Cactus Images

Cactus re-brand and new website


Bondholder Cactus Images has marked its tenth anniversary with the launch of a new brand image and website.

Cactus Images was founded by Angela Jenkins and Chris Howard, who met during their second year studying for a degree in commercial photography at the University of Derby.  The business started life at the university’s Banks Mill creative studios, before relocating in 2010 to Friar Gate Studios and have subsequently expanded to their current home in the penthouse studio at Marble Hall. 

During this time, Cactus Images has established itself as one of the region’s leading commercial photography and post-production studios, specialising in product, commercial, business portraits and food photography.  

As the business has grown and developed over the years, Cactus Images is now able to offer a wide range of services to support and strengthen its photography projects, including creative planning, prop sourcing, styling and set builds.  

These fully integrated services allow Cactus Images to work with a broad client base, which includes local SMEs and national brands such as FujiFilm, Morrisons Flowerworld, Hypnos Contract Beds and East Midlands Trains.  

Cactus Images’ 10th anniversary coincides with the most successful period in its history, with a variety of exciting commissions for a wide range of clients across the UK. 

In order to support these core services and business growth, Angela and Chris have recently recruited Laura Parry, who has more than a decade’s experience within the creative sector.
Laura has been responsible for the company rebrand and the development of a new website, which will better reflect the range of services now offered by the team.

Commenting on the company’s 10th anniversary and continued expansion, Angela Jenkins said:

“Our ten-year anniversary has come at a really exciting time in our development, with lots of interesting creative projects for some high profile new clients, together with the arrival of Laura, who will enable us to continue with our expansion plans.”

Cactus's new roots

Bondholder Cactus Images has said its decision to move to fellow Bondholder Connect Derby's Marble Hall building is already paying off with its clients saying how brilliant the new space is.

Chris Howard, Joint-Founder of Cactus Images, said: "We were worried about leaving Friar Gate Studios because of its proximity to town, which has appeal, but we needed more room, so when Marble Hall became available we went for it.

He continued: "At Friar Gate Studios we had to operate out of two studios. Here we've been able to consolidate everything into one space. We've got a nice environment here and everyone who comes to Marble Hall says it's brilliant."

Marketing Derby reported earlier this month that Connect Derby's Marble Hall development has already attained 55% occupancy within four months of opening and another 8% occupancy in the pipeline.


We’ve got a nice environment here and everyone who comes to Marble Hall says it’s brilliant.
— Chris Howard, Joint-Founder of Cactus Images

Justin Smith Commissions Bondholder on Branding Refresh

Justin Smith Architects has commissioned fellow Bondholder Alt Design to refresh the company’s branding.

The graphic design agency will be working on new styling, fonts, colour standards, brochures business card and responsive website.

Fellow Bondholder Cactus Images has also been commissioned to provide their professional photography services to both the company website and brochures.

We are delighted with the work Alt Design and Cactus Images have crafted for us and feel it displays our work in a fresh and exciting way.
— Justin Smith, Signature Architect

Food and Drink Awards 2014 Winners Celebrate

Derby’s food and drink industry descended on The Roundhouse tonight to celebrate the sixth annual Derby Food and Drink Awards. The evening highlighted Derby’s finest restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes, in categories including Best Newcomer, Best Out of Town, and the highly prestigious Restaurant of the Year. The award ceremony, organised by Marketing Derby in conjunction with the Derby Telegraph and Roundhouse Events, was hosted by Nick Britten, Managing Director of Another Voice.

Over 1,400 nominations were received, showcasing the strength of the city’s food and drink industry. Marketing Derby’s John Forkin praised the variety in the finalists and winners.

“Each year, the standard gets better. To be a finalist is a tremendous achievement.

“The food and drink sector in Derby goes from strength to strength, reflected in the fact that, of the 21 finalists, excluding the Best Customer Service Award, only three were trading when we launched the Derby Food and Drink Awards five years ago.”

The awards included ‘Best Customer Service’, as voted by the readers of the Derby Telegraph, as well as the ‘Outstanding Achievement’ award, which was awarded to Tim Williams of CAMRA for his contribution to the Real Ale industry in Derby.

Photographs courtesy of our valued Bondholder, Cactus Images.