About Big Bear Creative

A family-run creative design studio
in St. Ives, Cambridgeshire

Emma and Dave Big Bear Creative

Founders Story

Big Bear Creative is owned by husband and wife team Emma and Dave Sheppard. They’re both creatives who’ve spent years working in and running creative teams to produce work for some of the biggest brands in the UK.

Big Bear Creative has family at its core. The hard work that Emma and Dave put into running Big Bear Creative allows them to provide for their family and spend as much time as possible with their son, Noah.

As an extension of that family ethos, everyone who works with Big Bear Creative becomes a part of one big family.

It’s Emma’s and Dave’s love for others and for what they do that leads their clients to choose the Big Bear team time after time.


“We aim to really deliver for our customers on each project we work on. Care, love and attention are at the heart of each and every project.”

– Dave, Big Bear Creative


Emma Sheppard

Emma founded Big Bear Creative after years working as an in-house designer and in design agencies. She left her job at an award-winning design agency in pursuit of a better work-life balance which would enable her to spend more time with her son, Noah.

To begin with, Emma’s plan was to get enough work to fill the 15 hours childcare she had each week. Emma hit the ground running and it was soon apparent that more childcare was required.

After the first year, the Big Bear team expanded to include husband Dave as co-director and the creative couple hasn’t looked back since.

Emma produces brilliant design work, specialising in branding and logo work along with graphic design. Brands she’s worked on in the past include the likes of BMW, Mercedes, Co-op, Toni & Guy and Hilton, to mention just a few.

Even though things have worked out differently to how she’d planned, Emma still spends as much time with Noah as possible.

Loves: Family is most important, followed by a good cuppa and all things creative.

Emma Sheppard Big Bear
Dave Sheppard Big Bear

Dave Sheppard

Dave has worked as a senior digital designer for nearly 20 years. Specialising in website design and user experience, he’s worked for leading companies in Europe and some of the biggest household brands in the UK. Through working with leading marketers across various industries, Dave’s picked up a wealth of marketing experience that he now applies to his work for Big Bear Creative. Dave has also led SEO, Digital Marketing and Business Development teams in a range of companies, from startups through to blue-collar giants.

Along the way, he’s found the time to train over 1,200 students in digital marketing techniques, including SEO.

Loves: Family, helping people in business, loud guitars. Has an insatiable appetite for improving his knowledge and learning everything there is to know about digital marketing.


“I would recommend to anyone to pick up the phone to talk to you both – Big Bear Creative does not disappoint!”

Pamela Lawrence-Teulon – Cambridge

What we’ve been up to . . .

Hunts Post Business Awards 2017
Enjoying St.ives
dave at Hunts Post Business Awards 2017
kings Cross ceiling deisgn
Lenka Koppova Social Media Expert Cambridge
Coffee lovers
Design Museum Visit
big bear award winners
big bear essential office supplies

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