About me

I’ve spent more than twenty years working with global brands, start ups and budding entrepreneurs. I’ve worked client side, I’ve worked in agencies, I’ve advised agencies and I’ve owned my own.

About Me

I’ve spent more than twenty years working with global brands, start ups and budding entrepreneurs. I’ve worked client side, I’ve worked in agencies, I’ve advised agencies and I’ve owned my own.

My Story

My breakdown 

I spent more than twenty years working with large global brands and agencies before I started my own.

I’m lucky to have started my career in an advertising agency working with some hard-hitting brands and directing their creative.

The experience gave me great exposure to how brands are created and marketed, big corporates don’t mess about. I learned how to do things the right way, working to meet their high expectations and tight deadlines.

This strongly shaped my work ethic – my client-centric approach and commitment to delivering and getting it right for entrepreneurs I work with.

When I eventually moved agencies, my clients came with me and that’s when I decided to go out on my own, setting up an agency of my own.

Working on the launch of First Direct 20 years ago – an iconic brand that’s remained true to its roots.

– Running my own design consultancy for eight years and, during that time, growing the Silentnight beds brand to be the No1 bed manufacturer.

– Brought Irn-Bru to kids.

– Figured out why men should buy Nivea.

– Managed multi channel global campaigns.

– Worked with many agencies of varying sizes get clear on their offering, understand why their new business efforts aren’t working and create a strategy for growth.

– Creating successful brands for a bunch of amazing entrepreneurs that are now sound businesses achieving great growth.

My business grew by reputation as I gained other corporate clients, and it quickly became profitable, but I wasn't happy.

Building my own business

It was after I had my daughter that I rethought my career.

I felt I wanted to work on a more personal level with people rather than corporate companies, but I wasn’t sure what that looked like, so I took a year off and started training in coaching, helping people to connect with their own life purpose.

And that’s when I landed my first job with an entrepreneur who approached me to help her with her brand.

Thanks to my corporate brand experience, my coaching abilities, I was able to see her dream, what she was capable of, the market she was trying to reach, and was able to bring these together to help her create her brand.

This led me to what I do today and what I can do for you.

Find your superpower

I believe that each one of you is individual and unique, and I work with you help you uncover what about you is special and to build this into a brand.

I see thousands of women like you who want to create an impact in the world. And I want to bring my big brand knowledge to female entrepreneurs to ensure you succeed.

Whether you are starting out as an entrepreneur or have outgrown your brand because you’re flying high, I help you unlock that uniqueness that is you to help you create a brand and a business that truly reflects you and enables you to be seen as you should be in the marketplace.

Nobody is the same so why should your brand be?

DEB AND CO

When I built my brand agency in 2005, I also built an amazing loyal team of creatives.

Designers, illustrators, developers and copywriters.

My team with me today to fulfil my client's branding

 

Award-winning

heart felt team 

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM ME

  • An expert, no-nonsense, straight-talking approach.
  • A clear step-by-step process with guidance, support.
  • Plenty of ‘a-ha!’ moments and valuable insights.
  • Clarity on your business offering, vision and help with your brand goal.
  • A detailed brand strategy to understand your brand truth, value proposition, values and personality to be able to tell your story.
  • Visual branding that truly reflects your business and appeals to your target market.
  • A framework for marketing your business and communicating with clients and prospects.
  • Mentoring based on 20 years’ experience working with brands big and small.

Together, we’ll get clear on your brand. We’ll figure out exactly who you are, what you stand for and where you’re going – and then we’ll create the roadmap to get you there.

A business strategy - not just a brand

I get it, we all want to jump to the fun bit, choosing colours and deciding on fonts.

But without a brand strategy, your logo and palette are based on pure luck.

Big brands wouldn't dream of cutting out the research, planning and strategy stage.

So why would you?

And I have the business experience to coach you through the branding process and to ensure that your business is positioned perfectly to grow and scale.

Throughout my career so far, I’ve managed 1,000s of creative multi-channel campaigns and I also:

  • Created the original First Direct brand
  • Brought Irn-Bru to kids
  • Ensured Silentnight Beds was the UK’s number one leading bed manufacturer
  • Created Nivea for Men
  • Worked on all of the Hugo Boss fragrance brands

So yes, I can hand draw you a bespoke font, and I can create a stunning colour palette. But that font and palette will be just parts of the overall picture.

The design aspect of your brand will be based on a thorough and deep understanding of your business offering, where you sit compared to your competitors and, most crucially, what it is that your customers want from you.

Together, using my expertise and your vision - we will build your brand and design it for success.

WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM ME

  • An expert, no-nonsense, straight-talking approach.
  • A clear step-by-step process with guidance, support.
  • Plenty of ‘a-ha!’ moments and valuable insights.
  • Clarity on your business offering, vision and help with your brand goal.
  • A detailed brand strategy to understand your brand truth, value proposition, values and personality to be able to tell your story.
  • Visual branding that truly reflects your business and appeals to your target market.
  • A framework for marketing your business and communicating with clients and prospects.
  • Mentoring based on 20 years’ experience working with brands big and small.

