Yellow jersey? Chris Froome can’t hold a candle to the matm team!

Thursday 3rd July 2014   by Stuart Bickerton

The Tour de France might be starting in Yorkshire this weekend, but the furious pedalling has already begun in Shropshire.

Members of the matm team were delighted to donate their legs to the AndrewsRitson Cycle Challenge this week.

Neil, Jem and Stuart took the saddle to add some miles for the event – a sponsored exercise cycle ride between 30 June and 18 July 2014 covering 969 miles, the distance from Land’s End to John O’Groats.

Bridgnorth solicitors AndrewsRitson is raising money for Palmer Children’s Trust, a charity that helps children with life-threatening illnesses, and their families.

You can find out more about the charity, founded by Rachel and Julian Palmer, from Herefordshire, in memory of their daughter Emilia, here website.

Donations can be made online via their Just Giving page here.

matm graphic designer Neil Dicken thinks he's Superman while web developer Jem Turner has other ideas

matm graphic designer Neil Dicken thinks he’s Usain Bolt while web developer Jem Turner has other ideas


matm Web Developer Jem Turner takes the mile count towards Bristol for the Challenge

Pictured (L to R) : Charlotte Wood from Andrews Ritson, Stuart Bickerton from matm, Rob Andrews from AndrewsRitson and designer Neil Dicken from matm

Pictured (L to R) : Charlotte Wood from Andrews Ritson, Stuart Bickerton from matm, Rob Andrews from AndrewsRitson and designer Neil Dicken from matm


We’re Loving That – Posters creating awareness

Tuesday 12th July 2011   by Neil Dicken

This poster was designed by London and Los Angeles based graphic design company, Binary & The Brain, in association with the Louisiana Wildlife Federation to raise awareness of the many critically endangered species which continue to be effected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

38 of the coast’s most at-risk animals, some of which face extinction or have already vanished from the state are used to create the shape of the effected coastline and lettering, all are numbered for identification.

Designer Neil Dicken said: “I really like the illustration in this poster – the way in which the combination of animal silhouettes are used to create the shape of the affected coastline – so as well as being very artistic, the poster is very informative at the same time.”

All profits from the sale of this poster go directly to the Louisiana Wildlife Federation to help protect and conserve the endangered species. Visit to find out more and to show your support for their great work.

















The Birds

This poster was designed in association with BirdLife International to raise awareness of the 52 UK birds on the endangered red list.

Again, each of the 52 birds were used to outline the lettering and are numbered for identification.

Produced by Binary and the Brain

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Budget watch – good news for our charity clients on gift aid and red tape

Wednesday 23rd March 2011   by Stuart Bickerton

Chancellor George Osborne has, this afternoon, given a little cheer for charities by announcing in the budget that donations up to £5,000 can be gift-aided without filling in the usual large number of forms. More detail to follow, but budget watchers are already welcoming the move on Twitter. Mr Osborne said the move was, in part, a reflection of the Government’s support for its Big Society campaign.



matm lends graphic design skills to ‘can do’ bid to promote Shropshire heritage area

Monday 29th November 2010   by Stuart Bickerton

Here at matm we were proud to sponsor the recent Ironbridge Christmas Market in Ironbridge, Shropshire. We supported the event by designing the Gorge Year information sheet detailing events across this UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2011.

As keen supporters of the Ironbridge Gorge community, we take great interest in the work of Ironbridge Regeneration Partnership. It has been great to see real events taking place in the gorge, so it was not a hard decision to make when asked if we can support the event.

Stuart Bickerton, Director of matm, the marketing, design, web and PR agency based at Jackfield near Telford, Shropshire, said: “The Ironbridge Gorge clearly has a proud history and the work of the Ironbridge Regeneration Partnership captures the mix of heritage and modern business thinking perfectly – it has a ‘Can Do’ spirit that supports enterprise across the area.

“I enjoyed the inaugural Victorian Christmas Market this year – I’m already looking forward to next year’s event. There was a great turn out from local businesses, traders, shoppers and local families.”

With plenty of events planned – it looks like being an industrious year in the Gorge – but given it’s history, what else would you expect!

Here’s a list of just a few of the events coming up during 2011:

Farmers Market – Held every third Saturday of each month,
beginning in March (except November)

Daffodil Ride – Bike ride for all ages and abilities, The Bicycle Hub

Queens Victoria’s Birthday Weekend – 28th to 30th May
Blists Hill Victorian Town

Brass Band FestivalThe Museum of Iron 16th and 17th of July

Coracle Regatta – Dale End Park

PS…Here’s just some of the traders who supported this year’s event.

Bertelin Farmhouse Cheese:
Little Round Cake Company:
Shropshire Spice Co:
Sweetooth Liquorice:
Absolute Heart:
Fairlady Fabrics:
Derek Houghton Images:
Jane Murphy Glass:
Kim Rodgers:

In Support of Severn Hospice

Friday 3rd September 2010   by Stuart Bickerton
matm in Support of Severn Hospice

matm in support of Severn Hospice

Matm‘s Rich Howells, Web Designer, and Tom Blockley, Senior Graphic Designer, will be donning the lycra this weekend in support of Severn Hospice for the yearly 50k bike ride in and around Telford/ Bridgnorth.

Tom has openly admitted to being “very afraid” at the prospect of seeing Rich in cycle shorts, however he feels this will be something he is willing to endure for the ‘greater good’.

We’re proud to support the work of Severn Hospice. If you’d like to join us in supporting this excellent cause please visit their website: Severn Hospice