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Geoff Major’s Charity North Pole Trek Flag revealed!

We are proud to be #ontheflag going with Geoff Major on his North Pole Trek. The fantastic flag was design by Rushfirth Creative and represents £5,000 of donations by companies and individuals. The flag will be going all the way to the North Pole with Geoff and once Geoff has completed his North Pole Trek the flag will be raffled off and one of the entrants #ontheflag will win it to keep as their own.  The flag will also be displayed at the upcoming Yorkshire Mafia Conference where Geoff is exhibiting to increase awareness of his trek and encourage donations.

Visit Geoff Major’s blog to read all about his upcoming trek – Have I really signed-up for this? 

You can support and help Geoff reach his fundraising total by donating on

Latest SMileS Testimonials – ‘Roses Cleaning Services’ ‘Rushfirth Creative’ ‘In ‘n’ Out’

“I have used your texting services now for the last couple of years and with fantastic results. Together we have done four shots with the mobile numbers you collected onto a spread sheet for future use. The cost of this has been around £500 with business to me in return worth over £3000 what a fantastic result. I have tried many avenues to advertise Roses Cleaning Services over the years but this has been the best by far. I have already recommended you to other people and will continue to do so. I look forward to working with you and the team in the furure and wish you all the best.”

Howard Rose (Roses Cleaning Services)  

“It’s SMileS all round with our pals over in Huddersfield.” 

Howard (Rushfirth Creative) 

“Thank you so much for all of your help. I think you’ve been a driving force in us saving money and I really appreciate it.”

Charlotte Gaunt (In ‘n’ Out) 

Business Profile: Howard Rushfirth (Rushfirth Creative)

Howard Rushfirth - Rushfirth Creative

Current Job Position? 
Creative Director and co-owner of Rushfirth Creative,
Creative Director and co-owner of Schools Teaching Enterprise Programme Ltd. (AKA STEPteam)
Best thing about your job?  Being paid to do the thing I love most and do best
Worst thing about your Job? Not having enough hours in the day.
Favourite Restaurant in Huddersfield?  Being relatively new to Kirklees (I live and work on the Leeds/Wakefield extremities of the district) I don’t get over to Huddersfield that often, mostly to the MY Network meetings.
Your best achievement?  Being a major player in the creation and production of the brand identity for premium ranges of TWO major supermarket retailers.
Interest and Hobbies? The precious spare time I have is spent with my wife Kathryn and my three children.
What do you value most about being a member of a networking group? It’s essential for small businesses to ‘expand their team’.

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Howard Rushfirth


Rushfirth Creative


I was born in a small house in Garforth in the Spring of 1970. And after a spending a year or two of behaving like a complete baby (literally), I made an important discovery.

I liked to draw.

Everything went in through my eyes, spun around in my head, flowed back down through my right arm and pushed its way out the end of a wax crayon creating my own unique reinterpretation of the world around me.

No one asked me to do it, or taught me to do it, or even particularly encouraged me to do it. I just did it. And did it. And did it.

40+ years later, I’m still doing the same thing. Sure, during the last 22 years, the crayon has been substituted by a ‘mouse’ with a little picture of an apple on it. But the drive and the principle remains the same. I’ve illustrated nationally distributed children’s books (at the tender age of 16) and created cartoons for comics. I’ve created corporate signage schemes for big-name high street retail, banking and pub chains. I’ve created branding for premium ranges for several major supermarket retailers. I’ve run press ad campaigns and story-boarded for film and television.

And I still like to draw.

With my wife Kathryn, I run Rushfirth Creative, a small but perfectly formed creative agency offering a wide range of expertise for those serious about moving their business forward through good design. Design that not only looks good, but gets results within the marketplace. If you want to find out a bit more, our website is a really good place to start. I also tweet all kinds of stuff (and nonsense, on occasion) on Twitter. We’d also love you to ‘like’ and interact with us on our dedicated Facebook page. Most of all it would be nice to meet up- we try to get to the MY Network meetings whenever we can- so perhaps see you around!

Business Profile: Kathryn Rushfirth (STEPteam)

Kathryn Rushfirth - STEPteam

Current Job Position? 
Managing Director of Schools Teaching Enterprise Programme Ltd. (AKA STEPteam)
Client Services Director and co-owner of Rushfirth Creative
Best thing about your job?  The variety; no two days are the same. Seeing the work we do help others achieve their goals.
Worst thing about your job? Long LONG hours. It is hard to switch off when you genuinely care about doing the best job you can.
Favourite Restaurant in Huddersfield?  We (Howard and myself) perhaps don’t get as many opportunities for eating out as we might like. We must get around to trying somewhere over in Huddersfield sometime soon.
Your best achievement?  Being co-creator of STEPteam. We believe this programme can make a real difference to thousands of young people.
Interest and Hobbies? As a busy mum as well as the director of two businesses, time is always very valuable. Spending time with husband Howard the children is very precious. I would like to keep fit – but then wouldn’t we all!
What do you value most about being a member of a networking group?
As a small business, the social aspect can be somewhat limited. I enjoy having a natter with the girls at the events that Local Ladies and Forward Ladies put on. It really helps to keep things in perspective.

