We are a full service agency based in Manchester (Altrincham), specialising in Graphic Design, Multimedia and Production services to develop, manage and market businesses. With a wealth of experience, we have consistently maintained our position as a team with a reputation for reliability, creativity and innovative solutions.
 

About Us

Who we are and what we can offer you

WHO WE ARE

We” are a Manchester based full service design agency, and when we say ‘full service’ we mean it!

Our multi disciplined team have years of experience, bringing people solutions for not only original creative work but for all the stages that come before and after, with image retouching, packaging production and pre press for catalogues, brochures and adverts. So when we get given a problem, we can reply “no problem at all”.

 

Over the 10 years that we have been in operation, we have worked with a variety of people in a variety of different industries, ranging from fashion and textiles to medical and retail. We don’t pigeon hole ourselves to specialise in one area, as we thrive best when faced with new challenges, which is one of the many reasons that makes Marlin unique.

 

One thing that does stay consistent is our belief that brand and how you come across to your customers is number one, and keeping that fresh, clear and on trend is always our priority. (See below for more information on our services).

OUR SERVICES

Though we are one company, we specialise in a wide range of design based areas, from original creative design for both print and screen to retouching,  packaging production, pre-press production and  advert placement.

We specialise in all aspects of design and can create a wide range of collateral and online media that will not only look eye-catching and branded, but also communicate clear messages to your customers.

Brand Development, Advertising Campaigns, Corporate Literature, Packaging Design, Direct Mail, Exhibitions & POS, Video / 3D Production, Websites / Microsites / Emails, Presentations (Interactive), Media Procurement.

Optimised, colour-accurate and consistent representation of your products across print and online is crucial. Our retouching team deliver exceptional results which ensure your products always look stunning.

We help with: Image Retouching, Image Colour Management, New Colourway Creation, Product Placement, Client Branded Online Digital Asset Management System.

Our packaging production team prepares your final artwork to ensure you get the optimum print result. Artwork is checked for fit to your printer’s profile, number of print colours, bleed, image quality, trapping and adjustments are made if necessary. Proofing via pdf, GMG colour certified proof, 3D or conventional mock-ups.

We help with: Manage packaging from creative to press-ready artwork, Proofing, Print Management.

Catalogues, magazines and adverts… there’s a lot of pages and many problems that can occur. Our Repro teams check your artwork and adjustments are made if necessary, master adverts can be created and then resized, re-profiled and delivered to your chosen publication.

We help with: Manage packaging from creative to press-ready artwork, Proofing, Print Management.

Impressive visuals with very little amendments required

Working with Marlin is easy - they identify our requirements and grasp concepts quickly, creating impressive visuals with very little amendments required - and all delivered to our deadlines and budgets. I can't say enough about the quality, speed, attention to detail and the performance of their work!

Gareth Simister - Owner

All images are correctly profiled to our specification

We produce our own artwork and photography and use Marlin to ensure all images are correctly profiled to our specification and proofed from print ready PDFs to a certified proofing standard.

Neil Owens - Design & Publications Manager

Consistent colour accurate results

Marlin take our photography and creative and ensure we achieve consistent colour accurate results across a wide range of print processes.

Findlay Martin - Editor

Pull out all the stops to give us the best possible service

I have had the pleasure of working with Marlin on behalf of Cotton Traders for several years. In this time we have developed a very close working relationship and experienced a high level of service. The team are always willing to pull out all the stops to give us the best possible service at all times and I look forward to our continued working relationship.

Sue Cadle-Clark - Brand Director

We have come to rely on Marlin’s retouching

Having the final printed catalogue match as close as possible to the actual product is very important in ensuring customer satisfaction. We have come to rely on Marlin’s retouching to achieve this goal.

Sue Cadle-Clark - Brand Director

Time and cost efficient retrieval of all our images

With several design agencies on our roster we rely on Marlin to retouch, produce and proof our imagery. Webflow delivers time and cost efficient retrieval of all our images from one central source. We have total control over who can access the site at any time.

Janet Russell - Marketing Manager

The results are superb

Marlin meets the challenge of creating new images without the need for new photography. The results are superb.

Paul Harrison - Managing Director

Meeting of deadlines has been first-class

if you do as much as you do for me at all our centres, I can only imagine what the workload is like in full! I was anxious when we were asked to switch design suppliers – because in the past the service I’ve received from some of Care UK suppliers has been, in a word – C**P! Thankfully that hasn’t been the case and the work and meeting of deadlines has been first-class – so thanks.

Marc Rogers - Regional Sales & Marketing Manager

Responded quickly and efficiently

It is a pleasure to work with the team at Marlin. They have always responded quickly and efficiently to briefs, and their fast turnarounds have enabled us to meet some very important business deadlines. We look forward to continuing to work with them in the future.

Sophie Lund

Never fail to deliver on quality and time

Marlin is an agency we have worked with for a long time and the reason is simply, it is that they understand our business and never fail to deliver on quality and time. We would struggle to meet our customers’ demands without their commitment and continued support to our business.

Steven Colclough - Marketing Coms Leader

Design concepts that WOW

“We’ve had the pleasure of working with Marlin for several years and have always found their service highly competitive, flexible and innovative. Marlin fully understands our briefs and quickly turn these into engaging design concepts that WOW our stakeholders and help drive our brand and reputation.”

Ian Parker - Marketing Manager

Working with Marlin is easy

“Working with Marlin is easy - they identify our requirements and grasp concepts quickly, creating impressive visuals with very little amendments required - and all delivered to our deadlines and budgets. I can’t say enough about the quality, speed, attention to detail and the performance of their work!”

Gareth Simister

Pull out all the stops

“I have had the pleasure of working with Marlin for several years. In this time we have developed a very close working relationship and experienced a high level of service. The team are always willing to pull out all the stops to give us the best possible service at all times.”

Sue Cadle-Clark - Brand Director

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