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About me

Acorn Marketing (Cumbria) Ltd was established in May 2011, when I returned to my Cumbrian roots after working for several years in London, Manchester and Liverpool.

I am a grafter. I have always been passionate about work & really love what I do. I’m constantly working & developing my knowledge of Marketing, which has enabled me to build up a successful business after facing redundancy. ‘

I love marketing, thrive on my business and am passionate about each and every one of my clients. It is not just a job for me…it makes me tick!

My other passion in life is my family and when I’m not working I’m generally being Mum. Running a business from home gives me the flexibility to be both a businesswoman and a Mum.

My support network

Acorn Marketing Cumbria is lucky to have a fabulous support network of other professional business people like me who I work with on various marketing projects.  This includes other marketing consultants, social media experts, copy writers, graphic designers, web developers, photographers, videographers and printers. This ensures no project is too big or too small.  If I don’t have the skills or knowledge for a specific marketing project, I generally know a “man that can.” See below for some of the great people we work with and recommend.

Acorn marketing Blog and copywriting cumbria

Alison Lawton /

A-Team& Top Support

Alison joined the Acorn Marketing team in November 2018.  A degree in Fashion Promotion took her to London and there followed a 13-year career in PR & Marketing for fashion and lifestyle brands.

Having returned to her Essex roots and then taken a break to enjoy the arrival of her son, she is now enjoying freelance work around family life and is excited to a part of the Acorn Marketing Cumbria Team, working on the extensive client roster helping out with writing blogs, updating websites and social media planning and management.  

Alison and Lisa have been friends for twenty years, so this should be a very exciting partnership.

Jili Allen /



We work with lots of fab suppliers; however we use Jili Allen Creative for a lot of our design projects as she just ‘gets us’. She takes a brief, adds sparkle to it and makes it come alive.

Jili has been running her own design business for almost ten years, specialising in graphics, branding and commercial design. Starting life as a Product Designer, Jili gained a first class honours degree in Consumer Product Design whilst in Edinburgh, before working in the fashion and graphic design industry in both Glasgow and Paris. Jili has worked with some fantastic brands both nationally and internationally, with work featured in Harrods and Selfridges, as well as just down the road in Cumbria!

Acorn marketing graphics and branding

Gwen Backhouse /

 Virtual Assistant

Gwen is my go to when I need help with any admin jobs – fast and efficient which is a great help to the team. 

Gwen has been running her Virtual Assistant business Curlew Secretarial Solutions for seven years. Gwen has over 21 years of experience working in the admin industry and has won national awards for her virtual assistant business. Gwen and the team offer a huge range of secretarial and admin services from their office in the small market town of Brampton in Cumbria, and work with businesses across the UK and Europe.

Chris Birkett /



We use Birkett Photography for many projects, from full photo shoots to portraits and product shots (even Lisa’s wedding photos!).

Christopher Birkett developed an interest in photography from a very young age. He took this interest further by studying various photographic courses. He has received several gold awards for his photography, which are images deemed to be of the highest quality.

“I find creating images for companies and organisations gives me great satisfaction, to know that the end result helps them communicate effectively is highly motivating, and a little bit addictive. Plus I get to meet and work with all sorts of people, and travel around the UK as part of my job”

Acorn marketing photography

Three Peaks /



Three Peaks Web Design are based in the beautiful county of Cumbria, the Lake District.

Our team works with businesses all over the county and throughout the UK, delivering design that gives your customers an amazing website experience.


Website designed by Jili Allen Creative