I WAS INTERVIEWD BY STEVE MACKENZIE FOR THE BIG ISSUE on HIGH STREET SPIRIT -Why you should feel hopeful about the high street Here is an excerpt: Independent businesses offer a glimpse of green shoots. In 2019, large retailers with 10 or more outlets closed 5,901 shops – an increase of 79 per cent on […]

On The Cover of The Yorkshire Post Magazine

I was interviewed by The Yorkshire Post about the ‘Independent Spirit’ of my hometown of Halifax. Halifax has been undergoing a renaissance over the last few years, and, alongside investment from the council, big projects like The Piece Hall and a beautiful new library, a big element of the town’s success is how businesses & […]


An article which appeared in The Yorkshire Post June 2019 The Totally Locally campaign launched in Yorkshire in 2010 and now has supported dozens of high streets across the globe. Laura Drysdale speaks to its founder Chris Sands. When Chris Sands holidayed in the Portuguese district of Viana do Castelo, he was immediately struck by […]

The Sandstone Ridge – Place Branding

Branding a landscape to take the area towards Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty status. Work carried out includes: branding, design, photography, interviews, artwork, film, copywriting, workshops. The Sandstone Ridge is a stunning piece of Cheshire landscape that runs from Frodsham to Malpas, taking in Tarporley & Delamere Forest. Sitting on the vast, flat Cheshire Plains, […]

EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED… Hebden Bridge is Special. It constantly sits in many ‘Top Ten Places to…” lists and has been called “Britain’s Funkiest Town’, ‘One of The Best Places to Live in Europe’, and has had many, many more accolades bestowed upon it. Hebden marches to its own alternative tune, ever since the hippies moved […]

Halifax Borough Market

Halifax Borough Market has been the heart of Halifax for over 150 years. But it needed some new thinking to take it into the next stage of its life. Click below to view video we did with Sarah Mason Photography. I recommended clearing a derelict space, The Albany Arcade – one which had empty units […]