Together, we’ll get clear on your brand. We’ll figure out exactly who you are, what you stand for and where you’re going – and then we’ll create the roadmap to get you there.

“My brand strategy ended up in tears; happy tears. Deborah got me from day one and has somehow reached into my soul and translated me into my brand. Something I had failed to do on my own. I have been in business for 18 months and feel like I am just starting.

The brand strategy sessions and feedback were amazing, she then translated that into a beautiful logo, colour palette and strapline.

I feel clear and confident, ready to scale and grow and I’m seeing a return on investment.

That is priceless! I cannot recommend her highly enough!”

Charlotte Pridmore

Transformation Coach

“When I first spoke with Deborah about my brand I had no idea of the depth of work or the depth of the results I would get . When she first presented her strategy to me I cried. She’d pulled out things I hadn’t even vocalised as they weren’t yet clear to me, things that I stand for, things that mean a lot to me. It takes talent to do that, and a true understanding of ‘brand’. To others looking at the update you may just see the new logo and design elements, but it’s in the brand positioning and essence that the real change comes.  This will flow through my marketing and content and, hopefully, connect with my community and clients on a deeper level.

She bloody gets it! And she brings in a depth of strategy you don’t tend to find with her competitors. It helps that she has a proven agency background and that she totally gets me.”

Gemma Went

Business Mentor

“Working with Deborah has been an incredible process. She has perfectly crafted a brand strategy that encompasses everything.

I learned many valuable insights along the way from the in-depth research that Deborah provided. This research helped shape the vision of my business and define my brand.

After working with Deborah, I have a brand that appeals and attracts my ideal clients as well as a strategy for growth.

Previously my tone of voice and brand identity wasn’t attracting my target market, yet after my rebrand I have been attracting my ideal clients; females millennials and its awesome.

Nicole Prentice

The Millennial Business Coach

“Deborah has been incredible to work with!

She’s a pure genius at what she does.

My brand really wasn’t an easy one to pull together and she did it! In fact, she smashed it!

It’s hands down been the best money I have spent on my business.

In the first two weeks of relaunch I had four new client enquiries and 6 collaboration requests, this hasn’t been the case previously.

I feel so confident in my brand and I’m attracting far better clients. I have enquiries every weeks from awesome women wanting to work with me.

Thank you Deborah”

Rose Radford

Wealth Coach & Business Strategist

“Sitting in tears of gratitude watching my new brand and positioning come alive like magic- Deborah O'Grady you are a f*cking wizard.

This process has unearthed me and my business from a depth I didn't know was there- and I'm pretty damn deep and tuned in to start off with!
Deborah in her beautiful, magnificent, intuitive, brilliant way guided me through a unique process so I could understand how to become a brand. You are the most incredible brand strategist and brand coach, I cannot recommend you enough and I'm sad this process is almost over because it's really helped me step up in a way that I never could have done without you Thank you so much.”

Shari Teigman

creative strategist + performance mentor

“As I was just starting out I had no idea where to begin creating a brand. The initial consultation was time-consuming but it’s so true that spending time and money to get things right from the start is what really matters. I now have a brand that is a true reflection of me and so many people reiterate that when I tell them about The Food Boss. I couldn’t have asked for anyone else to share this great experience with and it will firmly remain in my business history as the very starting point!”

Kate Law

THE FOOD BOSS

“Deborah is a super talented and extremely professional.

The brand process was a wonderful experience that made me dig deep into my soul to find out who I am and what I can offer the world.

I’m SO happy with the end result and with my new logo. I feel a lot more confident too now which will help me take my business to the next level.

The last 6 weeks have felt very positive for me and I feel grateful that I was able to work with such a great lady, that I trusted completely to produce such a fab design.

Thank you Deborah, you are an inspiration.”

 

Mandy Laing

5 ELEMENT Acupuncturist

“Deborah really got to grips with what I wanted to achieve and made it happen.

We explored every possibility so that I got clear on my business and understood who I needed to appeal to. I have a brand that feels true to me and knows it will last as the business grows.

Deborah is extremely business-minded and I felt safe in knowing she’d worked with big-name brands for over 20 years. She’s also very creative.

I would recommend Deborah to anyone who needs help in creating a brand.”

Ria Ingleby

Well +

“Working with Deborah has been a business-changing experience – and I suspect that the long-term effects will be life-changing.

I was blown away not only by her marketplace analysis and insights but how Deborah then coupled those with spot-on insights and observations about me to arrive at conclusions and solutions that are exciting, to say the least!

Throughout the process, Deborah completely guided and supported me and made me feel confident that myself and my business were in the hands of an experienced professional.”

 

Rachel Forcella

Content Strategist

Deborah has magical powers when it comes to identifying the perfect messaging for your brand. Not only does it feel completely aligned with you, but it also attracts your dream-boat clients too! I was struggling to create content for my audience because I wasn’t 100% clear on my brand messaging. Deborah has tapped into my zone of genius and created a brand strategy that has blown me away. If you seek clarity with your branding, you absolutely need THE Brand Coach™!”

 

Rebecca Thatcher

Facebook Ad Strategist & Coach