MHA Larking Gowen
corporate website rebrand and design update

Project Scope:

Larking Gowen approached Rade to assist them with a website rebrand as a result of a decision to take on the branding of their professional national association, MHA.

Rade had developed a new site for Larking Gowen in 2017 using the Umbraco CMS system and for this project the brief was clear; a re-styling of the existing website that needed to closely follow the strict MHA brand guidelines, but never-the-less retain Larking Gowen’s site structure, function and individuality.

A lot of work had been undertaken when the site was initially developed to ensure the structure of the site was fit for purpose and therefore the challenge for Rade was to tread a careful line between fully adopting the MHA brand and creating a design that accommodated the site’s existing functional elements.

Added to this, secrecy and timeliness were crucial to the project; the timeline was tight for delivery and it was important, knowledge of the impending brand change, was kept strictly under wraps. 

Approach:

The MHA Larking Gowen website had been developed by Rade on the Umbraco CMS platform, so changing the design was a relatively straightforward task.

Following our initial discussions with the client, Rade produced a set of designs for the updated site that could be used by the client to seek approval from MHA before being implemented.

In order to keep the site structure broadly unchanged, there were some specific elements where the site needed to deviate from the MHA branding, thus some level of sensitivity was needed to ensure that these changes were treated appropriately.

This included elements of the header, such as the search and the format of the homepage banner so that the strapline worked with the MHA branding elements.
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Profile:

MHA Larking Gowen is one of the largest accountants and business advisory firms in East Anglia, offering a wide range of services from its eight offices.

Client Testimonial

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