We’re unique

There’s no one out there like us.
(And, no, we don’t just mean our sparky personalities.)

No other business offers our range of experience and technical ability – combined with our flexibility. In fact, we pride ourselves on the old flexible front.

At the Alliance we can ‘flex’ up and down depending on each project. From one person to a cast of many, working in-house, remotely – or even both. We can even work like a mini-agency.

And, most of our team have their own kit, so they can set up a pop-up studio anywhere at no extra cost.

It’s pretty simple really. Maybe that’s why it seems to work well.

And that’s not just us blowing our own trumpets. We’ve received some high praise from a number of industry big-wigs since we started up in 2011.

The Alliance has been doing all our artwork for a 200-page brochure for four years now. Steve makes this appear effortless – accurate, artistic and cheerful and absolutely no hassle – a delight.

Sue Bourne, Manager, Cottages & Castles

I just wish I had found the Alliance sooner. Excellent people, excellent service, excellent work ethic, excellent feedback from my clients. Having been an employer for many years before taking the plunge of flying solo. I can honestly say that the Alliance have kept me in the air with an excellent service for any of my design, artwork or creative needs. A seamless service with great professional values where the Alliance has become an extension of my business as the virtual studio.

John Franchetti, Managing Director, Almond Design

We have used the team at the Alliance for a number of years and find the service they offer unique and unmatched in the market. One phone call with a simple brief and you’re off and running. If you are looking for speed and agility in artwork and design, without sacrificing quality, then give Steve and his team a call.

Andrew Lumsden, Marketing Manager, VELUX Company Ltd

The Alliance has been incredibly reliable and flexible when dealing with regular artwork requests from The Media Shop. Artwork is supplied quickly and always accurately follows the brief. They are often able to make useful suggestions on how to improve the look of our client’s ads too.

Ruth Berry, Director, The Media Shop

The Frame team has worked with the Alliance over many years and have nothing but positive things to say about them, when you need some artwork/design assistance they’re always quick to get back with a solution that could help save the day. On a personal note, the team are friendly, approachable and always up for a bit of chat. Always the sign of a good relationship in my eyes. I’d highly recommend them when looking for out of house support to your team. Keep up the good work guys.

Nic McCrossan, Production Director, Frame

As a designer, the Alliance offered advice, support and opportunities for me and went above and beyond to be helpful during the entire process. They are really nice, pleasant people to work with, and treat their designers and artworkers with a high level of respect. I couldn’t recommend them more highly to any artworker or designer looking for a reliable partner to freelance with.

Andrew Smith, Designer

The Alliance has supplied immediate support to get me out of a tight spot, ongoing help and continuity for bigger projects, and specialist help for more unusual projects. They have proven time and time again to be extremely professional, and the freelance support they provide is always of a very high caliber. Because the founders are themselves experienced artworkers and designers, they have very high standards of professionalism and quality of work. I’ve always been highly impressed with every aspect of their service.

Andrew Smith, Creative Director, Denvir Marketing

The Alliance extended themselves beyond every brief for CREW to provide a quality output. Communication and responsiveness to meet deadlines is excellent from the team.

Jeremy Adderley, Enterprises & Finance Manager, CREW

I really enjoy working with Matt and his team at the Alliance; they are very professional, listen to your requirements and obviously take great pride in what they do. I quite often give them very little to work with and they come up with several great ideas and the first proof designs are so good they are nearly always the finished article.

Rachel Yeo, Executive Assistant to CEO, The Portman Estate

The Alliance is great, working around the clock to meet ever-shortening deadlines. They are reliable and consistently pull out all the stops to help us out.

Laura Cole, Production Manager, Canongate Books

Matt and the team at the Alliance have always been extremely efficient and helpful in assisting us with various aspects of design. Whether it be for letterheads or business cards they are highly skilled with quick turnaround times and are always happy to amend along the way with no fuss!

Max Fossett, Mid-Market Relationship Manager, Trade River Finance

The Alliance has worked with us on our last two major campaigns and I have been very happy with the quality of the artwork produced by their design team and the ease at which Dan and his team have executed our production schedule. This is a friendly and efficient organisation that have delivered for us at every level.

Liz Gunn, Head of Communications, Dollar Academy

We’ve worked with the Alliance on numerous occasions regarding artwork, creative and digital projects and found their service superb. Very helpful and knowledgeable with the requirements we are asking for, quick to get back in touch and have access to an extensive list of freelancers available, with full knowledge of who is available and suitable for the work required.

Steve Milne, Head of Shore Studio, The Leith Agency

Over the years, the Alliance has consistently provided the calibre of support so crucially required to undertake projects, sometimes with very little notice. The level of expertise acquired from their support and crucially, understanding the delivery mechanism of projects, allows our agency to maintain and exceed the high standards that we strive to uphold. I would have no hesitation in saying the Alliance do what it says on the tin!

Craig McIntyre, Studio Manager, Contagious

Our clients

Canongate Publishing, Clydesdale Bank, Creative Scotland, Dollar Academy, E&O Laboratories, Edinburgh Napier University, Edinburgh University, Harper Collins, Macdonald Hotels & Resorts, Media Shop Scotland, National Museums Scotland, Portman Estates, Standard Life, Stripe Communications, VELUX.

Agency support

442 design, 60 Watt, APS Group Scotland, Almond Design, Big Decision, Blonde Digital, Contagious, Conversio Consulting, Crew2000, Denvir, Dobbies, Editions, Emperor Design, Evviva Brands, Frame, Golley Slater, Good Creative, Ignition, IL Design, MacleanTM, Mino&Co, Multiply, Nevis Design, O Street, Red McGregor, Stand, Tangible, Teviot, The Gate, The Lane, The Leith Agency, Transform Brands, Union Advertising, Union Direct.