A little bit about us
dotty hippo design
dotty hippo design was created in August 2009 by Louise Ince.
With 20 years graphic design experience, your project will be in safe hands!
dotty hippo design works with many companies throughout Thurrock, London and the South East covering a wide variety of sectors. We've helped businesses grow in many ways - through developing brands, creating marketing materials and being the voice for small businesses.
In 2012, I applied for the Thurrock Business Awards in the New Company category. It was exciting to be shortlisted as a finalist. I attended the award ceremony and it was great when my name was announced as the winner!
Following on from that I was a finalist for Small Business of the Year in both the Thurrock and Essex Countywide Awards and also a finalist at the Thurrock Civic Awards.
Voice of small businesses
I set up and run my own network group, the Thurrock Network Group. I am also a member of the Thurrock Business Board and Vice-Chair of the Grays Town Management Partnership Board, where I represent small businesses in Thurrock.
I started my career working in the advertising department of a large publishing company. Working closely with printers, I have gained extensive print knowledge over the years. My understanding of the print process is a valuable asset and is put into practice for design projects that require print.
Have a strong brand
We design logos, develop a brand identity and create brand guidelines. So if you're a new business, we will design a bespoke logo for you. We'll work from the design brief you give us and the discussions we have to provide you with the logo and brand that you love. The best response we like to get is "Yes I love it!". If you have an existing logo and brand, we can give it a refresh and update your existing style and marketing materials.
Put the "WOW" in your marketing
Let us do what we love the most - design design design! We'll create your marketing materials from brochures, flyers, posters and adverts to roller banners and business stationery. If you have an event that you want to promote, let us help you create awareness by designing a marketing campaign that will get people's attention.
We'll put the Zing in Amazing!
We want to provide you with a design that will achieve the best results for you.
Thurrock Network Group
Networking for local businesses
Having set up my own business, I found that the best way to meet with other local businesses was to network. There was a lack of free networking events around Thurrock so I decided to launch the Thurrock Network Group. The group has been running since March 2010 and is still going strong today!
The aim of the networking group is for local businesses to make connections, build relationships and do business together.
New members are welcomed and I try to make them feel as comfortable as possible. We’ve all been there so we are aware of how nervous people can be.
I wanted to keep the meetings fairly informal and relaxed. The structure of the meetings is simple. We start chatting and networking over coffee and a croissant, or fruit if you want the healthy option.
I then get my timer out and the 60 second round begins. Everyone takes a turn in explaining their business and what they do. It’s amazing how excited people get when they finish as the timer goes! Practice does make perfect. Your pitch is what people will remember, so make it count!
There is time after for people to chat and network before the meeting ends.
I am so proud of this group and how it has grown over the years. There is a variety of businesses that attend and the support that everyone gives to each other is great to see. Networking takes time to establish relationships. Once they are established, the trust is there and that is when business happens.
Come along and join us
The meetings take place on the 3rd Thursday of every month at The Old Courthouse in Grays from 8.00am – 9.30am.