Behind all the innovative ideas, the clever campaigns and well-built websites are a team that really cares. We are proud to be really nice people doing really nice business. Our clients are like family to us and like family we work together to a common goal, creating something magical together.
Bright at our core
Our head office is based on the Isle of Wight, a beautiful land full of innovation and unique traits. They often say that the solitude of Island life can create some of the most creative individuals. This is certainly the case at Brightbulb. Our mission is to show the world how powerful a collective of creatives and techno wizards can be in innovating the world of design and digital.
And so it begins…
Having just had a newborn baby, Matt Jeffery with the support of his wife Fiona and dad Alan decided it would be a great time to leave his full time job and setup a new business called Brightbulb Design. Matt initially worked from home in the family dining room. The Brightbulb brand was born…
Building the brand
A.J Wells and Sons / Charnwood Stoves (Matt’s previous employer) showed great support for Brightbulb and we worked together on various websites for their businesses. Bob Stockton also helped Brightbulb with blog posts for the business. What a gent he is. He has continued to support us to this day. We implemented a minor update to the brand and developed new marketing materials…
The family reunion
Fiona left her London job and joined Brightbulb full-time as Operations Director whilst Dale Howarth joined us in business development. Matt helped create Isle of Wight Day. A day to celebrate everything that is great about living on the Isle of Wight. In November 2016 Matt joined the groundbreaking IW Chamber Mini MBA course for developing fundamental management skills. In December Brightbulb were so proud to win our first ever awards. The coveted Marketing and Design award and Highly Commended award in Digital Media and Communications at the Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce best in Business Awards…
A landmark year
We expanded into our first official office. A small but mighty box room in Wootton Bridge where we could develop our client base. We attended our first business expo, bringing a fibreglass cow with us and at the same expo we were awarded a Quality in Business award for the quality of our systems, processes and customer care. At the end of the year Brightbulb were excited to once again win an award at the Isle of Wight Chamber business awards as Start-Up Business of the year.
Partners and programmes
Brightbulb were announced as the official design partner of Sherbet London, a FastTrack 100 company. We began our ‘Charity of the Year’ Programme and launched Brightbulb Digital and our partnership with Giant I-Tab. In July we were amazed to win the South Coast Small Business of the Year Award. We are still the first and only Isle of Wight business to have ever achieved this award. The award was presented to us by Sir Geoff Hurst. In September Vicky started an apprenticeship with Brightbulb and in December we were proud to win the Marketing and PR award at the IW Chamber awards.
Brightbulb started the year with a bang winning the Highly Commended award at the Portsmouth News Awards for Small Business of the Year. We expanded further with the addition of the dynamic duo Shane and Adam joining the team with over 30 years of industry experience and moved to larger state-of-the-art offices with stunning views of Wootton Creek, holding a party to celebrate. We even entered the Pedalo World Championships and became the second best Pedalo team in the world. We opened an additional satellite office in South London and finished the year with the launch of our Mince Pie Marathon charity event.
Growth through covid times
Martin, Amy and Chris joined the team, Matt became a dragon in the Dragons Den for Young Enterprise, helping to dish out money to boost the school and college businesses. In February Brightbulb were proud to win the IW Radio Business of the Year award at an event celebrating the very best in business. Coronavirus hit the UK and many businesses had to evolve to new ways of working. At Brightbulb we decided to help others by launching Adapt UK to help businesses with grant funding for e-commerce projects. Fiona also wrote a book on ‘tips for your mental health’ and we raise over £6415 for charity through our second Mince Pie Marathon event.