Based in a converted mill in the heart of Leicester, designed and refurbished to become our ‘creative hub’, we are a company driven to build relationships with our clients that lead to intelligent solutions formed in a spirit of enjoyment.


Since we founded the business in 1994 we have seen the world and the way we communicate change hugely. As much as the methods of delivery may change and evolve, the guiding principles by which we work remain as relevant today as they were on the day we started: our solution to any brief must be based upon intelligent thinking, be inspirational and engaging, progressive and differentiating. All easily stated, but not always so easy to implement.

Our team, which benefits from wide-ranging skills and experience, works together to explore ideas, looking to stretch boundaries, deny the obvious and interrogate potential solutions to ensure those principles are met. This way, we can be sure to be proud of any work that is set before our clients.

However, there is a final ingredient needed for the success of any work: our relationship with our client. We are dedicated, engaged and enthusiastic - “you actually GIVE a damn” as a client once put it - which leads to a meaningful rapport, one in which challenges may be made where appropriate and which brings about the best possible collaborative solutions.

As a result, we continue to work with some of the world’s most respected brands, on projects around the globe diverse in both nature and scale. As we look forward, we’re excited to meet the challenges our changing environment will set, enjoying the process of creating great work together with clients old and new.

meet the owners

Mike Ratcliffe and Jim Fowler are the heart of the company around which the creative team is built, remaining personally involved with all clients and bringing to bear their experience and personalities. They are proud to have worked over the years with people who ‘get’ what we do, value our help and most of all enjoy their work and pass on the fun. Consequently some clients have become genuinely good friends, something that is greatly valued.

Jim Fowler
I may have graduated as a graphic designer back in the last century but I still get excited by great ideas, by things that make me think and smile - and I love the opportunities we get to create something memorable for our clients. Life’s not all about work though, and outside of this I am never happier than in my wine cellar, on the cricket pitch, golf course or cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Mike Ratcliffe
As a boy who was “pretty good at drawing” it’s a real joy to do pretty much that everyday and call it a job while getting to work with some of the best brands on the planet. Outside of work family and motorcycles are my passions, although my wife may argue the order I’ve put them in. I love creating with my hands too, so you’ll often find me “playing” in my workshop.

Career Opportunities

We are always on the look out for the brightest creative talent, so please feel free to send your portfolio and CV to info@ratcliffefowlerdesign.co.uk.

From time-to-time specific vacancies arise and these will be posted at the link below.

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