Friends in High Places


Falmouth-based creative agency, Friends is celebrating its first year in business.

Co-founded by Darren Friend and Kelly Thomas, Friends was born of the couple’s shared desire to pool their impressive creative experience, providing graphic design, interior design and branding, as well as direction and consultancy across both digital and print media.

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Darren Friend & Kelly Thomas

“It’s been an incredible first year and we feel privileged to have worked on so many challenging and varied projects with clients who have been happy to take a leap of faith, and trust us to take a slightly different approach to meeting their needs,” said Friend.

One of Friends’ projects has been working as brand partner to the Alverton Hotel in Truro, helping its new owners to bring the historical Grade II listed building alive by blending classic with contemporary – to great effect.

“We have worked painstakingly on every aspect, from the menu in guests’ hands to the table they sit at, the flowers in the hallway to the staff uniforms. We even commissioned some of the art on the walls. It’s been a really enjoyable project and we’re thrilled at the feedback we have received so far,” said Thomas.

Friend said: “Our first year in business has given us a great grounding and reinforced the need for our specialist blend of skills. It’s an exciting time.”

For more information and to view Friends’ website click here 


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