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Kathryn Rushfirth




Hi, I’m Kathryn Rushfirth, the co-founder of Rushfirth Creative and STEPteam

Born to organise – that’s me!

Always busy, always doing. Even at school I managed to juggle two jobs, A level studies without impacting one bit on my social life. At eighteen years old the idea of another four years studying just held no appeal at all so, off to Wm Morrisons I went as a management trainee, my first full time position. Having been part of the new store ops team and then the personnel department at head office for a couple of years, I then transferred to store as a department manager and ultimately a personnel officer. The hours were long but the team was young – and we knew exactly how to balance all the hard work!

Although I enjoyed work I knew that I just hadn’t found my niché.  I tried a sales role – but it wasn’t right for me at that time. University beckoned, and I gained a place – taking on a temporary administration position to see me through to the start date.

I missed that date by approximately eighteen long happy years! Having mastered and tidied up the wages system, de-mystified the sales ledger, introduced a new purchase process and sampling system, I moved on to production and planning, effectively becoming the external planning department for many of our main national and international clients. Keeping production efficiencies up, stock levels down, and profit levels, customer satisfaction and staff moral high was just a natural way of being.

However there comes a time when you simply have to just do it for yourself rather than for someone else. By joining forces with my other half, who already had an emerging design business underway, we created the successful young business that Rushfirth Creative has become. We specialise in branding SMEs and on producing bespoke original graphics and illustration. This varied and interesting role has brought me into contact with a huge variety of people and business types including education. This in turn has lead to the creation and development of STEPteam.

The whole premise of STEPteam is to inspire and raise the aspirations of our youngsters who are growing up in very difficult and uncertain times. The desire to be a footballer, footballers wife or just a ‘celebrity’ for its own sake is all too common – but let’s face it, that is where they are going to perceive real financial gain, what else is there? Our programme teaches year 5 and 6 students about the business world around them, culminating in them having the option to run a real working profitable business in school.

The feedback that we have received has been fantastic. The Prince’s Trust said

“We believe every child should have the opportunity to work through this unique learning experience as it really does give a fabulous foundation in business, plus valuable life lessons not readily available in a primary school environment”

During the next few months we hope to introduce the programme to as many schools in the region as we can before we launch it nationally.

Geoff Major’s fundraising event at Harrogate Bar & Grill on 3/11 to raise funds for his ‘North Pole Trek’

As you may have seen on a previous blog post SMileS is actively helping Geoff Major with his fundraising efforts for his ‘North Pole Trek’. Geoff sent us the below email telling the SMileS team all about how his fundraising is going and what he’s been upto. 

Dear lovely people

Well I raced to £10 000 collected and committed overall, but July-September inclusive has raised about £250 so I’m focusing my efforts on 5 things January-March 2012 …. except I’d like to fill all 80 seats at Harrogate restaurant Bar & Gril on the night of Thursday 3rd November.

If you are interested in attending and supporting the charities I’m fundraising for, please let me know and please can you forward this to any of your friends who may also be interested. All attendees will be getting a great deal for their money thanks to the kindness of the Individual Restaurant Company (owners of RB&G amongst others).

I’ll be looking to fill as many seats as I can as well. I sold 65 tickets all by myself for the event at Zinc in Manchester and I’ll be darned if 2011 is going to end like a damp squib!!

My training is into a new phase where miles wearing the new winter training gear is the key and my first group training event is next weekend on Dartmoor, soon to be followed by my first attempt to drag the sled weight for 9 miles a day 8 days in a row at the end of November.

The children’s cancer charity Candlelighters have already sold a handful and are turning out in ‘charity’ colours; let’s make it a truly colorful event.

Thanks and the dream of £100 000 isn’t dead yet and nor will I be if I continue to increasingly dedicate myself to training (much to my girlfriends’ delight and relief).


If your interested in attending any events Geoff is holding to helping raise funds for his trek then make sure you keep up-to-date by following him on Twitter @northpoletrek.

Take a look at this poster to find out all the details you need to know about Geoff’s next event at Harrogate Bar & Grill poster designed by Howard Rushfirth. SMileS highly recommend Rushfirth Creative they do fantastic designs and are very good at meeting your deign requirements…. please take a look at their website to see more of Rushfirth Creative design work.