Bernard became a very dear friend over the many years we worked with him when he was Marketing Director at Ark Life and later, when he was Marketing Manager at APHaslam. His sudden passing one night in February 2021 will leave a big hole in all our lives.  Go mbeannaí Dia thú, Bernard.

Michael & I recently marked our 23rd year of working together. When we look back over those years in Ark Life, I was always glad we found Michael, and Jeremy at FMC, when we went looking in the UK and ignored some other high flyers for Michael’s no nonsense practical approach to Design, its day to day use, and its printing constraints or otherwise.

I began working with Equinox Partners way back in 1991 when I was the Marketing Manager of Ark Life Assurance, the life and pensions subsidiary of AIB Bank, Ireland’s largest bank.

I was looking for a designer with some experience of financial services marketing and its development in the UK, as we had limited resources in agencies in Dublin at that time.

Michael brought a focus and overall sense of order to the initial project involving the collateral for 15 product lines (brochures, applications etc) as well as the launch materials for AIB Bank branch staff.

As Ark Life developed, Michael was part of our virtual marketing department, with new opinions to the way in which we developed our ongoing brochure needs, as well as conference materials, and his highly creative approach as to how we positioned a number of sponsorships we entered into over the years.

Ark Life was purchased by Aviva in 2005 and rather than replacing Equinox Partners with current preferred suppliers in the UK, the quality of Michael’s work and his personal approach to his clients ensured that he maintained the Ark Life account and began working with Aviva as well. His work on the Aviva Stadium concepts was particularly striking.

I am delighted to be in a position to highly recommend Michael Taylor of Equinox Partners if you are looking for honest work with a clear perspective – he is your man.

Bernard Lynch, Marketing Director, Ark Life Assurance; Marketing, APHaslam

Equinox Partners have successfully aided my business in so many instances I have almost lost count of it. Be it through considered introductions, necessary reality checks and the provision of good honest design work of the highest order. It is always a pleasure to speak with Michael and to witness how his significant background and tireless zeal continues to attract and engage clients on my behalf. A fantastic company and valuable individual.

Chib Nwokonkor, CEO, Zanshuri Computers

(Of FMCI & Equinox Partners) …the first agency I haven’t wanted to sack at the end of the first year…

Paul Turtle, Managing Director, Cater Allen Bank and, subsequently, Butterfield Private Bank

Michael Taylor has been closely involved in the aesthetic design of Musical Fidelity products for the past 20 years or so; in the early days as an employee of other design houses and in more recent years as the proprietor of Equinox Partners.

He is considered by us to be a valuable part of the design team and has always shown an ability to come up with unique and unusual concepts.

Richard Ansell, Technical Director & Peter Howard, CAD Engineer, Musical Fidelity

Michael’s work is of a very high quality and he will definitely “go the extra mile” to help you get the best product produced in a timely manner. I would have no hesitation recommending Michael.

Paul O'Grady, CEO, H2Ozone Industries

The energy, creativity and sheer intelligence of the River of Power has been the talk of the City and it says so much about CMS as a firm and what we all care about!  It was huge in raising our profile!  Thank you!

Fiona Woolf CBE, Lord Mayor of the City of London and Partner at CMS Cameron McKenna

Michael helped me enormously with a client requiring a poster design. His experience as a graphic designer shone through.

The results were great and he was very patient and helpful throughout the process. Thanks to Michael the project was a success. 

Vincent Doyle, Professional Photographer

On Linked-In Quite frankly I could have ticked all 7 boxes as indicative of Michael’s skills and ability.

As a small client I received exactly the same professionalism as I perceive Michael bringing to his PLC clients, such as GKN (GSK, ed). No recommendation too high in my opinion. 

Andrew Segal, Insolvency Practitioner, Fisher Partners

“You really got under our skin to understand the company and what we are aiming for”.

Chris Leighton, Availexe Founding Partner

Equinox (and Michael in particular) are a great design company.

They’ve always shown a thorough understanding of what we were after – they ask the right questions to ensure the brief is perfect. When we needed spectacular, we got spectacular; when we needed the mundane, what we got was anything but!

Attention to the little details make all the difference and Equinox pride themselves on this. I have no hesitation in recommending them for all design jobs.

Ronan O'Neill, Head of Broker Marketing at Zurich Life, Ireland

Both Michael and Clare provided a first class service in the work they completed for ExCeL London.

We commissioned them to design and build a legacy scupture related to ExCeL’s involvement with the Olympic Games and they did a tremendous job. Plenty of creative ideas and excellent implementation.

We are very happy with the results.

James Mark, Executive Director at ExCeL London

We developed a very close relationship with Jeremy Bond and his wife Vicky, over the many years we worked with FMC International. Clare and I owe a great deal to the wisdom and experience that Jeremy brought to us, as well as their unswerving loyalty and friendship.

I was proud to be able to deliver a Eulogy at his memorial service at his Park Theatre in May 2022. See https://equinoxpartners.co.uk/jeremy-bond/

There are plenty of designers around – but very few who match real creative flair with a commitment to delivering work on time and on budget.

That’s why we have used Equinox Partners as our ‘virtual studio’ for more than 20 years (probably more!).

Jeremy Bond, Managing Director, FMC International & Park Marketing Consultants

Designers are like woodworm!  You will find that you cannot get rid of them. They become part of the fabric of a business.

Colin Cheetham, Colin Cheetham Design Partnership

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