Grow Blooms

More often than not, there comes a time in a freelance Web designer’s career when you feel the need to branch out. The roles of a Web designer are diverse and it’s easy to feel that you need to be all things to all people. Perhaps you feel you’d like to develop as a specialist in a particular area, but you like your independence and want to remain your own boss.

All this pretty much describes me about six months ago. Over time, I had developed valuable relationships with others in the industry through networking. By incubating those relationships you can bring together a group of people who work well together. It was around this time that I was invited to join a co-operative. Joining would mean that I could specialise and remain independent, but be part of an already well-established brand that provides a full range of services. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. I accepted.

Co-operative Growth

Grow Collective works to co-operative principles. There’s little point in me regurgitating the principles of co-operative business when the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) website describes them better than I could.

Having well and truly settled in at Grow, I find it an environment in which I can work well and in which I am encouraged by my peers to develop both personally and professionally.

At the moment, we’re attracting a large number of work prospects that are beyond our current capacity. As a result, we are inviting freelancers designers in the Bristol area into Grow Collective, especially those with a special interest in Web standards, user centred design, information architecture and accessibility.

In the invitation on the Grow website, Jon Tan further explains how Grow operates and what you can expect from working with us.


Alan Colville has recently received a warm welcome as Grow Collective’s latest addition. Alan is a user experience designer and usability consultant, bringing a wealth of experience to the co-op.

If you like the sound of the way we work, have a read through our invitation on the Grow website. If you think you’d like to become a member too, drop Jon Tan a line to introduce yourself.