AT LAST week’s Flintshire Business Awards, Sian Saunders was a little nervous to say the least.
Daydream Designs, the Creative & Web agency which she launched in Holywell four years ago was up for three awards, including Start-Up, Women in Business and Small Business.
Even though she says she was happy enough just being nominated and would have been content with winning the raffle, Sian was nevertheless delighted when Daydream Designs won the Best Start-up Business award.
It was all the more special because of the journey the business has taken since Sian set it up in 2008 primarily as a web agency.
From humble beginnings as a part-time back bedroom business to a thriving, full-service creative agency, it’s not been easy for Sian to juggle the business with a young family.
“Like many full-time working parents, it’s not easy and I can’t say I have it completely sussed as yet,” said Sian.
“I’m always hankering after advice from other mothers to see how they manage.
“It would have been easy to leave it all two years ago during hard times but design is in me – I have to be creative.
“The business has grown side by side with a lot of our clients, and these customers tend to come back to us for other work, or better still, they recommend us to other businesses,” she added.
During Flintshire Business Week, Sian and her team embarked on a number of free social media seminars for small businesses.
Focusing on ‘How to promote your business via Facebook’, the Daydream team talked to businesses ranging from tourism to post offices and local councillors.
“It’s great to be able to hold these open workshops in the community – it can make all the difference to new or small businesses,” explains Sian.
“We’ll be holding our next one in Rhyl Town Hall on November 14, specifically for new entrepreneurs and self-employed people.”
Over the last few years Daydream Designs has really grown and although they work with businesses across the UK, 90% of their clients are still in Flintshire and Denbighshire.
“We’ve been thrilled to be involved in Flintshire & Denbighshire regeneration projects and local events,” Sian said.
“We’ve lived in Holywell all our lives so the community and local area is really important to us and our team have designed The Well Inn Festival, Real Ale Trail, and Empty Shop Window project in Rhyl High Street to name just a few.
“Our approach is perhaps very different to our web competitors as this field is still very much male dominated.
“We specifically opted to buck this trend and have a soft, illustrative feel which best represents our personalities.
“The under-representation of women in the IT workforce is like the weather; everybody talks about it, but nobody does anything.
“It’s just fabulous to be involved in someone’s dream and amazing that we can make it a reality – I really do love my job, this award and what we do, it makes me truly believe that anything is possible.”
To learn more about Daydream Designs and how they could help your business visit www.daydreamdesigns.co.uk.