Source Creative celebrate a decade of designing success with Culturapedia


Here at mailout we love supporting other artist companies which is why, when we heard our friends down the road Source Creative was celebrating their 10th anniversary, we had to get involved!

Culturapedia would like to take this opportunity to say congratulations Source Creative! Here’s their story on an incredible ten years.

Award-winning Blackburn Business celebrates a Decade of Design

From a back bedroom business to an award –winning organisation, Source Creative took a well-deserved break last week to raise their glasses at their 10thAnniversary celebration to mark a decade of success as a blossoming and inspirational creative design company.

Based in the heart of Blackburn, Stephen Caton and his team of skilled and experienced designers are the bright minds responsible for many imaginative advertising campaigns, print and web designs and illustrations that can be spotted in and around Pennine Lancashire as well as internationally.

The business has come a long way since 2001 where it all began in Stephen’s back bedroom with business partner Chris Thornley. After upgrading to the front bedroom the pair sought to find a more practical and comfortable office and finally found their creative home at Mill House, Mill Lane, Blackburn.

This base now functions as the artistic centre for Source Creative’s innovative ideas and designs which has built upon the small organisations golden reputation for surpassing client expectations. This reputation has seen the team take on mammoth projects covering local council campaigns to marketing strategies for some of the biggest names in the industry. A handful of brand names from their portfolio include footwear tycoons Gola, ESPN, clothes manufacturer Levis and, currently under wraps, a top secret project for toy giants Lego.

The creative design agency also have an eye on projects closer to home, winning work on various Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council campaigns including the Fostering Fortnight campaign of 2010 and the Food Waste campaign that saw their work take to the streets of Blackburn in the form of billboards, posters and street banners.

Stephen said: “At Source Creative we have had the privilege of working with some really interesting companies and larger brands. We love what we do and are always on the lookout for more challenges.

“What we pride ourselves on is our creative work; we always go above and beyond to provide the best possible service. Many clients return to us because they know we always create the right results, on time and in budget.”

Stephen recently became sole owner of Source Creative following Chris Thornley’s diagnosis with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His recovery throughout this illness has been a remarkable one but has unfortunately led to Chris stepping down to concentrate on his health.

Their 10th anniversary, which saw the newly refurbished Mill House transformed from an office space to an amazing party venue, not only marked a triumphant decade but also welcomed a new business partner, Stephen’s equally talented and creative wife Catherine Caton.

Stephen said: “In January, my wife Catherine will become my business partner, she’s a photographer and an interior designer and all round general crafty person in the best sense!”

Source Creative’s 10th Anniversary celebration saw Stephen, Catherine and the team celebrate with friends, family and clients old and new enjoying an exciting night of live music, food and drink and a competition based on Source Creative’s new calendar where guests were given visual cryptic clues of events from the past decade and were to try and guess the event from that year.

Guests included Rebecca Johnson, Head of Arts for Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, who has worked with Source Creative since 2004, she said: “Source Creative completely understands their clients’ brief and are not afraid of a new challenge; I have really enjoyed working with them.”

Justyna Korczynska, currently on a work placement at Source Creative said: “I found Source Creative when I was studying. I love the organisation, I love their work and I love all the jobs they have done. I think they are the number one company to work for.”

On reflection of the past ten years Stephen said: “I do feel very proud and that we have achieved something with Source Creative. We’ve grown in profile as an organisation and as a team of creative people. I am very proud that there are clients who came to us in 2001 and we’re still working with them. Clients have become more than just clients, they have become friends.”

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