Have you looked at the frontpage settings and seen the 'List of categories' option?
Yes, however, I don't want it to appear as a list. I would like it to be displayed as something a bit more presentable such as tiles... if that makes sense.
In that case, if a theme does not currently have that functionality, then its a matter of writing new code to adjust an existing theme or in a new child theme of that theme.
Damn. I can't see many themes that do it to be honest, I was just hoping somoene had a work around.