Farrspark Ltd

 

…tailored business services for all

 

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We provide professional business services (including project management, business change management, page design and layout, and administrative support) to a number of clients, and deliver value for money by providing the highest standards across the board to realise business benefits and deliver projects on time and of the highest quality.

We pride ourselves on providing a tailored service (whatever the request) that assists our clients in establishing and growing their business.

We can help you to grow your business…

We have an excellent reputation for successfully delivering projects on time, on budget and maintaining required quality standards. We ensure that our clients’ goals and business benefits are realised through a controlled, well–managed, visible set of activities to achieve the desired results.

We aim to exceed our clients’ expectations in everything we do and this is demonstrated by the positive feedback from working for the Ministry of Justice, Marillion, Hewell Freed & Taylor, the LPHCA and the National Probation Service amongst others.

Who We Are

 

John Farrer

John Farrer

 

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I am a versatile and innovative Project Manager, with a proven track record of delivery across both infrastructure and application deliverables including a large Government IT Transformation Programme with a user base of over 70k users, a £600m+ budget and personal responsibility of approximately £4m.

I possess strong business acumen, an ability to see the bigger picture and am able to quickly gain a clear vision and direction for business success. I thrive on challenges, and use effective interpersonal skills to motivate individuals and teams to deliver organisational objectives. I am professionally qualified to PRINCE2 Practitioner and MSP Foundation Level and, in addition, achieved an Advanced Diploma in Learning and Development from Cambridge University.

I am a passionate, self–motivated and adaptable individual who thrives on challenges, working to deadlines and changing demands of business. However, if I were to choose my favourite stages of a project, it is working with the client or business unit leader to understand his or her business requirements and then seeing these materialise into day–to–day operations at delivery, leaving both happy clients and end users.

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Steph Farrer

Steph Farrer

 

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With over 25 years’ experience of publishing support including page design and layout, business administrative support (including digital transcription) and web design, I fully understand the need for efficiency, accuracy and speed in producing any piece of work be it typing a simple letter, more complex business and financial reports or full page layout and design of printed matter.

I am a highly motivated consultant, who communicates well, is very focused and I have both the experience and ability to work under pressure and to very tight deadlines. I specialise in providing support to both sole operators and small businesses, giving you the extra employee only as and when you need it, and all with complete confidentiality.

I also have experience in running music festivals from original concept through to on-the-day operations, and post-festival breakdown and review.

 

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What We Do

 

Design

Page
Design
  • Page design and layout is the creative process that takes your idea and transforms it to the printed page. Be it for a simple letterhead for a company or to a more complex multi–page magazine, through two–page promotional leaflets to full novels, from in–house corporate documentation to autobiographies, and travel adverts to fan magazines for rock bands… all is possible…

  • As a small business, we are able to fully understand and appreciate the needs of the small business owner: you don’t have the time to spend on designing company stationery or advertising leaflets or the ability… you just don’t know where to start. As experienced professionals in this field, we can offer support, advice and suggestions to ensure that you get the product that you want.

  • Projects are produced using Adobe Creative Cloud applications (including InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator), and will be provided in print–ready format.

Management

Programme
Management
  • Programmes bring together resources, skills, technology and ideas to enable organisations to change and introduce outcomes that deliver real benefits or to achieve business objectives essential in helping them remain competitive. Good programme management helps to ensure that these benefits or objectives are achieved within budget, time and quality constraints.

  • We can provide Project and Programme Management experience at all stages of the project life–cycle, from business case preparation, requirements gathering, solution selection, build and through to implementation. We will ensure the budget is managed, stakeholders are kept abreast of progress, and issues and that risks are effectively managed.

  • Experiences gained through working on a number of major UK Government Change Programmes. We can lead, plan and motivate internal and external resource to facilitate the successful delivery of your project objective from the start right through to completion.

Digital

Digital
Transcription
  • A digital transcription is the digitally–typed (text) conversion of an audio file… we can provide a full UK–based transcription, typing and word processing service to both businesses and individuals. We have over 15 years’ experience of digital transcription and, using the latest equipment, can undertake any transcription, copy typing, audio typing or word processing task ranging from transcribing building surveys, conferences, research interviews and keynote speeches to typing letters or other secretarial tasks.

  • The transcription service is tailored to suit individual client specifications and delivered with high standards of accuracy and presentation, using Microsoft Office.

  • Whether you have a large or small transcription/typing project, we will provide a rapid, accurate and professional service to suit you or your organisation. We do not outsource any work… you simply outsource to us.

