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You are passionate about what you do and you want everything to be top notch, but you're not sure you're making the right marketing decisions. You are a positive soul, but you're stuck on how to tell people what you're all about. You'd like help putting some polish on things and making them shine! If only you were telling your story just right. If only you had the marketing thing sorted. Wouldn't that be great?


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We could be a great team if... You would like an image you can be proud of, that truly reflects who you are ... You want more nice people to know about you and what you do ... You would love to create marketing campaigns that talk to your clients in an honest and pressure-free way.

A little bit about me... I am Steph Cronin, founder of Black Bee Creative. I started my company because I love design, creativity and communication and I want to use my skills to help good people do good things.

Black Bee Creative can provide you with... Graphic design, marketing campaigns and strategy, illustration, a little copy editing and lots of creative enthusiasm!

I have a special place in my heart for clients who... Are doing what they are passionate about for a living ... Want to make the world a better place ... Put their small change in the charity box.

Take a look around my services, explore what I've done for other lovely people in my portfolio, and drop me a line.


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Gonna party like it’s my birthday!

Posted on May 24 by

  Hooray, hooray! Black Bee Creative is 3 years old today! So much has happened since I registered Black Bee Creative as a company and I started my quest to make the world a better place by helping positive businesses and organisations to make their voices heard and have more impact. This has changed from a job doing graphic design and illustration, to a way of life and I’m quite proud of what I’ve achieved so far. Thanks to all my friends, clients and comrades for their support along the way. I feel very lucky to be in the position that many of you who started as clients have become friends, and many friends have become clients. Long may the ripples of positivity...


World Intellectual Property Day

Posted on Apr 26 by

As it’s World Intellectual Property day today I thought I’d revisit a piece that I wrote that briefly sums up a workshop all about IP by the brilliant Liz Paton of Tarnished Studios at Crafty Business last October. In the workshop she clarified what IP is and gave us a series of scenarios to look at to help us get a better understanding of how it can be used and what we should look out for so we don’t fall into any IP traps! Sound good? Have a read of Do you know your IP from your elbow?...


Active Consulting

Posted on Apr 25 by

I’m working on quite a few branding jobs at the moment, one of which is for a training company called Active Consulting. Director Nathan Akers asked me to help create a more professional, identifiable and consistent image across all of their branded material. This image is of their existing logo which I don’t think represents who they are and what they do. I have started working on their new logo, which will communicate more about the business. Once this is finalised we will move on to looking at designing business cards, letterhead, workbook cover, certificates and so much more. What this space for their updated brand!...


Yorkshire Choice Awards

Posted on Apr 6 by

Last year I got a lovely call out of the blue from a lady at the Yorkshire Choice Awards to tell me that I had been nominated for a Business Woman of the Year Award. The awards recognise local businesses and individuals who are inspirational in their field. So, as you can imagine I was absolutely thrilled! On Saturday I went along to the posh spangly awards ceremony at Leeds Utd Football Club, taking my good friend Julie along for moral support, and, of course, for a lovely night out! The Business Woman of the Year category was the largest of the event, and with so many great nominees I knew it would be a miracle if I won, but that wasn’t really the point. For me it was about being in a room with so many inspiring people and hearing their stories. Kate Hardcastle from Insight With Passion deservedly won my category. In the 5 years she has been in business she has supported over 2,000 start up businesses while also helping the community and charities. Go Kate!...


Whet your appetite for branding!

Posted on Mar 27 by

  I’m thrilled to be working on branding a new business called Whet Wellbeing, which is fronted by all-round lovely lady Rachel Waddington. Whet Wellbeing  seeks to support people who think there must be more to life than shopping and taxes, are looking to delve deeper, create focus and connect with their inner purpose and unlock their potential. Rachel wants a brand which represents openness, being thoughtful, reflective, supportive, compassionate, warm and couragous. Her business accepts and celebrates individuality and exploration. In design, Rachel likes finesse and complexity as these qualities reflect the coaching profession, so it’s my job to combine all of these things to create a brand which will tell this story to her ideal clients. We’re making headway working on the logo, and will be creating business cards, leaflets and posters before the project is...


Looking forward to 2016

Posted on Jan 3 by

  Happy new year! I hope 2016 is treating you well so far? I’m not really one for making big resolutions as I find them a bit overwhelming, instead I prefer to try to attempt smaller goals which are easier to get my head round.   After the excesses of Christmas I’m starting the year looking at my diet, and by way of kickstarting this I am taking part in Veganuary, which means no meat, fish, or poultry and by-products such as milk, eggs and honey for the month of January.   Many of you will read this and think “That’s not a small goal!” but as a seasoned vegetarian for about 25 years the meat situation won’t be an obstacle at all. However, the lack of my beloved cheese and chocolate will no doubt cause me some issues! As will eating out, as there aren’t many cafes and restaurants that currently have vegan options. BUT, I do enjoy a challenge, and on a more serious note I’m interested in finding out a bit more about where our food comes from...