Journal

Creative Concern is on the move

After sixteen years in the Northern Quarter, we’re upping sticks and moving to a new office on Sackville Street. 

From 6th May 2019, our new address will be: 

Creative Concern 
Fourth Floor, Fairbairn Building 
72 Sackville Street
Manchester
M1 3NJ
Our phone number stays the same: 0161 236 0600

Please update your records and pass it on to anyone else you think might need to know – thanks!

And feel free to pop in and say hello – we’d love to see you.

Greater Manchester Green Summit

The Innovation Zone was one of three main breakout areas for the second Greater Manchester Green Summit. The area was co-ordinated by The Growth Company, the North West Business Leadership Team, Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Creative Concern, with the opening panel chaired by Andy Burnham.

The objective was to engage business, academics, policy makers and other delegates in a creative dialogue to discuss innovation programmes for Greater Manchester to nurture in the immediate future. Professor Michael Shaver from the University of Manchester’s Henry Royce Institute delivered a keynote talk on the topic of plastic waste and material sustainability.

Following up from the Summit, we are co-creating a report that will chart our route to a zero carbon city, supported by the kind of innovation the city of Manchester is famous for.

Sustainability showcase

We were delighted to be commissioned by the Environment Agency to produce a series of short films showcasing best practice from around the world.

The films were featured as part of Manchester’s Green Summit and covered themes including natural environment, energy, green buildings and sustainable travel. The themes introduced the audience to a range of ambitious projects designed to encourage the audience to think big and take bold actions in Greater Manchester.

The Roundtable on Responsible Soy Association

The Roundtable on Responsible Soy Association (RTRS) is an internationally recognised organisation doing great work promoting the responsible production, processing and trading of soy from the farms of Brazil to the supermarkets of Europe. Creative Concern has been proudly working with RTRS for a number of years helping them communicate complex issues around the value of sustainable soy to their supply chain stakeholders across the globe – from major supermarkets and global agribusinesses to researchers and governmental organisations.

We are currently working with RTRS on their RT14 conference taking place in Utrecht, The Netherlands in June. This year we’re busy creating case studies, a promotional film, raising brand awareness through PR activity and supporting their first ever RTRS sustainability awards.

Each year the RTRS conference welcomes hundreds of senior industry delegates who take part in workshops, keynote speaker sessions and panels that help shape the strategic objectives of the whole soy industry as it moves towards a more sustainable future. This is a vital to create future security for the natural environment including the Amazon rainforest and The Cerrado tropical savanna.

For further information on RT14 or to attend the conference visit the RTRS website.

Merseytravel Arrive Happy

Over the last year and a half we’ve been working with Merseytravel on a grassroots walking and cycling campaign targeted at workers right across the Liverpool City Region. The aim of the Arrive Happy project has been to encourage people to change their travelling habits, whether for their daily commute or leisure journeys.

We’ve reached tens of thousands of people in that time through workshops, social media, viral videos and PR, creating a network of ambassadors who reinforce the core belief that a health commute is within everyone’s reach.

Whether getting off the bus a few stops early each day, cycling to work once a week or walking part of your journey home with a friend there are so many things people can do that will make them feel healthier and happier.

Arrive Happy has made the people of Liverpool City Region into the heroes of the campaign, reflecting a reality and a feeling of aspiration that is really changing the way people engage with their travel choices. Find out more on the Merseytravel website.

Meet Felicity - Together Trust

Together Trust is a charity providing special education, residential services, fostering, family support and community services. The charity commissioned our film team to showcase the positive impact their Newbridge service can make to people aged 18 to 30 and their families.

We were delighted to work with the amazing Felicity and her family to find out more about how the Together Trust is supporting people, providing a diverse range of services and making a real difference to their quality of life. The film was used for a fundraising ball and for online promotional use. 

The Anne Frank Trust UK

We’ve been working with the education charity The Anne Frank Trust UK over the last year on some of their key communications materials, including an animation to promote their Ambassador programme.

The charity uses Anne's life and diary to educate and empower young people to challenge all forms of prejudice and discrimination. Some are trained by the charity to become Anne Frank Ambassadors, and go on to spread Anne's message of social justice and equality for all in their schools, local communities and online.

The animation tells the story of Sam – a bespoke illustrated character – who brings to life the Ambassador journey and the key learning it instills: that everyone is equal and your voice can make a difference – no matter who you are or where you’re from.

Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy events

We have been involved in some inspiring events this month – showcasing some of our clients’ fantastic work, and sharing our insights. 

Earlier in March we joined Arts Fundraising & Philanthropy (whose website we were proud to design, develop and launch earlier this year) at the Stoller Hall in Manchester, for their Northern Lights Conference. During the weeks leading up to the conference, we teamed up with AFP to mentor a number of organisations, as they prepared to pitch for seed funding for their organisation. On the day, our Managing Director, Chris Dessent, spoke to the 150-strong audience, sharing insights around the power of storytelling for organisations seeking funding. 

Then on 25th March, we were back down in London with the Institute of Fundraisers, as part of their annual conference on digital fundraising. A great chance to showcase our wide range of charity fundraising campaigns, we were thrilled to be part of this major event in the IoF’s calendar. 

Lakes International Comic Art Festival competition

We are once again very excited to be working with the Lakes International Comic Art Festival team to promote another weekend festival, showcasing the best comic art from creators around the globe, in the Lake District town of Kendal in October.

One of the feature events at the festival this year is a special Hellboy exhibition, curated by artist Duncan Fegredo. To coincide with the exhibition, we are working with the festival to coordinate a student competition – HELL OF A COMIC ART CHALLENGE.

A tribute to Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, a loveable horned half-demon, students are challenged to create their own new character who despite emerging from the hellish heat and fury of the underworld is, like Hellboy, a cool force for good.

The competition is now open for entries so if you know any budding artists or comic art enthusiasts!

Together Trust fostering campaign

We are proud to be working with Together Trust, an amazing charity providing support and care for 3,700 vulnerable young people and adults across the North West.

We are currently working to support the charity to recruit foster carers. Foster carers provide safe, caring homes for children who need them and our campaign is showcasing how brave and brilliant foster carers really are. Being a foster carer is rarely given the recognition it deserves and our campaign is a celebration of how important they are.

The campaign is currently running across programmatic and social media advertising.

Cause4 website and Arts Fundraising website

Cause4 is an award-winning social enterprise that helps charities and organisations to thrive and innovate. The organisation and its partnership programme, Arts Fundraising and Philanthropy (AFP) were looking for a complete re-development of the Cause4 website and AFP website.

We undertook the two projects simultaneously, starting with research and insight and then developing both sites in line with user expectations. For both projects we aimed to streamline the user experience by integrating the sites with external e-learning platforms and improving navigation of large volumes of information.

We used infographics and animation to bring the online experience to life.