Brand Strategy & Development


Engaging the company’s trade customer as well as extending its appeal to consumers.

MacBlair Brand


What We Did

Brand identity

Print design

Press & outdoor advertising

Vehicle livery

Web & digital design

The Challenge

As the recession within the building industry took full effect in 2007 MacNaughton Blair took the drastic step to completely cut their marketing budget. After a period of cuts all aimed at survival, company management recognised the limitations of a business strategy that couldn’t grow the business. Advantageously as part of the need to survive ethos the company had transformed its branches, product stock and its service mentality to entice a wider customer base that now included the public. Having until then managed a complicated brand presentation that maintained traditional ownership names but in an MB style they needed a consistent approach that unified the business under a stronger brand presentation and a strategy that better defined ‘what is a builder’s merchant?

Our Approach

Our designated contract team worked with an assembled client team to take them through our 12-step strategic exercise that resulted in a clearer picture of where the company was positioned, their equity in terms of brand recognition and the steps that needed taking to step out of recession and beyond the competition. Drawing inspiration from other retail sectors and new online businesses our strategy team encouraged the business leaders to redefine the business and represent this under a new MacBlair brand that is all about service. Exploring this further, revealed changing the staff approach was essential to making any design expenditure beneficial. The ‘Here to Help’ initiative was developed and presented to staff at purpose held events around branches. A comprehensive strategic plan has set the company apart locally and differentiated it as innovative within the larger Grafton Group.

Livery Design
Art Direction
MacBlair Lorry Livery
Art Direction



MacBlair Photography
MacBlair Photography
MacBlair Bags
MacBlair Promotions
Point of Sale
Magazine Advertising