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Chris Blackhurst Freelance Designer & Marketing Consultant

About Me

Creative design and marketing


I am an experienced freelance designer, art director, writer and marketing consultant based in Nantwich, Cheshire, who loves helping businesses grow through creative and intelligent marketing.

I support clients of all sizes across the UK – predominantly in Manchester, Liverpool, Chester, Staffordshire and North Wales – with a  rare blend of fresh thinking, creativity, commercial awareness and strategy.

With nearly 20 years’ experience working with agencies, the national media, and as a freelance creative, I offer the full agency experience and quality at a fraction of the cost.

What I do

I love to design but I am also a salesman. Through design, writing and marketing I am always selling something… a product, a service, a person, a place or an idea. The ultimate aim is to communicate with the intended audience in a way which convinces them to buy into it. To give their time and attention to it.

I design everything from logos, brands, brochures, social media ads and websites to events, experiences, places, campaigns and marketing strategies. All with the aim of helping businesses, individuals and organisations sell their service, product or idea to their target audience.

I also offer marketing support for businesses and create effective marketing strategies as well as providing coaching on a range of subjects from branding to getting the most from your social media.

I combine all my skills into my business healthcheck consultancy service where I can analyse your company’s design, branding and marketing activity and offer recommendations for where you can better leverage design and marketing to achieve your goals – and improve your bottom line.


Brands, logos and identities that connect with your target audience. I also provide branding workshops and can guide companies through rebrands.

Print & Digital Design

Intelligent and well crafted design across all print and digital platforms. I'm at ease working with pixels or print and as a former production journalist I love helping produce beautiful publications.

Copywriting & Content

I fuse crisp copywriting with design and marketing thinking to create compelling content that resonates with your target audience.

Web design

I design, build and project manage websites that convert by considering everything from keyword research, SEO, UX design, content and design

Experiential event design

I love teaming up with talented agencies to art direct engaging experiences and brand activations for leading brand.

Strategic marketing plans

I plan and deliver multi-channel marketing strategies tailored to your audience, budgets and goals.

Social media management

Quality content, engagement and social media ad campaigns that provide a return on investment. I can manage every aspect of your social media marketing. Get in touch to discuss packages.

Design & marketing guidance

Advice and guidance to steer your design, branding, communications and marketing in the right direction. I offer one-off consultations and coaching or regular mentorship to keep you and your business on track.

Project & team management

Creative direction, art direction, team management and project management. With management level experience during a 20-year creative career I am equipped to manage creative people and projects of all kinds.

Business healthchecks

I can analyse your company’s branding, communications and marketing activity and recommend ways to improve your results – and your bottom line.

In-house design & marketing support

If your marketing team needs an extra pair of hands or a fresh pair of eyes, I can provide in-house support across all your design and marketing activity on an ad hoc or ongoing basis.

Who I work with

I work with leading brands, SMEs, sole traders, established multi-nationals, nimble start-ups, retailers, charities, public sector organisations, schools, ecommerce stores, political parties and individuals. I also believe in collaboration not competition and love working with other creatives and agencies on lots of interesting projects.

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