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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.

On common ground in Istanbul

Creative Concern’s partner agency in Turkey, Myra, staged its fourth annual conference on communications for social good in December 2018. Our CEO, Steve Connor, took to the stage to give one of the day’s keynotes entitled 'How to make mistakes if you don’t include emotion in your campaigns'.

Themed around ‘The School of Hard Knocks’ and how we learn from our mistakes, the event featured 17 speakers from NGOs, corporations and the creative sector, with 200 participants including academics, CSR managers from multinational corporations, NGO reps and communication/design professionals from 150 different agencies. 

A number of speakers from our European partnership of sustainability-focused agencies, the DNS network, featured on the roster. The conference also presented the opportunity to launch the English/Turkish edition of our network book, 'Be Good', which showcases the network's collective portfolios of responsible, sustainable and ethical creativity.

Forestry Commission Centenary launch

2019 marks the Forestry Commission's centenary year. To celebrate this achievement, the programme launched with Turner Prize winning artist Rachel Whiteread who was co-commissioned by the Forestry Commission and 14-18 Now to mark the centenary with one of her sculptures in Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire.

Nissen Hut is a concrete cast of the interior space of a Nissen hut, the distinctive military structure invented by Major Peter Nissen during the First World War. These prefabricated steel structures were easily erected and had a variety of uses, such as field hospitals, housing and even churches.

Nissen huts were used to house labourers on Forestry Commission land after the organisation was established in 1919. These labourers helped to replenish the nation's timber reserves, which were almost entirely depleted following the war effort.

Creative Concern worked with the Forestry Commission on regional PR for the event. There’s more information about the project and visiting the Nissen Hut on the 14-18 Now website.

Arrive Happy

Our Arrive Happy campaign continues with the launch of several short films promoting the benefits of cycling and walking into and around Liverpool City Region as part of a healthier, happier commute. 

Made on behalf of our client Merseytravel, the films were produced and edited by Creative Concern and feature our Arrive Happy ambassadors walking and cycling around the city region, with dynamic scenery shots and on-screen messages explaining that whether you’re looking to get fit, clear your head, or boost your mood, walking or cycling as part of your daily commute could help to make all of that happen. 

The films were shared across the Arrive Happy Facebook and Twitter channels and promoted via advertising. From a modest budget the films have so far achieved 23,000 full-length views and a reach of almost 100,000 on social media alone.

The campaign is still in full swing, with lots of exciting projects planned for 2019.

Watch the Arrive Happy Film.

Discover more on the Arrive Happy website.

Population Matters new website

Last year saw us work with Population Matters for the first time – a charity that campaigns to achieve a sustainable human population, to protect the natural world and improve people’s lives by promoting positive, practical, ethical solutions.

The team were looking for a full review of their existing communications to refresh the way they talk about themselves, with a focus on being bolder, clearer and more positive about the work they do.

We brought their brief to life by developing a new website that clearly communicates their vision, who the organisation are and highlights the damaging effects of overpopulation to our planet, whilst providing clear actions that supporters can take to make a difference.

Head to the Population Matters website to find out more about the organisation. 

New brand, website and launch campaign for King’s College Hospital Charity

The new brand for King’s College Hospital Charity has just been launched across the group of hospitals supported by the Charity. The brand, developed by Creative Concern, is the result of six months of research and development including focus groups, drop-in sessions, online surveys and brand analysis.

The new brand reflects the Charity’s focus on 'changing lives through pioneering care' and the need to appeal to a broad range of potential donors. The Charity works to make the best care possible by raising money for cutting edge equipment and facilities, innovative research and pioneering treatment. 

As well as developing the brand, Creative Concern has developed the new King’s College Hospital Charity website, the Charity’s Annual Report and a range of high impact launch graphics currently being rolled out across the hospital sites. We also produced a series of design templates, tone of voice and brand guidance to help the in-house team work with the new brand.

BREATHE - North-East air quality campaign

The issue of air quality gained national attention in the headlines last year and sanctions have been imposed on local authorities as part of the Government's efforts to reduce traffic-related pollution in the form of nitrogen dioxide emissions across the country.

We worked with three councils in the North East on a creative campaign highlighting the issue of air quality and raising awareness of potential measures that will be put in place in Newcastle, Gateshead and North Tyneside, to ensure the new Government targets are met.

The creative was accompanied by a raft of messages used primarily on the council social media channels. A phase of initial engagement took place towards the end of 2018 and the campaign will continue into 2019 with a public consultation beginning soon.