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Conscious Communications with designs on Cambridge

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We have launched an in-house design team with the appointment of Alan Beeson as Senior Designer. Alan started his career in print-based design for magazines and publishing before turning his hand to creating and evolving brand collateral for a broader corporate market.  Alan now specialises in designing printed promotional material, websites, and artwork for digital marketing – ranging from email campaigns to video editing. Our designs can already be seen online, across East Anglia, and as far afield as Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Established in 2012 to fill a gap in the market for a communications agency ‘with a conscience’, Conscious Communications is based within the high-tech innovation hub of Cambridge’s St John’s Innovation Centre.  With a growing reputation for providing intelligent marketing solutions for education, charity and hospitality clients, the team works with organisations including International Baccalaureate, St Mary’s School, Cambridge, Cambridge Science Centre, Brains Eden, Pamoja Education, British Nutrition Foundation, Marshal Papworth, and Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa.

Conscious Communications is responsible for the Future Experience Points (FXP) festival, an initiative which was piloted in Cambridge from 25-26 June with support from Greater Cambridgeshire and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership, Cambridge University Press, Jagex, ARM, YoYo Games and Anglia Ruskin University. The initiative was created to provide a unique opportunity for schools and Further Education students to gain exposure and access to the thriving Cambridge creative digital industry – through a games jam.  Students participated in FXP from as far away as Bedford, Peterborough, Huntingdon and Ipswich, as well as Cambridge, and the new design team’s work to create the FXP website has been an essential factor in attracting digital natives to the festival.

To launch the Conscious Communications’ design team, businesses across the UK have received an interactive folding and revolving ‘tumble card’ in the post – showcasing the company’s flair for design.

Alison Taylor, Managing Director of Conscious Communications said: “Demand from our clients for excellent digital and print design to enhance communications programmes has grown over the years, so this is a natural progression for our business.  We have worked with Alan for many years as a freelance designer and are delighted that he has agreed to join our team and lead the company’s growth in this area.”

SPOTTED: Conscious Communications get out and about this spring

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London

Kathryn takes 2016 cohort of Marshal Papworth students to Borough Market

The 2016 cohort of Marshal Papworth students, on their first ever trip out of Africa, learned lessons in business and entrepreneurship from market traders at London’s Borough Market. The scholarship students from five African countries – in week one of their 10 week course – are based at Shuttleworth College in Bedfordshire and have a packed schedule of classroom study and hands-on field trips ahead of them.

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The team manages Cambridge Reading Adventures launch event and competitions

Zoë, Sophie and Lucy worked with Cambridge University Press to manage and host the launch of the new primary reading series, Cambridge Reading Adventures, at UCL’s (University College London) prestigious Institute of Education (IOE), on Monday 18 April. The event offered storytelling and illustration workshops for the Year 3 pupils in attendance from Netley Primary School, London, and saw the official launch of two new and exciting creative competitions – Digital Storytellers and Young Illustrators – for children aged four to 10 around the world. See more here.

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FXP in Cambridge News

The Future Experience Points (FXP) Festival, which Conscious Communications will run from 25 to 27 June, was featured in Cambridge News recently. The event, hosted at Cambridge Regional College, offers school and college aged students a chance to participate in a 48 hour games jam, attend workshops and presentations, and hear from industry mentors.

We wanted to create an initiative that would open students’ eyes to the possibilities that are available to them in creative, digital industries, and to support the education sector in its delivery of the new computer science curriculum. Although only in its inaugural year, we are already receiving enquiries about the 2017 event – watch this space!

Happy Chicks in the East of England

In early May Kathryn headed over to the East of England showground to attend Kids Country’s ‘Happy Chicks Day’, one in a series of education events from the East of England Agricultural Society. The event offers school children the chance to learn about poultry and to see two day old chicks first-hand. The children also learn about the science of eggs, animal welfare, and nutrition.

Recently at Conscious Communications…

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2016 has started as a very busy year for the Conscious Communications’ team. We like to keep you up to date with the team’s activity and, over the last couple of months, this is what the team has been up to…

 

Love is in the air…

Last month, the main focus for client Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa was, of course, Valentine’s Day. The team worked with the Hotel to secure coverage in Valentine’s Day gift guides and local luxury lifestyle magazines to promote the special packages and gift vouchers the Hotel had on offer.

Kids Country Breakfast Week

As part of National Breakfast Week, Conscious Communications supported Kids Country, the education arm of the East of England Agricultural Society, to implement a day of fun filled activities at schools across the eastern region. The activities, designed to take children on an interactive farm to fork adventure, included making pancakes, enjoying bacon sandwiches and sitting in a tractor parked in their playground. The team secured the attendance of the Mayor of Peterborough along with BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Brains Eden 2016

This year, Conscious Communications is responsible for the organisation, media relations, content marketing and social media campaigns, as well as event management of Brains Eden, the UK’s largest student gaming festival. Last year, the team implemented proactive media relations and event management for the festival and is very excited to be even more involved with the event this year. So far, the team has secured 10 university sign ups – don’t miss out; make sure your team is registered: brainseden.net

This month….

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