DEA2019

We are pleased to announce that we are Digital Entrepreneur Awards 2019 finalists, the category being Digital Team of the Year.

The DEA, held in associated with UKFAST, has honoured Britain’s digital talent for over a decade. From start-ups to large corporates, the DEA judges hand select applicants who demonstrate “the most cutting-edge use of the modern web”, which is why we at Mosaic are extremely proud to be shortlisted as finalists for the event for Digital Team of the Year!

Our team is at the heart of the company and we believe that our growth and success so far, and the key to our future success, lies within our team. We pride ourselves in having a wide variety of talents and expertise within the team – our talented developers & digital marketers are highly motivated in providing a bespoke, professional and trustworthy service to all of our clients.


After we received the news that we are DEA finalists!
As a lot of you will know, if you blink you might miss a new update in the digital marketing world which is why we have to be on our a-game when it comes to keeping our skills sharp. We are always on the lookout for ways to learn and develop talents, whether it’s shadowing other team members or going to external training events.

The diverging talent within our team also means that we are able to deal a wide-range of digital requirements, from helping companies to get set-up with a brand new bespoke website, to helping them effectively drive traffic to the website via social media and SEO marketing. This process of working with our clients from start to finish enables us to really build a relationship with our clients and ultimately to do a better job on the project. We also believe in involving the whole team in projects as much as possible – an extra set of eyes on a project can provide you with a fresh perspective and a whole new angle!

Our team’s values mean that giving something back to the community is important to our company, which is why Mosaic, as a team, have made several charitable donations over the past few years, proving complimentary marketing to the likes of Papyrus, Warrington Wolves Foundation, Woolston Rovers and more recently Northwich RUFC.

Our success simply wouldn’t be possible without our digital team, they put in hours of effort into the business, as well as taking part in various events outside of work including a half marathon, a 5k park run, Pretty Mudder and spending a weekend around the Christmas holidays in Ireland for some valuable downtime! The staff also partake in many charity events. Last year, two of our staff members took part in an intensive yet rewarding 2-day suicide prevention course in order to get to know Papyrus more, ahead of us delivering their new website.


Enjoying our complimentary cupcakes from UKFAST!
Enough about us for now! The headline sponsors of the DEA, UKFAST, are well known within the digital industry, providing cutting-edge technology to start-ups, enterprise and public sector organisations throughout the UK. The awards are also sponsored by some big industry names, including, Manchester Evening News, Business cloud, Sale Sharks, Intel and Tech Manchester.

We can’t wait to see how we get on in the Digital Entrepreneur Awards, the awards ceremony will be held at the iconic Principle Hotel in the heart of Manchester city-centre on the 21st November.

In the mean-time, you can have a look at our office and team here and keep up to date on our socials:

Twitter: @YourMosaicMedia
Instagram: @YourMosaicMedia
Facebook: @Mosaicdigitalmedia
LinkedIn: Mosaic Digital Media

Thom’s First Month

Mini Bio

Name: Thomas Arthur Dorsett (I’m known as Thom in the office)
Age: My face may say 19/20, but unfortunately, I’m 26
Football team: The one true love of my life, Fulham Football Club. COYW!
Countries visited: That’s a toughie! I’m not as well-travelled as I’d like to be. Probably about 10, I think.
Favourite film: Very difficult to narrow it down to one, but Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor is an unbelievable film.
Favourite podcast: Shout out to the @Fulhamish boys!

 

Question 1. What do you do?

I’m the Junior Social Media and Marketing Executive in the office. I’ve also started my SEO training with our Head of SEO, Conor. That’s been interesting so far and I’m looking forward to starting to work with it. I’ve sort of gained a reputation already for making what could be considered the menial subject matter more exciting than it is! I love that no idea is seen as a bad idea too.

Question 2. What’s your background?

My background career-wise has been in customer service up until now. I graduated from the University of Cumbria in 2014 with a degree in Journalism and to be honest, I’ve been somewhat unlucky in getting through doors in that career path; the adage of, ‘who you know, rather than what you know’ springs to mind! I dipped my toe into Social Media for a short period and found it suited my skills and I wanted to find a way back into it – enter Mosaic Digital Media!

Question 3. What are the characteristics of good social media?

I’m no expert (yet) but I think the characteristics of good social media are when it’s personable and less automated. Some of the best accounts I follow are when you can tell that there’s a genuine personality behind the screen, and I like bringing mine to the accounts I work on.

I think it needs to be visual and interactive too, making the most of quality photos/videos and using the people behind the business as content. As a consumer, I think the more I know about the people and personalities behind it, the more I’m going to want to do business with them/purchase from them.

Question 4. What do you like about working at Mosaic Digital Media?

It is early days, but from when I started part-time, I’ve been made to feel welcome. There’s a real family feel about the place and we’ve got a super cool office!

I also like that there are so many creative personalities here. I wanted to work somewhere where creativity is encouraged, no matter how left-field, and it certainly is here!

Question 5. When you’re not working, what do you like to do to relax?

I’m one of those people that’s passionate about pretty much everything in their life so I haven’t got a single hobby. Music is a huge thing in my life, so I’m regularly at gigs with mates. Don’t mind a solo trip to the cinema now and again. Now I’ve got weekends free, for the first time in years, I’ll be heading up and down the country following my one true love…Fulham Football Club!

