Through the Keyhole: | Edward Bulmer Paint

Through the Keyhole:


This month, we’re inviting you to look Through the Keyhole at the company behind our branding: Orphans in Herefordshire. It’s lovely to work with a fellow family-run company based just down the road from us, with shared creativity and energy. Orphans has a wealth of experience in all aspects of marketing. Their young, creative team is buzzing with ideas but the output is always extremely professional and well presented. It is such a joy to work with people who genuinely listen to what we are trying to achieve and who understand the limitations of a small business setting out - without compromising the potential for our brand to develop.

The company was founded in 1873 as a printworks and publishers to give local orphans a trade. Edward's family first commissioned work from them back in 1893 - a poster to deter people from stealing fruit from our orchard! In the many years since, it has expanded into an innovative design and web agency. Its current custodians are Helen and Andy Bowden.

Orphans has built up an impressive range of brands, including Chase Distillery, Pol Roger Champagne, White Heron Drinks (see interview with founder, Jo Hilditch), Border Oak, The Shack Revolution, Billy Ruffian Shoes and Twyford Cookers. Many of their clients are born and bred in Herefordshire, though are now reaching national and even international markets.  Orphans may be firmly rooted in the small Herefordshire market town of Leominster, but their reach is way beyond!


The designers have their own individual passions and styles. Adam is excited by photography and calligraphy, while Amy’s interests lie in interiors and form and Chris is a talented illustrator. Together, they have helped us create a beautiful brand. 


The presses have been running for 144 years. Many of the team working them have done so for their whole careers, accruing a lifetime’s experience in achieving vivid colour, subtle texture and crisp type - to stunning effect in every EB paint chart, postcard and poster.  They offer impressively fast turnaround times and do their upmost to meet even the tightest deadlines.


Technology has always been an important part of the business, now more than ever. Their talented team of web developers, headed up by Ed, built the website you’re using right now - paying forensic attention to every click, scroll and search to ensure your journey around the site is seamless. 


Books have always been a passion in the Bowden family and, in 2015, they decided to breathe life back into the publishing side of the business. Their archives are full of historic local books and, now, they’re creating beautiful modern additions to it, with the help of former Hachette editor, Emma. We might even partner up to create a book together one day - watch this space!

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Posted: January 2017