Residing in the heart of Norwich, we are a small creative studio, producing high quality work for clients both locally and nationally. Not only that but we have worked with businesses of all shapes & sizes, from small independent enterprises to large corporations across each of the private, public and voluntary sectors.
Our list of clients include stellar local names such as Kettle Foods, Spectra Packaging, and Norfolk & Norwich Hospital Arts, as well as significant national names like Haas Automation UK, Agency Express, and Metcalfe’s.
The Creative services we provide include:
- Brand Identity
- Printed Literature
- Exhibitions & Signage
- Web Design & Development
- Email Marketing
The Software services we provide include:
- Business Systems
- App Development
A Little History
Accent was established in 1990 by our Managing Director Geoff Somner offering a computer-based service to design studios. This was a time when only a few of the larger design agencies actually owned computers. With a grant from the Prince’s Youth Business Trust Accent purchased a second hand Macintosh II FX with 4Mb RAM, an 80Mb hard disk and a 14” colour screen. They were heady times!
The company grew moving from Geoff’s own home to Upper St Giles then into the studio on St Benedicts in 1992. Accent diversified into computer training, took on its first members of staff, and began to offer a complete design service working for the likes of Kettle Foods and Greentours, who are both still clients to this day.
Then in 1997, with its commercial restrictions lifted, the Internet kicked down the door of the world. Accent were one of the first companies in Norwich to foresee the opportunities it presented and begun offering a web design service to clients. The team then grew again as did the portfolio of work, now to include database-driven websites and bespoke software systems, winning contracts with the likes of the Norfolk Constabulary and the Learning & Skills Council.
Through the noughties and beyond, as the list of specialisms expanded it increased Accent’s capability to take on larger and more prestigious projects for clients such as Agency Express, Sixteen47 and the Association of Police & Crime Commissioners. To secure and reinforce that expansion Accent’s longstanding web expert Dave Fuller was made a Director of the company in 2014.
Accent moved into it’s current home in the Old Church on St Matthews Road, Norwich in November 2018.
Our branding from way back when...
Accent starts working with a small local crisp company…
Accent becomes the first to offer large format printing in Norwich
Accent launch their first ever website for Longday Foods
Accent develops first software application for the Learning and Skills Council
Accent works with Norfolk Constabulary on establishing their web presence
Creative. Collaborative. In-house.
Accent launches responsive website for Spectra Packaging
Accent starts working with Helen Teague & Dawn French from Sixteen47
Meet the Team
Meet the Team
As for today’s Accent team itself? Well, we work hard, and we play hard, look here, check out pics of us wearing silly hats! We’re such kooks….then again, maybe not. It’s not quite “us”. What “us” is though is a tightly knit and extremely competent team of highly qualified and experienced designers and developers. We haven’t done the exact maths on it but our combined years of experience is easily into triple figures.
As a team we’re all invested in Accent and the ideals it holds. There are no hierarchies here. If you come in to see us you won’t encounter a ‘Gatekeeper’-like Receptionist either. We work open plan and we’re all ready to greet you and have a chat. We collaborate together on every detail of a project and we work best with clients that are looking to work with us every step of the way. And as individuals we’re all heavily invested in our respective specialist fields too. Be it graphic design, artwork production, web development, user experience design, software systems or project management.
We want YOU!
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A Computer Science graduate way back when, Geoff is an experienced programmer utilising his system analysis and interface design skills to enable the team to build effective applications.
Armed with a BA Hons Arts Degrees and decades of experience as a Web Developer, Dave manages all aspects of Web Design and Software Development at Accent and is also our technical guru.
Print Production Manager
Having over 20 years experience in the print & creative industries, Sally is our super organised Print Production Manager and ‘Queen of Numbers’.
With a BSc in Computer Science, our ‘Coding Genius’ Craig programs in just about everything and applies his robotic brain in his role as Senior Programmer.
Not only a Master of Science in Computer Graphics, Leon is a master of the interactive web, building scalable and efficient website backends in a range of cutting edge programming languages.
With over two decades experience in Graphic Design, Mark has tackled all manner of projects working for a variety of clients from small local ‘one-man bands’ to international corporations.
Having developed and deployed a number of large web-based business applications, as well as his own personal projects, our Agile ‘Scrum Master’ Stuart is the mature head at Accent.
Vastly experienced in the dark art of building websites, database development, and the Web, Nick describes himself as a general web tinkerer who is a little obsessed with PHP, MySQL, and jQuery.
With extensive experience of developing for both iOS & Android platforms, Adam is an essential part of our development team and has reinforced our push into mobile app development.
Our 'Creative Thinker', Brenton is a highly motivated designer with a strong background in both print and digital media.
An enthusiastic young developer taken under the Accent wing, Alex takes in all aspects of how we work to bolster his software development knowledge and skillset.