     

Business

Business
Change
  • What is Business Change? In simple terms it is the change that needs to take place within a business for it to move from its current method of operation and arrive at its new desired state. However, to make this happen we are really talking about Change Management, which can be defined in many different ways, however the statement below wraps it up nicely…

  • Change Management: the process, tools and techniques to manage the people–side of change processes, to achieve the required outcomes and to realise the change effectively within individuals, teams and the wider systems

  • Working with you, we will adopt a systematic change management approach giving proper consideration to how the changes may be shaped and implemented to each individual organisation, spanning technology, processes, people and structures. This includes addressing issues such as training, stakeholder management and communications, to overcome resistance, embed the change and deliver the anticipated benefits.

  • Experience gained through working on a number of major UK Government Change Programmes.

Design

Web
Design
  • We specialise in creating either simple single page websites, or more complex multi–page websites for the small business. The websites are clean, clear, easy to navigate and easy to read just by keeping the graphic content down to a minimum, and generally using basic HTML coding wherever possible.

  • Content… the content of your website is one of the most important factors, and should be given a great deal of thought; existing company marketing information or even a company brochure is the ideal place to start.

  • Images… you will need to decide on which images (preferably supplied in digital format) you wish to include on your website; this may be your products, your company logo or even general photographs.

  • Maintenance… once your website has been completed and uploaded to the web, we are available (charged at an agreed hourly rate) for on–going maintenance, enhancements or updates — you may want to update your pages, enhance your website with additional images, or just keep your website content fresh with the occasional modification.

Training

Training
Services
  • Profit is an outcome of managing and developing people well. People and their development enable profit. Enable people and you enable profit.

  • The reason for this is that in terms of learning, training and development, what is good for people is good for the companies in which they work; what is good for people’s development is good for your company’s performance, quality, customer satisfaction, effective management and control, and therefore profits too.

  • Our aim is to provide learning and development solutions that are timely, value for money, easily accessible and meets a variety of different learning styles. We will:

    • Assess and agree training needs
      Consider learning styles and personality
      Create training or development specification
      Plan training and evaluation
      Design materials, methods and deliver training

  • We can provide professionally qualified learning and development services with a wide range of skills.

     

     

What They Say…

We’re good at what we do… but don’t take our word for it

We have used Farrspark for several projects over the last few years, including the design and layout of our fan club magazine and promotional flyers; each time the project has been completed to a high standard and with brilliant attention to detail. We would have no hesitation in recommending their services.

Lucy Jordache

Manager, Marillion

It is of critical importance to us that all our work is well presented and of a high standard and this includes reports, questionnaires, and learning and development workbooks. The design and layout of these documents, which we use with our customers, has to meet our high standard – every time. Add to this our expectation that we require work completed on time and within budget and we know we can provide a challenge. The fact that we return to Farrspark regularly says it all!

Denise Taylor

Director, Hewell Taylor Freed

John’s work is of an excellent standard. He researches his subject thoroughly, prepares the materials carefully, ensures delegates are contacted in time and that premises are arranged. He delivers training with energy and enthusiasm, adapting where necessary to the needs of the project and the audience. John is a motivational and inclusive member of any team who clearly has a grasp of the bigger picture in a project and a keen eye for the important details.

Lee Bateman

National Probation Service

I had the pleasure of working with John at MoJ. John had an extremely demanding business stakeholder management role managing a complex and highly sensitive range of business stakeholders. It is no exaggeration to say that to some stakeholders an incorrect business decision within the Programme could have life threatening consequences. He applied his detailed business knowledge and stakeholder management and communication skills to ensure that critical business interests were represented within the Programme, and was also able to use his interpersonal skills to great effect, ensuring MoJ business interests were fully recognised and taken into account in a highly complex and fast moving programme. John is the type of effective and professional individual that should be included in any demanding programme of work.

Michael Thorpe

Procurement, MOJ

The LPHCA is a Trade Body that represents nearly 200 Taxi, Private Hire and Chauffeur Operating companies and publishes Private Hire News magazine. We use Farrspark for general proofing and transcription of our meetings/events, which are attended by very high profile businesses and people. Their work is excellent, delivered on time, even when we give very short notice, and is always of the highest, professional standard. It is of extreme importance to us that transcription is accurate for legal and ethical reasons, as we utilise it in our magazine and politically. Farrspark have always delivered us faultless work and we have no hesitation in recommending their services.

Steve Wright MBE

Chairman, LPHCA

John has been working as the Business Change Manager on the Probation Transformation programme at the MoJ, which is transforming both the key IT applications and associated business processes affecting 20,000+ people. It is a staggering amount of change in a small time scale, which has provided John with all the usual change related challenges, but on an huge scale! From the project delivery perspective, his management of the impact on users has been meticulous and from service side, his influence on the project has ensured the user impact is understood and considered during delivery. A consummate Change Manager.

Michael Crew

Manager, Ernst & Young
15 Projects
287 Designs
128 Publications
49 Happy Clients

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John Farrer

     John Farrer
       07941 809435
      john@farrspark.co.uk

Steph Farrer

     Steph Farrer
       07913 086477
      steph@farrspark.co.uk