September 19, 2023

Accelerating into Autumn blog

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Accelerating into Autumn blog

CC Team photo mid 2023

From new team members to new clients, the Conscious Communications’ (CC) HQ has been a hub of activity. Read some of the latest updates from the team below. 

Alison Taylor, Managing Director:

It is a huge privilege to support clients when they are most in need, advising and guiding communications in times of crises. This month has, again, given us an opportunity to flex our expertise in reputation and issues management with the breaking story about RAAC in school buildings. The Department for Education’s dictate threw schools across the country into crisis mode and, while they were busy finding alternatives for maintaining students’ education, we were on-hand 24/7 with proactive communications and media management support.

Zoë Scorer, Deputy Managing Director:

Our Under the Stars event has got to be the highlight of the summer, if not the year! People are still talking about it!

However, our B Corp certification early this summer was a real career high for me. Going through the process was lengthy and, at times, tricky, but the value that it has brought to our company and our team is immeasurable. It has also opened up conversations with like-minded companies on the impact of B Corp and the growing movement behind it – I look forward to continuing these over the coming weeks and months.

Ali White, Associate Director & Head of Business Development:

The adrenaline was certainly pumping as we supported a tech client through a significant financial announcement which saw us working across multiple international markets, managing investors and setting up 121s with Tier 1 business and financial media. There’s always a thrill to be had in lifting an embargo and watching the coverage roll in!

Sophie Baillie, Associate Director & Head of Client Services:

I love big-thinking projects that stretch my brain. Over the summer, I have been busy developing a whopping 24-page global marketing strategy for an international education client, complete with an implementation plan. I thought my dissertation days were firmly behind me…!

Elle Roberts-Nissen, Head of Events:

Planning and managing our company summer event, Under The Stars, with the full team on board was so much fun! We were able to celebrate over a decade of purpose-driven business, thank our clients and showcase CC Live and its services through THE event of the year.

Tom Evans, Senior PR & Marketing Executive:

Helping promote the ‘Guarantee our Essentials’ campaign for Cambridge City Foodbank has been a huge highlight for me. The charity and its dedicated volunteers do so much inspiring work across Cambridge and being able to contribute and play a small part has been extremely rewarding.

Keir Taylor, PR & Marketing Assistant:

Working with Cambridge University Press & Assessment on two projects was a real highlight for me. Not only were we working alongside a local institution, we were securing national media coverage and interviews with the likes of Manchester United women’s player, Maria Thorisdottir. They were two really exciting campaigns to be a part of and I’m so proud of the results the team achieved!

Hanna Garrett, PR & Marketing Manager:

It’s so hard to choose just one highlight but planning and activating a multi-channel campaign to celebrate our client, Impington Village College, becoming the first state secondary school for students aged 11 – 18 years old to offer three IB programmes was particularly special.

George Reader, PR & Marketing Assistant:

Working with Grand Arcade again to help organise and deliver its annual ‘Let’s Go Circular’ event! It’s a really great idea, one that aims to change people’s shopping habits and create a more conscious consumer. There really are some great organisations in Cambridgeshire and the Grand Arcade is really the perfect place to showcase them.

David Hartley, PR & Marketing Manager:

From learning how to deliver an educational engineering workshop to schools through to executing a large investment story for a tech client, no two days have been the same at CC over the summer. It’s been a great experience and learning curve and there’s plenty more to come!

Gemma Cooper, Senior PR & Marketing Executive:

Securing coverage of a lovely anniversary story for Cambridge University Press & Assessment in a variety of national media with a TV interview was a project I felt particularly proud of this summer!

Rick Newman, PR & Marketing Executive:

It is always rewarding to support our client, Cambridge City Foodbank, and helping its team to promote the launch of its ‘Guarantee Our Essentials’ campaign has been a real highlight.

Elsewhere, my colleagues and I were able to arrange a one-to-one between one of our clients and its number one target journalist. This was almost 12 months in the making and it was gratifying to see our hard work and determination pay off.

Karen Roberts, HR Manager:

Being part of the team supporting Elle to deliver our summer event “Under the Stars” has been a highlight for me. It was wonderful to see our clients’ delight on the night and how everyone at CC worked together to make this such a great experience. I also enjoyed watching the fun and excitement at the Girls in Football event for which CC was a Gold Sponsor.

George Inwards, Junior Content Designer:

A highlight for me has been getting the chance to create some super fun posts for First LEGO League’s social media accounts. The ‘Masterpiece’ logo for this year’s theme includes some vibrant colours that were really enjoyable to work with.

Abbie O’Connor, Multimedia Designer:

I have been working on a promotional video for our client ACS International Schools to mark the 10th anniversary of Project Nepal, a humanitarian initiative that offers ACS students the chance to engage in social action and make a lasting difference. For me, seeing the difference the school has made while simultaneously making a contribution to a significant initiative has been a highlight.

Alan Beeson, Head of Design:

The completion and launch of Nord Anglia Education’s Oxford International College Brighton website in close conjunction with the opening of its latest school (for which the website was designed) was an interesting and exciting project throughout.