I’m a bit of a dancer on the quiet too, so if I’m out, you’ll find me on that dancefloor!

Mosaic Digital Media joins up with BNI Mere

In an effort to improve our ever-growing presence across Cheshire, we are delighted to confirm we have joined the excellent BNI Mere, adding yet another string to our networking bow.

The move will hopefully give us a chance to reach out further to local businesses, as well as sharing web design & SEO marketing insights (as well as clients) with over 16 other members of BNI Mere.

Who are BNI Mere?

BNI Mere is a group of local businesses who actively support each other by recommending clients and people who may need help. They are also great bunch of people, who are all genuinely interested in each other.

This works well as some of your clients may need help from another business that is in the room, or vice versa.

As an award-winning chapter in 2018, BNI Mere has passed over £3 million worth of business since 2012, and that’s great news for the local community. They have 19 members who have passed over £500,000 of business in the last year alone.

It’s making sure money is going back into local businesses, and not into the hands of huge multi-national companies.

They hold weekly meetings every Thursday at 10:30am, and this will serve as an ideal opportunity to discuss ideas and plans over a cuppa, all in a laidback and friendly environment.

Why is it beneficial to Mosaic Digital Media?

It’s important for us to build relationships and synergies with other local business, which may then lead to new business. These days, no one likes being sold to, but we believe every new business opportunity starts with a smile and listening to the needs of others. We are eager to share our web design & SEO expertise, so by networking, we can chat to all different kinds of people and industries.

Cheshire is a thriving hub for business right now, and we want to break away from the big cities, focusing our efforts on the local towns and communities, like Mere.

We’ve met some of our best and most talented clients this way, and we are hoping to meet even more through this weekly networking event.

The expertise we’ll learn from others in attendance will also be beneficial, and we’re hoping that other attendees can learn something from us in the process.

Can I join BNI Mere and how much does it cost?

If you’re interested, contact Stacey via email on stacey@mosaicdigitalmedia.co.uk to arrange an invitation.

Some seats we’d like to fill are…

  • Conveyancing Solicitor
  • Recruitment Agency
  • Surveyor
  • Estate Agent
  • Plumber/Heating Engineer
  • Electrician
  • Builder
  • Architect
  • Landscape Gardener
  • Physiotherapist
  • Personal Trainer

So get in touch if you’d like to join. Once on board, all you need is to pay the annual fee to join, and then a small fee each week to cover the cost of the meeting room and lunch.

A Deeper Purple – Tom’s Magical Mystery Tour to Mosaic!

My name is Tom Dorsett (known as Thom in the office) and I have recently joined Mosaic Digital Media as a Junior Marketing Executive. I’ve definitely taken a magical mystery tour when it comes to getting into my desired career path, so I thought I would share it with you all!

I studied Journalism at the University of Cumbria and graduated in 2014. Initially, I wanted to get into football journalism because of my lifelong passion for the sport and in particular, Fulham FC! At University I had several part-time jobs that were all customer-facing. I was a Student Ambassador, which involved encouraging prospective students to sign up on Open Days. I also worked in the campus art supply shop.

After this, I got a permanent part-time job at a Sainsbury’s Local that was close to my student digs. It not only provided me with a reasonable monthly wage but also the chance to build relationships with people from all walks of life. I can still remember certain customers now; the older gentleman that would come in for his Sunday morning paper after his bike ride; the town’s successful footballer and his wife, who thought I was hilarious (naturally).

When the time came to graduate and head home, I decided to stay at Sainsbury’s and transferred to their Chapelford store in Warrington. Again, I built some fantastic relationships with customers and staff but was ideally looking for full-time work.

My first step into the digital marketing world was through my Mum’s partner, who in passing conversation said to me ‘Have you thought about Social Media?’ – No, I hadn’t really.

I went in for an interview with CH1ChesterBID and instantly hit it off with the management team there – I don’t think we spoke that much about the job, other than that it was maternity cover. We all clicked straight away and it was probably one of the easiest interviews I’ve ever had!

I’d never worked on social media before but had obviously used it personally every day so this was the best of both worlds. It allowed me to be super creative both in my content writing and in creating photo and videos. I’ve always been passionate, creative and full of ideas so being ‘let off the leash’ with social media was great.

Unfortunately, the job in Chester eventually came to an end and I found myself back at Sainsbury’s. I’m a true believer that being in a job that makes you happy is important and I was enjoying being back at Sainsbury’s for the time being so I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next…

My sister asked Negin, our Account Manager and all-round whizz kid here at Mosaic Digital Media, whether any jobs were going. I sent an email with my CV and thought nothing more of it as let’s be honest, how many CV’s do we all send off and not hear back from?

Then out of the blue, Negin came back with a job offer, part-time to start with. I joined in April and instantly loved it, the office is one of the funkiest around, the people are great and from very early on felt like I’d found what I’d been looking for in a job.

Despite being wanted permanently by Sainbury’s, I decided to take the plunge with Mosaic but saying a definite goodbye was hard for me to do, particularly to customers who I’d known for years.

I had to catch the boat this time before I missed it again, however, with this particular boat a deeper, groovier shade of purple to my previous uniform…