Firm hires designer who decorated Prince William’s wedding car

The royal wedding car that Kate helped to decorate for Prince Wiiliam and Kate Middleton in 2011.
The royal wedding car that Kate helped to decorate for Prince Wiiliam and Kate Middleton in 2011.

A designer who was once involved with decorating a car for a royal wedding has been recruited by a successful firm based in Mansfield.

In an unusual claim to fame, Kate Bradshaw, as part of a previous job, helped to design the car decoration kit used by Prince William and Kate Middleton to shoot off to their honeymoon after their marriage in 2011.

Now she has joined Pellacraft, the award-winning suppliers of business gifts and promotional merchandise, to become part of the company’s graphic design team at its headquarters at Hermitage House on Hermitage Way.

The team has also appointed Michael Burton, and both will be responsible for designing and delivering inspiring, creative artwork that will be incorporated into the marketing campaigns Pellacraft produces for its clients.

Kate said: “I am so pleased to be a part of this thriving family business, particularly as its core values reflect my own for innovation in design.”

Michael, who initally joined Pellacraft on a freelance basis, said: “I am very happy to have been offered a full-time job after only a month. The company is fantastic to work for, and I am really looking forward to getting my teeth into future design projects.”

The duo were welcomed to the company by director Sam Pella, who commented: “We are very lucky to have acquired the skillsets of both Michael and Kate. Already they have proven to be an asset to the business, and I’m looking forward to seeing how their creative abilities will enhance the quality of artwork we produce for our clients.”

Kate holds a BA Hons degree in design for television after studying at Nottingham Trent University. She started her working life as a TV prop-maker for the BBC, but has spent most of her career in the greetings industry, designing giftware. She joins the Pellacraft team after a stint working as a packaging designer for a leading fashion manufacturer.

Outside the office, she enjoys camping with her young family, and is excited to be renovating their newly-acquired caravan.

Michael, who lives in Chesterfield, holds a BTEC national diploma in multimedia studies after achieving a distinction from West Nottinghamshire College in Mansfield.

For the past five years, he has been a freelance graphic designer and illustrator, working with companies such as Red Lantern Digital Media, Cifci and the Triple S sports and entertainment group. Before this, Michael worked as a sales operative in a call centre at Chesterfield.